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It Was Our Duty To Represent The Totality Of Sri Lanka, Not This Or That Component

By Dayan Jayatilleka –

Dr Dayan Jayatilleka

This event is the commencement of my process of transition. I have begun my farewell with this gathering of friends from the Sri Lankan community in Paris because my wife Sanja and I shall be leaving France, somewhere early in the New Year in January. My two year term has come to an end or will come to an end in January.

Now it is not that I love Paris less but I treasure my autonomy and independence as an academic more. I think those of you who know me would be able to fill in the blanks as to why I have chosen to leave at the completion of this term rather than make a request for a third year’s extension.

We do this with a heavy heart, because we love Paris, we love France and we have greatly valued the experience we have had, the warmth that we have shared with all of you. And just this evening, I happened to show some friends here, Ramani Eriyagama and a few others, some very old photographs because I found this among my parents’ belonging after they have passed away. These are old photographs and I remembered that these were taken in Paris, rue Perronet, in the summer of 1973. So I was pretty sure that Ramani was on one of those in the photographs and today she confirmed it.

We have valued our time in France for many reasons. Firstly, because of what France and its capital mean in terms of intellectual life and civilization: many of the ideas that all of us cherish, the ideas of universality, of equality, liberty and fraternity, are ideas that originated here. Very few capital cities, give the same pride of place to writers, intellectuals, musicians, that Paris does as you can see from every street name. So, as somebody whose profession is that of a university academic, I leave Paris with a heavy heart, but more than that, there is so much more that Paris means in terms of civilité.

Now it has been our good fortune, to have the understanding and support, the solidarity of all you and those others who have been unable to attend this evening’s farewell function. Sanja and I value this, especially because it has been in a certain sense, a challenging and difficult time. It has been a struggle. I used to say when people asked me “How are you? How was your day?”, my day is divided between the time during which I engage in diplomatic work which is to do with the French State, the French society, the think-tanks, universities, UNESCO and so on, which is very good and very productive, and then the part of the day that I have to deal with petty minded bureaucrats and parochial prejudices which is really that part of the day that I have to interact with certain elements.

Now, I am not new to Paris because my first visits were as a boy in the 1960s  and then again as a teenager in the ’70s–some of you might remember when Mr. Balasubramanian was Deputy Head of Mission here, and then as I said in ’73 when Ambassador Tissa Wijeratne served here. By the way, one of the people in that photograph I have is Mr. Omar Nawaz.  So I know how the Embassy and the Sri Lankan community have evolved. I also have friends here who have served as Ambassadors such as Prof. Senaka Bandaranayake, whom I first met when he was a student in London. So as I said, I am not a stranger to the Sri Lankan community, the Embassy and their interactions.

I was however faced with certain situations or combination of factors which you are well aware of. Now I will not go into that but I will just say that what I have stood for here has been the following. And it is by standing for these principles and these ideas that we have enjoyed your support, understanding and solidarity. I have stood for the idea that the main duty of a Sri Lankan Ambassador in any part of the world is to represent his or her country in the country or State to which he or she is accredited. Now this does not mean the neglect of the Sri Lankan community but that is not the primary function of a Sri Lankan Ambassador.

My second principle was that the ‘Sri Lankan community in France’ meant just that, the Sri Lankan community. It was not my job and in fact it would go against the spirit of what I was doing, to identify myself with or serve one political party, or one faction or one family, or one religious denomination, or one linguistic community, while representing my country that is democratic, that is multiparty, which is multi-faith, multilingual, multicultural and pluralistic. My wife and I thought that it was our duty to represent the totality of Sri Lanka, not simply this or that component which thought that it was by definition privileged, or should be. We were totally opposed to the idea which was implicit among some but explicit in the writings and publications of others, that there should be unequal treatment; that certain elements in the community should have privilege, if not a monopoly, for a variety of reasons, be they politics, ethnicity, language, religion, or whatever. I really did not care about that because that is not what Sri Lanka means. I represent the country, and parochial prejudice is not what being Sri Lankan is or should be. Certainly if one had functioned in that way it would have been the worst possible message to the people and Government of France about what Sri Lanka stands for. My diplomatic practice has been informed by these ideas. I saw absolutely no incompatibility between the ideas of what a democratic Sri Lanka are and the values and ideas of France.

