8 March, 2021

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How The Opposition Can & Cannot Liberate & Lead The Country 

By Dayan Jayatilleka 

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

1. As Prof Kumar David says, when there is a fire, one must not chase away anyone who can be enlisted to put out the fire. I’d add the caveat UNLESS it is the same person who started the fire, or is carrying a bucket of gasoline, or whose clothes are soaked with gasoline. So, it is with any slogan of uniting with the UNP while it still led by Ranil Wickremesinghe, in the struggle to defeat the repressive, ultranationalist-militarist Gotabaya Rajapaksa regime.

2. How did the SLFP and its successor party the SLPP, produce Presidents since 1994, and the UNP keep losing from 1994? How can there not be a causal connection? What is it that the UNP has in common for a quarter century, the very period in which it has never led the country? Surely it is the fact that it has been led by a single personality? 

3. Therefore, isn’t it entirely obvious that as long as the UNP has that one leader, and that figure is on the platform, the other side, under whichever leader, or more accurately, whichever one of the Rajapaksas lead it, will win, even if briefly loses power as during the Yahapalanaya interlude?

4. When Ranasinghe Premadasa beat Sirimavo Bandaranaike, at the height of the UNP’s unpopularity, the only question he had to pose the electorate was to you really want to go back to the era of scarcities that you experienced under the Bandaranaike-led government?

5. However bad the Sri Lankan crisis gets, if Ranil Wickremesinghe who is toxic to the Sinhala Buddhist majority is part of the oppositional mix, the present government can prevail in an election, referendum or even a political battle.

6. So long as the polarization of forces can be depicted as the patriotic forces vs. the unpatriotic forces, the regime will always have an advantage. So long as Ranil Wickremesinghe is part of the picture it will be possible to polarize it along those lines at least in the eyes of a significant number of Sinhalese Buddhists.   

7. If that advantage is to be removed, the opposition must present a platform that is pluralist, multiethnic, multireligious, multilingual but is decidedly patriotic and has a solid record on national security issues. 

8. The global picture shows that ultranationalism can be defeated only by a mix which includes populism of a progressive sort. In the Global South the component of populism is more relevant and necessary.

9. Today the Opposition is led by a young centrist-populist democrat of patriotic-populist lineage. His party is chaired by the war-winning ex-army chief. The Opposition has repositioned itself in a manner that it can pick up on the socioeconomic issues generated by the economic crisis. 

10. Only a saboteur or agent-provocateur who objectively serves the interests of the enemy (which is how Ho Chi Minh described Vietnam’s Trotskyists), can argue for the inclusion in any Opposition formation, of a figure who immediately helps the regime by triggering in the mass mind, memories of the Bond scam, the sellout to the Tigers (the CFA), the handover of Hambantota and the collusion in Geneva 2015. 

11. Given the Rajapaksas and a Premadasa, the people will eventually choose the latter because he represents a socially caring and concerned alternative which is also patriotic and nationalist in a pluralist sense.  

12. Given a Rajapaksa and any platform which includes Wickremasinghe, or any Premadasa-Wickremesinghe combination whatsoever, public opinion, and certain the vast social – and electoral—base that is the military, the veterans and their families, will hold their noses and opt for a Rajapaksa. 

13. Or worse, they will back an outright military takeover. 

14. The slogan of opposition unity must begin with understanding that not all Opposition elements are equal. The main force and the leading force of the opposition is the SJB led by Sajith Premadasa, who has repeatedly declared the social democratic character of his party’s project. 

15. In any Opposition bloc, the key link must be between the SJB and the JVP, not the SJB and the UNP. 

16. This in no way means that the UNP should be excluded; it only means that a party with at least a few seats (the JVP) and a trade union base, should be given greater priority than one which has zero seats (the UNP).

17. It also means that the UNP must dump Ranil/Ranilism which are the greatest assets of any Rajapaksa administration, especially the present ultranationalist one, and the greatest liability of the Opposition. They are magnets for Sinhala nationalist propaganda and fuel for the Sinhala nationalist cause. 

18. The Opposition must first exorcise that which has kept it from acceptability as the country’s leader, before it moves forward. 

19. The Opposition must move forwards and upwards, which it cannot do while being dragged backwards and downwards by Ranil Wickremesinghe. 

20. Taking him along to the battlefield where the people must crown democracy with victory would be as appropriate as taking along a decomposing corpse when attending a wedding.               

