1 October, 2020

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JVP Deserves A Chance

By Ameer Ali

Dr. Ameer Ali

However much and in whichever manner one shuffles the pack of cards in Sri Lankan politics, five jokers constantly appear right at the front: an incompetent Ranil Wickremesinghe (RW), a schizophrenic Maithiripala Sirisena (MS) and sanctimonious Rajapaksas – Mahinda (MR), Gota (GR) and Basil (BR). These are the ones who are desperately on the run looking for some electoral configuration to win the forthcoming election race and capture the presidency and prime ministership. It appears that the country has no credible alternatives other than the above five, and a feeling of despondency seems to paralyse the voting public. However, a serious review of the situation should consider JVP as a promising alternative. Even if it emerges with enough seats in the parliament to hold the balance of power that would at least keep the other “bastards honest”.    

There is no need to repeat the achievements and failures of MR, MS and RW. They are now common knowledge. Instead, what is important to note are the fundamental and structural issues in relation to polity remain unresolved, which continue to frustrate and jeopardise attempts to tackle the more immediate problems such as rising cost of living, widening income disparity, corruption, lawlessness, drug culture and frequenting natural disasters.

The year 2009 was a golden opportunity for MR to clean the slate and write a new chapter to build a united Sri Lanka based on principles of democracy, justice and equity. With a heroic fame he enjoyed after winning the civil war and eliminating separatist tendencies he could have become the father of a new nation had he taken the time to reflect upon and implement measures to heal the wounds of the war victims, reduce the size of the military, which was now becoming depressingly unaffordable, rationalise budgetary expenditures to increase savings and reduce a war-driven national debt, prioritise the developmental needs and seek foreign assistance at affordable terms, and above all provide an administration clean of corruption and nepotism.  MR squandered this opportunity, made his presidency absolutist, worsened the war-driven debt by limitless borrowing to finance prestige-driven projects and turned the country into a playground for regional power brokers.                    

The year 2015 provided his successors a second chance to put the house in order. Voters entrusted the MS-RW couple with a clear mandate to clean up the mess left by MR. Instead of cleaning up, the new regime through sheer incompetency and interpersonal acrimony dragged the country even deeper into the quagmire. Politically divided and economically battered the nation has now reached a dead end. Ethnic politics and neoliberal economics, the foundation on which Sri Lankan polity is structured since 1977 (although ethnic politics predates 1977) is cracking underneath threatening to bring down the entire superstructure. Sometime towards the end of this year voters will be asked to make another choice for new leadership. What choice do they have given the abysmal record of the ones on the run?  

JVP is an untried horse with able leaders and it has immense potential to take the country on a new direction. So far the performance of their representatives in parliament has demonstrated an unassailable commitment to uphold the principles of democracy and law and order while restructuring the polity upon a different foundation. In that respect they have declared a readiness to reconsider the economic package of neoliberalism and weed out its costly outfits to make it more humane with greater role for the state. From their parliamentary debates one is able to glean JVP’s resolve to abolish the executive presidency, reassess alliances with foreign powers in the interest of strengthening the nation’s sovereignty, undertake measures to eradicate corruption and provide clean administration, and above all to put a stop to ethnic politics, which has been the bane of this country since its independence. In a startling revelation made recently by Ranjan Ramanayake from UNP, it appears that there are a number of parliamentarians outside JVP, who are addicted to drugs. Whether they are drug users or dealers or both one does not know. Even if they are recreational users only, do people really want to be governed by such drug using legislators?  

One obvious question however, and often raised by many is, whether JVP can be trusted given its Marxist orientation and violent past. A short answer to the question is a counter question: Is this question valid now?

