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How Ranil-Bashing Can Fall On Its Face

By Shyamon Jayasinghe

Shyamon Jayasinghe

Shyamon Jayasinghe

Dayan Jayatilleka (DJ) baffles me so often, making me wonder what really goes on in his head. I am not just employing a rhetorical pose to devalue the man. Let’s face it, there is not a week that passes where he doesn’t write against Ranil Wickremesinghe, our Prime Minister, on one ground or another. I get copies of loads of email written by him where a negative reference to Ranil is almost always on the cards.

I am aware that Ranil Wickremesinghe has been demon to quite a lot of persons on the Rajapaksa side of the divide. The simple reason is that the single-most effective obstruction to their power goal has been and is Ranil Wickremesinghe. That this political leader has been single-mindedly able to defend himself and his side from a myriad of conspiracies over the last decade is eloquent testimony to his unique ability.

Dayan Jayatilleka is often careless with the facts and careless with the contextual side of quotes that seems to flow out of his pen in abandon. He only wants to get on with the job of bashing Ranil. When DJ’s blemishes are pointed out, he self-inflicts an amnesia and proceeds with the next episode of Ranil- bashing.

Ranil_WickramasingheDayan Jayatilleka is not even disheartened by the obvious fact that Ranil makes no reference to him, ever. But DJ must go on. A paranoia drives him. He is often off reality because of this paranoia. Obsessive personality delusions are never built on rock or on hard sand. They can morph into malignant aggression.

Take the latest: Writing to the Colombo Telegraph of 15th April under the rubric, “Ranil’s Real Agenda Revealed,” DJ makes reference to a piece written by Ranil Wickremesinghe under the caption, ”Winning Sri Lanka’s Peace,” published on the 8th of April in The Japan Times. DJ starts off with an absolute lie when he states that Ranil in this particular article “uses the phrase ‘…resetting our strategic position in the world.’ I read that issue in the Japan Times and nowhere found such an assertion by Ranil.

In all probability DJ wanted to paint a black picture of the Prime Minister and imported this phrase from somewhere else where Ranil had probably uttered it, in order to link it by association with the rest of his misinterpretation of Ranil’s piece.

Before he does the linking, DJ attempts to evoke in the minds of the reader some apprehension and fear about what Ranil really meant. DJ fails here, too, as any literate reader can see no harm in the use of the phrase, “resetting our strategic position in the world.”

DJ states, “Note that Prime Minister Wickremesinghe, a shrewd man, is not talking about ‘re-balancing’, of ‘course correction’; of a shift in emphasis from the ham-fisted external relations of the second Rajapaksa term. He is not talking about tactics, but about strategic positioning; about re-setting our strategic position in the world. This is a fundamental shift from Sri Lanka’s traditional positioning deriving from the island’s history, geography and abiding sense of collective identity (what Dr. Kissinger calls “the character of nations”).”

Citing Kissinger here is typical of Dayan Jayatilleka’s usage of quotes in inappropriate context. Also, having failed to explain what precisely the Prime Minister’s planned change in strategy is and how that is frightening DJ jumps to another conclusion, namely that the PM is going to change our ‘traditional character.’ What is that traditional character? What is the evidence that the Prime Minister is proposing to change such a ‘traditional character”? Besides, what is necessarily wrong in changing a traditional character if there be one like that? There is nothing called a national character, in the first place. If there is, can DJ name one without raising controversy?

Let’s return to the offending phrase. Does anybody know the difference between ‘re-balancing,’ ‘course correction’ and ‘shift in strategy,’ which, according to DJ, Ranil announces? What is frightening about shifting strategy? Any given shift in strategy necessarily includes perhaps a re-balancing and definitely a course correction. A shift in strategy is essentially a change in course. Again, DJ does not give details of the proposed ‘shift in strategy,’ that he is alarmed about. One would have expected him to do just that but DJ shirks that responsibility. One can imply that DJ really has nothing serious to say about the proposal to shift strategy. New governments shift strategy in various areas of governance. For instance, the new Maitri-Ranil government has already shifted strategy from authoritarian rule towards democratic rule. Unless DJ spells out what this ‘fearful’ thing Ranil is about to do he is nowhere and talks nonsense.

In his article in Japan Times, Ranil tells the world about the democratic turn that Sri Lanka has taken under the new government. For instance, he mentions how the judiciary is now able to give verdicts without fear or fervor. Most recently, this became evident over the 19th Amendment. We saw how under former President Mahinda Rajapaksa the CJ was impeached violating all requirements of the very Constitution that he had agreed on oath to uphold. It is a great and visible lift in the political game now and Sri Lanka is better off for that.

Telling the world about the changes under way was the first point in the piece by the Prime Minister. The second and only point was that the democracies of the world must come to the help of Sri Lanka at a juncture like this. Ranil Wickremesinghe made no other points in his piece in the Japan Times. He ends by stating, “But we cannot fully turn the page on authoritarian rule, restore the full range of democratic freedoms and rebuild our economy in an inclusive way on our own. Too much of our country’s wealth has been damaged by war, taken flight abroad or been siphoned off through corruption. We simply lack the resources to undertake the great task of reconstruction without assistance. So we need the world’s democracies to stand with us and support us, lest our people become discouraged and be tempted by the autocratic forces waiting in the wings to return to power in the coming parliamentary election.”

DJ does a joyful dance at this particular statement of the Prime Minister noting that Ranil is reacting with a scare of the possibility of Mahinda Rajapaksa’s re-entry. In doing so, Ranil presumably wanted to draw world attention to the possibility of return to autocratic rule in Lanka. This assertion is necessary if his call for global help to rebuild Lanka was to have any impact.

