21 November, 2018

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Gotabaya, Viyathmaga, 13A & Me

By Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara writes that “After the 2015 Presidential elections, for reasons better known to DJ, he approached GR and joined Viyath Maga.” That’s a blatant lie. As Dullas Alahapperuma and Matale mayor Mohammed Hilmy will attest, “After the 2015 presidential election” I met ex-President Rajapaksa at Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa’s residence of January 10th and rolled out a recovery strategy centered on Dinesh Gunawardena in Parliament. Furthermore, as Dinesh Gunawardena, Vasudeva Nanayakkara, Dullas Alahapperuma, Udaya Gammanpila MP and Wimal Weerawansa would attest, I spent weeks meeting them at my home and that of others, working out the revival of the Opposition. It was at such a working dinner that the idea of the Nugegoda meeting was arrived at. I still recall Wimal looking up from his plate and saying “kavuru nokarath ehnang mama oya rasveema sanvidhanaya karanava!” Admiral Weerasekara must understand why I was invited to read out President Rajapaksa’s message at Nugegoda on Feb 18th 2015. 

There was no Viyath Maga at the time. I had not met Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the time except during the Kurunegala campaign, and he was maintaining a low profile. Dr. Nalaka Godahewa and I were among a small group that worked on the August 2015 parliamentary election manifesto with the approval of ex-President Rajapaksa who I was meeting regularly. We later combined our efforts with another group of young academics close to Mr. Basil Rajapaksa. There was no Viyath Maga anywhere in sight at the time. 

As far as I know Viyath Maga and Viyath Handa were two organizations of professionals that were together at one moment, broke up at another and reunited down the road. I was invited to a dinner meeting at the 80 Club by some professionals and academics with whom we had worked in the 2015 campaign, and Viyath Handa invited me to speak at a seminar or two, which I did. I never joined either Viyath Maga or Viyath Handa. Indeed I declined to attend the opening of the Viyath Maga office for the reason that I gave the friend who brought the invitation. I explained to her that the ideology and profile of Viyath Maga were too traditionalist, Sinhala nationalist and neoconservative not of a sort I could be associated with. 

I never requested a meeting with Gotabaya Rajapaksa. It was often suggested to me by Dilith Jayaweera and I was taken to see GR by Udaya Gammanpila and Wimal Weerawansa. I liked him, and found him sharp, realistic, and receptive. When he invited me to speak on foreign policy at the first major Viyath Maga meeting at the Golden Rose Boralesgamuwa, I readily agreed. Unfortunately for Rear Admiral Weerasekara, the filmed footage of my speech opens with a clear statement by me that I am not a member of Viyath Maga—so much for seeking membership! Now why does he think I said that, thereby differentiating myself publicly?

I did briefly join Eliya at GR’s invitation but that was only because it was dedicated to a single issue of campaigning against the new (federalizing) Constitution. During the planning sessions for t5he first Eliya public seminar, GR clearly told us not to speak about the 13th amendment at all—neither for nor against. Three speakers defied him on the platform and attacked 13A: Sarath Weerasekara, Ven. Medagoda Abhayatissa and Manohara de Silva. I adhered to GR’s request in my speech, sounding only an oblique warning about the need for geopolitical realism. When GR criticized this deviation at the Eliya review session, the defiance was reiterated. This is when I knew that there was a strong extremist ultra-nationalist lobby which had no compunction in overriding GR, and that if this project comes to power, even GR will be pushed into taking stands that are dangerous to the country or at the least will be prevented from taking the stands necessary to avoid a disastrous confrontation with the external environment that we cannot win for geopolitical and geostrategic reasons that are obvious to anyone but the ultra-right wing hawks such as Sarath Weerasekara.

When GR left for LA, giving instructions that Eliya should only speak about the Constitution and instead it held media briefings at which other matters of a controversial nature were commented upon in an immoderate manner, my wife and I opted out.

Now to move from the lies to the nonsense which verges on the moronic. Weerasekara refers to the hardcore federalists such as DJ who argue that 13A is the only answer. If I had been any kind of federalist, hardcore or not, I should have supported Chandrika’s 1995 and 1997 packages instead of being a prominent and early opponent of them—so prominent that Prof Buddhadasa Hewavitharana’s book against the package thanks me in the Introduction for inviting him to write on the subject to the Lanka Guardian which I edited at the time. If I were any kind of federalist I would have been for the new Constitution instead of being one of the earliest and most prominent critics of it. More basically, Sarath Weerasekara’s ignorance is so vast that he thinks that “hardcore federalists” support 13 A and 13A supporters are hardcore federalists! 13A is precisely devolution within a unitary state. This is why the TULF never accepted it in 1987 and even wrote to Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi criticizing it. This is also why, to date, the TNA refuses to take 13A as the basis of negotiation.  Weerasekara obviously does not know the difference between devolution/autonomy and federalism. I for one do not have tie to educate him on something every first year undergraduate student of politics and law knows. Yes, it is true that 13A is convertible to federalism if the executive Presidency is removed, but that is one of the reasons why I have been an early and prominent critic of any idea of removing the executive Presidency. I have opposed to publicly even when ex-President Rajapaksa seemed to toy with it. 

