By Shyamon Jayasinghe –
Palitha Thewarapperuma was a UNP leader who had in the past behaved rather outlandishly. I was under the impression he was a larrikin sort of guy who shoots off his mouth at will. In the days when the UNP was in opposition – and that wasn’t a brief span in time – he is reported to have once tried to assault the leader (nayakathuma), Ranil Wickremesinghe. It is to Ranil’s credit that he promoted Thawa as Deputy Minister of something or other in the yahapalanaya (YP) government. And, here and now, we observe Thawa blooming in redefined stature. Probably Ranil saw this potential in his former assailant.
Not only that, Palitha Thawarapperuma is an MP who didn’t accept the special attendance bonus offered to other MPs. I like this. He is not a moneyed guy.
Now, what has Thawa done so much for us to talk about? Ceylon Today (30/12) reports an interview the Deputy Minister had given to Rasika Hemamali. Thawa has hit a few Ranjan Ramanayake-type ‘one-shots,’ at the so-called Joint Opposition (JO) for protesting over mere proposals mooted even before related plans are drawn out. In doing so, Thawa took on a favourite and frequent tactic of the JO boys who are toiling to bring back Mahinda Rajapaksa in a ‘Mahinda Sulanga,’ (Mahinda storm). JO jumps to create a crisis of sorts by this manoeuvre with the objective of both killing the idea at birth and creating a demon out of ghosts, of the YP government. Let us call this strategy: ‘attacking non-being.’ The attack is incessant and relentless designed to make the people of the country to feel that nothing can ever be right about the YP government.
In the interview, Palitha Thawarapperuma, comes out of the shadow to make an impressive rhetorical contribution to the work of the YP government. The UNP needs new leaders like this and leaders who can speak up for the progress of the government when sustained criticism by the Opposition and media is the order of the day. One wonders what the Deputy Leader of the party and other seniors are doing by observing silence when the battle is on. Thawa comes out impressively at the interview repudiating. He does so by picking at the JO strategy of attacking non-being.
The latest of such JO attacks is over the proposal to create a Minister with special powers for the purpose of acting as a one-stop -shop coordinating investment and development. JO cried foul about what they dubbed as a ‘Super Minister.’ Thawarapperuma gives a body blow that Muhammed Ali would have been proud of: “We saw,” he asserted, “that there were super Ministers in the previous government. Basil Rajapaksa was a Minister with super powers. Development was in their hands. Projects were also in their hands. Even Commissions as well as Institutions were in their hands.” And then Thawa came out with a classic expression straight from down-south coastal rurality: “This proposal has not even been presented in Parliament as yet. These people are tying on their amudes now itself although the tide is still a distance away from the beach.”
Thawarapperuma pointed out how during the Rajapaksa regime these uninhibited and vociferous JO Members of Parliament were so scared to protest: “They came to Parliament like kittens,” Thawa said, those parliamentarians who raise a hue and cry over nothing today were like little kittens back then. Every one sat down when ordered to do so. They stood up when they were asked to stand up. That is how they acted, he said. “Such a post is required in order to create job opportunities for the youth in the country, in order to develop it.”
JO’s habit of attacking non-being was observed from day one of the YP government. An earlier example is the proposal for a trade agreement with India (ETCA),which is still being worked out between the two governments. JO MPs thumped their hands on table at Parliament. They stopped short of sleeping in Parliament after a few tots. Yet, the ETCA is not even outlined yet. Talks are ongoing between the two government so that a workable arrangement is ready that benefits both India and Sri Lanka. As a product, the ETCA is yet a non-being. JO complains that the YP government was trying to repudiate China and get into the laps of rival,India.
When dealing with the project for a new constitution that is desperately required, JO seems to be having extrasensory powers to predict what the constitution proposals are going to be. The project is still in the gestation period. Incoming ideas from the public are coming in. A steering committee of Parliament are studying these proposals and it will draft a Bill to be presented to Parliament for a two-third majority. Thereafter, the Bill has to be approved by the people at a referendum.Hence, this is a long procedure and a very transparent one. But for the MPs of the Joint Opposition the Bill exists and they keep lashing at it. Tamils are to get Eelam, they say. Buddhism is going to lose special place. This is yet another illustration of hitting at non-being.