The third important notion that I have and I had is that if we are in fact to privilege anybody within the Sri Lankan community, it should be the young people, the educated youth. After all, all of you who are parents came over here with an important objective and goal, the education of your children. And you can be proud of what you have achieved. I have had the opportunity to interact with some of these young people and in fact I told them, look, your parents were not always this age, they were younger than you and it must have been difficult for them to come over here and make their mark, to fit in to this society, to build foundations and then provide those foundations for the next generation. But you have done that and you have produced talented, educated, wonderful young people.  I thought that that was really the most important segment that, as an Ambassador, I should focus on within the Sri Lankan community and in our interactions with the Sri Lankans. That interaction had, and I repeat, had, to be devoid of any consideration of ethnicity, or class or political affiliation. As you know I actually do not know the political affiliation and opinion of many of you. I just don’t. It has hardly ever come up. We do talk politics but I have never asked any of you who and what you support or tried to convince you. Party politics or factional politics has never been what I do or what I am trying to do. We have had the privilege of working educated young people who belonged to the French-Sri Lankan community. Of course, it was not easy. Not because it was difficult to work with them but because there was resistance from those who had other ideas within an ossified system; within this strange relationship of highly politicized, over-politicized groupings within the Sri Lankan community and our own structures here. Instead of welcoming and treasuring these young products of the interaction between Sri Lanka and France, there was a kind of resistance which these youngsters had to face and we had to either ignore or overcome. But it is fitting that with our term here ending we have been happy and proud to see how successful these young people have been. I am glad that some of the key initiators of this Youth Forum have been working with us in the Embassy, but the educated youth have organized themselves as an independent forum. I must say that in my fairly long if sporadic interaction since the 1960s with the Sri Lankan presence in France, this I think is the first time that I have seen such a high profile in the Lankan media, of the Sri Lanka-French community, from the Lankan Diaspora in France. Of course, there have been other outstanding occasions but the kind of coverage that these young people and their conference this October obtained in Sri Lankan media has been a high point in the history of the French Sri Lankan Diaspora.

Another positive experience we have had is that we have been able to have a dialogue; have an interaction across the kind of barriers that has grown up here during the years of the war, such as the ethnic barrier. And here I must thank courageous people like the Rajendrams who head the large, strong Tamil association in the Parisian suburb of Bondy, have made their own transformations and transitions. All of us undergo change and change is something that requires us a lot of courage. So to move away from certain established position one held and to do it on your own, reach out across the ethnic divide; that takes a lot of doing. That also for me gives a lot of hope.

There were people in the community who understood and supported us against the prejudices that have grown up, the establishment practices, the dominant political networks and so on. The fact that there were educated young people who organized themselves in the community and spoke out on a number of matters, the fact that we were able to cut across the ethnic divide and interact with no problem at all, all of this goes to tell me that we have succeeded. I say in conclusion that we have succeeded in strengthening the ties, reinforcing the bridges between Sri Lanka and France in the period we have served.  We have done so not only with the French Government and State, which we have been able to do overcoming certain provocations from extremists from both sides but we have done so with French civil society, French educational institutions. We have been able to talk with French scholarly and student audiences and we have been able to do so with the French-Sri Lankan Diaspora; especially its youth component. They are the future and that is the real bridge between the country of our origin and the country in which you live. These bridges and the traffic along these bridges have to be encouraged. I urge all of you to interact as much as you can with Sri Lanka; communicate as much as you can. You have the benefit of your education, you have done really well, you know, all of you, the ones who are academics, the ones who are professionals, of all generations, the artists, the cinematographers, everybody. There is so much you have learned here and you are the product of more than one culture, two sometimes three. France is also within Europe. You are Sinhalese, Tamil, Muslim, Burgher; you are Sri Lankan and you are French; you are European. You know there is a fantastic mix if you only tap in to all of those diverse routes that go to make up this community and each individual. And that is what you can contribute not only to Sri Lanka but also the world. So once again, Sanja and I thank you very much for your support, solidarity and friendship.