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    Kumar David , Dayan Jayathilaka, and more people can argue as to how to bring back democracy.
    As far as North-East Tamils are concerned it does not matter which Sinhalese leader comes to power, in fact Tamils throughout the country have realized through 73 years of experience with Sinhalese leaders in power none of them is concerned with the rights of or welfare of Tamils in general.
    As J R Jeyawardene put it “If I starve the Jaffna Tamils Sinhalese people will be happy”. He was merely enunciating a cardinal truth, which is true to this day.
    It is no surprise Rajapakse government starved the Tamil people in Vanni during the latter part of the war and the Sinhalese military committed genocide of Tamils. The whole world knows this truth but the vast majority of Sinhalese deny it.
    Bhikkus and Sinhalese ultra-nationalists wanted Hitler out of Gota and got “that man” as Gota put it. These people don’t stop to think where Hitler and Nazi Germany ended.
    As far as Tamils are concerned democracy, i.e, a majoritarian one or military rule , does not matter. Even with more liberal rule under Sirisena Tamils in North East were under military occupation same as now, or may be worse now.

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      Thiru
      North-East Tamils are less than 50% of total Tamil population.

      Soma

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        Soma,
        It doesn’t matter. Tamil speaking people are majority in the North East. Sinhalese are minorities in the North East.Sinhalese are not even one third of Total Tamil population in the world.

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          Ajith
          What is your definition of ‘Tamils’ in respect of a political solution?
          My definition is:
          All Tamil speaking people scattered across the island irrespective of their religion, caste or the date of arrival.
          .
          Can you engage in a meaningful discussion on a ‘political solution’ without agreement on who and who are included/excluded?

          Soma

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            Soma,
            It is you who are not engaged with meaningful discussion on a political solution. Don’t try to hide under Buddhist Sinhala Fundamentalism and pretend to be a reasonable. North East Region of Sri Lanka had always the traditional homeland for Sri Lankan Tamils. Srilanka was not ruled by one government or one king at the time of invasion of Dutch or Portuguese or British. the first Census of Sri Lanka by British clearly show the distribution of ethnicity of Sri Lanka. Tamil and Sinhala political leadership since independence agreed that through Banda-Chelva pact, Dudley-Chelva Pact through the Oslo accord. You may say 50% of Tamils are living in the South now and you have to take them. It is up to them to decide where they want to live. Similarly Sinhalese in the North East have to make a choice. So, the North east people in Sri Lanka has the right of self determination which could take any form of devolution.

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              Ajith
              Thanks
              Your definition is as far as a political solution is concerned Tamils are:
              Hindu/Christian Tamil language speaking people presently living in the North East.
              Thanks again.
              Now may I know is it the same as ‘Tamil Nation’ as defined by TNA?
              Is it the same definition agreed by India?
              .
              “It is up to them to decide where they want to live.”
              This is where the Tamil separatists make the fundamental mistake. They are unambiguously hypocritic. Unwittingly they admit that all this relentless propaganda of discrimination, violence, loot, rape, murder or even genocide is concocted falsehood.
              Unwittingly they admit that Sinhala Buddhist society is relatively superior. Otherwise why on earth +50% of Tamils would choose to live among the Sinhalese?
              .
              Mr. Ajith, Tamils have two options. A SEPARATE Homeland OR (definitely not AND) the right to live anywhere.
              I BEG OF THEM TO CHOOSE THE LATTER OPTION.

              Soma

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                Soma,
                Did I say Hindu/Christian Tamil language speaking people?
                Do you deny burning of Jaffna library?
                Do you deny the proportion of demography only changed in North East?
                Do you deny bombing of Navali Church?
                Do you deny that 99% of Srilankan military are Sinhalese?
                Do you deny 1958, 1977, 1983 and 2009 massacre of Tamils?

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                  Ajith
                  Why don’t you clearly define ‘Tamils’ in respect of a political solution? Who and who are included/excluded?
                  Why do you jump off the track – Jaffna library, Navil Chuch, etc.etc.?
                  We are trying to find out who are asking for a political solution so that we can formulate a geographical devolution model which may satisfy at least 90% of them.
                  Who are this ‘Tamil Nation’ of TNA? Hindu/Christian Tamils in Jaffna?

                  Soma

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                Soma,

                Who are you to decide the fate of Tamils?

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                  Ajith
                  Which Tamils?
                  All Tamil speaking people scattered across the island irrespective of their religion, caste or the date of arrival?