DJ reads more meaning to that reference than is warranted by the context. He is, of course, resonating to Nugegoda where (according to him) he had been “honoured” by the organizers who had spotted him seated in front and beckoned him to come up to the stage. In an email that DJ sent off he had gone into euphoria about this gesture and expressed that that was a gracious act. DJ wrote then, also to the Colombo Telegraph, suggesting that a counter revolution was, surely, on the way. “People are rising,” DJ cried.

But the crowds at the next rally in Kandy were far less and the one after that even less. It is diminishing returns.

By the way, we have not heard of the chief organizer Wimal Weerawansa after Ratnapura. White Vans don’t operate now. Where, then, is Wimal whom DJ described with much enthusiasm as a rare breed of ‘Jacobian orator’?

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    Let us not go to the other extreme of DJ and praise a man who cannot win elections and does not take responsibility for UNP’s electoral defeats.
    It was Chandrika K who persuaded Sirisena to defect NOT Ranil.
    If Ranil had contested Mahinda would have won 60% of the vote.

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      There is a reason for that. No one would have defeated MR singly as a party considering the popularity and the way MR rule the country. RW was defeated in 2005 election by LTTE boycott.. The whole scenario was changed after that. I am not arguing for RW but blaming him for everything is unfair.
      After all he can be counted as a visionary honest leader as of today, in current scenario it is very rare in SL. let us give a chance and see…

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        A “honest” leader who is defending his choice of CB Governor who has by all accounts been dealing with financial irregularity?

        In other countries the CB Gov. would have been asked to resign and an INDEPENDENT investigation done instead of appointing 3 UNP lawyers to possibly whitewash the whole thing.

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          The CB governor is on leave till the investigation is concluded.

          Yes, as you say, there was a another country under president Mahinda Rajapakse and every time there was even a hint of corruption people were asked to resign until independent investigations were conclude.

          Now people are beginning to miss that kind of honest Rajapakse governance.

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          Robert.R ,

          So ,people like you and Thunmulle Booruwansa type losers can go on and on endlessly on this blunder ! yes it’s true , it was wrong Ranil to appoint Mahendran as CB Governor , yes it was also wrong Ranil to appoint 3 UNP stooges to head the investigation , Ranil made quite a few blunders in this regard , but let’s see how the present government handled the situation after it was blown out proportion by the interested parties.

          1)CB Governor was sent on compulsory leave.
          2)CB Governor’s pass port has been impounded.
          3) Expert panel’s findings will be debated and discussed in the parliament ( may be a PSC )
          4) If found guilty , he may end up in jail.

          Pray tell us , is this the procedure followed when King kakkille was ruling the country ? Remember Rohitha A’s infamous sudden snake bite tale and subsequent actions ? what happened to the Bribery commission officer who initiated the inquiry ? it’s evident, as long as the present government holds the power , Thunmulle booruwansa type con artists will have no future in SL any more , thus they will do every thing possible to paint a negative picture on the present leaders , especially on Ranil , weren’t they dead scared of Ranil when he was in opposition as well ? Ranil Phobia is the name of the disease which all the losers appear to be suffering , sadly there is no cure for that . mind you , Booruwansa and his gang of thieves are very much similar to those crabs who are jumping up and down in the simmering pot ! either Walikada or Bogabara is the only choice left for them .

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            srilal

            Dayan the war monger is all over the place advising the International Diplomatic Corps on the suitability of Hindia being a Mediator. Read here:

            India Unsuited to Play Mediator due to TN Factor, Says Former SL Envoy

            By P.K.Balachandran Published: 17th April 2015

            COLOMBO: India is “structurally unsuited” to be mediator or facilitator in the Sri Lankan ethnic conflict because it is subject to the “emotional and electoral power” of one of its constituent states, namely, Tamil Nadu, argues former Lankan envoy at the UN in Geneva, Dr.Dayan Jayatilleka.

            “ The emotional and electoral power of Tamil Nadu is an axiomatic factor in Indian decision making. This was so even during the IPKF operations when the prestige of the Indian state and its armed forces were at stake. Indian soldiers were dying horribly, with some necklaced with burning rubber tyres. Despite such horrific incidents, New Delhi yielded to Chennai’s demands and refrained from going the whole hog against the LTTE,” Jayatilleka told Express.

            Alluding to the Maithripala Sirisena government’s tilt towards India, opening the door again to India’s intervention in solving the ethnic issue, Jayatilleka warned that Lanka’s “strategic” dependence on India in matters of its destiny will not protect the island nation from “Tamil separatism and irredentism.”

            He granted that India is a “good friend Sri Lanka’s” but that friendship has “structural limitations’’, namely, New Delhi’s need to pander to Tamil Nadu. The TN factor causes “unreliability and vacillation” on New Delhi’s part, which is seen by the Sinhalese majority in Lanka as a perceived tilt towards the Tamils. The Sinhalese majority does not consider India a “neutral umpire” and so, there is a backlash whenever India takes an active interest in the ethnic issue.

            If Lanka is to seek Third Party help to solve the ethnic question, “it should look for a country which would evenly represent all the belligerent communities, or it should be a regional coalition of countries which collectively neutralizes the profile of unevenness in the composition of any one state.”

            India is not Lanka’s “natural ally” Jayatilleka asserted. “ Lanka’s natural allies must axiomatically be those powers which are not hamstrung by a Tamil nationalist factor within their societies,” he said.

            In this context, Jayatilleka also ruled out the acceptability of certain Western nations which have an electorally important Lankan Tamil immigrant community to cater to.

            http://www.newindianexpress.com/

            srilal

            Does he want the Vikings back to destroy TNA, NPC, …..? It could be a cunning idea. Probably he wants to relocate Tamil Nadu away from this island. Brilliant.