Where will all this end? Mahinda Rajapaksa has announced that he will overthrow this government long before it has a chance of doing anything. He has given next year itself as deadline. However, attacking nonbeing wouldn’t take him there. He has himself a long procedure to follow and let us remind him of that. First and foremost, he has to make a public expression of remorse for the appalling events of his tenure: for usurping of law and order; for doing nothing to find the culprits who murdered journalists like Lasantha, MPs like Raviraj, and the innocent Ruggerite Thajudeen; for dragging and jailing war hero Sarath Fonseka on framed-up charges and employing a controversial Military Tribunal procedure to justify what appeared more like revenge; for the large-scale corruption charges during his rule and for running the country broke.
As Thawarapperuma eloquence explained, “People, media men, politicians and others were killed on our main roads while the sons of the politicians of this country used war heroes to pile up sand bags so that they could engage in motor racing while the country was heading for destruction. There was no itinerary or principle in that. Court cases were heard at Temple Trees ! Under this system the economy of the country had fallen to zero. When the new government was elected it was as if we had taken over an empty house. To rebuild this everyone needs to contribute.”
Next, Mahinda Rajapaksa and the JO must present a policy framework and executive plan of how they are to going to do what they didn’t do, if they get into power. The targeted YP-government demolition year of 2017 is already on, and Mahinda and the JO had better cease hitting at non-being and enter the positive area of presenting plans for a national debt-recovery program and a reformed administration. The latter cannot expect the electorate to be enthused when they are trapped like this in a sterile and vacuous negative territory.
Mahinda Rajapaksa had a long, long term of ten years. If he yearns for yet another a term he must, in sportsman-like fashion, and in honesty let the new government the mere four years it has earned by legitimate election and popular mandate do its job in a stable environment.
After all, we are Sri Lankans and the country and its democracy comes first-before self.
*The writer can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka / December 31, 2016
Never mind Mahinda Rajapaksa– it will be interesting to see how many years (or months) Ranil Wickremesinghe remains as PM without being replaced within this first term!
William Sacks / December 31, 2016
Probably that is what you are yearning for, not for any good of the country but for some personal benefits you can gain.
You know that you cannot challenge RW intellectually. I do not know why you go behind Mahinda today, when in an interview you said (cannot remember the exact words) MR is not an intelligent person. You know you can’t get anything from Ranil, that may be the reason why you try to lean towards Maithree. For sometime we had the pleasure of not seeing you on CT. Better be away from CT.
PunchiSIMON / January 2, 2017
even if DJ repeats himself to be the most senior diplomat to have represented the country in Geneva and other important destinations; MR himself denied this guy. Like a leech, DJ himself showed up where MR was pressent. Now DJ seems to have turned out ot be an another used condom. There he continues his hate against RW. PM would never add wrong remarks on DJ or the like intentionally, since he knows DJ s is not a profile if we all to get together for a permement peace. DJ is against not only RW but CBK and anyone coming from colombo elite families. We the people of this country, must not go after their personal level conflicts so long any talented ones joins hands for the good moves being taken by any regime. DJ has been no consistent over the last 2 years. He just adds his thoughts the way, promoting himself the efforts being made by him during his sessions in UNHRC in 2009 (තමන් ගැන තමන්ම ලොකුකම් කියනවා அவர்கள் தங்கள் சொல்லவேண்டுமா உயர்த்த boast about self not letting others to judge) – are lankens average that stupid to see the way DJ has been. Sirasa is the only channel seems to be close to DJ by now. Why cant this man bring positive but realitic thoughts for the future of lanka, no doubt, president will then join hand with realizing it.
Native Vedda / January 2, 2017
It is not that every commentators bread and butter in this forum to say something about this self confessed war monger.
It is like when enjoying a packet of peanut unexpectedly you find a rotten nut in your mouth, making the the whole experience rotten. This man comes in like a rotten peanut and ruins the whole experience here in this forum.
