30 November, 2020

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JVP & Minorities: Towards A Third Way

By Ameer Ali

Dr. Ameer Ali

As Sri Lanka moves toward a political show down between the UNP and SLFP/SLPP traditional political rivals, there is a third force with great potential strength emerging as a decider in any final outcome, provided that force remains united. By this I refer to the combined strength of JVP, TNA and SLMC/ACPC parties. There is certainly no common program or policy that brings them together at the moment, but the current constitutional crisis that has derailed the functioning of democracy in the country, and the role these three have played so far in preventing the realisation of a constitutional coup engineered by an erratic president, must have made them realise that in their unity lies the survival of democracy, justice and peace and prosperity of this paradise island. It is worth exploring the possibilities for a closer alliance among these three groups and provide a third alternative for a beleaguered electoral public. 

A common economic program must be worked out that would provide a solid foundation to such an alliance. Some lessons from the past can become useful in designing such a program. The tradition of cooperative movement is still not dead among the Jaffna farmers. The cooperative movement can be revived and reintroduced on national level as a means of not only bringing together the toilers of this country but also adding a human face to the current predatory market economy. The tradition of market gardening and cottage industries in the Jaffna peninsula and peasant farming handicraft industries in Sinhalese villages can be linked through the cooperative movement.

Also, the linguistic link between the Tamils and Muslims must be strengthened further but without its religious parochialism.  The Muslims and Hindus should work hard to move away from their foreign injected religious zealotry. If this can be achieved there can be common ground between the two communities for some form of political devolution, particularly in the Eastern Province.        

JVP of today is not the JVP of 1970s. It has grown out of its initial revolutionary political delinquency and evolved into a matured national democratic political party looking for support across all ethnic and religious communities. It is essentially patriotic in outlook but pragmatic in approach. Although JVP’s vote bank is based chiefly in the Sinhalese electorates, it is trying hard and with some success, to reach out to the Tamil and Muslim voters also. With a manifesto that prioritises solutions to minority grievances and the nation’s economic woes JVP could present an alternative platform attractive enough for disgruntled Tamil and Muslim voters who have so far seen no tangible benefits from backing their ethnic parties. Obviously, there are enough hurdles to overcome. 

First of all, TNA and its Tamil rivals, including Wigneswaran’s yet to be formalised new party, have to accept the reality and realise that bargaining with either of the two main Sinhalese dominated parties without the support of Muslims and a critical Sinhalese mass is not going to yield them any substantial outcome for their demands. The international pressure they hope for is a mirage. They can forget about India ever coming to their assistance in time of crisis. Likewise, Muslims also must realise that both SLMC under Hakim and ACPC under Badiuddin are only a coterie of self-motivated individuals conveniently operating as political parties without any coherent philosophy or program. Because these two groups are primarily Muslim focused they lack a national vision and their leaders rarely express their parties’ views on national issues.  

Their only program so far seems to be winning maximum personal benefits from the ruling power. In fact at the last elections only one from the two groups, the MP from Eravur, contested under SLMC ticket and won. All others entered the parliament either through the UNP or through backdoor. Their informal alliance with the yahapalana government could not protect the Muslim community from recurring episodes of racially motivated violence. It only goes to prove that the strategy of party-hopping by Muslim MPs in return for personal favours imperils the life and survival of ordinary Muslims, particularly in the current environment of simmering ethno-nationalism.   

This being the case both minorities need a critical quantum of Sinhalese voice that speaks for everyone irrespective of language, religious or ethnic differences. The two national parties have developed the art of addressing the Sinhalese and Tamil audiences with forked tongue. What they say to the Sinhalese is not what they say to the Tamils and Muslims. This is why the minorities need a Sinhalese voice that tells their side of the story to the Sinhalese masses also.  Attempt to do this was undertaken by the leftists in the 1950s and 1960s and particularly by the Lanka Sama Samajists. But Tamils and Muslims never supported them. While the former chose to go behind their own ethnic parties the latter alienated the Tamils and alternated between UNP and SLFP in search of preferential treatment.  Both have reached a dead end at the moment. Time has come to rethink of their strategies. Although the traditional vote banks of the two contending factions, UNP and SLFP cut across communal and religious boundaries, they lack the sincerity and honesty to treat all communities equally. Thus is where JVP can rise to fill the vacuum.