Speach given by  Ambassador Dayan Jayatilleka  at the Embassy premises to say farewell to the Sri Lankan community in France on November 30, 2012. 

Ambassador Dayan Jayatilleka and Sanja Jayatilleka with members of Sri Lankan-French Youth Forum, What’s Next!

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    SL ambassador says, my two year term has come to an end or will come to an end in January.

    What you mean by this statement?

    He said in in a different article that he never asked for an extension. Then why he says, or will come to end in January.

    When he was in Geneva he never boathered about educating any youth, why now? Did he learn this from his long standing friend Velupillai Pirapaharan?

    He and his beloved friend Prof Rajiva Wijesinghe are playing masterminded game.

    Rajiva Wijesinghe made the path for you to come out with this article.

    Dayan Jayatilleka has mentioned everything in his article except two things.

    one of the suspects arrested in connection with the case of assassination of a LTTE man in Paris.

    This suspect said that someone closer to SL embassy agreed to pay him 50,000 euros and a SL passport.

    Other one is about the SL military intelligence working from the SL embassy in Paris.

    Any SL passport in France cannot be issued without the knowldge of the ambassador.

    It is better Dayan Jayatilleka to return at the earliest, before the French investigators prove that SL embassy is involved in this assassination.

    If Dayan Jayatilleka stay too long, he may end-up in French prison.

    If Dayan Jayatilleka is proved guilty in this assassination, he cannot enter any of the EU countries, 27 countries.

    At least now Dayan Jayatilleka should realise that it is very difficult to work with barerians.

    Good bye and good luck.

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      Mugabe Loves You. ;)

      Paris is not at war with Colombo but the west is at with terrorist.

      Dream of Mugabe he is yours truly.

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        Typical Mugabe

        do you follow the media or un news?

        Have you heard of leaked report and last upr review on sri lanka.

        If you do not know anything about the french ngo worked in muttur, you are silly. France is war with colombo, let your ambassador deny this.

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      Dayan may be leaving Paris for reasons better known to him, but his uncle who is considered as a joker among the Srilankan community in UK has assumed duties as Deputy High Commissioner in UK embassy. He being a journalist, is another case of people outside diplomatic service being appointed to high office. Tamils living in western countries are well aware that military intelligence people are working in these embassies and are targeting Tamils living in these countries. French police have not dismissed the murder as that due to internal faction rivalry among Tamils, and are continuing investigations. Unlike in Srilanka they do not rush to conclusions and particularly when people with diplomatic immunity are involved in a crime, they act with utmost caution.

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    Paris is the elegant romantic city but never the centre for arts and entertainment of the world.

    Germany rose from the ashes after both world wars and is still the leader of innovation and high tech industry in the world because it is the individual family enterprises that sever the central hub.

    This German concept has always been us no politics no waste of time in academia gibberish but simply innovation so we could never have met.

    In a multicultural society like Sri Lanka what it really needs is “individual rights” nothing more nothing less so that it may prosper in harmony – that’s how we grew up. If one forgets the lesson of experience then one is done for the worse.

    Diplomacy is saying the nastiest things in the most pleasant way and you tried.

    Dayan I wish you and your family well in all your future endeavours.

    If any civilization is to survive, it is the morality of altruism that men have to reject. – Ayn Rand

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      Paris is never centre for arts and entertainment of the world doesnt mean that Tamil leader should be killed by the Sri Lanka military intelligence in Paris.

      Never mind what ever you or Dayan Jayatilleka say, sorry,

      Dayan has blood on his hand.