The two armed insurrections of 1971 and 1987-1989, products of JVP’s juvenile romance with Marxism is a tragic chapter in the party’s political evolution. The fact that these uprisings sacrificed the lives of thousands of young Sinhalese men and women is a sordid episode and its critics are demanding a public apology from its current leadership. However, one should not forget that the vast majority of the current generation of JVP cadre were not even born in 1971 and at best they were budding teenagers in 1987.  There is no need to elaborate here on the peculiarities of teenage. It was an arch Hindu conservative and the last Governor General of India before it became republic, Chakravarti Rajagopalachchari or Rajaji as he was popularly known, reported to have once said that, if a person didn’t become a socialist in his/her twenties and thirties that person had no heart but if that person continued to remain socialist in forties and after he/she had no brain. This may be factually inaccurate and a gross generalisation, but it underlines the fact that age mellows one’s emotions and matures one’s thought. It is in this light people should view the present generation of JVP men and women who are committed to the glory and independence of their motherland and prosperity of its people. Political pragmatism with firm commitment to uphold national sovereignty and economic independence has overtaken JVP’s previous textbook Marxism. Even regarding its attachment to Marxist ideas the party could not be criticised, because Marx’s critique of capitalism and of its atrocious free market ideology remains valid still. The worsening income disparity on global scale, which has obscenely enriched just one percent of total humanity at the expense of the rest ninety-nine, is one among a number of disgraceful and disgusting indices of the cruelty of globalised economic liberalism. This is why JVP’s readiness to review the liberal economic agenda of current and previous regimes should be welcomed. This is not blatant radicalism but pragmatic rationalism based on egalitarianism and justice.

Finally, the minority communities should realise that they will have no peace and end to their sufferings as long as ethnic politics rules the day. The strategy of countering majoritarian ethno-nationalism with minoritarian ethno-nationalism is suicidal. One needs to break this vicious circle. The three major contenders – UNP, SLFP and SLPP – are all beneficiaries and tolerators if not open promoters of ethno-nationalism, and JVP is the only one that is prepared to eschew ethnic politics. In the fifties and sixties when progressive forces from the majority community appealed to the minorities to join hands in building a nation founded on principles of egalitarianism and economic independence those forces were rejected by both minorities in favour of their own ethno-nationalist politics. In a sense, the civil war was a product of this rejection. JVP is offering another chance to get rid of the ethnic menace. Will the minorities reject again? 

JVP deserves a chance and country deserves a change. 

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    Both parties looks tired and want for the next prime minister to cover their mistake and save them from accountabilities The waste time in amending constitution or and another 3 months unwanted of suddenly declaring firing Wickremasinghe and replacing him with Rajapaksa. The way to get started is to quit talking and being doing, what the people though on January 2015 opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently. For the failures of the past. Why President Rajapaksa again. In US when a president is comes after every new year he is full of energy now Pakistan has done that we need new parliamentarians chosen from universities not from families, ability to have ideas, to sell those ideas, to execute on those ideas, and to be persistent so even as you fail you learn and move onto the next adventure. Last week news it was enlighten by a prominent the Provincial Councilors and Pradeshiya Sabha members are among the politicians using drugs. Which now stands on lots of political bluster and little accountability. Here when sri lank an election stars they talk of the past government to win votes in other countries they talk about what the will achieve in another four year and see it is done.

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      Right on JVP has my vote for sure!
      Washington’s puppet Bondscam Ranil and his looting Lanka with gay abandon mafia and US citizen and Avant Guard scammer Gotabaya Rajapaksa with his brothers must share the same prison cell for financial crimes and compromising national security of the people of Lanka!

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        Dod. How true.The JVP helped Mrs B in 1970, with the suppression of 1971 they brought JRJ with a 5/6 vote.

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      Dr. Ameer Ali,

      RE: JVP Deserves A Chance

      Yes, JVP deserves a chance, even though they are not perfect and have a rather notorious history, with the older generation of JVPers.

      The big question is about the new generation of JVPers headed by AKD, where they have embraced the democratic process, as bad as the old generation of JVPers?

      This time, it is a new generation. and the April 1971 “Infantile Revolution” is 48 years old and the 1987-1989 JVP Terrorism is 32 years old.

      See what Anura Kumara Dissanayaka, a graduate in Physics, have to say on Feb 22, 2019.