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              NV ,

              Tell you the truth , i’ve stopped reading DJ’s articles long time ago and have no intentions to reverse that decision , as a matter of fact , i even stopped commenting under his articles , don’t you think we are directly encouraging this selfish scum to continue with his one sided stories further , by discussing it! question is , is it worth ?

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              its high time the author P.K.Balachandran was sent to jail under Naxalite act.

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              Like Pakistan got around $3 billion from Saudi to recover from financial collapse and in return play the Sandi game on Syria.
              SMALL WORLD
              Lanka was hooked by Modi with $1.5 billion to stay in its brood.

              ‘Lanka Reserves Expected to Boost from Indian Currency Swap’

              COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s official reserves are set to receive a boost by the currency swap arrangement with India, signed during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit, the country’s Central Bank said today.

              “The official reserves are projected to strengthen further with the proceeds pending from the currency swap arrangement between Sri Lanka and India and other identified regular investment inflows to a level of official reserves comfortable for supporting the exchange rate stability in the immediate future,” Central Bank of Sri Lanka said in a statement.

              During his visit to Sri Lanka last month, Prime Minister Modi had pledged USD 1.5 billion in financial assistance on a currency swap arrangement.

              The Reserve Bank of India and Central Bank of Sri Lanka agreement will help Sri Lanka keep its Rupee stable.

              The Sri Lankan Rupee has been under pressure since early January and has fell around 1.5 per cent so far this year despite Central Bank action to sell dollars to defend it.

              The bank also announced today the cutting of policy interest rates for the first time in 16 months.

              The deposit facility Rate and the lending facility rate of the Central Bank are reduced to 6 per cent and 7. 50 per cent, respectively.

              “Current behaviour of market interest rates is viewed to be inconsistent with the continued low inflation and investments needed to address concerns on economic growth for the year.

              “Inflation is projected to remain at low mid-single digit level in 2015,” the statement added.

              The Central Bank said the inflation, on a year-on-year basis, declined to 0.1 per cent in March 2015 from 0.6 per cent in February 2015.

              The annual average inflation also declined to 2.5 per cent from 2.9 per cent recorded in the previous month.

              http://www.newindianexpress.com/world/Lanka-Reserves-Expected-to-Boost-from-Indian-Currency-Swap/2015/04/15/article2765683.ece

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        ‘After all he can be counted as a visionary honest leader as of today’

        A visionary honest leader should be able to win the TRUST of most opposition forces and bring them under a common umbrella on policy and overcome oppression from an autocratic government. JRJ in 1977 is a classic example. He became head of state within three years after becoming the leader.

        Leave alone the country, Ranil W could not win the TRUST even within the UNP. As a result UNP – the once unassailable party in SL – has ended up a weak party depending on SLFP leaders to form a government. During Ranils leadership (since 1994) Sri Lanka’s head of state had been a SLFPer (and will continue till 2020).

        So much for visionary. As for HONESTY two example would suffice.

        One of the key features of JRs leadership was the intra-party democracy. Leaders and committee members were selected annually through elections by party members. RW quickly changed this noble feature with a constitution amendment. The repercussions are well known.

        Even within these 100 days truth about his honesty is exposed. Appointment of the CB Governor, subsequently appoint UNP lawyers to investigate Governor’s corruption, and not releasing that report to the public are very good examples of his honesty. RW will probably sweep this matter under the carpet by going for an election next month without releasing this report. It is well known that these funds will used for UNP’s election campaign. Unfortunately they forget that such actions will boomerang on them as voters are no fools.

        As for Dayan Jayatilleka – all his recent articles had been on one theme Mahinda Rajapaksa is the best leader to govern SL while Ranil & Chandrika cannot be trusted. DJ was appointed as an ambassador for two countries by Mahinda while Ranil & Chandrika did not grant him any personal favours. With such bias it may not even worth commenting on his writing.

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      This is currently affected by DAYAN JAYATHILAKA SILVA virus. THe kind of virus is even more dangerous than the EBOLA that causes haemorrge fever and finally causing mortalities as nobody would expect. Anyway, the current regime need to take actions against the DJSV not underestimating it is harm to his nation who is mainly made of the rural folks across the nation. The virus effect can keep significant masses in dark strenghthening the hands of highly abusive MR supporters.

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        Dear Shaymon Jayasingha ,

        Please be informed , engaging and replying to DJ’ useless articles are not only a total waste of time but also an encouraging exercise for hapless Dayan , As far i’m concern both DJ and Wimal W are self serving individuals , both are desperate thus trying their level best to get others attention at them , if and when Wimal W makes a derogative comment / speech against Ranil , would you try to correct it ? if the answer is no , why would you do it for Dayan ? or is it because Dayan uses English as the mode of communication ?

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      Shyamon Jayasinghe

      RE: How Ranil-Bashing Can Fall On Its Face

      “Dayan Jayatilleka (DJ) baffles me so often, making me wonder what really goes on in his head. “

      Is Dayan Jayatillake, a Ph D. in the politics or other lesser Arts?

      Read this. Curse Of The PhD (for DJ) by Nishthar Idroos

      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/curse-of-the-phd/

      “Show me one bugger of your species, of those living now who has left a worthwhile legacy, someone with moral rectitude, show me, show me, show me” “All the rascals are cheaters, deceivers, opportunists and grand scale collaborators” “This is exactly what they are” “If they had fulfilled what society had expected of them, at least the ones who joined party politics could have made Sri Lanka a much better place”.-Uncle Raymond

      then we have DJ buddies, Wimal Buruwansa..