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        Dilan: In the western society one is not guilty until proved. It’s the job of the French police to investigate and the courts to pass judgement and it is a criminal offence in the west for you to pass judgement- period.
        What I disliked about Dayan was he was going out of the way to create a sub division of French nationals by brainwashing citizens into Sri Lankan- French nationals. The net result would be he becomes a catalyst for xenophobia within France and the EU. The EU is spending Billions trying to integrate the immigrants so that xenophobia does not raise its head and terrorist activities don’t take place on its soil.
        Western society is fed up of the dumb en bloc vote of Diasporas etc. because diaspora demands are foreign and the locals are fed up of war. In the last riots of UK many a SL business was set alight for this very reason and you never learn even after your homeland was set ablaze. You Northern and Eastern Tamils have brought misery to every other community in Sri Lankan. Before you and your friends get deported en mass one day change your brain wave ghetto boys and girls.
        Take examples of Scotland, and now Barcelona- by the ballot.
        However you will now take generations for a ballot process because you have proved it will only be possible by the gun for the gun with the gun.

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          Ballot is for Civilized people Not Barbric Sinhalese. They did not think of ballot when they burnt alive Tamisl in 1956 in teh Sugar cane plantationso Ampara. Or Cut th eSinhala sri in the chest of Tamil women in 1958. Killed an draped Tamils in Colombo 1977. RAped Tamils in teh Hill country 1981. Or damged property an dLive of Tamils in 1983. Who brought misery to whom
          Yes we know Pris in not a place where Jungle Law exists like the Sri Lanka like army braking things and person inside the University hostels. State terorism does not exist in Paris. That is why Dayan is Safe now. He wants to qyit before he is proven guilty

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          First of all I am not a Tamil and not born in Sri Lanka.

          Secondly what you talk – one is not guilty until proved- is wrong to the French context.

          If do not know anything about the French law, please read about before you write.

          There is a different between the British and French law. From you writing I can see that you are confused about the law in different countries and simply say Western society.

          Please do educate youself before you come to this forum.

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          Raja:Quote”Who brought misery to whom.”Unquote
          The northern and eastern Tamils cannot take the high ground as defenders of all Tamils in SL at this stage. In 83 it was made evident in the refugee camps at Colombo itself that are glaringly different.
          Furthermore the political situation from after independence till today confirms it.
          Bottom line if rajopakistan makes the north multicultural which he is doing then he is achieving what the west and world would like to see- no ghettos or no go areas.

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        Dilan: IF you look at my comments direct to Dayan (always just I- because thats the way we grew up) on the day of the news of the murder. Was don’t deflect the crime and accuse the Tamil groups and create Internecine War throughout Europe. The prick of a school teacher has not answered me one question to date.- doesnt matter I read him from the word go having seen him forceing his crap at the UN- just for power of a maniac
        I have been on this site just a couple of weeks only and will not be back again after today because I am neither Sinhalese nor Tamil but a western national. Luckily the Foreign Minister of UK made a statement because there was a killing in the outskirts of London. We don’t know why but it can be anything and that comes from the riot experience.

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        A little bit of knowledge is good for nothing. When you live in ghettos you think in isolation.
        France is part of EU and all law is dictated by the EU not France or UK- period.

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          This what your knowldge is about.

          I feel sorry for you.

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          Dialn Quote”I feel sorry for you.”Unquote

          Your ignorance is my knowledge. ;)

          Save your crocodile tears for your kit and kin. :)

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    Serve in lieu of “sever”

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    Good Luck on your next posting.

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    Dr Dayan has done what he could for Sri Lanka at Geneva and in the diplomatic field. It would be unfortunate if the Govt does not recognise people of his calibre and make full use of their talents.

    Of course there is a caveat in that Govt cannot and should not try to control the hearts and minds of the educated and intellectuals. They do their best for the country naturally without undue coercion.

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      Dr Dayan would have been zero in Geneva, if he never had the help of the Indians.