                  Soma

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                    soman

                    Check this website:
                    WORLD TAMIL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
                    http://worldtamilchamberofcommerce.com/#accordion

                    There appears to be no membership restriction for you. However if there is any, you just submit your DNA result.

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          True. Sinhalese are like Jews. Only 15 million worldwide. There are 80 million Tamils. Quality verses quantity.

          How come 15 millions Sinhalese and 15 million Jews have a nation to rule but 80 million Tamils do not have a nation to rule?

          90% of world Tamils live under a majority of Hindi rulers.
          4% of world Tamils live under a majority of Sinhala rulers.
          3% of world Tamils live under a majority of Malay rulers.
          3% rest is the same.

          This is modern day slavery and is completely unacceptable. Tamils deserve a nation they can rule.

          But if Tamils keep voting for Sinhala presidential candidates, Tamils will never get their nation. Reject all Sinhala presidential candidates and show to the world that Tamils do not trust any Sinhala executive ruler over them. Enough is enough!

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            Now you toppled the Global Tamil agenda in one go….they think they are following the Zionist path and now you say Sinhalese are doing the same…common.

            The same people training you as well??

            I like your statistics for the case making…interesting.

            Either you win over by family planning law or get on with some kamasutra actions….India has training camps for that too….the spiritual centres worldwide set up just for that…

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          You said it Thiru. That is why the Sinhalese are a minority in their own country.

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        It does not matter if only 5% of the island’s Tamils in the island live there or 100% . This is their homeland and they are in a majority here. Even if 1% or 100% of the Tamils live down south , it does not matter as the southern 7 provinces are Sinhalese lands. For your information you keep on quoting the same lie, to justify your Sinhalese racist views and propaganda. 70% of the island’s Indigenous Eelam or Sri Lankan Tamils live in the north and east and 90% of the remaining 30% live in the greater Colombo area and most of them are only here for employment and will relocate to the NE if these areas are developed. 51% of the Island’s Tamil population ( Eelam and Indian origin) live in the North and East. The Sri Lankan Muslims or Moors do not count , as despite being ethnically Tamil , they do not want to identify themselves as Tamils and want to be identified only with their religion and some sort of Arab origin , that everyone knows that they hardly have. The less I say about them the better

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          ‘Even if 1% or 100% of the Tamils live down south , it does not matter as the southern 7 provinces are Sinhalese lands. ‘
          .
          Interesting. So even if 1% or 100% of the Sinhalese live in the North or East, it does not matter.

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            We all know that you are pure black Aryan low caste Chingkalla Viking from Norway with a nice Viking name Svenson( meaning son of Sven in old Norse) . We also know that you are Chingkalla racist posting lies and rubbish. A twin of Eagle Blind, therefore non of your opinions and comments matter , as it will be full of rubbish and racist misinformation. As long as the 1% 0r 100% of the Chingkallams who come into the north and east , arrive their legally and purchase lands and start businesses with their own funds and then do not try to change the Thamizh character of these lands EG place name changes from Thamizh to Chingkallam or destroy Hindu temples using fake history and then build Poutha Viharais there it does not matter. However, they do not 100% of them have arrived there illegally and have been settled by the racist Chingkalla state on ethnically cleansed Eelzham Thamizh lands to deliberately change the demography of the North and East from a Thamizh majority to a Chingkalla majority. After they arrive and settle they then with the help of the Sri Lankan Chingkalla government and the rapist Chingkalla armed forces and other government departments , try to steal more Thamizh land and destroy Hindu temples , using fake fairy tales and history made up by the so call Archeological department , so it matters Black Viking fake Aryan Chingkalla Svenson

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        soman

        “North-East Tamils are less than 50% of total Tamil population.”

        Remember more than 2 to 80 million live outside the island.
        What is your problem.

        PS. 1.4 billion Muslims live outside this island.

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      T
      Is it not time that Tamils seriously reviewed their political past, especially the quality of political leadership.
      A nationality (really the nationalist leadership) that still denies the identity of Muslims and Hill Country Tamils as distinct nationalities falls short of fairness in its demands.
      Should not the minority nationalities also address their internalized modes of oppression?
      Should not they be sensitive to the feelings of others when they make assertive statements?
      Should not they realize that there are other forms of oppression in the country and seek to join hands with other oppressed people regardless of ethno-religious identity?
      When will they stop pinning their hopes on foreigners with undeclared motives?