Dr.Rajasingham Narendran / December 31, 2016
The Tail wagging and egging the dog!
Samuel Jayaweera / January 1, 2017
Poor DJ cant yet see it right. He will take another few months.
MR will end up in a jail. DJ will have to be caught by his 4 wall arrest. Right at the moment, only killis sender intvites him, but in the future chances will become even lesser. Let us hope DJ a healthy new year that can bring him good luck.
Amarasiri / December 31, 2016
RE:Hitting At Non-Being – Palitha Thawarapperuma Lashes At JO Tactic
“This proposal has not even been presented in Parliament as yet. These people are tying on their amudes now itself although the tide is still a distance away from the beach.”
“Thawarapperuma pointed out how during the Rajapaksa regime these uninhibited and vociferous JO Members of Parliament were so scared to protest: “They came to Parliament like kittens,” Thawa said, those parliamentarians who raise a hue and cry over nothing today were like little kittens back then. Every one sat down when ordered to do so. They stood up when they were asked to stand up. That is how they acted, he said. “Such a post is required in order to create job opportunities for the youth in the country, in order to develop it.”
Thanks for the write up. Lovely. So, the JO wants to be Kittens again! Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka, do you want to be a kitten again, and looking for a Master?
The People of Kalutara District love him, even the SLFP, JVP and the Modayas who vote for the Crook Mahinda Rajapaksa and Cronies, called Kittens. Thewa can recognize stupidly a mile away, and the crooks of the JO , 100 miles away.
Thewa is fair, has ethics and guts. That is what the Land desperately needs.
Shyamon Jayasinghe, Happy New Year, and one more orbit around the Sun. Please keep writing and exposing.
Analyst / December 31, 2016
Ajith / January 1, 2017
Do you have a human brain or Lion brain or brain of a fox?
Are you not ashamed of an associate of a person who killed Lasantha?
Are you proud to be a slave of Gotapaya (BBS) who ran a white van company?
Even Mahinda understood that you are a worthless creature. That is why he didn’t liseten to you bullshits.
Leelawathie / January 1, 2017
Yes we know, then only you will have a chance to get posted to an another destination. So we dont need to take it serious when it comes out of your cespits. We also know what comes out of your twin-brother Wimal Buruwanse. DJ please dont behave to disgrace good parents. That what we can request you at this critical juncture of lanken politics. Today the message became even clear, LATE PM Wickramanayake son made it very clear that SLFP has to be together.
Sorry for your unemployed situation, but please try it in a fair manner.. that can pave you serveral chances. Then people will all be become happier.
Buster / January 1, 2017
Dayan – why “never mind” MR??? Most of the voters of this country DID “mind” him, hence him being booted out (much to your chagrin)!
Ranil is no angel, but it would take him eons to get even close to the dastardly deeds Rajapakse was responsible for.
So quite trying to bullshit us – it ain’t working, and never will. Your history betrays you!
Sanja Ganga / January 2, 2017
Sanja Ganga / January 2, 2017
Dr.Rajasingham Narendran / December 31, 2016
Thevaraperuma, I remember,also behaved in a laudable manner during the aluthgama onslaught by the BBS.
Bensen Berner / December 31, 2016
Not too bad an an analyasis. Yes indeed, who in their right mind would say that
“Basil Rajapaksa was a minister with supper powers”. Bensen
Donald Perera / December 31, 2016
Hurrah Thawa! You are a hero
Thanks JAYASINGHE for another brilliant and witty analysis. You are the writer for the times we live
Native Vedda / January 1, 2017
“Thanks JAYASINGHE for another brilliant and witty analysis. You are the writer for the times we live”
Forget JAYASINGHE, read Jayatilleka, you will learn a thing or two.