Unlike the leftists of yester year today’s JVP has a rural Sinhalese Buddhist base. The voice that speaks on behalf of all Sri Lankans including the minorities from such a base has a greater chance of receiving acceptance than the one that comes from an urban milieu. If the minorities can realise this fact and forge a closer alliance with JVP their prospects for a peaceful and prosperous future would look promising. The strength of that informal but formidable alliance has already been demonstrated in the current constitutional drama. A formal coalition among them may lead to a Third Way in Sri Lanka’s hackneyed bi-party politics.                  

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    Dr. Ameer Ali

    RE; JVP & Minorities: Towards A Third Way

    “As Sri Lanka moves toward a political show down between the UNP and SLFP/SLPP traditional political rivals, there is a third force with great potential strength emerging as a decider in any final outcome, provided that force remains united. By this I refer to the combined strength of JVP, TNA and SLMC/ACPC parties.”

    This third force should people from All the communities, inclusing the Sinhala, just like the JVP, ad peel support from SLFP/SLPP and UNP just like SLPP sucked support from SLFP.

    The may call it Sri Lanka Democratic Socialist Party, of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka., which every citizen can buy into.

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    Ameer Ali’s suggestion is to strengthen the tail that is wagging the dog. Parliamentary democratic system this country adopted is the curse that ruined the country. British parasites knew Parliamentary Democratic system is the best tool to divide people in Sinhale and fight among themselves. As a result of Parliamentary Democratic system Kallathoni politicians who do not care for ordinary Demala (Hindu and Muslim) people became King makers. Sinhalayo should understand what these guys are up to and unite. Dissolve UNP, SLFP, SLPP and form one patriotic party/front and form a strong stable Government. As long as Sinhalayo are divided among these political parties, Kallathoni minority politicians will have a field day. Deals, Deals, Deals.

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    JVP is no longer ‘Jathika Vimukthi Peramuna’. Now JVP stands for ‘Jathiya Vinashakarana Peramuna’. They have no future among Sinhalayo because the present leaders of JVP betrayed Sinhalayo by dancing according to the tune of Ranil who was implementing the plans of White Supremacists and Tamil Diaspora. We saw how Anura and Vijitha behaved at the time NCM was handed over. That is why JVP has started going after Demalu and Muslims.

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      ‘Jathiya Vinashakarana Peramuna’ VS ‘‘Rata Vinashakarana Perethayos’ – Who is better? This is the one and only “rata” for your “jayathiya” in the world. Why support to destroy under the name of jayathiya?

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    “The two national parties have developed the art of addressing the Sinhalese and Tamil audiences with forked tongue. What they say to the Sinhalese is not what they say to the Tamils and Muslims.”
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    Same goes for Demala and Muslim politicians. All Demala and Muslim politicians live happily in Colombo with Sinhalayo and talk about discrimination when they go to North and East.

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    “If this can be achieved there can be common ground between the two communities for some form of political devolution, particularly in the Eastern Province.”
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    Demalu trying to grab Northern Part of the country and Muslims trying to grab Eastern Part. North and East was the cradle of Sinhala Buddhist civilization destroyed by Demala invaders from Hindusthan.
    Muslims are scattered all over the country and this dumbo wants to get some form of political devolution for Eastern Province with the help of Demalu who chased all the Muslims from Yapanaya giving 48 hours notice and not allowing them to return. Do not mind sleeping even with the devil if I can get what I want. This reminds me the story about ‘Thoppiya’.
    King Senerath, a Sinhala Buddhist made a big blunder by saving Muslims from Portuguese and allowing them to settle in the interior parts of the country.

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      Now we can also call ‘Thoppiya’ at you, nehdda?