I have never advocated the “full” implementation of 13A, but only “the implementation of 13A” as the Government of Sri Lanka, including president Rajapaksa, Gotabhaya, Basil and Lalith Weeratunga promised India during the war and in its immediate aftermath in May 2009. This promise was made to the Govt. of India as well as the UN secretary general in official Joint Communiques. When a Government, nay a state, makes a promise in a bilateral and multilateral context, that country is judged by whether it keeps its word. If not, there are consequences, some of which are quite deleterious and needless. This is what happened to the Rajapaksa government in its second term. President Rajapaksa was sincere in wishing to fulfil his promise which is why he finally held the election to the Northern Province, knowing full well he would be defeated, in 2013. It was too late though—India had already turned away from us and joined the West in Geneva.  

My view is not “full implementation”, and I have never once advocated it in print or on the public record. That is another Sarath Weerasekara falsehood, or should I say “musaavadaya”. I have said 13th amendment and no more but no less—by which I mean no new Constitution or amendment that go qualitatively beyond 13 A, still less one that se3eks to drop the term “unitary”, but also no constitutional amendment that seeks to scrap or reduce or dilute 13A.  I support graduated and phased implementation based on President Rajapaksa’s instructions to his negotiating team in 2011 at Foreign Minister GL Pieris’ residence ( a meeting at which I was a participant) that the negotiations should be based on the 13th amendment and should arrive at a compromise on the concurrent list which would involve swaps. It was the TNA that scuttled that deal by seeking powers over land and land use that went beyond the 13th amendment.   

Vardaraja Perumal did not declare Eelam, he threatened to do so. But that is irrelevant. He made this move in 1990, while in early 1989, a year earlier, my open letter of resignation from Perumal’s cabinet was published in the Sinhala and English newspapers—and as anyone from Gen Cyril Ranatunga to Bradman Weerakoon to Sajith Premadasa can attest, when Perumal did make his move I had long been at President Premadasa’s side, helping him formulate policy to combat it, in my official capacity to which he appointed me, as Director, Conflict Studies of the Institute of Policy Studies, a para-state think tank, where I was employed by the Ministry of Policy Planning and Plan Implementation.

Now to Geneva. Our resolution which won us more votes than the US ever got against us, came up for a vote on May 27th. It was submitted on May 26th 2009. One week before, and completely unknown to me, as Prof Rajiva Wijesinha will attest, two meetings took place in Colombo with an Indian delegation and the UN Secretary General at which the country’s leadership signed joint communiques agreeing to “proceed with the implementation of the 13th amendment”. Of course I agreed with the pledge but had nothing to do with it. After the Communiques of May 21 and May 23 , four of the five of our crucial allies of the BRICS, namely Brazil, Russia, India, South Africa—and many outside in in the Third World, strongly suggested that we incorporate the joint communiques into the Resolution , the original draft of which did not contain it. This was because it would help our allies to help us, since a crucial question all our friends faced from within their countries (i.e. India, South Africa, Malaysia and most of Latin America) was “now that the war has been won by the Sri Lankan state and the Tamils have been weakened, what is to be the political resolution of the Tamil question”? On a conference call, the then Foreign Minister and Foreign Secretary instructed me to “stick to the language of the text of the Joint Communiques”, which I did, but not before every word was scrutinized by the senior legal advisor of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dr. Rohan Pereira, the members of the AG-s team Shavindra Fernando and Yasantha Kodagoda, the Minister of Human Rights Mahinda Samarasingha and his Secretary, Prof Rajiva Wijesinha. Of course, I reiterate that I totally supported the inclusion of the promise made in the Joint Communiques to both the Indian Government and the UN SG. I was sacked probably because I took that promise seriously and knew that we would pay a price if it was thought that we had reneged on it, and therefore I kept urging its implementation. I was also probably sacked because of my critique of Israel’s Gaza war. Now these are not two reasons but one—because the lobby that is anti 13A is also the pro-Israeli lobby. That was so then and it is so now. 

“But, we know that DJ is anti-Buddhist. When he was the Ambassador to France the first thing he did was to remove the Buddha statue kept at the reception of the embassy office.” 

Well, one of the first things the “anti-Buddhist DJ” did when he took over as ambassador to France and UNECO was to organize an international conference at UNESCO in record time, to celebrate the Sambuddathva Jayanthi. It was given publicity through a beautiful poster which we at UNESCO designed collectively, attended by speakers and representatives from seven countries, including the Ven. Rector of the premier Buddhist University of Thailand, who presented me with a gold painted Buddha statue for the excellence of my effort. I was one of the speakers on the theme that we had decide for the conference, namely “The Contribution of the Thought of the Buddha to Universality, Humanism and Peace”.