      The resolution that Dr Dayan is boasting about has no place any where today.

      It is in the dust bin of the UN.

      Then India and Dr Dayan cheated everyone. It is not possible anymore.

      Honey moon period of India and Sri Lanka is over and India now regrets for helping Sri Lanka.

      You guys know very little about today politics.

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      he Has doen enough for lying for the govt by trying to hide the war crimes and assisting in the the murder of paris Tamilian

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    Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka,

    I welcome your return to academia and Sri Lanka. You will not be any longer constrained by the position you currently occupy. Your voice must be heard on various matters, with objectivity, honesty , reason and a vision. Sri Lanka needs to hear your opinion at this juncture of our history, when madness is trying to assert it self rather vehemently . Many, including me, may disagree with you on occasions and others just for the sake of doing so. Yet, your voice has to be heard.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      Narendran, you holding candle has no limits.

      Now you are trying to hold candle to Dayan who betrayted the Tamils from 1987.

      If you have contacts with Varathrajaperumal, you find out from him.

      We will demand Varatharajaperumal to write the true story about the man whom you are to holding candle.

      You and your brother were holding candle to Rajapaksa and his family, today where are you both?

      We must appreciate Douglas Devananda for his clever job on you both, doesnt mean that Douglas is clever fellow.

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        I do not need Varatharajaperumal to tell me about Dayan. I also do not need anyone to tell me about Varadarajaperumal. Where did you find me holding a candle to Dayan? You seemed to have discovered the word candle recently and are using it meaninglessly. You have been probably candled frequently and hence think relexly that others too are candled or are candling! Thank God, you are hiding your identity. If not 7your words and language are a very poor advertisement for what you are.

        With reference to your references to President Rajapakse, we are where we want to be- independent.We are also independent of the likes of you. Where do you think we wanted to be?

        You can appreciate Douglas Devananda as much as you want. He could not do any clever job on us, because there was no occasion or need to do so. We did not need anything from him by way of position or favour.

        You indeed have a very fanciful and perhaps a bit nasty imagination.

        Fortunately, we are not the kind you think we are and hence your nasty barbs mean little to us and will not shut us up.

        A persson can be judged only by his peers with the capacity, intellect and knowledge required.

        Dr. Rajasingham Narendran

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          Are you sure that you have done your doctorate?

          What a wonderful discovery about candle.

          You must be a typical Jaffna man who cant accept defeat.

          You asked your brother whether he travelled all the way from London to Colombo to meet President Rajapaksa with a gang of friends? As the President refused to meet them, eventually your brother and his gang decided to visit the Galle Face.

          Douglas is the one who stopped the President meeting your brother and others, suspecting your brother has brough some LTTE supporters.

          We appreciate Douglas for keeping your brother at the right place.

          Tell me if you were not holding candle to the LTTE, why did you write so many pro-LTTE articles in the past.

          You brothers are opportunists.

          Do you still think that you are an intellectual and academic.

          This must be a big joke.

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          Ranjit,

          Please explain what you mean by the word candle and how you perceive I understood it?

          I think this is fundamental to your reference to my doctorate.

          Dr.R.N

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        Ranjit,
        Narendiran typical Jafnna vellala kolluppu man, thease people misleaded oue tamil people long long time. This man thinking a new direction of tamil politics, tamils lost everything because they led by all sort of selfish vellala [Edited out]. Praba used by Pandari vellalan called amirthalingam. Praba knows only gun, idiot made all tamils beggars of evil sinhala idiots. What you expect from this new vellala version called Dr Narendiran…they will do any thing to satisfy their masters just like their old vellala leaders from the past…

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          Kovian,

          Perhaps you should have led the LTTE instead of VP. VP was not a Velealah, but a ‘ Meloengi Karayan’ as per the Jaffna caste system. These people, considered themselves to be equals to the Vellalahs. Further, the ‘ Koviar’ caste is considered by many to be composed of the descendants of Sinhhala Goviya soldiers taken captive in war!