      We have an IQ, Modaya, Fools, Mootals problem.

      Anura Kumara Dissanayake’s Speech on Wimal Weerawansa

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1UMO0jqC7ww

      2/2 =0 Says, Wimal Modawansa.

      One of the Modayas who voted for Mahinda Rajapaksa could catch the error.

      I want to remind you that the average IQ of the Group who voted for Mahinda Rajapaksa, including Maninda Rajapaksa and Wimal Buruwansa, is 65. Of course, that includes the Astrologer.

      The average IQ of 79 for Sri Lanka helps them, because there are are many with IQ’s well below 79. DY must be in that area alonf with Wimal Modawansa.

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        CORRECTION:

        “One of the Modayas who voted for Mahinda Rajapaksa could catch the error.”

        Corrected:

        None of the Modayas who voted for Mahinda Rajapaksa could catch the error.

        It had to be caught by others who did not vote for Mahinda Rajapaksa.

        Listen to the Lies of Mahinda RajapAksa. The modayas who voted for him just swallowed it. Wow!

        Mahinda rajapaksa worst lie ever told
        Published on Nov 23, 2014

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dt4A8MdEoE

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      Robert R

      Ranil did not win elections – in 2000 elections Chandrika won because LTTE bombed her a few days before voting day and got all sympathy votes and in 2005 again LTTE was bribed to forbid northerners from voting. These are not secrets and everyone knows. Therefore, it is unreasonable to pass remarks on Ranil as a loser. In the elections subsequently, everyone knows hiw elections were handled by MR regime.

      Further, when he became P.M. in Dec, 2001 when he had proper plans to solve the burning problem of the country and take SriLanka forward economically, Chandrika dissolved the Ranil’s government who had the majority in the parliament, very unreasonably.

      Ranil is a democrat, gentleman and the most capable person to lead the country. If he is given a minimum of 5 years to lead the country, certainly he will make SriLanka a most leading country in the world.

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        Leadership is about taking responsibility, not making excuses for failing AGAIN AND AGAIN to win elections.

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          RobertR, Not quite true. Winning is not the only criterion. Abraham Lincoln, Churchill, Sirimavo, Dudley, and JR all suffered electoral defeat. Though Ranil may not be the most likeable character, the best way to judge his usefulness is by posing the question ‘can we do without him in parliament?’ Is there a better parliamentarian around?

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            Gospel truth! kissing the webbed feet of freaks of civilisation.

            Only 14% live in urban areas and Lankans are unable to innovate.

            When did you think outside the box- perhaps before 48.

            Brain Drain get flushed.

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      Robert.R

      Here is something that DJ’s father reported in India Today on 15 July 1987 some twenty eight years ago. Think about it.

      Bitter mood
      Sri Lanka Opposition condemn Indian violation of sovereignty
      Mervyn De Silva July 15, 1987 | UPDATED 13:12 IST

      Loading relief supplies in Madras: humiliating interventionAn Indian ship carrying relief supplies finally berthed at Kankesanthurai, the northern-most Sri Lankan port, last fortnight. But New Delhi could have chosen a ship with a less provocative name. Island Pride can only add salt to Sri Lankan wounds. Anti-India demonstrations are still held every other day before the Indian High Commission in Colombo while Prime Minister R. Premadasa leads the protracted, propagandist, anti-India war, passionately supported by the media.

      The Sinhala middle class, in particular, is seething with anger, more because the manner of intervention has been so bitterly humiliating. Perhaps an invasion by a power a hundred times stronger, would have been preferred. In the case of the Sinhalese opposed to the ruling United National Party (UNP), the question is whether India or their own regime is the main enemy.

      The wily opposition leader, Mrs Sirimavo Bandaranaike, has partially resolved that contradiction. She, her son Anura, who is leader of the Opposition, and their Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) have condemned the Indian violation of sovereignty. But she also blames the Jayewardene Government, its anti-India policy, ineptness and inconsistency. A government that cannot defend the country’s sovereignty must resign, she said last week, adding: “My foreign policy of genuine non-alignment and friendship with neighbours was our first line of defence.” She then went on to demand a “restoration of democracy” and found all other opposition parties, including the rival three-party left alliance, responding to her slogan.

      With the arrival of the Island Pride and relief supplies likely to be a two-week operation, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have announced a unilateral ceasefire – an assurance to the Indian Government – and expressed the hope that the army will do the same. Though there have been sporadic clashes, the drop in casualty figures reflects the sharp scaling down of the fighting, which effectively ended with the Indian air-drop. As part of this politico-military struggle, four cabinet ministers also flew to the north to appear on television, distributing food and talking freely to local people.

      Recent happenings trouble those Sri Lankans who realise that the alienation of the Tamils in the north may reach a point of no-return, and psychologically, if not physically, a ‘separate’ state may come into being. Prominent US Congressman Stephen Solarz, said last week that if a political settlement is not reached soon, the Tamil north will become South Asia’s Ulster. The current situation suggests that Jaffna has already gone beyond Ulster.

      The Tigers in the Jaffna peninsula have gone strictly by the book – on guerrilla warfare. With the exception of Jaffna city, they have withdrawn in the face of the armoured might of the Sri Lankan forces, particularly in the Vadamarachi area on the north-eastern coastal flank, where the army has the advantage of the sea behind its back and naval protection. If the Tigers reflex was a classic guerrilla response, so was the Sri Lankan Army’s. It has established nine new camps, extended the defence perimeters of all camps, dug trenches, fortified forward positions and gone through the predictable exercise of consolidation. The question being asked last week was whether it can hold, patrol and defend the “liberated zone”. The Tigers have meanwhile strengthened their positions in Jaffna, the key in this highly complex political-military conflict which not only involves the two combatants but also the politics of this island country and India as also – overtly or covertly – Pakistan, Israel, China, Britain and the US.