Douglas / December 31, 2016
The core subject dealt with in this presentation, is the questioning of expression of views on varying proposals before the actual been available. I disagree. There are so many propositions made known through various channels, including Ministers in Cabinet without the actual being put forward. In those instances, we, as human beings use our power of “sense” or “intuition” to view what is due and the outcome. That is how very many such harmful actions have been averted and in many instances the Government was compelled to withdraw from bringing forward legislation. For example, this agreement to be signed with India, which was once withdrawn, has been brought to the public domain and discussed at length with a view to avert unfavourable effects on Sri Lanka. It is so with the intended Agreement to be entered into with China over Hambantota Port project. Another example is the proposal to hire vehicles to 58 Parliamentarians, that which has now been withdrawn according to reports coming out from the Presidential office. The discussion that follow as regards the Constitution making is a very healthy one. That is why, even without a draft the President, the Prime Minister and other Dignitaries make “pilgrimages” to brief Mahanayakas and conduct press briefings. This is very vital for democratic process to develop and avert mishaps. Therefore, the proposition to WAIT for the actual legislation to come to express view is not correct; but always better to work on INTUITION and get improvements done.
As regards this criticism leveled against MR and his regime has become a EARACHE and the use of it is now mostly done to cover up the misdoings of the present lot. How long this has been done? It is already two years,and nothing has been done to solve those problems excepting a few cases filed to collect dust in Courts and continue with protracted “Investigations” and “Summoning” the culprits and to make available photo opportunities for them. Isn’t it time to stop these “TALK SHOWS” and get down to take concrete steps on bringing the culprits to book and put them where they deserve to live? These “TALK SHOW ACTORS” including the two Leaders in Government have not yet understood the frustrations and the ever growing restlessness among the people; but continue to hang on and embark on campaign material that they dished out before elections. Unless and until the Government and its Members do not show results on the promises they made to the people, these types of TALK SHOWS would not bring back the losing trust and confidence of the voters; but would provide much needed ammunition to everyone, including some of the academics, to bring back that despotic regime. That CONFIDENCE is growing among them to the extent of setting up time lines of taking over Governing of the country. Isn’t that the “INTUITION” of all those who want to establish Good Governance and protect this country from Despots; Bigots; Fanatics of every kind? So let that INTUITION be dawned on all the citizens of the country rather than rely on that WAIT AND SEE policy.
Shyamon Jayasinghe / January 1, 2017
TO DAYAN JAYATILLEKA
This refers to your comment dated 31/12.
Your writing is all very personal-mostly focused on repeatedly attacking Ranil Wickremasinghe at personal level. I consider this small,puerile and petty. My attacks are on systems and practices; whatever criticism I make of individuals are because they represent undesirable systems and practices. Mahinda Rajapaksa, thus, naturally comes under my sword because of the horrible,grisly and appalling administration he ran for ten years. Palitha Thawarapperuma has eloquently given expression to that dreadful, abusive, murderous,and corrupt regime that the people of our country got rid of amidst great difficulty and in spite of all the might of illegally and maliciously misallocated state resources that Mahinda had put to use.
It is obvious, as some comments here show, that you are on a personal vendetta campaign against Ranil. Your skills as a writer and good analyst are unfortunately squandered in this all-consuming hate. In Buddhism, we call this ‘dosa.’ In your case it is also ‘moha,’ or delusion because besides merely berating and battering Ranil you are unable to justify what you say-ever.
I consider the kind of journalism you have chosen to be something disgusting, repulsive and revolting.
mohan / January 1, 2017
Thanks Shyamon for having a word to Dayan J, the gutter journalist. His only priority in life is to lick the boots of Maharaja and his clan for another silver..
Amarasiri / January 1, 2017
“Mahinda Rajapaksa, thus, naturally comes under my sword because of the horrible,grisly and appalling administration he ran for ten years. “
Mahinda Rajapaksa came under the sword of 6.2 million voters, whose average IQ was above 79.
Mahinda Rajapaksa was able to fool 5.8 million voters, generally called Modayas, Mootals, Fools, due to misrepresentation and brainwashing by MaRa, whose average IQ was well below 79.
An Example is given below. Does Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka get it, or is that he was being bought by Mahinda Rajapaksa and cronies using stolen billions of public funds?
Simon De Silva / January 1, 2017
These are just based on DJ s school going age vendetta. Jealousy and malice is the incurable syndrome that DJ has long been suffering from: He is bloody against RW sometimes no proper reasons. That is typical DJ who thinks he is the only senior level political analyst according to him remain inthe country with all exp to criticise anyone and anything. This man will never learn it.