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        Soma

        Ajith clarified to Tony that the agreement between SL-India regards to taking back Tamils are just limited to Estate Tamils (mostly never returned and if any taken run away from the trains and settled in Vanni where we always had labour shortage for historically.

        Based on this input from Ajith alone we can safely assume there was a think called Ceylon Tamils Citizenry existed and still exist be it diluted etc. Diluted for various reasons such as Indian Tamils and the local Traitors like myself.

        You need “alternative universe of facts” and myths too please have the Suthenthiran FP party news news paper since 1948 translated to Sinhala/English etc…even a reading of one paper will be sufficient to give you Covid the new strain…very infectious to read…could never stop the as deeds have results and work the results to make more deeds…..this works for getting people killed….and then selectively apply law accordingly too.

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        Dear SJ

        This is what happens when the human rights abusers start talking about human rights.

        We need to get the records correct before we proceed to discuss anything else in our Nation as we have all sorts of bench marking in the chaotic world of FP/TULF politics that was built on the back of Tamils rejecting this folly in the 70’s..hence the gun came to be in the scene.

        Let alone the Sinhalese point of view and take the LTTE for that matter is why they moved away froths folly until this folly found a homier Colombo frothier survival shuttling between their masters in India and in the west.

        How long can one run from the killing fields in Jaffna a Ratha Pottu Mafia crimes from 1970-1977-1981 now parked as a useless entity at the expense of Tax payers ever since…..having killed all that was for the Tamils to choose as their representatives for whatever they choose as their needs…a basic human right that was robbed from them and not by the Sinhalese. The shamefully that burdened the Sinhalese with the shear number of Indian workers in thrown territory as sitting MP’s of the North..a shear thuggery no-one will ever forgive.

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        Should not they realize that there are other forms of oppression in the country and seek to join hands with other oppressed people regardless of ethno-religious identity?

        Are you having too much weight to make your big bumpy move? Do something if you see something!
        When did you last time wrote a comment on the interest of Upstate Tamils. How many essays you wrote for their Rs 1000 in the last five years? Link of that please. Your know what colleague Eagle Eye wrote?

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      There you go! This is the curse of the opposition – racism.

      The opposition is made up of Sinhala racists, Tamil racists and Muslim racists. They NEVER unite.

      In January 2015 they were united temporarily to bring Sirisena to power but by August 2015 they had once again divided into their racist camps. Game over!

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    A glaringly desperate attempt by DJ to give reason to his frivolous efforts to humiliate and discredit Ranil Wickremasinghe so far as to say RW’s premiership is responsible for the evils of Gota’s presidency.
    +
    He has conveniently left out that there was President Maithripala Sirisena fraternising with MR to undermine the democracy and the security of the nation. MS indeed did just that.
    +
    He has forgotten that the war-winning ex-army chief who now chairs SJB opposition was previously in UNP under RW’s premiership and is perhaps nearly as unpopular as RW.
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    Seems DJ is making a mountain out of a mole hill to distract from the necessity to unite all opposing the evils of the current presidency and the government.
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    Who’s side is he really on? It’s almost as if he’s making a case in favour of Gotabaya et al!

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    “…memories of the Bond scam, the sellout to the Tigers (the CFA), the handover of Hambantota and the collusion in Geneva 2015. “
    Dr.DJ missed to add , perhaps inadvertently, the attempt to Balkanise the country in collusion with Sampanthan which is the most important issue.
    Until Sajith Premadasa unambiguously clarifies what he means by “maximum devolution within a unitary structure” in practical terms it is safer to be aligned with the autocratic Rajapaksas.

    Soma

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      soman

      You forgot to mention this man serving in the first ever Tamil Separatists led provincial council being minister for what(?)
      You also didn’t mention DJ’s hero RP bankrolling LTTE, supplying arms, medical supplies, …..etc etc etc while his armed forces were hiding behind VP’s fat bum. At that time Shavendra hid deep deep deep inside presidential palace.

      You also forgot Basil paying Rs 165 millions to VP to rig the 2005 elections.

      DJ takes 64 positions all at the same time. Just ignore him.

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    The day the voters decide to reject Alms receiving from Politicos and the
    Politicos not offering Alms is , the day the country is liberated . Even the
    incumbent regime can reverse its position and start forward march in the
    right direction. No need to wait another day to reform .