          By the way whose interests are you serving? It is not definitely the interests of the Tamils livings in the north and east , and the rest of Sri Lanka.

          Dr.R.N

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        Ranjit,

        My brother and his delegation came on each occasion on the president’s invitation and they met the president on each occasion. It is my brother’s independent stand and refusal to accept a change in the travel agenda that ended such meetings. Douglas Devananda had nothing to with this, although the likes of you may think that the fruit fell because the crow sat!

        Please do not display your political bankruptcy by raising or imputing irrelevant issues. If you know how, find out about my Ph.D. Further, accept defeat on what?

        Please provide citations to my pro-LTTE articles of the past.

        The further you pursue this discussion the bigger the fool you will prove yourself to be.
        Dr.R.N

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          “You seemed to have discovered the word candle recently and are using it meaninglessly. “

          What you mean by this.

          Is a person Doctorate write in this manner.

          You and your brother are horrible.

          Do you know why the horse was not given horns?

          Douglas Devananda is still there to tell lot of fun about you both.

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          Cheers Doc narendiran,
          Yes I should have lead LTTE. Most tamils beleieved Praba will deliver our freedom from this sinhala budhist tyranny. Praba made so many mistakes.Beleived in military solution, never trusted sinhala thuggish leader ship deliver any meaningful solution to tamil question…yes Mr doc narendiran i come from kovia caste and proud of it. My grand father all ways tell us we come from sinhala ancestory and blame Vellala selfish leadership for tamils problem. He may be right, but I feel allways i am tamil and hindu never going to change. I feel tamils and sinhala cant live as a one coutry. Innocent sinhala and tamils are continuously betr

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          Did the President invited your brother to learn for him, how steal temple money or how to make others temple as his property or to learn how to send petition against others.

          Birds of the same feathers group together.

          What happend to your brother’s Tamil Congress, Democracy movement for Sri Lanka?

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      Dr Narendran:
      You must be one of the more gullible human beings on this planet!
      Dayan J is smart enough of a rat to know when to leave a sinking ship even though the flesh-pots of Paris will cease to entertain him and his ilk with his move.
      I suppose the SL government will now send that other …., Wijesinha to take his place!
      Incidentally, the recent political assassination in France was predicted in the book which David Blacker, that other pandankaraya, published some time ago. Read it because fact can often be stranger than fiction!

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    Nice man leaves nice country – Chandra

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      Yes, but he has blood on his hand.

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    What a load of crap from a man who has been having it easy sucking up to the Rajas all this time! He is a disgrace to his father.

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    Dayan Jayatilleke may be a capable diplomat, but a worthy academic he is not. An accomplished academic is one who has published a large body of scholarly papers – papers that have been thoroughly scrutinized by his peers and often stand at the forefront of modern research. The novelty of these papers is that they make heretofore unheard of predictions , the majority of which would confound the average layman or unseasoned practitoner. On the other hand, an academic is not one who spends his life in remote capitals sippimg bourbon and defending the genocide of failed states, by spouting endless propaganda on behalf of the latter, to earn his bread and butter. That kind of glamour is the exact antithesis of the academics existence.

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      That means – then none of the current academics at lanken colleges (Universities) are not worthy academics ?

      For me nodoubt, he is a highly educated academic in current srilanka. And he is capable of doing a better service with his talents and skills if he would work independently.

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        Regardless of how the system works in SL, in most other places, the criteria for getting so-called “tenure” (e.g. becoming a full professor) is based on the number of publications, and, as a measure of the “quality” of those publications, the reputation of the journal that said publication appears in. As for the quality of research done by those in SL, I am sure it is not lacking. If, however, there is a dearth of publications, then it probably has more to do with lack of incentive for publication, rather than ability. Here you must take into account exogenous factors, such as the availability of facilities (computer software, science labs), the opportunity to collaborate, the teaching schedules, etc. Even salaries can play a factor.