      Anura Disanayake speaks at JVP Homagama Balamandala meeting

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNF_kzmmdPs

      They have got most of the programs correct, except a few, where AKD thinks that Sri Lanka, like Singapore, can have 50% graduates

      . https://new-iq-test.com/iq-by-country/

      AKD seems not to know that the mean IQ of Sri Lanka is 79, whereas that of Singapore is 108.

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    I too thought in similar lines to this author. JVP had been saying the RIGHT things and they deserve a chance in ruling the country after the TWO major parties led our country in to a terrible situation and wanting still to send our country in a disastrous ROUTE.
    JVP needs to put their Candidate for the Leadership post (PM/President) depending on whether the New Constitution is passed or not.
    Time for the all 3 Political Parties to announce their FIVE YEAR plan so that the voting PUBLIC can decide. We the Public do NOT want the Provincial ELECTION now and to get the corrupt politicians to power in the PC and WASTE more of our TAXES.
    The ELection Commissioner needs to be strong minded and prepare for the Presidential Election NOW.

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      Naman,

      Right things like every rock in the island will be used to build the port city? or Port city will erode the Western sea board? or like expressways are use to bring ambul thiyal?

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    I believe this writer to be correct in his analysis. A well written article and it illustrates the clear route out of the current mess.

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    Yes Correct.

    I am a die hard ……….er, but what happened during the last 4 years i am going to vote JVP.
    But they have to apologize for whatever that was in the past and should promise to take action against
    RW, MS, BR, GR, NR, and MR and CR.

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      JVP should first apologise for what they did in 1970, provided Mrs B with a 2/3rd majority and their action in 1971 resulted in JRJ getting 5/6 th majority. The first destroyed the efficient administration service we had, where the officers did not cringe at the feet of the politicians and the safron wearing rogues were kept in their place.
      The second, ie in 1977, resulted in the total mestruction of our economy, the economy getting ino the hnds of the bandits, making the free citizens of this country slaves to the foreigner, Even in protitution, the local girls have no place. It is all imported.

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    Ranil; MR; MS all had golden opportunities;but all misused power and greedy people have damaged the good will of the country…all made this rich nation bankcrupt..
    Now sri lanka is centre of drug dealing..there is no need to hide this fact..
    Now jvp is only honest party ..
    They could make sri Lanka another Singapore…
    But how to convince people ?
    Who do that task?
    Can monks do it ?
    Can academics do that?
    Can community leaders do that?.

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    Dr. Ameer Ali,

    RE: Give JVP a Chance

    Thanks for the article.

    Yes, JVP, should be given a chance, Why should the country give the chance ONLY to the FIVE jokers? The unfortunate fact is that the mean IQ of the populace is 79, and many will continue to elect the jokers.

    The country needs a very strong wind, a people’s wind, to uproot the FIVE jokers.

    The chance should be given to the younger generation to elect JVP.

    Gone with the wind, Sri Lankan version?

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      AMARA: we all share same ideas with you. Still I do deffer with you on religion but agree with you on nation building process. You have a big heard and clear mind ( rationale mind).

      JVP is only party that could rebuild this nation.. so how do we make it work.. how to convince all people in this country.. Minority communities are OK with JVP. it is stupidity of some Sinhalese people who go with UNP and S:LFP.. They destroy this nation by support UNP and SLFP. 70 years of experience and experimental is enough

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        Critical thinking,

        You say : “ I still differ with you on religion”.
        No problem.

        Even religions differ among themselves, about afterlife, ethernal heaven, hell or rebirth, etc., and they have failed to provide evidence and demonstrations. Religions have been used as great tools by the priests, monks and the Ulama, the so-called religious leaders, to control the masses, with promises of afterlife. The difference with the politicians is that they are taken to task, if they do not deliver what they promised, BUT the Religios Leaders, get away with it.

        So, keep Religion and Satate separate.

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      Amare, first thing to do is to strip the safron robed guys and tie them to lamp posts and whip them. Then they will stop interfering .