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      why , why .
      because religous extremists want to
      implement man made sharia , behead everyone who disagree with them, lie , indulge in hypocrisy by washing their sins with honest people , take over banks , takeover everything and everyone.
      Once the the extremism is wiped out and.
      real criminals hiding behind fake new creeds are done with.
      which can be done only by GR.
      The peaceful rational muslims and everyone else will be in peace

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        Lanka Netizen ,

        Did some of those Religious Extremists vote in support of
        20th amendment to strengthen Your , and only Your GR
        to develop the country ? Without those few Votes Your GR
        will not have the power he has today ! Why do you keep
        saying You Can Not Do , Live or Die without these Religious
        Extremists ? That is why I recommended in my comment
        ” Reject Receiving Alms” from Politicos and Politicos
        offering Alms to Voters which includes MPs voting in
        Parliament too !

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          OH Why , why ..
          How very Commical is your response..

          Did we vote for in these chaps in?

          You guys blindly vote , give me an atom of any services of you present day So called Muslim MP bxxc, have done to the community or nation ?

          Ruaf huks ..what the he’ll has he ever done.?

          As to answer your question about your so-called extremist MP’S* (.this one is your branding of them , not me , disclaimer)

          who voted for the 20th ammendement, that is how smart our leaders are , they were willing and we were willing , Every party plays politics in parliament, difference is our leaders play strategic politics .

          If crooks and clans given the nation on a platter did not want to serve, but they & their gang were busy banging the nation,emptying the treasury, looting it through bonds and
          Siphoning all the billions of dollars grants we got, Of which today they can not show a single genuine beneficiary who received a cent from it and opening the doors wide to all sort of smuggling and human trafficing and not to forget returning a new terrorism after MR & GR succefully wipedout the one started by your green leader,.It’s sour grapes now.

          MR&.GR will *(.GW) sail through.

          Smugglers , humant traffickers and criminals & extremists” CANT BRRATHE NOW”

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            Lanka Netizen ,

            My response is connected to my initial comment . My questions
            are to deal with your initial reply to my comment . If I sounded
            comical to you , I think I did the best job matching to the
            situation !

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    I thought Dayan Jeyathilake was appointed as an adviser on International Affairs, not on national Affairs, but I could not find any advice given to Sajith on international Affairs, but concentrate on Ranil, Ranil, Ranil.

    Why not advice Sajith on how to embarrass the government on Geneva?, Eastern Terminal ?or Covid-19? Or Jaffna Islands? or even China? Dayan,- the political scientist is clueless.

    Does not he know that Ranil was discredited, dead and buried and nobody will be able to resurrect.

    Ranil belongs to the past

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    Those commenters who talk about Tamils in the North and East are also RACISTS. They are not considering Tamils who live outside these two areas.

    Today its not RACISM that’s being experienced in Sri Lanka. Its much more dangerous “SYSTEMIC RACISM”. Systemic Racism is purported not by an individual but by a group against another group. This is more difficult to control and this is what we are seeing in Sri Lanka. If opposition is to liberate the country all those who are opposed to Systemic Racism should band together and it should start with those commenters I mentioned above as those are the ones who claim others as Racists when they themselves are racists to a section of their group.

    Does the opposition have this strength? The recent P2P has proved beyond any doubt its not the politicians or political parties that can bring about this change its the civil societies that can successfully bring this change.

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      Dear Buddhist1:
      Are you assuming that most of those Tamils residing outside of the North and East are unrelated to the Tamils of North and East? I as a North/East Tamil have lots of relatives outside of the region and wherever they were, they were often subjected to the violence inflicted on the Tamils of North and East. Wherever they are, the plight is the same.
      +
      As for the distinction of Indian origin Tamils versus Ceylon Tamils, it’s a tangible distinction that stemmed from history but someone making that distinction by referring to one or the other doesn’t make that someone a “racist” or “classist”.
      +
      Certainly Classism, casteism, and other forms bigotry and chauvinism exist in all parts of SriLanka and much of the planet. Systemic discrimination exists but an entire group cannot be labeled as systemically discriminatory.
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      Calling those who refer to themselves as Tamils of North and East merely in the context of the political landscape of the country as “racist” is unjust and incorrect.
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      If you want to call someone a racist or casteist or classist or some sort of chauvinist, then you need to show that the someone is against equitable treatment of one group over the other.
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      Calling yourself “Buddhist1” doesn’t make you guilty of religious prejudice, does it?