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      Lester says:

      “An accomplished academic is one who has published a large body of scholarly papers”

      You do not question

      Marx, Lenin, Rousseau, Aristotle, ………Noam Chomsky, Castro… Mao..

      Please back off otherwise you too will become least intellectually honest person.

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        Any sinhala intellectuals left in srilankies, let me know vedda…

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          k.kovian

          “Any sinhala intellectuals left in srilankies, let me know vedda…”

          I posed this question several times in this forum and elsewhere. In my comment I also included the stupid Tamils. There was a muted response from both stupid people.

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          Kovian,

          I nominate you to the rank of a great Tamil intellectual. Any objections? Any supportive votes from the readers?

          Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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        Native Vedda,

        An intellectual is one who lives and works by using his mind and who is interested in activities which includes thinking and understanding rather than feeling and doing.

        The parameters are thus well defined.

        Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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          DRN;Quote”The parameters are thus well defined”.Unquote.

          I……….a person who’s found one thing that’s more interesting than sex. ;)
          7/7 (disenchanted immigrants) was planned 2 years before in the ghettos of Paris and was known before 9/11 but with those tense moments it was overlooked.GL would have checked about the school teacher and received a response a new broom sweeps clean. Read between the lines of Dayan’s plea where he says I worked primarily for the Sri Lankan’s at Paris irrespective of the fact that they were French nationals and that is outside his designated job. Almost 90% of policing time and resources in the west is spent on anti-terror that locals are being neglected and it doesn’t auger well- the spread of the UK riots was one such case. The same goes to former slum boy Hema. Now look at cool Noni’s he gets MR in against all odds- that is diplomacy. CT is operated from UK but he does not involve because it’s beyond his dignity. Dayan leaving the EU is a blessing for the ethnic origin Sri Lankan folk in the EU and the EU nationals at large- good riddance of bad rubbish; “in every hierarchy there is a level of incompetency”.-P.P.

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          However you are not an intellectual unless otherwise you claim that you are.

          As many said you and your brother are opportunists.

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          Are you not ashmed to participate in this forum?

          What is your policy?

          When it is sunshine you brothers are for the Sun, when it is moon light, you brothers are for the Moon, when it dark you for ….. What sort of people you both are?

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    I do not see why an ambassador’s personal memoirs and remarks about his personal connection with a foreign city are deemed worthy of publication in a forum such as CT. No one can be really interested, can they?

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      too true Lasantha

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      This should be a question to CT … So they re the ones that sort them out before publishing under CT.

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    The function of an Ambassador is certainly to represent one’s own country and all it’s people and not selectively. Besides it is also not to project a false image and lie on behalf of a Psychopath in power at home or to create an image for him. To do so and then to uphold ideals at the end tantamounts to aiding and abetting, thus can not escape blame.

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    Dayan has delusions of grandeur as usual to “represent the totality of Sri Lanka”! The transcendental knowing subject who can represent the whole while spouting old fashioned post-colonial leftist indignation against Western imperialism when it suits him and his next job..!
    Gray ambition indeed!

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    I personally believe, that people like Dayan, Rajiva and GLP should not work for these roles just because they are capable ones that can do a better service if they could do the job independently.I really dont think if he is honest – that he did his job being under current leadership.

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      I preferred his performance as a senior university lecturer than a diplomat under the current the brutal rule.

      It is just simple – if you are with idiots, you have to react THhe has been in his term as an Ambassador – the problem before the current regime is none of the honest ones can work with them – because the top leadership of the country – name after synonyms brutal, unlawful, murderous, megalomaniac, killing minded, merciless, shameless, criminal minded, wasteful, manipulative…abusive as no other previous regime had been –

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    Ceylon today reports

    “Skeletal remains of sixteen more humans had been found at the site of a mass grave at the Matale Hospital during the past three days, bringing the total body count to twenty seven (27). Authorities involved in the exhumation believe there could be many more bodies at the same site………………….