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    This so-called elites seems to be intellectual persons wanted another social experiment of that will be typically upraise from that JVP line of politics had been implemented by JVP leadership since 1971 April 5th !
    The country has lost more than hundred thousands of lives in 1971 and 1988/89/90 is not that matter of writers, that they disregards the life of Sri lankan..
    What a liberal policies has been advocated by JVP ? Indeed capitalist path of sustainability is more progressive is suited current conditions is fit to fix by our national economy can be bailout by New political classes of elites?

    Our urgent task is Democracy and Development of new emerging forces of world of political-economy by emerging People’s movement .

    That is concern JVP is far away ! JVP has relationship with Marxism, they have has no educated wise men by current leadership. By and large not only that even past leadership of bunch of leaders were anarchist by practices of political terrorism.

    They(JVP) are extremist of anarchist ,in last they save for Neo-Liberal political- economy system of governance has been upgraded by USA led hegemonic power in Indian Ocean countries.

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      W Milton,

      Will JVP coming to power decrease or increase corruption?

      Will the current crooks and drug dealers join the JVP, and JVP end up being the same, similar to what happened to Yahspalanaya?

      What are the alternatives?

      At least the current leadership of JVP are quite well educated, with AKD with a degree in Physics, a difficult subject, from Peradeniya, unlike DrLaksiri Fernanda and Dr Dayan Jayatilaka, who graduated from the Arts Faculty, which recited the lowest IQ of the Peradeniya faculties, whereas the Physical Sciences recorded the highest IQ.

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      Srilankan democracy means Government by the Rogues,for the Rogues of the Rogues and supported by Rogues.

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    Though I have no way of proving I am 100% sure this Amir Ali himself will not vote for JVP. How do I know it? Well, I am constrained by a thing called political correctness.

    Soma

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      somass

      For a public racist like you does political correctness mean anything?
      Come on, feel free to unleash your bigotry.

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    Thanks for a very sane article, Dr Ameer Ali,
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    I hold more or less the same views on this as what you have expressed, and I try to communicate that to friends and acquaintances. As far as I can see, this is the problem for many:
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    “the vast majority of the current generation of JVP cadre were . . . at best . . . budding teenagers in 1987.”
    .
    I used to think of our having three nuisances today; you have expanded it to five by listing the Rajapaksa brothers separately. I think that a sufficient number of floating voters are around who would like the JVP, but many say precisely that thing about how the current leaders were attracted to a party that behaved atrociously in the 1980s. If they joined then, how can they now be considered nice, peace-loving people now?
    .
    Also, while their performance in Parliament has been good, they don’t have a sufficent number of people of calibre to contest all elections. I voted JVP a year ago, and a couple of months ago, urged on by either Native Veddah or Amarasiri, I visited the man who had contested from my Ward. This was in Uva. A decent hard-working guy, but not one who seemed sufficiently knowledgeable. Nobody in the neighbourhood was afraid of him, but then, there was nobody who thought him capable.
    .
    I could go into greater detail, but then we lose the overall picture.
    .
    The other movement that has some realistic chance of at least making an impression is that centred upon Nagananda Kodituwakku.

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      Man,

      From MR family to MS RW should be punished.
      Anyone doing that will have my vote.
      I cant wait to see all in one cell

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      Sinhala Man@
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      I think JVPrs will never succeed it in SL, because they need to to understand the average mentality in the country. Including mine, any family in the country would support corruption way of life direct or indirect. Latter is an arguable truth. Alone not to stand against corruption is also no different from being corrupted. In such an environment, JVPrs to seek for utopic gains in the line is not praticable right ?. Meaning not necessarily that JVPrs too should become corrupted to win the hearts and minds of the people. But they should be ready to make enough compromises. Just after taking power,, they could practise their way of politics. I happened to listen COPE president, Handunetthi s responses to some questions raised in a political discussion on Derana lately. – there all what he made clear was litterally right. He said, lanken current day society is upside down when electing their political representatives. The example he gave was the one who throw CHILIEPOWDER to police and the speaker in the parliament few months ago, would be praised more by the very same people than any decent personalities.