It is true that I removed the Buddha statue from the office room of the ambassador and transferred it to a position of honour in my official residence. It is only my immediate predecessor who had such a statue in the ambassador’s office. As  guest (as an A level student) of my father’s friend Ambassador Tissa Wijeratne, whose brother was later the Diyawadana Nilame,  I was fully aware that the Buddha statue was in the ambassador’s residence, not the office. One of my most distinguished predecessors Prof Senaka Bandaranaike did not have the Buddha statue in his office in Paris —with very good reason. Though a Catholic country, France is the most secular state on earth. Representatives from the French Foreign Ministry and media used to pay calls on me in my office. They have been told by the Tamil diaspora that in a multiethnic, multi-religious society like Sri Lanka, the state is mono-religious if not semi-theocratic. I would have played right into their hands if I kept the statue of a single of Sri Lanka’s many faiths, in the ambassador’s office. I did not substitute the Buddha statue with any other—I removed all religious symbolism from the ambassador’s office where I represented my country in a state that was secular.   

Weerasekara says “DJ also had the audacity to prohibit playing our National Anthem at the Independence Day reception held at the embassy in Paris. It is up to the public to decide whether a man who has no respect to his country’s identity and the national anthem is fit to represent the country.”

Now this is a Goebbelsian lie, so typical of Weerasekara. The National Anthem was sung, in Sinhala, on both National day celebrations that took place when I was ambassador.

To conclude let me say that what is important here is not that which is said about me. It is about the country’s future, and the avoidance of utter disaster which will reverse the victory of 2009 and achieve for the Tamil separatists that which they have always sought. That is the active support of India and the West, and the neutrality or abstention of our friends Russia, China and the Global South. Weerasekara talks about Putin. There is a reason that Putin held elections in Chechnya BEFORE the final offensive on Grozny. That election brought into power, Ramzan Kadyrov as president of Chechnya. It is that arrangement that has made the pacification of Chechnya politically and ideologically far more successful than that of the Tamil North. A supreme realist, Putin knew that Chechnya had to be run by and through an ally of Russia, but a Chechen ally, and that Chechnya should have an autonomous political status to defeat separatism politically, ideologically and psychologically. In Sri Lanka, this was not realized though I kept plugging the message and lost my job. The State needs a Tamil ally to run the North. That Tamil ally has to be elected or appointed to run an Interim Administration as per the 13th amendment. That Tamil ally must have a political base. There is no Tamil political player or party that will settle for anything less than the 13th amendment. That being the case, how on earth can Colombo run the province? Through the armed forces and ex-military governors? If not the 13th amendment what is the answer Sri Lanka can give anyone who asks what the political solution is that is being proffered for the Tamil question? Who in the world out of 193 states can sarath Weerasekara convince that there is no specifically Tamil political question? He reminds me of someone who still believes the earth is flat or the sun revolved around it.

The Tamils are getting radicalized and restive. How are we to face this politically—apart from the obvious security measures that will have to be taken/  If we crack down without apolitical solution in place or in hand, the world will turn against u as in the 1980s.

Rear Admiral Weerasekara should invest in a map. China has no overland route to help us. We are an island on India’s doorstep. Mattala and Palaly will give our neighbor a deep power projection capacity that it never had here, and no country has given its large neighbor. India cannot be neutralized by promises to be equidistant between it and China. India cannot be neutralized without a political solution to the Tamil Question at least along the lines that it was promised in 2007-2009. We have a bilateral accord with India on this matter, which cannot be unilaterally abrogated or ignore because we shall not be allowed to. True we were coerce into signing it, but that asymmetry of hard power which gave us no option but to sign, has grown exponentially, not shrunk since 1987. India and the USA are strategic allies now. India is also partnered with Japan, Australia and is major buyer of arms from Russia. No one will support us against India. Any attempt to tamper with or freeze the 13th amendment and the Tamil separatist will get the external alliances they have long sought and we shall be in no position to counterbalance it. 

The psychological problem here is that the Sinhala Alt Right think that the state having beaten the Tigers, it had also beaten the Indo-Lanka accord and the Indian military, which they haven’t. this why they tried to stall the 13th amendment since 2009. Now they think they can fulfil this fantasy of rolling back the 3th amendment and any autonomy /devolution base solution to the collective identity issue of the Northern Province with a Gotabhaya victory. The line that Sarath Weerasekara is taking and the Viyath Maga and Eliya have gone along with, taken together with Gotabhaya’s silence, fill me with the grim foreboding that we are headed along the route that Milosevic of Serbia and Mikhail Shakashvili of Georgia respectively took—a route that is unviable with a large ethnic kin state as your neighbor. It can only end horribly badly.

I conclude by correcting myself about Rear Admiral Weerasekara. He is not merely a Sinhala Buddhist ultra-nationalist or even what would be called a “Mad Dog” in Washington insider parlance. He and his co-thinkers are quite simply, dangerous fascists.      

Weerasekara calls me a separatist: “separatists such as DJ…” Now we have a choice. Do we believe sarath weerasekara or Anton Balasingham on this subject? My first book (‘Unfinished war, Protracted Crisis’, Vikas New Delhi 1995) was met with a blistering full page critique by leading Tiger ideologue and spokesman Anton Balasingham in his ‘Brahmagnani’ column, in which he said: “Sri Lankan political discourse, in recent times, has produced an amazing variety of political theorists and analysts whose main vocation seems to be to produce denunciatory criticisms of the politico-military strategy of the LTTE and offer ideas or solutions as to how to end the so-called terrorist menace. Among these political theorists Dayan Jayatilleka stands out as a unique character in his irrational and ruthless criticism of the LTTE.” (Inside Report- Tamil Eelam News Review, June 30, 1995).