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        Sugandh,
        Thank you for your comments. Tamils who are not living in the North and East are not racists as they have the courage and confidence to live among the majority community. Yes they have been attacked I do not deny that. Thats the result of Systemic Racism which is fueled by both sides, especially by Gajendrakumar and Wigneswaran who do not seek a peaceful solution but seek confrontational solution. By living among another community there are ample of opportunities to understand each other within the communities. Living in the North and East this rarely happens. Unless and until we all consider ourselves as Sri Lankans and not with ethnic or religious labels this not not going to happen.
        Your second point, even if its an historic reference, we all who live in SL are immigrants or decedents of immigrants. In such an environment what point of time in history can categorize a person as a citizen? Who decides this date? What right any person has to choose a specific date as the starting point?
        I agree with your point three. When I use the term Systemic Racism I am referring mostly to the Government. However, I have used it in certain times for groups as well but based on specific incidents or actions.

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          Dear Buddhist1:
          Appreciating the conversation.
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          There’re many reasons why people reside where they do. Where they reside and who they reside amongst don’t determine whether they are racist or not.
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          Reiterating that inequitable treatment of one group over the other is a hallmark of bigotry and has to be shown before labelling some individual/group as racist.
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          A cocktail of folks from differing cultural and religious backgrounds doesn’t necessarily mean there’s equitable treatment of each other or there isn’t virtual segregation within.
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          Don’t know how well you know the East. It’s diverse even more so now but there’re concentrations of each community in different areas. That’s practical convergence based on language proficiency, religious backgrounds, differing places of worship, language-based schools, etc. Nonetheless, many religious festivities bring communities together.
          +
          Ultimately, all are human-beings and deserve equitable treatment. All labels we attach to ourselves and others are in reference to specific matters. Indian-origin Tamil SriLankans have been subject to distinct economic, political and social situations attributed to their history. It’s just a classification in reference to issues distinct to them. It’s not racism. They themselves uphold their South-Indian-Tamil identity/culture. Nothing wrong with that.

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            Sugandh

            Let me focus on one point as I feel I have covered most of your points in my earlier message.

            Every one has to be treated equal, I totally agree 100%. But what we are seeing today its not happening and this is the fundamental reason for where we are seeing Systemic Racism in full bloom.

            Simple test, since the Sinhala Only policy which was introduced decades ago we see that armed forces, judiciary, govt senior posts, commissions, appointments to govt corporations etc do not reflect the ethnic mix of the country. Even in the case of the recent human rights violations investigation commission that was appointed by the President the Tamil Commissioner was appointed only after protests were held to say that the commission did not reflect the ethnic mix of the country. Further this Tamil appointment too in my opinion is not a sound one as there are so many more experienced impartial Tamil jurors who could have been appointed to this position. I also like to bring to readers notice, when political victimization commission was appointed it was given powers to prosecute those found guilty and this commission which appears to sit on top of so many commission on human rights violations does not have this power. Human right is more important than political victimization. What does it say – all are not treated equal.

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      Rajapaksas’ biggest strength is Tamil racism (TNA), Muslim racism (SLMC) and Sinhala racism (UNP, JVP, SLPP). As long as these are active, Rajapaksas will win elections.

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        Rajapakse will win only because he has Tamils, Muslims and Sinhalese who are his pawns and agents aiding him to maintain Systemic Racism.

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    If People can send politicians on the basis, that they have no one better to represent them, than one who was dilutional enough to believe swords are used to cut concrete imagining they are grass and done sweet nothing for the nation.or at least to his people of area.
    Then most rightfully MR & GR are thee only hope & there are no other leaders capable than them to lead this nation and protect it from the religous extremists who are the very seeds of terorrism,
    I regret to state that
    the government has gone on.a snooze mode with implimemtimg a regulation to demand all newly surfaced religous splinter groups and religous NGOS to present a full legally validated detail of what their ideologies , dogmas and creed in general are
    .The government needs to make sure the security of the country is not compromised in the midst of political issues and others.

    Everyone needs to understand the genome of the april terrorists may be dormant for now , but it can and will given the opportunity produce viruses worse than corona or past april and more destructive .

    As long as the new ideologies of religous splinter groups and religous entities among NGOs and existing ones that have adopted extremism are not varified and regulated ,our lethargy might cost what can never be reveresed

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    Dayan

    Respect the analysis and the summarised justifications for the case you made earlier regard to to how carry the UNP in the SJB wagon.