      As we all know, JVPrs are the experts at organising protests and making collections on corrupted handlings. But politics is only only on the two areas, but there are lot more. Why not JVPrs yet fail to study the real picture of lanken society. And the place given to SIVURU WEARING safron robes and other religious leaders in the very same society ?

      to be continued-
      TO BE CONTINUED

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      continuing-

      -Recalling what you yourself added once on an other forum, to the question ” if Prez Sirisena is really a stupid person”, there you denied to call him as such and louded that his speeches prove well enough him to be not a fool as appeared to be. I also agree with you there, even today, I do so, but somewhat misled by his perfromance back and forth.
      And I also agree with him, unlike in any other part of the world, ours is a place where cultural forces dominate the society than any other forces. This is unique to lanka and the like minded countries. No political forces would go above cultural forces. That is also provable fact.
      .
      This crucial factor is only known to any senior politician that got rotten in local politics. That is why senior men from both grand parties work on them than anything else while JVP has failed to do so yet today. Latter is the greatest mistake of JVPrs. Just oratory skills would not help them to polarise their CHINTHANAYA. Let alone today, they should grasph it.
      :
      And to tell some front running JVPrs look immature by their performance on the screen or in practical life.

      See, Rajapakshes instead mislead the nation where they can. Those human-elephant conflict areas need much more attention of politicians for protection of their livelyhood. Destitute families have no idea how they could run following day. There had been stories about young children were caught by elephant attack on their way back home after school. :
      :
      Have you people ever noticed, that RAJAPKSHE or so called PEOPLE’s darling politicians EVER pay attention to find sustainable solutions to people s allarming problems ? Are they not clear that over 30% of lanken population suffer sometimes not being able to cover their 3 meals ?
      to be continued

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    On Feb. 19th, I saw a large gathering at Sugathadasa Stadium, where an organization called “National Intellectuals Organization (NIO) presented a “Policy Plan” for Sri Lanka. The only Political Leader, as an “Invitee” to deliver a speech was the Leader of JVP, Mr. Anura Kumara Dissanayake. As, usual, he delivered an impressive speech to keep in line with the new “policy Plan” presented. That “Invitation” shows the “Trust” and “Confidence” this NIO has on one leadership that would “Deliver” the Road Map shown in the plan. What is encouraging, in that single “Invitation” is, we see that there is an “Organization” that will keep close eye on and monitor the “Actions” taken in one direction of achievements of the “Plan”. So, JVP will be compelled to a “Direction” and “Monitored” right through to the success of the “Policy Plan”. This JVP, like in the olden days will not be able to GO ON THEIR OWN ; but will have to abide by the “Affiliation” of the NIO. In considering the “STINKING” political set of the major parties and the “Leaderships”, who have “RUINED” this country, it is time for the PEOPLE to “TRY OUT” a “Affiliated” set up like that of NIO & JVP to create some breathing space for some hope to emerge. In that effort, let us forget the past, because all have “Skeletons” in their cupboards, and to go on speaking of “history” will only make us to stagnate and perish with the “History”. Let us TRY OUT a NEW DIRECTION on a ROAD MAP.

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    Who’d have thought it! The scribbling of an unrepentant Jew in the old circular reading room of the British Museum would playing some part in the last hope of the ethnic minorities of Sri Lanka. Had to pinch myself!
    Sinhalese politicians never gave two hoots for the minorities. No sooner colonials left, than the they started to scrap with each other for the Buddhist voter. The JVP were hammered hard by both. Muslim parties were gooseberries; loved, and loathed. The overriding feature of politics today is, left or right, it is the incompetence of ministers, cronyism, rampant bribery, corruption that defines their ultimate failure; WE the People suffer. After 10 years of peace our economy is on the breadline, saved by the hard-earned remittances of servants.
    The learned doctor has written.
    1‘…no peace and end to their sufferings as long as ethnic politics rules the day….’
    Ethnic politicians can do whatever they like, nought will matter. They will still be the whipping boy of the two main parties. How else to impress the Bauddha-Sinhala voter?
    2 ‘… when progressive forces from the majority community appealed to the minorities to join hands in building a nation …’
    Dr Ali couldn’t have been referring to same period I remember. The undignified sight of a man running down Panchikawatte chased by a baying mob of Sinhala youths, and in desperation breaking his sarong to ‘prove’ that he was Muslim. Winning the Buddhist vote was the Holy Grail for every Sinhalese politician, and every one of the Tamil politicians returned North with a flea in their ear till the inevitable happened. Young hot heads in the North said enough is enough, and the die was well and truly cast. 30 years of misery! It’ll be déjà vu if we don’t find a fix soon.