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    Dayan:
    Looks like Balasingham got the “irrational” part about you right.
    You used to attack TNA’s repeated efforts to get meaningful and yet reasonable devolution (which is not separatism as you yourself acknowledge) as potentially dangerous, creating a phobia among Sinhala extremists. Now that phobia has grown into the Sinhala Alt-Right and you feel like Frankenstein. You’re quite right to fear if the monster comes to power you will be the first to be devoured. Chickens are coming home to roost. Did you actually invite the spooky characters Weerawansa and Gammanpila to your home? Looks your Sarath Weerasekara is your new tormentor having elbowed out the Chandrika-Ranil-Mangala-Sambandan multi-headed dragon.

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      “Weerasekara calls me a separatist: “separatists such as DJ…” “

      Dayan,

      Man this is what you do to your adversaries ………call them all sorts of crap ……….. now you know how it feels when others do it to you!

      You guys are all the same peas in a pod – the lists of humbugs you’ve given – trying to survive without doing a honest day’s work ……. if you need a proper job just ask

      But not to be churlish ……… I have to admit that you did a decent job in Geneva ………… not as great as you want to make it out to be ………. but more skilfully than many other Lankans we could’ve picked

      That guy who was in Washington DC – relative of Mahinda – cant even read out a script written for him by Sajin Vass’ million dollar public relations outfits! ……. I don’t think he knows even how to sit on a chair ………. let alone the diplomatic-finesse required for delicate diplomatic tasks ………..nothing wrong ……….. but there are people who can do it and people who cant ……… people should know their limitations! ………… If I’m appointed a diplomat what the hell am I going to do? Stand on one leg and hop around reciting Ba Ba Black sheep?

      I don’t mind Dayan getting the Moscow posting – by any stretch of the imagination he is not the worst we can come up with. But for the sake of damn Lanka I wish he himself knows what position he stands on in a given second ………… he takes so many positions ……… it just blows my mind to think of him as a gal ……. like a Chinese acrobat in the State Circus ………..

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        nimal fernando

        The public racist Dayan Jayatilleka types:
        “Dr. Nalaka Godahewa and I were among a small group that worked on the August 2015 parliamentary election manifesto with the approval of ex-President Rajapaksa who I was meeting regularly. “

        Is that why Mahinda could not win a majority in the parliament?

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      His next effort has been [edited out] of Gotler for one single reason to get posted once the bugger would perhaps have been elected in 2020. One good civil society activist made a public speech lately ” if a woman sinking though rescued by the efforts made kindly, but the man who rescued her has no right to ask her for rape”: That is exactly what Rajapakshes of various nature have been asking this nation. People are made permanent blind by Rajapakshe hidden media propaganda. Now some with higher allegations to have grabed funds make public statements just forgetting the size of harm the Rajapkshe adminstration had deliberately done to own and international folks.
      DJ makes some progress then it always snaps as a glass wall would break out instantly. Nevertheless his self proclamations still seem to work getting a place at least within Kiliyas media world. That is why the bugger is seen in some telecasts i carried out by Sirasa today. DJ is unique to his own theories. Mostly by coming with world literiture references he makes every effort to give his articles interllectual look. But keeping the substance far from understadning. This man s big mouth and shameless nature would never see it twice before being added to pen.
      I thought guys with some education could at least get it with the time. This man and that Malin Seneviratne though university qualified behave like school drop outs of Wimal Buruwanse nature.

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        Bunjikirili

        What you have said about these so called University educated duo is brilliant.
        Both use their education to obfuscate and prevaricate real facts.
        .It is exactly the reason why another commentator in this forum mentions about the 64 positions by a famous Indian Rishi Vatsayana.

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      DJ as I know from his self proclamations and articles filled with world references to be contrast in readership is joker by every means.

      He tried once to bring SP but that failed.
      That will fail too since SP will have to work lot more to come to the levels.

      Now being close to Gottler what has been doing than making every effort to seeking his selfish agendas.

      [edited out]

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      Country Farce

      Where are you?
      Dayan Jayatilleka your fellow racist does not seem to like your “friend, philosopher and guide” the public racist Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara.

      Its high time you questioned Dayan with gusto.

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      CT
      must now invite Sinhala/Buddhist puritan the Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara to type a fitting riposte to his fellow public racist Dayan’s typing.

      I love to see the fascists tearing themselves apart.

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    The ultra racist DJ finally admits of his cheating and deceiving the world.

    He says: “French Foreign Ministry and media used to pay calls on me in my office. They have been told by the Tamil diaspora that in a multiethnic, multi-religious society like Sri Lanka, the state is mono-religious if not semi-theocratic. I would have played right into their hands if I kept the statue of a single of Sri Lanka’s many faiths, in the ambassador’s office. “

    You can cheat the world briefly. If you are so ashamed of SL’s constitution and can’t proudly represent it, have you ever voiced your opposition to it? Or you prefer to oppress all other the religions and prefer to give the “foremost place” to Buddhism just like the other fanatics?