    Several reports have indicated the remains found to be of those n killed either during the 1971 or the 1988-89 JVP insurrection.”

    http://www.ceylontoday.lk/27-18624-news-detail-27-and-counting.html

    What DJ has to say about the above?

    Was the Tamil LTTE diaspora behind these mass murders in Matale? I suspect they are.

    DJ is yet to convince us to believe in anything and everything he says, writes and spits. However I still retain my sanity therefore I continue to question his intellectual honesty as an academic, street fighter, failed Chanakya, guard dog to three masters, ……..

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      Hats off NV.
      I won’t be surprised if he is going senile.
      Generally folk who have nothing constructive to say discuss the grammar and Dayan goes about it religiously unable to handle the French press.

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        Wuliangguobinjiu:

        Had LTTE won the war or established Tamil Eelam he would have hoped to have a plumb job in LTTE administration.

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    we the tax payers are glad you and “madam” sanja had a jolly time in gay paree. next article please state what you have done for sri lanka(not for you) to be worthy of the many hundreds of thousands spent on you..few children getting together and making statements for the sri lankan media is not reconciliation :)

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      This is not FAIR. According to you then all the expenditure allocated for diplomatic services should be curtailed ?

      If there are please add the references.
      I hate the current rulers but I dont respect your sort of remarks with zero contents.

      He is not reported to have wasted funds as to the manner that the former FM Bogolagama. or why not ?

      After all, he is one of the ruling regime who just join us with his comments to the CT articles and even to GV articles. That I appreciate.

      May be he could do a better job, if sat on the opposition or in the previous university where he had been as a senior lecturer.

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    Dayan Jayatilleka,

    how many Tamil youths are in the Sri Lankan-French Youth forum or in these photographs?

    If you give exagerated figures, we have the right to ask for those names or organisations.

    Have you met any members of the Tamil youth organisations in Paris?

    You are a man who is talking about the 13th amendment for the last almost 30 years. Varatharajah Perumal has told us a different story about you.

    According to Varatharajah Perumal view , you can join JHU and Wimal Wirawansa’s parties.

    13th amendment is a very good tool to cheat the international countries and institutions.

    We will name you as 13th Amendement Dayan.

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      //13th amendment is a very good tool to cheat the international countries and institutions.//

      Kanages,

      If 13th Amendment is so bad, would you join Gotabaya Rajapakse and Wimal Weerawansa in calling for abolishing it?

      Yaso

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        Absolutely.

        It is the best way forward.

        Think about it.

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    My instinct tells me that the French Govt has advised Dayan to leave Paris because of his involvement in the assassination of Parithi.This is face saving device.If the killer was promised a SL passport,this could not have happened without the knowledge of the Ambassador.

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    Where were you a university academic? Which university? In Sri lanka?
    I thought diplomats inlcuding ambassadors were appointed for 3 year terms not two years. Why are you leaving a year earlier? is it because you are unhappy about being identified with this government now it has gone over the top? Or are you coming to advise them in this crisis?

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    Jayatilleke says “France and its capital mean in terms of intellectual life and civilization: many of the ideas that all of us cherish, the ideas of universality, of equality, liberty and fraternity, are ideas that originated here.”

    This guy’s father Mervyn de Silva was a [Edited out] and this shows the brainwashing he has received from a life time association with imperialists and their agents.

    He has showed his many colours throughout life, including a dalliance with Tamil rebels and he is probably trying to prepare for another career now that he has improved his CV with a couple of international jobs paid for by the sweat of the starving poor of Sri Lanka.

    The guy is a fraud and a hypocrit. Good riddance to him.

    Karu

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    Douglas
    The person called Raja who has written a comment early on is probably a foreign service chap or holding a brief for career diplomats. He seems to forget that some of Sri Lanka’s best known and respected envoys came from outside the service.
    He sounds like a joker from the community who is semi literate and spends his time writing petitions and anonymous emails and has nothing intellectually stimulating to contribute.

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