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      When you say that north and east were cradle of Sinhala Buddhist civilisation, you must substantiate with scientific proof, especially when new evidence are emerging which are suggestive to the contrary. First religion to be practiced in Sri Lanka was Saivaism and not Buddhism, and therefore old places of worship are Siva temples. After the introduction of Buddhism, some of those Siva temples were demolished and Buddhist temple were built over them like Abhayagiri and Isurumuniya in Anuradhapura and Thondeeswaram in Devinuwara . Veddhas who were the original inhabitants of Sri Lanka worshipped Tamil God Murugan and not Buddha. Similarly the first immigrants to Sri Lanka were Dravidians who set foot at a time when Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka were a contiguous land mass. Recent discoveries of urn burial cites which are hallmarks of Dravidian civilisation the latest being at Ibbankatuwa near Kurunegala proves this. Also potsherds unearthed in the northern main land similar to those found in Tamil Nadu shows that it was the same people who lived on both sides of the divide. Few days ago while digging the playground of Nanaatan school in Mannar they found several ancient potsherds and tools. This is the reason why Ramayana depicts Ravana as Dravidian Saivite and not Sinhala Buddhist. It is the view of linguists in the world that all Dravidians at one time spoke Tamil or some form of Tamil (Elu is proto-Tamil). Recent genetic study showed that the core genetic material of Sinhalese is south Indian proving that Sinhalese had evolved from Tamils with input from other south Indians and Bengalis. Since the Aryan ancestry touted in the past has been trashed now Sinhala racists are trying to say that they originated from ancient people when the study shows that the genetic configuration of Veddhas is different from Sinhalese and also the stone and iron tools discovered in Balangoda are similar to those found in Africa.

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        Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam,
        Racist Chelvanayakam who is a Kallathoni from Malaysia started a project to distort history of Sinhale in 1930s. Still that attempt is going on. Demalu are trying hard to cook up all sorts of stories to support their claim for a ‘Traditional Homeland’. Sinhalayo have a documented history ‘Mahawansha’. What Demalu have is Prabhakaran ‘Jarawansham’.
        Anti-Sinhala anti-Buddhist Ra-blue stopped work of Raj Somadeva on the request of Tamil Diaspora because his findings thrashed the ‘Traditional Homeland Concept’.
        Sinhala race is unique and Sinhala language is unique. Demala is the language brought to Sinhale by invaders from Hindusthan.

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          Eagle Eye why are you accusing other people when you do not have the courage to write in your name. In this modern world with advanced technology no one can distort history. If Sri Lanka government controlled by Sinhala racists allow comprehensive archaeological survey of Sri Lanka the true history will surface which will blow off the racist propaganda of Sinhalese about the past. This racist Raj Somadeva recently went for the excavation of mass graves in Mannar to distort the truth. When a ring belonged to a previous vintage was found, he immediately declared that the bodies were those of a previous era and not buried during the recent conflict. It is only when a Maliban biscuit tin was found that he kept his mouth shut. So much for this person whose intellect is clouded with racism. He is now trying to prove that Sinhalese descended from Balangoda man. He has no clue of genetics, where DNA of skeletal remains must match with DNA of Sinhalese. On what grounds has the thrashed “Traditional homeland concept” when evidence to support it is emerging. No one denies that Sinhala ethnicity and language is unique to Sri Lanka. Similarly Malayalam ethnicity and language is unique to Kerala and Gujarati ethnicity and language is unique to Gujerat. Just because Sinhala race and language is found in Sri Lanka does not mean that the land originally belonged to them or the entire land belong to them at present. In the recent DNA studies, Tamils were found to have 6% Veddha genetic input. How can this occur, if as you said Tamils have no connection to the land. Are you denying that Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu were at one time a contiguous land mass which Tamils called Kumarikandam, which makes entire Sri Lanka their land.

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      Eagle Blind Eye and Deaf Ears

      “North and East was the cradle of Sinhala Buddhist civilization destroyed by Demala invaders from Hindusthan.”

      What is “Sinhala Buddhist civilization”?
      What is “cradle ofSinhala Buddhist civilization”?
      What is Hindusthan?
      Where is your brain?
      Where is your head? Is HLD M sitting on it?

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      Mr Eagle I am afraid you sound like a sick racist as so many ignorant Sri Lankans. Don’t you understand that the country is in such peril because of racism. Don’t blame the British, it is past history For more than 70 years Sri Lankans have been at each others throats.