      Politics in the Sinhala south is the great neglected factor in both India’s Sri Lankan policy as well as in foreign media reportage of the island’s crisis that has also gone beyond its original boundaries of an ethnic conflict. In July, the UNP will celebrate its tenth anniversary in office, the longest of any regime in an island accustomed to “throwing the rascals out” every five years. Besides electoral exhaustion and impatience, there is the long-suppressed anger of the Sinhala constituency over how this longevity was acquired.

      Rajiv Gandhi has said that he had two objectives in mind while making the air-drop: help for the Tamils and a message to Colombo that Delhi cannot be a silent spectator to a military onslaught on the civilians of Jaffna. He might have added a third. The Tamils were being told that in the final analysis, it was not the Tigers or even Tamil Nadu which could be their protector but the Indian state.

      Delhi has also urged the Tigers and others to work out some reasonably acceptable regional autonomy formula. If this will lead to a resumption of talks, and the talks pave the way to a settlement, Rajiv’s ‘benign intervention’ will make his assertion of regional paramountcy more meaningful. But it is only after Minister for National Security Lalith Athulathmudali’s return to the island from Pakistan and the US that the Government’s next move will be known. Pakistan, top favourite in the local media, will obviously have much to do with it.

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      Maithri would not have won without UNP support.

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      This is not right. They had all been having all kind of close ties how the marauder should be chased away. So they had well planned and kept it for them. I trust RW to have reacted in a very intelligent manner in those plans. He could also have been against to CBK at the time she requested RW about the need of producing a common candidate to defeat Madamulana Musalaya backed by all stupid folks of the day.

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    @ Jayasinghe. I would love to see an objective reply from DJ. Most probably he would first start wit a caption denouncing your integrity!

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      sanchay

      Shyamon Jayasinghe writes “Dayan Jayatilleka (DJ) baffles me so often, making me wonder what really goes on in his head.”

      Garbage in garbage out (GIGO).

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        exactly NV ! by the way, why would people waste their precious time on a useless guy like Dayan ? every time he writes an article people rush to comment on it ,don’t you think it’s us who encourage him to do GIGO on public forums ? DJ enjoys the attention which he gets from the readers thus he must be going through each and every comment , Remember how we trapped him and his protegee David Blacker in Ground views ? some how we managed to shut Balckers mouth and kicked him out of these forums for good but this eternal loser ? there are quite few other hot shots like Abhaya ,Navin (there were two) still roaming here , best thing would be to quote from their own uttering and challenge them to justify their statements , guaranteed ,they will vanish in to thin air for few weeks to save their faces !

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    Mr.Shyamon Jayasinghe, DJ is fast approaching the point at which he will need the services of a psychiatrist.With the departure of MR, he is not wanted either in to corridors of power in politics or even to wash the dirty clothes. He is now frustrated.His chances of being a Foreign Policy pundit is fast becoming a myth.

    As you mentioned, with all the backboneless reporting by the press and the TV,where the owners are scared of what will befall them otherwise (viz Lalith Kothelawala). It is high time that the ownership of the newspapers, the TV centres and Radio station, including those under control of the govt are broad based and a code of conduct strictly enforced.

    On the other hand both the President Sirisena and .M.Wickramasinghe must take responsibility for the cock and bull dance of the naked Dayans.At least now the President Sirisena had initiated action to discipline the SLFP, however Ranil seems to be sleeping. The citizens expect a more decisive leadership from the PM, which seems to be lacking.It is good to stick to the Book of Rules, but sometimes one has to work outside – that is leadership.

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    Another masterpiece Mr Jayasinghe. DJ has to be careful of writers like this as they are able to sniff him out.
    One attacks another person only through fear of that person. Ranil is attacked by those who fear him. Plain fact

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    The dearth of good, solid analysis of the current unprecedented political developments in the country by any genuine scholars or academics has allowed this twisted know-it-all Dayan Jayatilleke to bamboozle the confused people with his alarmist, self-serving narratives based on spurious theories and questionable methods. If he is still teaching in a university, this sordid activity should be exposed and his students should be warned to be wary of this pseudo-scholar and charlatan.

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      Don’t worry, Dayan is NOT teaching nowhere, [Edited out]

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        Students with minimal intelligence will question his twisted logic.He now only gives tution to aspiring politisns and ocationally writes gobellian speaches for them.

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    Jayasinghe, I don’t know where you have come from. Were you sleeping all the time and just got woke up?. If you don’t know just go and ask anybody in this country other than Ranil & LTTE supporters what Ranil did with LTTE & TNA backed by west during his time as prime minister 2002-2004. He almost divided and gave half of this country to Prabakaran in writing. Go and check what happened after that. Ranil is a dictator and worst part is with no back bone in front of west. Ranil was not elected by people. He has no rights to make decision for this country. People of this country rejected him 29 time. Since he used Tamil votes for MY3 to win, do you think that he deserves to be the prime minister and go on his own agenda to fulfill the promises he made to West & Tamil Diaspora. No way.

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      Jay

      If as you say Ranil was supportive of Prabakaran and LTTE, why did he take money and stopped the northern voters casting their vote for Ranil in 2005 and blocked him becoming the President?
      Prabakaran knew it would be dangerous for his existence if Ranil was elected as president and further you may recall Balasingham referring him as a dangerous cunning fox. Also, during his time only Karuna was split from Ltte which to a great extent would have helped to clear the East from Ltte.
      This is history but should not be forgotten.