    Having followed all your fantastic case making/transparency/knowledge sharing I am impressed the following is in your list of rational

    “Point 7. If that advantage is to be removed, the opposition must present a platform that is pluralist, multiethnic, multi religious, multilingual but is decidedly patriotic and has a solid record on national security issues”….only difference we will should look for in our citizenary is “have and have nots” and how to eradicate this on a continious basis.

    Based on that my suggestions are

    (1) Please ensure SJB is not an amulgamation/alliance/joint venture of various parties but is one in all sense of the word…One party/One Leadership/One constitution/One Manifesto etc

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      (2) I am not into undermining Hon RW or any other parties (except ghetto parties) for a reason…….that is our journey to date one must respect the journey and change with times for Patriotism…does not have colour and creed but ones Nationhood. Nor should we do that to our children setting a wrong president will learn the wrong things when you and me are gone as to how they remember us too.

      (3) Party formation is not all about credible opposition requirement but also capability in governance..so ensure you have “Technocrat” credentials/expertise that be considered as an alternative for considerations by voters for their needs.

      (4) Environmental planning should lay foundation for all your economic planning for the Nation…the party should hire some international expertise to draw this out/trouble shoot/town-hall discussion now before incorporating as part of your party stand/policy making etc.

      (5) JVP will make an exceptional partner based on all you said earlier in your case making.

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    The time has come to “LIBERATE” the country from ALL these “PARASITES” who have been running the affairs of Governing for the last few decades. Haven’t “THEY” (in the picture) along with the “REST” who were and are “Hoodwinking” the people “RUINED” this country and “LIVE” on the “BLOOD” of the TaxPayers (all the people who pay direct & indirect taxes) money? ALL of them must be “KICKED OUT”. Simple as that. Dr. DJ: please understand that “GROUND REALITY” and the “TRUTH”. Please don’t “MARKET” these “ROGUES”. If you “DO”, that is the greatest “Disservice” to this country by a “Professional”. There are “MANY” like you in that game of “CHESS PLAYING”, you are doing in this article.

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    Ranil and only Ranil protected Old King in wings last five years. Otherwise IC might have hanged on his amude in hot sun until he becomes dried fish. All fears Old King have on King is that the King traitor may join with UNHRC and send him to UN Electric chair. That is why he, behind back of King, inserted his wedge to Indian ECT. Old King tried to lock up King in California, secretly supporting Ahimsa. But America seems to be had a different thought so released him to go to Lankawe and stand in election.

    How did the SLFP and its successor party the SLPP, produce Presidents since 1994 First time Thero’s arch enemy, Chandrika won by promising peace, unlike Vaalaiththodam, with Tamils, and abolishing EP. Thero is against for both. Then anti-Tamil war called “War for Peace”. First time Old King won paying for LTTE leader. Ranil lost because he split Karuna from LTTE larder. Then always Anti-Tamil Slogan. since 1994, and the UNP keep losing from 1994? Sinhalese-Tamil’s anti-feeling for Vaalaiththodam Rowdy, Richard. They both celebrated his death with Kribath and fire crackers.
    Moda Thero is faithless guy. If Ranil is not there, one of the judge in 2015 might have condemned Thero’s Boss Lemon Puff 20 years in jail for having two passports. Ranil argued with UN SG against Darusman report.

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    Sri Lanka needs Engineers and Businessmen running for office. Because jobs require perfection. One mistake by an engineer can cause death. Like the Building collapse last year. Businessmen are risk takers and the successful ones know how to maximize manpower and material resources ( Dhammika Perera, Dilith Jayaweera, Asanga Seniviratne ) Hell, even a carpenter or a Mason is better than Lawyers. Economics and Law are abstract subjects and SL Law is virtually useless. The reason they failed to extradite Raja Mahendren from Singapore is because there was no written law that he broke. The parliament is full of lawyers ( Ranil, G. L Peries, Mahinda and Namal, Sumpanathan etc ) and the rest are great orators ( Weerawamsa, Ponnmabalm ), unqualified ( Sanath , Arjuna Ranathunga, and about 150 other MP’s.), thugs ( Douglas Devandna, Mervin Silva ), crooks (Hakiem, Bathiudeen ) and the naive ( Ranjan, Hirunika, Harsha De silva, Tilvin Silva, AKD )

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    Remember the “red lines” for any National parties………

    (1) Ghetto parties – race and religions attached

    (2) I am Indian and Sri Lankan attached

    (3) Devolutions/separatisms/federalisms…

    (4) No party that can not field candidates through out the land hopefully Sinhalese upNorth and Tamil in South…Muslims in North and South…because we need to connect/network village after village from North to South and East to West.