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    For a month now all our attention has been focussed on how a President elected by us has been juggling to get a majority of the 225 parliamentarians on the side of the guy whom he and we rejected in January 2015. The issues that we debated were at National Level and we are all very happy that forces represented by the ” JVP, TNA and SLMC/ACPC parties” stood firm.
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    Thank you, Dr. Ameer Ali; these parties must necessarily draw their support from the villages in the hinterland. So I searched the Internet for information on how the JVP functions. I began to realise how little I understand how votes are drawn from the countryside to decide the composition of the 225 + 1 rogues.
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    National attention is occasionally drawn to happenings in the Provinces. My knowledge comes mostly from the Internet in English. Some from interaction with villagers. I voted JVP in the Municipal elections; the new system of voting had led to candidates and voters meeting more. Only three groups contested in my Municipal area. My local candidates visited me at home and I told each of the three candidates just what I thought of them. The dismayed UNP group listened politely. Significantly the group that emerged victorious was “Independent.” Mahinda’s and My3s factions contested together. The JVP also assumed an Independent mask, making a water-tap their symbol. The candidate phoned me since I wasn’t at home. I rang back assuring him of my vote, but could we please talk after the election was over? He said, “Yes, he knew me by sight”. This honest sounding Social Studies teacher from Dharmapala Vidyalaya fared below expectations; after the elections, I rang a couple of times, offered to visit his home, but we haven’t so far met.

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      PART TWO
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      Dr Ali’s article has now persuaded me to look again at the JVP record; I had made some comments on a report where the Provincial leader of the party had apparently forgotten principles and teamed up with the fat Chief Minister for the area who outraged us all by getting that Tamil Girl’s Principal to kneel.
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      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/jvp-councillor-samantha-widyarathna-seeks-unhrc-intervention-to-secure-compensation-over-uva-wellassa-rebellion-in-1818/
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      I have just listened to this:
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      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JidJ-xBB5Lg
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      The same man two years ago showing a detailed knowledge of the area, and talking about the disastrous Uma Oya Scheme. Now palliative action has been somewhat successful. Vidyaratne (an MP from 2004 to 2010) no longer has that platform for histrionics.
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      Dr Ali (of Australia) had written a good article on the Uma Oya after visiting Bandarawela many months ago – that is how English Speaking voters in Sri Lanka get to know what happens – those who are conscientious, that is. Too much internet information; too little informal face to face discussion – that is now the Brave New World.
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      This comment of mine has had to take a different turn now, because necessary data relating to Sri Lanka seems to disappear inexplicably. I have referred here to certain maps of local government bodies:
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      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/protest-march-against-mahaweli-colonization/
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      As recently as early September, these very clear maps were to be found on the Internet. Let me quote from my comment of September 3, 2018:
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      I hope all readers will view this comment dispassionately.
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      This is a delimitation map for the Bandarawela Municipal Council:
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      http://www.lgpc.gov.lk/downloads/Ward%20Maps/UP/Badulla/02_Badulla_Bandarawela_MC_Landscape.jpg
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      PART THREE

      The “delimitation map for the Bandarawela Municipal Council:
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      http://www.lgpc.gov.lk/downloads/Ward%20Maps/UP/Badulla/02_Badulla_Bandarawela_MC_Landscape.jpg
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      And this for the Haputale Pradeshiya Sabha:
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      http://www.lgpc.gov.lk/downloads/Ward%20Maps/UP/Badulla/17_Badulla_Haputhale_PS_Landscape.pdf
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      Why are the enclaves of Eranawela and Kahattewela in Haputale, and not in Bandarawela? To fully understand how weird this is, please try to identify the roads on this map:
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      http://satellites.pro/Bandarawela
      . “

      I shall omit certain bits that you can still see on Colombo Telegraph, but so much has disappeared from government websites.