Ethologist / January 1, 2017
A brilliant riposte to the fawning Jayathilaka, who, without even a vestige of decency, continues with his shameless support of Rajapakse and family in spite of all the degrading behaviour and actions of the Rajapakses.
Boxing Glove / January 1, 2017
// Mahinda Rajapaksa, thus, naturally comes under my sword because of the horrible,grisly and appalling administration //
Why can’t someone have similar views of Ranil who was a member of JR’s government that burnt the Jaffna public library, a member of Premadasa government which paid the Tigers to fight the Indians and ordered 600 policemen to surrender only to be lined up and shot by Karuna, member of the government under whose watch tens of thousands of Sinhala youth were tortured and killed and, more recently, appointed his friend Mahendran to be governor of the central bank and protected him when he screwed up. In not taking action against Rajapakse (for all that you rightly hold against him), hasn’t Ranil badly let down those who voted for him two years ago?
I do not agree with Dayan or his assessment of the politics of our country, nor do I believe he has been sincere in his analyses, but his right to hold and express views on Ranil, it would seem to me, are no different from your own to hold and express views about Mahinda.
Native Vedda / January 2, 2017
Shyamon Jayasinghe expresses his considered views whereas the self confessed war monger rants.
There a qualitative difference between the two, Shyamon Jayasinghe writes and Dayan types.
Shyamon Jayasinghe has been intellectually honest as far as we know whereas Dayan has been intellectually bankrupt and dishonest. A man who holds racist views cannot expect to be respected in public.
Dayan who supported the EPRLF separatists is a hypocrite now hiding in Sinhala/Buddhist nationalist clothing.
It does not mean he should be banned from ranting.
Native Vedda / January 1, 2017
Once Dayan the self confessed war monger advised UNP to elect the Bhumiputra Sajith Premadasa as its leader while supporting MR and his cronies.
He takes too many positions all at the same time.
If Dayan is personally being attacked in this forum he deserves it. More not less.
Ajith / January 2, 2017
I don’t whether Dayan will able to understand your comment because either he is now a drug addict or demented.
Ismail / January 1, 2017
Douglas, what you say is wrong. Can you comment on a product before it is out either in design or in physical presence? This is the question raised by the writer.
danusia / January 1, 2017
Shyamon your observation of DJ is spot on and he hardly hides it.
DJ would hurl a petrol bomb at RW if he can, even if it sets the whole country on fire. He does not wish RW well ( Years or Months – meaning is clear )
His backing up of Mahinda or utterances of patriotism towards the country is all BS, just a coverup of his undying hatred towards RW and racist tendencies.
Karunadasa Gamage / January 1, 2017
DAYAN listen. I will tell you a story of a King. This king is a psychopath and sociopath. He has a distorted personality from younger days. Remember how the King dashed his child to the ground and killed the fellow because he suspected the infant was not his. Sarathaya as magistrate saved him from gallows. The King said in court that his sarong fell down and in the process of picking that up the baby accidentally fell from his hands.King’s wife was supposed to be having an affair but the King screwed so many women. Later the King frauded 82 million from the Great Ocean Flood and Sarathaya saved him again.
Sinhala_Man / January 1, 2017
Is this really true?
I won’t be so very surprised if it is!
Bebadda / January 1, 2017
Dayan hates Ranil so much that he predicted that at the last Ten elections RW will lose and Anura Kumar’s JVP will win. This shows how hate can distort a man’s mind.
virgo fernando / January 1, 2017
The bankrupt DJ has opened his mouth again to vomit shit. this guy has got a hate obsession on RW- a sick and demented imbecile living in fairyland and making a clown of himself. His ego is as big as his a…hole and the guy is seeing how he can make a living now that the despot MR is out of the picture. I think Mangala should give DJ a job in the ministry, ideally suited for cleaning the latrines.