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    DJ’s Grievences explained here. Jackal Opposition’s Revival committee says what dirty Hyenas are fighting for the existence. I agree Sinhala Buddhists have no rights in Sri lanka to bee Assertive. IT is only the Protestants, Tele evangelists business and military strategy and homecountry less protestant Tamils who cn not go back to Tamilnadu or south India even though they have money in the west.Mahinda Rajapakse’s, Basil Rajapakse’s and LSSP and all other hyenas want piggy back to another shot at the govt positions and commis. Mahinda Rajapkse’s want the party leader ship for his ELdest son while other rajapakses need their sons as parliamentarians and the extended family important govt positions cum business leaders. [Edited out]

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      I thought Jim da Dimwit was under arrest:
      “Jul 10 (EN) SL Tuesday arrested a Buddhist monk who allegedly strangled a police officer investigating a paedophilia charge against him at a temple in the Ratnapura district. 53-year-old unarmed police Sergeant was killed by the 37-year-old monk who resisted arrest at Gallanda temple, was identified as Konwellay Dhammasara.”

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    after reading this i think the slpp should seriuosly think of dayan as their presidential candidate
    only he can solve this countrys problems

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      nalmen – How can a public racist, a warmonger and a bogus dr. solve this country’s problems?

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    Te author says – Yes, it is true that 13A is convertible to federalism if the executive Presidency is removed,

    How that is possible. This is utter rubbish.

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    Thero petty is staging a sarcastically tweaked quarrel with Rear Admirable nonsense, to sideline many issues in the Colombo politics. No denial of this comedy piece is promoting Old King and other ones Comedy Piece is promoting Brother Prince. The question is kettle or pot? Both are terrible twos; evil and the devil.
    One might not wonder to know why every time Thero was fired though he served his masters more faithful than would be their house pet dogs. Becuase,all his campaign is, though his faithfulness by his obedience was strong, only self-advertising; irritating to a leader, who looks forward to sell his own egos.

    On the other hand, Thero’s boss is the number one criminal in the land. From the time he appeared to JVP girls, through the time he took flight to Geneva, to the time he flied back with Ex. PM Manmohan Singh from New York, everybody knows his deceiving criminal actions. Before Manmohan Singh refused to talk to Old King, in 2012, Manmohan Singh had said “If we tell Sri Lanka it is not listening”. Only After he refused to meet Old King in NY, UN Meeting, Old King conducted the NPC election. Thero is cheating everybody.

    India is not dying for Tamils. It is 100% concerned of its security. If one of them, from the time of Sirimavo, who cheated Mrs. Gandhi by allowing Pakistan Military planes to refuel, has satisfied India that its security will not be jeopardized, it would not have taken Tamils’ problems in its hand. India –Lanka accord is about India’s security not about 13A. 13A created by JR crook. India, after Sonia’s government, now accepts that 13A has nothing in it and agrees that it has to be enhanced. We know, though Thero hides it, Old Crook fooled Manmohan Singh with 13A+ too.

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    Thero has written in CT that his negotiating basis in 2009, May resolution was “Give any promises they ask for, but don’t give any number or date for it”. He blamed Resolution 30/1 did not have this feature. Now he is talking that he wanted to have 13A implemented as per the promises to India and UNSG that is why he was fired. But he is saying he is only for 13A-. But the promise for Manmohan Singh was 13A+. The promise to UNSG was 13A and accountability & Responsibility. Now the World do know 42 People out of the leaders are War Criminals. Will Thero say that if he is appointed as Ambassador, hewill consult to New King to implement OISL report as Old King promised to UNSG Ban-Ki-Moon?

    Thero didn’t ask Old King to implement anything. If he had asked that is not was promised in Geneva to UNHRC and in Colombo, to Ban-Ki-Moon. Thero likes to white wash old King on the expense of Brother Prince. The truth is Old Brother Prince is only a Sinhala Modaya, as per Old King. But Old King is the mastermind with Hitler’s cruel Capacity. Every Army Commander who spoke on the war has said it was Old King made them and guided to conduct the war in this fashion. Pillaiyan has said Old Hired him to Kill New.

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    weerasekera and prabaharan are in the same boat.They don’t know what is happening outside.

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    Ramzan Kadyrove doesn’t live with his extended Family in Moscow and rule Chechnya unlike our Sampathar and his Family.
    Besides, even Moscow and St Pietersberg combined do not have many Chechnyans let alone more than half the Chechnyan population.
    Can Mahavamsa Lankawe afford 9 Chief Ministers with nine Cabinets?.
    I m not sure about the minorities, but do our majority inhabitants who are only 18 Million when the minorities and the Elite and the Anglicans are excluded need
    7 Chief Ministers ,
    7 Cabinets
    7 Police Chiefs,
    7 Chief SC Judges.
    7 MOD Security details
    7 Bullet Proof Limos
    7 Private Militias and not forgetting 7 lots of their Pathalaya Mates…
    I am seriously thinking of migrating to Madagaskar..

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      I think Myanmar suits you better than “Madagaskar”, environment to should fit like hand in glove. Buddhists there are similar to the Sinhala Buddhists.

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      KASmaalam

      “Can Mahavamsa Lankawe afford 9 Chief Ministers with nine Cabinets?.”