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      Spring Koha

      “Who’d have thought it! The scribbling of an unrepentant Jew in the old circular reading room of the British Museum would playing some part in the last hope of the ethnic minorities of Sri Lanka. “

      Careful when you mention the word Jew.
      The Zionist religious state police will make it a point to come after you as Jeremy Corbyn is finding it out the hard way I am told.

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    If Tamils have to consider supporting JVP not voting, they have to clarify their stand with regard to power sharing with Tamils. Hitherto they have been adopting an escapist attitude. They have to come out of their shell and and say whether they will at least promote 13th amendment fully and beyond. They have been against police/land powers powers being granted to provincial councils. They may not mind giving these powers to all the provincial councils other than the North and East.. Their idea of colonizing the north east is not very different from the other parties. They are against the Tamil speaking areas of the North and East being administered as a single unit. Not that they fear the Tamils but they fear the Sinhalese who live on imaginary fear of Tamil hegemony. Unless JVP has the capacity to convince the Sinhalese that Tamils are also Srilankans and if they are given ‘SUYA ADCHI’ (Self Rule) they will be better friends than the various Sinhalese Parties put together. The Tamils will be able to maintain a good ‘check and balance’ between the ‘WARRING”
    Sinhalese , similar to what happened recently.

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    Mr Ali

    The country certainly deserves a change, in fact, a change is absolutely necessary, otherwise it is a matter of time until SL becomes another Venezuela but to give the JVP a chance? I don’t think so. At least, not until they acknowledge their responsibility for the murders, intimidation & destruction caused during their reign of terror in the past & apologise for the families of innocent people murdered for just doing their job. The leadership may have changed & moved away from the violent Marxist ideology but does AKD & the JVP leadership have the guts, integrity & the sincerity to differentiate themselves from the hypocrisy of the past leadership?

    The JVP may consist of young, educated members, compared to the current majority of uneducated political yobs & thugs, & a strong opposition in Parliament, but let them come out with a feasible political manifesto in line with their (presumably) socialist principals as to how they plan to lead the country to prosperity, & it should be facts & figures, not pie in the sky. So far, to me, the JVP has been another opportunistic political party, & apart from the rhetoric, what have they, in principal, stood up for? For example, despite their bleeding hearts for the poor, how many have rejected (& not profited from) the duty free vehicle permit which was paid for by the masses in the form of indirect taxes? Have they ever stood up openly against ethnic violence & religious bigots like Gnanasara?
    True, the choice is limited for the voter. We have always voted optimistically for the opposition when the reigning power failed to deliver but now having experienced the incompetence, corruption & nepotism of both mainstream parties, which have evolved exponentially in recent years, should we hand over power to a relatively untested party, particularly, with a violent past as a last resort? I say, lets get some commitments from them first & what they stand for in principal when it comes to important issues, such as, the economy, foreign policy, infra structure development, health & education, human rights, ethnic & religious tolerance & the environment.

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    The content of the article and the tone set by the comments made makes it very clear that the majority is once again desperate for change .
    The big question is , are we as a nation ready for change ? The answer is a big NO.
    First of all we do we think as a Nation or of the Nation. We think of ourselves , our village , our caste , our creed, our religion ., or party etc….selfish to say the least .
    Even changing the electoral system and giving multiple choices we choose the same lot and then blame them for being corrupt . The system is currupt to the core .
    Even if JVP is given an opportunity the administrative system will drag their feet . They have got used to being ordered around and working in an Ad hoc manner.
    Yes we need a change and it must come from within us , the voter . It must start from the village and creep upwards . We must make the politicians to come to us … only then we will see genuine progress .