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      Jay,

      If Ranil gave half of this country to VP and the LTTE, then why did VP and the LTTE scuttle and prevent Ranil becoming the President? Surely they would have supported Ranil and achieved their dream? Your Logic seems way out. Without braying like a Donkey think again, that is if you have a brain.

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    Thanks to Shyamon Jayasinghe for exposing DJ and the contents of his

    DJ as quoted elsewhere specialises in “cut and paste” and if he is doing this correctly, may be acceptable but as pointed out above he has been quoting wrong information to mislead the readers as his master was doing for 9 long years to fool the people. Readers will agree we do not cross check what is being quoted from foreign journals and believe in what is being said.

    Is DJ not ashamed of his acts and everyday he is degrading himself – calling himself political pundit-scientist and what more. It is open secret that readers of CT have shown their frustrations through their comments everytime he opens an article in the CT. Unfortunately, it is being proved, some do not have shame.

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    In the 90s,DJ was writing in similar vein about JR when Premadasa was President.Of-course he was all praise for the latter.
    One fine day,unable to stomach it any longer,JR reacted and Telephoned DJs mother and told her that if DJ continues he [JR] would file action. But DJ continued in his reckless style,probably with Premadasa support.
    JR then filed action and the matter was settled by his Lawyer Ben Eliyatamby P.C. and the case was due to be heard. In the meantime,Lalith was killed and during the funeral rites at Kanatte young DJ had his trousers removed by some people attending the funeral.DJs wife was by his side.
    Upon hearing this JR phoned DJs mother and informed her that he was withdrawing action since DJ has had his just desserts!

    Ranil of-course has a cool head and in all probability does not bother to read the trash that DJ dishes out.Perhaps,Ranil does not want to stand in the way of DJs Livelihood!

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    Mr Jayasinghe, let me explain to you what goes on DJ’s head. [Edited out]

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    Shyamon has once again demonstrated very clearly that DJ’s Phd is in the realm of spin doctoring and not in the field of politics.One does not have to be a rocket scientist to know what his true intentions and where his miplaced loyalties are.A few days before the elections he made it appear as though he was an undecided voter and after the elecions he becomes the messenger of the messiah.

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    DJ, please sue SHYAN for defamation as he is saying to the effect that you are liar.if you don’t then he has proved his case.

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      DAY

      If DJ has the courage to do it. He will be caught pants down.

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    Ranil bashing is a mental weakness. Modawansa, Dallas, Mangala (during mid 1990s), some vulgar uneducated politicians, some voters do it blindly for their desire of being involved in the conversation. Strangely, Wigneswaran has been the latest victim of this disease. I don’t know why Mahainda does not do it. Mahinda, like most of his critics, is indebted to Ranil. Ranil save him from utter shame on the eve of Mr’s election defeat. Ranil is a great man. Savior of so called political analysts like Dayan Jayathila…etc

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    RW waits untill everything is dished out or falls onto his lap.
    A visionary who is unable to think politically.
    There is nothing much to speak of Ranil’s visionary. As for his honesty, I wonder whether UNP Party finances are audited anually?
    All that is seen of Ranil is unenergetic lethargy and appointmernts of Royalists and expecting them to carry him forward.
    other than being a socialite & a good mixer, wonder whatelse he is good at.

    If he was asute, by now he should have struck a deal with MR and gone for elections and out smarted MR at the elections or piggy backed on MR for his success OR decided on forming a National Govt together.
    Ranil appear to the gentleman and MR the street fighter. Good combination. Put the past behind embark on a national plan & move to the future.
    Taking the standings of MR & RW, thats the winning ticket for Sri Lanka’s progress internally & globally.
    We need movers and shakers. MR can make it happen in Ranil.

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    Mr. Jayasinghe
    People do hold different views and are entitled to express them. Although you have in some part of your essay tried to counter argue DJ, basically you are shooting the messenger – then there is little to learn.

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      kumarW

      “basically you are shooting the messenger – then there is little to learn.”

      What was the message if you believed there was one.

      What lessons are we supposed to be learning from this self confessed warmonger, war crime denier, failed armchair revolutionary, self glorified windbag, a divisive political charlatan, a former separatist sympathizer, never understood why intellectual honesty more important than one’s personal preferences, supporter of another war criminal while maintaining deafening silence on clan’s daylight robbery, a public racist by choice, believes only Sinhala/Buddhists’s votes count in an election, refused to accept democratic decision made by people, ………. one we can do without.

      On the other hand let him continue to type so that we can bicker about nothing which is more fun than reading his garbage.

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      kumarW ,

      Go through any of DJ’a articles , you will find these following repetitive garbage in different wordings ,

      1) I’m the best and know every thing what is good for SL (Geneva victory etc etc ….) .
      2) MR is the savior of SL .
      3) Ranil , CBK are useless ,they sold the country to western world and helped Tamil separatist to achieve their goals.
      4) Sajith is next best thing after Mahinda .

      of course people of same caliber would find those findings are amusing , but for those who have put up with his boring one sided stories for many many years find it extremely frustrating and annoying .

      PS : just Google Trans current , Ground views archives to see the veracity of my findings.

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    I have stopped reading DJ knowing his articles will contain nothing but gutter filth. In my calculation, he is currently the worst racist. It is a pity that such an educated man cannot do better.