      As at 1st May 2018 the total number of ministers, including full, half, quarter, 1/8 ministers remained 125, almost 60% of the MPs.
      If Sri Lanka can afford 125 out of 225 donkeys why cannot it maintain another few?

      I wonder whether you knew there were 156 members of the clan controlling nearly 80% of the state budget through various offices from 2005 and 2015, including security and development budgets, in addition clan had complete right to privatisation of VP’s bank in Vanni.

      Never mind if you recover all the stolen wealth and Mahinda’s numerous rings and charm you could afford another 7 provincial councils.

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        Dear Native,
        I didn’t know Mahinda had only 160 Clan members .
        Your Putin Aiiya’s mate Kandy Kirra had 60 by himself , with 5 off springs with the keys to his Ministry ..
        I am disappointed with Mahinda.

        You are the Statistician of the Yahpalana Records Register besides holding the posts of Protector and Care Taker of Dr Ranil, Sampathar and Abraham Memorandums of Understanding.
        And Mr Pirahapran’s Banker of Gold Holdings..
        I know that is a heavy work load.

        But can you just find out how many of the rest of the Yahapalana Heavy Hitters have conscripted from their Nuclear as well as Extended Families to milk our Mahavamsa Treasury..
        Specially that loud mouth ,foul Yahapalana Minister from Kaluthara,

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          KASmaalam

          On 19 November 2012 Reuters reported:
          There are several possible explanations, but critics say that by making Sri Lanka something of a personal fiefdom and dragging his feet on reconciliation between the ethnic minority Tamil-dominated north and the majority Sinhalese Buddhist population, Rajapaksa shoulders some of the blame.
          The president and his brothers control ministries and departments accounting for about 70 percent of the budget, including finance and defence. His elder son is an elected legislator and his eldest brother is the speaker of parliament, where the president holds a more-than two-thirds majority.
          “A handful of people seems to have captured both political authority and the economy,” said Harsha de Silva, spokesman on economic affairs for the main opposition United National Party.
          “Almost four years after the end of the war, we are yet to see any established investors setting up businesses, apart for some big hotel chains.”
          One Rajapaksa brother, Economic Affairs Minister Basil Rajapaksa, justified the system, telling Reuters that politics was a family affair everywhere from the United States to India and pointing out that he and his relatives were elected parliamentarians.
          “It is a dynasty, but by people’s choice, a people’s dynasty,” he said in an interview, and suggested that more, rather than less, concentration of decision-making would help investment in a country where multiple permits slow start-ups.
          “In other countries who are successful, they were successful because immediately one person he takes the decisions. In Sri Lanka, the main problem is that that is not there, more decisions have to be centralised.”
          Opponents say the extensive control of commerce by the president and his family is at the root of the country’s problems.

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          KASmaalam

          On 19 November 2012 Reuters reported:

          The JVP’s Sunil Handunnetti realised it only in November 2012 after canoodling with Dr Mahinda and his cronies for many years, in the same interview to Reuters this is what he said “Half of all the ministries which are engaged in businesses are controlled by Rajapaksa family under his ruling. That is the main problem we are facing today,”

          Do you need any other statistics?

          Sri Lanka’s “people’s dynasty” – help or harm for growth?
          https://www.reuters.com/article/uk-srilanka-dynasty/
          sri-lankas-peoples-dynasty-help-or-harm-for-growth
          -idUSLNE8AI01A20121119

          There are 10 MPs from Kalutara.
          Did you mean Jayantha Samaraweera? Naturally empty vessels make more noise? Or racists make more noise.

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      Well said. These politicians are taking the people for a good ride. We the people must agitate against this waste of public money on a multitude of fools who lack a proper education and have little breeding. Why doesn’t some private MP bring forward a motion to do away with these excessive perks.
      RMB Senanayake Retd CCS

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    Dayan Jayathilake or whoever may be, why are we talking about non-existing special problems of Tamils as a race in Sri Lanka and unrealistic demands as solutions by Racist thugs. The problems in Sri Lanka are Economic in nature and common to all the people considered as their Homeland/Motherland. All the other ideologies were effectively annihilated on the banks of Nanthikadal Lagoon on the 19th May 2009.
    Reconciliation among the living beings in the country is required and it can be done with effort without talking of 13A or any other separatist or similar ideologies as it is done at Vishwamadu, Mulathivu, Kilinochchiya areas led by a Senior Military Officer as no point talking of reconciliation with Racist thugs such as Wigneshwaran, Sivajilingam, TNA bunch of jokers, and other individuals. By the way, you need to realize that ordinary Tamil masses do not want separate states, federalism or Tamil Homelands as they want their children to go to schools, they have income for the survival of their day to day living as they do not want to ruin their lives once again as reached by the 1st Terrorist Chelvanayagam since 1933 through Amirthalingam and finally ended up by annihilation of LTTE.
    Please remember that 13 A is forced up on us ad no way it is being accepted by Masses of Sri Lanka may be for similar reasons or dissimilar reasons. After all, even Provincial councils are a huge expenditure on Administration and not at all required for a country like Sri Lanka as it has proved without doubt as additional red tapes for the development as well.
    Dayan Jayathilake, in the midst of all these critically big talks about the Yahapalana Government, you have applied for the position of Ambassador to Russia under Yahapalana Government. We cannot understand that a person can do “Karanam’ in this unashamed manner.