      “The reason is this: Ariyadasa, Health Minister in the 1960s, and W.J.M. LokuBandara, who each represented the Haputale Electorate, insisted on this, so as to have some extra Sinhalese votes in the Electorate which could, otherwise, see a Tamil elected.
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      I leave it to readers to work out the inconvenience to residents who have to go past the Bandarawela Divisional Secretariat to the Haputale Secretariat which is situated in Diyatalawa. Anyone defending this?”
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      It is comments such as these that used to lead people to think that I wasn’t the Sinhalese that I proclaimed myself to be. No longer the case – although I’m often called a “traitor”. My point is that unless we regard all Sri Lankans as being equally worthy of respect, we will keep declining as a country. I feel that people like Anura Kumar Dissanayake understand this, but can they carry the entire party along with them
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      It is very difficult to have a truly balanced view of race relations. If we don’t show ourselves racists, we tend to go too far in the other direction (like me?). I pose questions to which I cannot provide definitive answers.

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        I would just ignore this Eagle.

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        We haven’t got anyone better than the present JVP so I will prefer them.

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    So what should the Muslims do? Tell us Imam Ameer.

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      Kamar Nizamdeen, Read the article again, for an answer. If you don’t get it, ask an educated person you trust to deliver you Ameer’s answer!

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      Just Keep on breeding bro

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    I think that the author is totally out of touch with reality.
    The JVP has a long way to go with political recovery.
    The minority nationality parties have never thought seriously in terms of national politics.
    There is many a way for mice to bell the cat. But what matters is to do it.

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      SJ, You are a pessimist pundit! The article has meat!

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        Thappu, .You seem to have bought this writers crappy meat at highest price paid..he..he. Other smart people writing positive comments because at the moment, due to the political situation, they feel fed up. Once all sorted out, business as usual and Dr. Ameer Ali will resume writing on MMDA. Please read here and there how Sri Lankan politics works
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          Amila W, I know when not to debate!

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        There was many an optimist among the mice pundits with bright ideas about belling the cat.
        But there was no realist.
        Say something that could work– I will agree even critically.

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          SJ , What more than what Ameer has said, do you need. Necessity, after all, is the mother of invention.

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          T
          If what AA has said is all what we need, why is there not the slightest sign of anything happening.
          Do you know our political parties, their leaders and their potential?
          It is good to dream, but not to daydream ourselves into stupid situations.

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            SJ, The idea would have had no chance of survival had it been proposed by a non-Muslim.

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            The idea is not workable, whoever may have said it.
            This is clutching at straws.

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    I too agree that JVP is only alternative for this political crisis ..
    70 years of UNP and SLFP had enough.
    My problem is why sknhamse still vote for these corrupt politician.?
    Why they do not trust JVP?
    Is it 1988 experience?
    I think today JVP is different from old JVP.
    We can trust them now …
    They are honest .
    So; all what we need awareness in sinahslee community ..
    Tamil and Muslim accept them now ..
    Although ; they go with sinahalse in voting ..
    It can be changed

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      Lankan No 03,
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      When did you become a spokesperson for Tamil and Muslim communities? If JVP changes its name, there might be some chances. As an adult and voter, I have many horrifying incidents so pinned to my childhood memories.
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      Today JVP coming forward to protect democracy is highly commendable but does not look big despite their history where they threatened with many things including the very same democracy by killing the voters for exercising their franchise.
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      In 1977, JRJ might have thought the same when he released the rebels of 1971, “We can trust them now”
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      But I have a great hope and trust they are different now.

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        Fathima
        They are diffract now and not of the previous generation and we must give them a chance to clean our country.

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    why people still do not trust JVP?
    why People go behind corrupt Politicians.?
    where will Sri Lanka end up if all these corrupt politicians dominate?
    why people are fooled? what is wrong with people
    how UNP and SLFP fool People?
    how do get away these thugs of SLFP AND UNP politicians?
    70 years they looted public funds?