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    Now that Dayan has revealed his version of “Ranil’s real agenda”, I hope he will let us have HIS “real agenda” in trying to get MR back in the saddle. Is he REALLY keen on having the MR administration back, given the latter’s record of blatant nepotism, near-total impunity, white vans, disappearances of critics, mass-scale corruption, bogus mega-projects, etc., etc.? If so, he should give us his rationale for his incessant pleas and so-called justification for his non-stop drivel in favor of MR. I hope he has the guts to do this and reveal HIS ‘real’ agenda, otherwise he should please shut the fook up and go away.

    Having said that, I doubt he will rise to this challenge to justify his adoration of MR and his coterie of thieves, being the transparent fraud he is.

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    If the writer cannot understand the difference between “re-balancing” and “course correction” on the one hand, and the far more basic and drastic “re-setting Sri Lanka’s strategic position in the world” on the other, there’s little I can do except urge him to visit a good library.

    One does notice that State Minister for Defence Ruwan Wijeratne, writing in the Daily Mirror yesterday, draws attention to, commends and almost upholds as a model, Sir John Kotelawela’s embarrassing attempt at confrontation with China’s premier Zhou En Lai at Bandung. I suppose that’s a suitable note to accompany his boss and uncle Ranil’s attempt at “resetting of Sri Lanka’s strategic position in the world”.

    60 years ago, that conduct earned Sir John the local sobriquet of Bandung Booruwa. It also fed into the silent revolution of the following year 1956. Now, 60 years later Ranil Wickremesinghe will earn the same response from the voter at the upcoming parliamentary election.

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      A predictable ‘abstruse’ response from the master of obfuscation! So what else is new???!!!

      C’mon Dayan, you can do better than that, surely? Or is it that you can’t come to terms with (in an open forum) what you are supporting -ie:”… blatant nepotism, near-total impunity, white vans, disappearances of critics, mass-scale corruption, bogus mega-projects, etc., etc.?

      Pray tell us ignorant readers what your “re-balancing” and “course correction” means. And also how you or MR intend to re-settle our “strategic position in the world”.

      Better still, answer the question of your support for a corrupt and nepotistic administration whose idea of “good governance” is ripping off the country and its citizens, the absence of Human Rights and no (what is understood as) ‘rule of law’.

      Just answer the questions and don’t drift into irrelevance, if you would, please.

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      Dayan J:
      A fair indication of the respect you extend to your “opponents” is that you have referred to the State Minister for Defence as “Ruwan Wijeratne.” You could, at least,check names because there is quite a difference between “Wijeratne” and “Wijewardene,” particularly given the circumstances of the appointment of that particular Minister, not exactly a shining beacon of competence. But then one thing that distinguishes your writing (and that of your bedmates in the Rajapaksa fourposter such as Rajiva Wijesinha) from that of others to CT might have got in the way: monumental arrogance that precludes attention to fact, particularly when inconvenient.

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      ” I know EVERYTHING that goes on around the world. I know every bit of news about the politics in Sri Lanka and all over the world. I am even better than astrologer Sumanadasa in predicting the election results.”. :)))))))

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      @ DJ: am I right or not about your counter action as I said “I would love to see an objective reply from DJ. Most probably he would first start wit a caption denouncing your integrity”

      by the way you quote Ranils interview in the Japan Times most conveniently to suit your arguments. As an “academic” you should know you have to see the text in its context and not in the syntax. But you deemed to do so for your convenience and taking it for granted that the readers would not check the original text. But they did for your sadness.
      By the way is it true what pygmalion?: “In the meantime,Lalith was killed and during the funeral rites at Kanatte young DJ had his trousers removed by some people attending the funeral.DJs wife was by his side.
      Upon hearing this JR phoned DJs mother and informed her that he was withdrawing action since DJ has had his just desserts”

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        sanchay ,

        “In the meantime,Lalith was killed and during the funeral rites at Kanatte young DJ had his trousers removed by some people attending the funeral.DJs wife was by his side.”

        i was told , they made DJ run for his life after stripping him down , luckily Thisarnee was there to helped him to hide his jewels from public viewing . i always wonder why scientist took such a long time to invent mobile phones with camera.

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          srilal

          “i always wonder why scientist took such a long time to invent mobile phones with camera.”

          Even if they had, it would have been denied that such photos/video clips ever existed, oh by the war monger. The proof is that he and likes of him continue to deny the authenticity of C4 documentary.

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            Yes , but wouldn’t it be fun to see DJ running for his life exposing his jewels ! my gut feelings [Edited out]

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              Now he has pawned his jewels to MaRa.
              Racists chants of his shows he has been possessed.

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    Mr. Jayasinghe,

    Be baffled no more for what really goes on in the demented mind of this clown is fear-emitted fecal matter of Madamulana origin.

    “I am aware that Ranil Wickremesinghe has been demon to quite a lot of persons on the Rajapaksa side of the divide. The simple reason is that the single-most effective obstruction to their power goal has been and is Ranil Wickremesinghe. That this political leader has been single-mindedly able to defend himself and his side from a myriad of conspiracies over the last decade is eloquent testimony to his unique ability.”

    Ah! Those golden words you elicited in their true and most fitting context! But they are not for the consumption of low IQed fools like DJ. In fact the real type of people to whom DJ typed people are attracted to are those like MARA, BARA, GORA, CHARA, NARA, SIRA and womanizers like MARA’s brother-in-law whose airline paid Rs. 40 lakhs for a “female brand” ambassador! I wonder what DJ’s “brand thing” is like which he offers to MARA day in and day out, in his wettest of wet dreams!

    You said it precisely! The bugger is as careless as ever-in fact the bugger never was. He is the most careless woody woodpecker the damned Paippa Basge TV Channel could not see!

    “Dayan Jayatilleka is not even disheartened by the obvious fact that Ranil makes no reference to him, ever. But DJ must go on. A paranoia drives him. He is often off reality because of this paranoia. Obsessive personality delusions are never built on rock or on hard sand. They can morph into malignant aggression.”