Ren Renu / January 2, 2017
Why is the Deputy Leader, Sajith, silently watching the yahapalanaya government being attacked and threatened by MR? Other UNP MPs should speak up forcefully like Palitha Thwarapperuma. Sajith is another rat
Sinhala_Man / January 2, 2017
the topic here is Palitha Thawarapperuma, not the despicable Dr Dayan Jayatilleka.
It is very necessary for us to identify those people who are in Sri Lankan politics who are worth voting for.
Thanks for the information that you have provided: “Palitha Thawarapperuma is an MP who didn’t accept the special attendance bonus offered to other MPs.” And you have said much more.
Of course, this story also must be discussed with Thawarapperuma:
Every human being has to make compromises. So, we have to balance both articles, and then go out and vote. One of our major problems surely is that the public, unless presented with a man who seems impossibly saintly, then get cynical and say that all are EQUALLY corrupt.
Those whom we imagine to be saints may be are much worse.
Native Vedda / January 2, 2017
“So, we have to balance both articles, and then go out and vote.”
However, this country lives and thrives on short term memory or loss of it.
Do the public make informed choices at the elections?
Shyamon Jayasinghe / January 2, 2017
To SINHALA MAN
Thank you. We have to be watchful even of ‘saints,’ as you rightly suggest. Saints can turn out crooks and liars. Sri Lankan society is deeply vulnerable to moral monsters. Some seeds grow and some seed don’t grow.It depends on the ground. Our society (ground) has become corruptible,vulnerable, to the agendas of damaged and obsessional psychopathic leaders.
Vinitha / January 3, 2017
Karunadasa Gamage who is ‘the king?” A mad king of Sri Lanka? His boys got soldiers to fix sandbags along highways for them to do night racing. Now they cry for ‘Rana viruwas.” Palitha Thawarapperuma has said it perfectly
Douglas / January 3, 2017
Ismail: Thank you. You raised a very interesting question. My answer is YES. Please think of a “Crucible” manufacturing process. In this process various metals have to be melted in a crucible that stands the high heat and if the basic material that go to manufacture (crucibles) does not or cannot withstand that heating pressure, the particular “crucible” will burst and the entire manufacturing process will collapse. For example the basic material that goes to manufacture “Crucible” would be “Graphite” and if that “basic” material is not properly “analyzed” or “assessed”, for it’s composition, the outcome will be a “useless” product, viz the “Crucible”. In short, if the basics (in the example Graphite) are not looked into closely the entire outcome will be a failure. So the quality of the end product can be very closely predicted even before designing or manufacturing.
Isamil / January 3, 2017
Douglas. Do you know the basic elements going into the ETCA or the proposal for a Minister with special powers? Or for the outcome of the constitution? No you don’t. This is not like graphite. Analogy is wrong
Prem Vaidtaratne / January 3, 2017
Where is Sumansekera?
Douglas / January 3, 2017
Ismail: I answered your question on “Design & Product Manufacture”. Please read between lines and my first comment. Perhaps, you will get what I meant. Thanks.
Ismail / January 4, 2017
You have not answered my question ,Douglas. It is a false analogy you present
Shyamon Jayasinghe / January 5, 2017
THANK YOU EVERYONE for both your useful and not useful comments. I appreciate your participation in the great debates of our land-beautiful Sri Lanka. I am happy to find right now some early glimpses of the path to the prosperity of our people being taking firm ground. Foreign direct investment seems to be seeing the light of day with the commencement of the VW plant. School kids from poor families are about to be given food and milk and shoes. Many, now avoid schools because they are hungry.
May our resplendent isle be soon a happy place with no White Vans, with politicos having g no right over the lives of individuals and where peace among ethnicities prevail! This is still a hope ;but I think it is a reasoned hope.
paul / January 5, 2017
Hear Hear: Julia Gillard, Malcolm Turnbull, Nigell Farage and Boris Johnson et al.: You all should have listened to Pandit Shyamon before engaging in your dastardly acts ;-).
” If Mahinda Rajapaksa yearns for yet another a term he must, in sportsman-like fashion, and in honesty let the new government the mere four years it has earned by legitimate election and popular mandate do its job in a stable environment”.