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    Oh friend, let me say two things – ASEAN and China. When the founding father and first PM of Malaysia Tung Abdul Rahman had the meeting in Kuala Lumpur for the leaders of founding member nations of ASEAN, to discuss the formation of it, they were looking up to Ceylon for it was way ahead of them in everything. He postponed the proceeding several time for PM Dudley Senanayake to arrive but in the end, he was informed that PM of Ceylon not coming, reason – our socialists, comrades broke the hell out of it. See now where ASEAN is – ten nations, 600 millions people and USD 3 trillion economy, and they do more trade among themselves than others, and socialists Vietnam too member to boot and it’s highly thriving. In 1977, again JR wanted to joint, they refused. At least now we have good window through the Singapore- Sri Lanka FTA to trade with this huge and dynamic market but still see what fuss they are making about it. Next, when socialism was crumbling in the former Soviet Union and Eastern European countries, China had a pragmatic leader called Deng Xiaoping. He was picking his brian and checking with his advisors to avert those calamities reaching their shores. Apparently, some one suggested to him about Sri Lanka, and he sent his people to study Karunanayake Free Zone. After that they set up Shenzhen Special Economic Zone and Stock Exchange, it set the stage for China’s pick up, and one time fishing village is a maga thriving techopolise. So JVP should take lessons from these and set their priorities for the country instead of old socialism which has miserably failed all over the world, and the latest living example is Venezuela where they killed free enterprises, and the whole country is in the deathbed, where as in China and Vietnam free enterprise is thriving and flourishing to the hilt, and making their people lives better for good.

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    Ameer Ali: A case does exist to give JVP a chance but right now, we cannot afford to try this out.
    Yes, the MR team, MS and the RW brigade must be challenged. Right now they choose the elites to lead GoSL. Will JVP ever have this clout?
    JVP has not got the attention of conservative followers of religions.
    The ‘ethnic’ problem referred to by Ameer is really the language/religion-divide. The up-start SLPP will exploit this. What is JVP stand on this?
    Is JVP for changes to constitution? If so, how or what changes.
    .
    To cut a long story short: JVP is for all practical purposes unknown.

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    UNP and SLFP too have killed many JVP boys and girls in 1970s and 1980s .
    So; do not say that JVP alone has killed many people …
    Yes; in uprisal they did but it was a mistake they must take responsibility for that.

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      Both SLFP then UNP killed many JVP in reprisal because they threatened the party in power. It was the JVP who resorted to violence.

      We don’t blame the Allies for killing the Nazis and their supporters; the Nazis started the war.

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    Dr Ali,
    The JVP is not an option. I am shocked to hear this kind of garbage from academics like yourself. The JVP spells a danger to our democratic and capitalistic values. The JVP is good to critique and vilify their political opponents. They have produced great orators. But they too cannot walk the talk. It’s evident from their political manifesto that they too are impractical or not pragmatic to deal with 21st century issues. Therefore, I know that the JVP will not be able to deliver. Governing a country is not for amateurs but for the cream of brilliant professionals, disciplined scholars, principled and strict leaders who can put a gun to the heads of jerks and thugs in trade unions. The JVP served under the CBK government and held several portfolio’s. They hardly made an impact. When we confront the JVP, they go on the offensive with excuses stating that working under some other leadership other than their own or serving a different government agenda does not give their free will. I somewhat agree and accept this logic. There is one thing that I do admire the JVP for being the only party to propose an impeachment motion to oust the president.

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      ” I am shocked to hear this kind of garbage from academics like yourself” – This writer has been out of touch with local politics and the society for decades, now seems does not understand the full potential of JVP.

      The combination of Marxism and Sinhala nationalism with anti-globalization rhetoric is not going to take SL anywhere forward. Tow major parties have more than capable people to take SL forward, just need to get rid of old corrupt and greedy farts.

      Why in SL, the ordinary people don’t come forward to fight against these? Whenever there is a racial tension people are ever ready to come to the streets, but not for throwing corrupt politicians.