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      Nimal Tissass Wijethunga

      “Dayan Jayathilake or whoever may be, why are we talking about non-existing special problems of Tamils as a race in Sri Lanka “

      It is because of your existential mental problem, you are afflicted with paranoia hence in order to cure you people have to find new ways to keep you at bay from other sane human beings.

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    My dear Dayan
    Thanks for letting out all what was confined to you all these years. You must be very relieved.
    Sarath Weerasekara is a dumb, stupid man; where did he get the PhD from? University of Thimbaktu?

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      After reading the way you have written ‘Thimbaktu’, I am compelled to ask as to where you got your Grade 1 certificate (If you have gone that far!).

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        Don’t be appalled by a simple error.
        Thimbaktu is not a English word. There is no compulsive way to write the name of this distant place in Mali.

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    Dr. Dayan

    I fully endorse your article with step by step analysis.
    Yes Rear Admiral Sarath is a born racist. In case GR comes to power we will have to undergo economic sanctions and travel ban on top former regime leaders.

    Already a few cant travel to western countries Including SF and NR. The list too long….

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    We are famous for beating about the bush without facing stark facts. Battle won war lost. To win the war we have to find a solution to the Ethnic problem. Its no easy as we have to factor in the Muslims. If not separation is on the cards come 50 years.

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      That’s what they said 50 years ago. Its all nonsense.

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        Paul
        50 years back Sinhala only, now we have all three languages 50 years back no pradeshia Sabhas and Provincial Councils[ 13th amendment] now we have them. Can you see the progressive development, towards separation.Too little too late after massive damage done to the image of the country.

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    Dayan,
    So you agree that the anti- Tamil, anit-Muslim is your advise to revival of Mahinda? You never worried about revival of the country from corruption and lawlessness and dictatorship. What a joker?

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    a man is judged by the company he keeps
    can we trust a guy who keeps company with the guys he mentions

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    All these years, I thought that Dayan was in favour of the full implementation of the 13th Amendment. Now, he has clearly come out and explained that he doesn’t even want the sharing of land powers, As such, I am forced to ask him as to how much of the 13th Amendment he would like to see being implemented? Half of it? A quarter? 1% perhaps?

    I now don’t see a difference between Dayan and Gerry Peiris’ stance on the in famous Provincial-District debate that took place between the two earlier.

    Sadly, this piece of writing only demonstrates that Dayan is engaged in race baiting. The glitz and bombast of Dayan’s writings will be a no-brainer hereafter and will only be interpreted as a bonfire of the vanities. So much for Dayan’s witch hunts and witch burnings.

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    I don’t think dayan should have removed the Bhuddha statue from his office.Totally unnecessary.

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    sarath weerasekera should realise that the world has changed since gamperaliya.

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    shankar

    “sarath weerasekera should realise that the world has changed since gamperaliya.”

    Does it mean that sarath weerasekera is adamant that he would only use Yatra oruva (Sailing craft with an out trigger) cross rivers and oceans?

    Let him sing Sinhala national anthem while on his long distance voyages to Geneva once in every three months.

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    This is a fascinating battle between two Sinahala heroes both on Mahinda camp. Currently Dayan is winning. Now the ball is Sarath W’s court. Will he clean bowl Dayan with a googlie?

    We Tamils can’t be more rejoiced than this.

    Vasithi Kolonne nee Parameswaran

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    Being a close friend of Vardharaja Perumal I know Dayan is a close friend of Tamils. Perumal said Dayan wouldn’t mind a separate state in North as long as he was accepted (Dayan was a Minsiter of V Perumal’s cabinet).

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    It is only now I know DJ is friends with Nalaka Goda Pussa

    My God!

    Go away Dayan Go away

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    Dayan De Silva (now Jayathilake) has finally met his Waterloo – the Admiral of the Rear

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    Insane Native Vedda,

    You have paranoia for supporting Terrorism as a path to achieve Separate state or Elam or federalism as you shall be in Angoda as permanent resident rather than in the civilized world just asking donkey questions only.

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    Dayan, you think you are a “Pundit” in political affairs and strategy. Unfortunately your own article, as it appears here, shows clearly that you are a “Puss Pundit”. Let me explain, recently you were offered or begging, I am not sure, to be the Ambassador in Russia. How dare you even agree to look into such a position when you yourself clearly indicate that you worked to resurrect Rajapakse after the elections and now wanting to represent President Sirisena who is the head of the country? Further you invited and met with Wimal Weerawansa and the joker Gammanpilla to your house and worked with them and as you write, its your ideas that they are implementing. Do you have any self respect? You are like the one that jumps from branch to branch… only thing is you are jumping from party to party from politician to politician. Why don’t you retire for GOOD and stay at home enjoy your scotch and wine.

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    Dayan Jayatilleka

    You talk and talk but NEVER about corruption/nepotism/impunity. Why is that?
    Your world consists of Dayan, Dayan, Gotabaya & MR-team & Dayan, Dayan. In this world ‘Viyathmaga’ has displaced ‘Mahinda-Chinthanaya’ and ’13A’ is a red herring.
    .
    We have to choose between two baddies Dayan. Do you consider yourself more important?