    Ah haaa! Do turn your mouth at me and I will put a chocolate in it! Man! Man! We used to do the same when we were school kids! Oh! Those pretty girls we dreamed to lay down with but were afraid, shy or never allowed to touch ‘em and to release our burning desire. But never did we get discouraged or disheartened because we never disbelieved in the creative power of our “palms”! This is exactly what the DJ bugger is doing today looking at Ranil! The only difference is that the bugger is not ejecting but vomiting into the forums!

    By the way DJ, nice photo of RW, isn’t it? Frame it and hang it in your bed room so that it makes it easier for you to kick your bucket quickly! Bye!

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    To all readers who are racist, please remember that the more we have hatred against one another and don’t think of Sri Lanka identity, we will continue to fail and our people will get poor paid jobs abroad, brain drain will continue, poor infrastructure, poverty, misery, sri lanka passport will be like Somalia passport. Once Ceylon was so well respected, our qualifications and our civil service was world class. Today, we are a wasted country all because we deprived sections of english educated sinhalese, tamils and muslims and they all left the country for better opportunities. Look at the calibre of Sir Claude Corea, Bradman Weerakoon, Ronnie De Mel, Sir Kanthiah Vaithianathan, Wimal Amarasekera etc who were all top civil servants. Even our doctors were eminent and patients come from Singapore, Malaysia for treatment.Today we are only exporting house maids and drivers and the government is proud that it brings a lot of foreign exchange. What a shame.

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      Please remove Ronnie De Mel’s name from that list , he is the farther of pole vaulting from one party to another , if my memory serves me right , he was known as “Pani de Mel”

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    Robert.R

    If MR would have defeated RW by 60 percent why did MR have to pay to get elected back in 2005?

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    Here is the Japan Times link. What Shyamon says is absolutely correct. DJ has lied. There is no reference to any ‘change of strategy’ by Ranil in the article under refrence. DJ has to explain to readers. He must.
    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/opinion/2015/04/08/commentary/world-commentary/winning-sri-lankas-peace/#.VTAYcfmUeSo

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      Dr Ransimala Vidurapola

      “DJ has lied.”

      He always did, only now the readers have noticed his deception.

      He never had intellectual honesty in the first place.

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    I really do not understand the mind-set of people who support MR for a come back. Have they forgotten or are they condoning the sins of the previous administration so quickly.

    I cannot even begin to enumerate the frauds, corruption, family rule etc etc. MR,his brother, Namal, the young prince robbed the country dry. Every strata of the Sri Lankan society was poisoned. The Air Lanka fraud alone is sufficient to deny MR entry into any public position. I cannot imagine how MR, his BIL etc could PROVIDE the services of an Air Lanka hostess for Namal’s work.

    When are they to answer for their mis-deeds. A vindictive MR will make Sirisena’s life miserable.

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    DJ is singing for his supper. One has to excuse him.

    It reminds me of something that was reported to have been mentioned by the late Mr. Dudley Senanayake in describing his cousin, the late Mr. R. G. Senanayake.

    In describing RG, DS had said, “Raththaran piyekuge wetta piththala puthek”. I feel that the same applies to DJ.

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    Reference to your statement that no words of “resettling position” read with open eye the following:”

    Quote;from Times of Japan:-So we need the world’s democracies to stand with us and support us, lest our people become discouraged and be tempted by the autocratic forces waiting in the wings to return to power in the coming parliamentary election. We need to demonstrate to our people that reconciliation, democracy, tolerance and the rule of law constitute the only route to long-term peace and shared prosperity. Sadly, the help that we have received so far is too little to enable my government to be as effective as it can and should be in rebuilding our country and RESETTING OUR STRATEGIC POSITION IN THE WORLD”

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    Ranil bashing was a Rajapakse project to bring Sajith to the helm.Because of DJ’s old loyalty to the Senior Premadasa he feels obliged to bring Sajith to the fore.I won’t be surprised if Sajith has a hand in DJ’s rhetoric. Don’t get it wrong, Dj is still carrying out his contract, otherwise who can explain him getting air time on Sirasa to vent his frustration disguised as a political analysis. Reason? Maharajah’s are behind Sajith.

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      Lever, you are Spot on!!!

      Absolutely right! For months on end, a propaganda segment against Ranil was launched and it was disgusting.

      Reasonable people previously not supporters of Ranil became Ranil upporters while turning their backs on Sajith and the newsmedia in question.

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    Not so.Because when well know buuruwas oppose we know that good things are happening.
    Every time you spit some communal nationslist venom we realize that you are bashing your snake head against the wall.

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    Does the writer mean only Rajapaksa bashing is allowed. We know the class struggle Rajapaksa has to go through as he is coming from village. The family class of RW and CBK thinks only they are born to rule.

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      Nawaz Dawood

      “Does the writer mean only Rajapaksa bashing is allowed.”

      It is not a matter of allowable or dis-allowable. Its is all about right and wrong. In MR’s case, bashing him started too late in the day, and he deserves 24/7/52 bashing.

      ” We know the class struggle Rajapaksa has to go through as he is coming from village.”

      There was no class struggle for him to go through in fact his brother shot and killed many garment workers who were peacefully conducting a protest and on other incident persons were brutally attacked and killed for demanding clean water.

      It is known as false consciousness in Marxist Parlance.

      “The family class of RW and CBK thinks only they are born to rule.”

      MR lost the elections. It time he accepted his defeat. MR thinks that he won the war therefore he is born to rule forever. Don’t forget he is a war criminal.

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