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    The JVP remain a party of protest. The fact is that except for AKD and a handful of others the party lacks the critical mass needed to lead in government. They will not be able to form a decent cabinet if elected. They still have to prove themselves before they can anywhere near the highest tier of government.

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      Spring Koha

      Are you sure JVP is completely out of competitive racism?

      During the coup we all saw AKD and JVP were vacillating under its usual hair splitting ideology. At one point AKD appeared to have supported the coup plotters.

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    The JVP has to come out with a clear set of policies and a political programme.
    There are several issues on which its stand is either unclear or not distinct enough from the failed policies of the bigger parties.
    To its credit its MPs are better informed and more capable politicians than those in the UNP and the once SLFP-led now SLPP-led alliances.
    But there are serious economic and political issues that need to be addressed properly.

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    The JVP has to come out with a clear set of policies and a political programme.
    There are several issues on which its stand is either unclear or not distinct enough from the failed policies of the bigger parties.
    To its credit its MPs are better informed and more capable politicians than those in the UNP and the once SLFP-led now SLPP-led alliances.
    But there are serious economic and political issues that need to be addressed properly. Personalities are important, but policies come first.

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    I immensely appreciate the nugget, ‘if a person didn’t become a socialist in his/her twenties and thirties that person had no heart but if that person continued to remain socialist in forties and after he/she had no brain’. This is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
    ____
    Native Vedda, however much you may be right in wanting JVP to come clean, remember what needs cleaning more is the country. The risk in enthroning JVP cannot be more harmful than any alternative.
    .
    (I have not gone thru a single comment above mine.)

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    Yes, it does; afterward, there won’t be any more chance!

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    Srilankans are excellent talkers but cannot walk the talk. AKD is no exception. I am an educated skeptic.

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      hancho pancha ,

      Srilankans are talkers , yes but not excellent ! They are all Excellent Rubbish
      talkers.Just listen to MARA , SIRA , BARA , GORA and BOND talking in public
      and the crowd cheering even after having seen crab walk for generations !
      Excellent gossipers and backbiters , one hundred percent . JVP has no wonder-
      medicines for all these centuries old never – changing culture but they do have
      what it takes for a better Lanka . They have developed in them real role models
      that the day dreamers fail to notice . They are the real NEXT GENERATION thing
      for the country unlike some babies of the fathers longing to install the offshoots .

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    Master Amarsiri…
    We have long history of 71 years after Independence from 1948 of Ceylon and Sri Lankn with quite two major political parties of UNP then SLFP was ruling parties were ruled by an Island ?
    No need to ayasylisis of what happen to past that nation still under US $ 85 billions of Dollars of GDP.
    We as a nation by lagging behind many nation of developing of economy even after won Indepdenance after 71 years ago.
    Why was the task of JVP came into being as New political Party of our country in 1965 May ?
    To be an open third force or new Political vacuum to fulfill by road map for New Generation BY JVP! Well after that failure of UNP and SLFP that JVP have been not to that delivered nothing an overall development of Economy and Democracy of Island by JVP ? JVP has worsen situation than UNP and SLFP ruling in past !@#
    What was political role of played by JVP last 54 years .In deeds they(JVP) an unleashed political Terrorism by aim of destabilization norms of democracy governances by act of Terror of 1971 April and 1988/89/90; while they pave way for that reorder of Neo Liberalism of Political-economy-social order was introduce by UNP -of JRJ 1977 .
    That system remain key features of structure of STATE last 40 odd years in major political Parties while that including JVP current leadership!
    I view that JVP was by product of UNP side line politics of Neo=Liberalism of which was that
    re-introduce by USA + UK+ EU+ Japan origin by new hegemonies by undermined Island an indepdent of path Capitalist development of sustsnsbility mode of Economy.
    By and large that JVP hard core leadership past and present an undertaken such evil political task by carry out name card of so-called “Socialist or Socialism” at that time by was “advance” by CPSU policies of Soviet Union. JVP was tool of politics of revision of “Socialism”.

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