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    DJ: Of the whole narration you presented, I picked up the most interesting and important “Message” conveyed to the PEOPLE of this country. Here it is : ” He (this Rear Admiral Weerasekera) and his co-thinkers are quite simply dangerous fascists”. Those “Co-Thinkers” , I believe that “Group” who call themselves “Viyath Maga” and “Eliya”, the “HEAD” of which is none other than Gotabahya Rajapakse. Even though late to realize this TRUTH, I feel happy for you. Cheers DJ.

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    Dr. DJ sometimes it is not all about you! If you too have seen 54 women, children, and men and some women pregnant, massacred in their sleep as was what Sarath Weerasekare saw in 1999 in Gonagala, you may think that there are more important things in this world than becoming a Diplomat for Russia with all the gilt edged benefits it may bring. Please read about the Gonagala massacre, you Dr D has to comedown from that Corinthian column, before you fall on your head as in what, 2012.

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      wannihami

      “If you too have seen 54 women, children, and men and some women pregnant, massacred in their sleep as was what Sarath Weerasekare saw in 1999 in Gonagala, you may think that there are more important things in this world than becoming a Diplomat for Russia with all the gilt edged benefits it may bring.”

      I wonder why the public racist Sarath Weerasekare failed to see other massacres in 1971, between 1987 and 1990 not less than 60,000, over 30 years of civilians being killed by the state operatives/war criminals, those who were killed in various riots from 1956 and 1983, …………………………. and those Sinhalese who were saved by non-Sinhalese in 1971 and between 1987 and 1990. JVP knows well how Somawansa and his thousands of merry men were being smuggled to Hindia by Tamils.

      Ask him if he ever came out of his Sinhala/Buddhist fascist ghetto to see the real world which is a much happier place than these two public racists portray.
      By the do you think Dr Gotler becoming the next president is most important than anything else? What is personally in it for you?

      It seems the public racist Sarath Weerasekare is a regular visitor to Geneva at least three times a year. Who is paying for travel and accommodation? Is it NGO, INGO, the Navy, the Defense ministry, the west, China, Hindia, may be Russia which has a ship to sell, those suppliers who benefited during the war, …………. or the Sinhala/Buddhist fascist diaspora?

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      Wannihamu,
      You write “If you too have seen 54 women, children, and men and some women pregnant, “
      If that is your justification for louts such as Weerasekera, aren’t you condoning Prabhakaran, because he saw Sinhala Buddhist mobs doing the same or worse to Tamils long before 1999?
      Chicken-and-egg explanations do no good. Extremists like Weerasekara on BOTH sides cause all our problems.

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        Raman,
        Raman my dear, Sinhala mobs never massacred sleeping Tamil families, don’t try to bring in 1983, yes there were killings but not the numbers some of the Tamils claim, and never while they were sleeping, I was there in Colombo in 1983 with my elderly parents sheltering Tamil families, and transporting Tamil families to Camps. Sarath Weerasekare is not an extremist but he tells the truth as is, and in this case the duel between him and DJ is because DJ is coveting a plum foreign service position and he is actually spoiling his own chances of getting one by being a turn coat

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      wannihami

      “what Sarath Weerasekare saw in 1999 in Gonagala, “

      did he see these too before 1999.Last column shows the dead tamil civilians.I have only tabulated the ones with over 50 casualties.There are numerous incidents with lesser casualties not shown here.

      January 1984 Sampalthoddam Vavuniya 55-70

      3 December 1984 Manal Aru Mullaitivu Northern 100+

      4 December 1984 Murunkan Mannar Northern 107-150

      15 December 1984 Several locations Mullaitivu Northern 131

      16 January 1985 Mulliyavalai Mullaitivu Northern 52

      30 January 1985 Vadakkandal Mannar Northern 52

      12 May 1985 Valvettithurai Jaffna Northern 46-70

      May–September 1985 Several places Trincomalee Eastern 280+

      8-11 November 1985 Muttur Trincomalee Eastern 30-100

      19 February 1986 Akkaraipattu Ampara Eastern 80

      27 January 1987 Kokkadichcholai Batticaloa Eastern 83

      12 June 1990 Kalmunai Ampara Eastern 160-250

      5 September 1990 Batticaloa Batticaloa Eastern 158

      9 September 1990 Batticaloa Batticaloa Eastern 184

      12 June 1991 Kokkadichcholai Batticaloa Eastern 152

      29 April 1992 Muthugal and Karapola Polonnaruwa North Central 87

      2 January 1993 Jaffna Lagoon Jaffna Northern 35-100

      9 July 1995 Navaly Jaffna Northern 125

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    Does Dayan want the Ambassador Gig in Moscow?.
    Is he serious….
    Where can he get French Plonk there?.
    Unless Dr Ranil grants him specia lallocation for the grog.
    Still how can Dayan shake hands with Dr Ranil?.
    Or are they still buddies like the rest, when it comes to doing Politricks on our poor Mahavamsa Inhabitants?..

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