    (5) Foreign connections

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      Dr Dayan

      above…I meant to say no go territory for any progressive and futuristic party the “red lines” not to be crossed.

      We need to have a common memorial for all the Mother Lankan children (insurgent groups/armed groups/armed forces/all the politicians and the public injured/ died since the Independence…..a national day of mourning for environmental work and compulsory respect paid by any visiting head of state Tforioffciailduties.

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    DJ says: “I’d add the caveat UNLESS it is the same person who started the fire, or is carrying a bucket of gasoline, or whose clothes are soaked with gasoline.”
    *
    May I add a further caveat to include in the above category those who played ball with those who started the fire and fanned the flames, especially ones who pretended that they were all for dousing the flames while promoting it on various pretexts, unless they come clean and express genuine regret for their past actions.

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    I do agree with Dr DJ that RANIL W will be NOT an asset to Sajith Premadasa’s somewhat progressive SJB. Ranil was helped by M.R to retain his prolonged post of ‘Leader of the Opposition. After his failure to capturethe power since 1990s,Ranil should have handed over the Leadership of UNP to an able young Politician. If only He[Ranil] had done so,we did NOT have to suffer under the Rajapaksas who have piled on the DEBTS in millions & millions of US $. Also, we would NOT have the Chinese taking over ports & Lands. In 2015, the Citizens of SL thought that we are going to be on the RIGHT path to peace and prosperity as well as to bring the ‘GUILTY’ to face the justice. List of the crimes committed since 2005 are all well documented. I would like the SJB to produce a NEW Constitutional Draft that is agreeable to ALL as soon as possible.

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    Dayan please go away. We have already liberated the country from yahapalana/extremist tamil-muslim cesspit.

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    No Matter how hard the descendents of colonial masters natuarilized citizens, who today are using the religious identity and working hand in gloves with treason to replace and bury the Indigenous Yonakas identity and birth rights of This land , history can never be buried and even though today the numbers of Lanka indigenous Yonakas who refused to get onto the wagon of treason in the name of Religious identity , no one should hallucinate that we are going to sit passively to jonnies come lately to decide our fate , even if we have to die to preserve it , we might as well.
    This government and its leaders and The Son of a Lanka Yonaka Muslim the Minister of justice has a duty to protect our identity or it will be a total betrayal.

    IF The history has to speak of any Lanka Yonaka Muslims deserving to be celebrated as a honest SL Yonaka Muslim politician, who ever walked on this earth,used his own wealth (not a cent ever has he ever siphoned from the treasurey) to serve the community since independence is none other than Hon.Late.Razik Fareed.

    A true patriot, true friend of all citizens and a honest caring father of the Lanka Yonakas Muslims.

    May God bless his soul the highest heaven in the hereafter.

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    Typos corrected.
    Even if we Lanka Yonaka Muslims who refuse to replace our indigenous identity with religious identity may be small in numbers, no one should doubt we will sit passively while some decide our fate.

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    I agree totally with the writer although I have reservations about his sincerity. As he concluded, taking Ranil with ANY opposition is like taking a decomposing corpse to a wedding…and that is precisely why Percy recently said he yearned for Ranil to be leader of the opposition, justifying his yearning by saying they need a strong (LOL) opposition to keep the government focussed..!

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    Nice little plan Dr Dayan J,
    You are now trying to liberate the opposition because Mr G didn’t give you a diplomatic position isn’t it?

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    The best way for Ranil.W at this moment is to join Rajapaksas who are always in good books vice-versa ,since Saijth would not entertain him, remembering well of his defeat in the previous Presidential election. U.N.P. cannot be brought back to its previous status as it has been ruined under Ranil’s leadership of 30 long years.

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    Dear Dayan

    Regards to “style” of government (policies are different) we need to reflect the Philippines government and Malaysia for the next 10- 20 years.

    We need to get some oder in place/foundation laid out…we do not have time for all the niceties of all others we compare and wannebes…..if we did not go through the terror of FP/TULF we would have been well ahead but now “it is what it is” and “we are where we are” we need some iron grip on certain administration until we all become clear about our civic responsibilities in the Nation building program. It applies to all the GSOL to be without any party politics.

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