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      critical thinking,

      Even today when I hear T56, first thing comes in my mind is JVP! I still cannot forget the loss of my childhood’s favorite broadcaster, Premakeerthi de Alwis. Likewise, there were many.
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      See a sample from Daily News archive here….
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      K. W. Dayananda of Akmeemana was a UNP activist who was killed by the JVP in the run up to the Presidential election of 1988. According to the evidence of his widow, Mrs. Greta Kodituwakku Abeysirigunawardene (34), on 6th Dec. 1988 a group of about 15 people came to her house. “Witness recalled that one of them pulled her husband by his hair and took him outside… The following morning they got information that he was killed on the bund… She went and saw the dismembered body of her husband lying in the marsh, his eye missing, minus teeth, his body bearing deep cuts and a gaping bullet wound on his chest. Besides his body was a poster and witness remembered someone read it giving the reasons for her husband’s killing as voting for the traitorous UNP government, holding office in the government party and for supporting the Presidential election. No Bhikku attended the funeral rites as they too had been threatened.” (Daily News 2.7.91)

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    Time has come to rethink of their strategies

    Can both parties agree to be same track, The essence of strategy is choosing what not to do. What happened is Mixture so how long will it be unwind step step to reach the strategies and how long will it take to satisfy the world no body is satisfied even the world cannot interfere in internal affairs the world business is that A satisfied customer is the best business strategy of all.

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    Well said Dr Ameer, I agree with most of your analysis and suggestions. If the country is to move forward there has to be a third force coming from a united front from the three main ethnic communities. Let not the two major parties exploit the ethnic tensions as in the past seven decades or so. There has to be a genuine and honest leadership from the majority ethnic group. I am not sure whether the JVP can provide that leadership given their past undemocratic actions. I am sure there are genuine and honest members in the JVP who have the well being of the people at heart irrespective of ethnicity. Perhaps they can come forward with a different name and more liberal agenda

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    I don’t know about 3rd way but it would be a sure way to hell for anyone that trusts SLMC. It is a given that majority of politicians are selfish and opportunists but SLMC takes the cake.

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      SLMC is opportunist. TNA is pro-establishment and won’t stop cuddling Ranil even to the extent of giving up on tamil demands to save him. leftist JVP caters to sinhala buddhist. you can see how an alliance between them or this third way is compatible.

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    “Unlike the leftists of yester years the JVP has a rural Sinhalese Buddhist base.
    The voice that speaks on behalf of all Sri Lankan’s including the minoritiesfrom such a base has a greater chance of receiving acceptance at than the one that comes from an urban milieu.”

    I think taken as a whole the author’s article gives a valid perspective into considering the prospects for an alliance of the TNA, SLMC and the JVP as an alternative third force against the traditional larger UNP and SLFP; the latter lately getting splintered as JO and joining up with MaRa’s SLPP.
    The TNA cannot forever look to India for help.
    To India the welfare of both Sinhalese Tamils Muslims and other minorities are of equal importance because SL is it’s strategic neighbour. There are no favourites.

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      U
      “To India the welfare of both Sinhalese Tamils Muslims and other minorities are of equal importance because SL is it’s strategic neighbour. There are no favourites.”
      May I add a sentence:
      There are only pawns.

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    please do not drag Tamils into this ‘minority’ politics. they have rejected this ‘sri lankan’ identity unlike the muslims neither will they form any coalition with JVP. the JVP is a lost cause even among sinhalese, in which way do they think they can garner Tamil people’s support? they along with the sinhala ‘left’ will not be forgotten for their part in the war and their support for MR in the past. today they beat the ‘democracy’ drum to stay in some relevance to the present. only way the sinhala left and jvp can garner the support of tamil people is to openly acknowledge their past and the demands of tamil people, including accountability and nationhood.

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      thamiz
      To say Tamils have rejected ‘Sri Lankan’ identity’ is ludicrously absurd.
      Then what is Opposition Leader Sambanthan doing in Parliament.
      If the JVP is a lost cause even among Sinhalese how is the JVP able to play a major role in parliament in opposition to cSillysena and fake PM MaRa who are anti Tamil.
      Is it not an absurdity to say ‘JVP’, today beats the Democracy drum to stay relevant and at the same time advise how it can garner Tamil support ?

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        Uthungan

        “To say Tamils have rejected ‘Sri Lankan’ identity’ is ludicrously absurd.”

        If they haven’t so far they should. And the Sinhalese too have to reject ‘Sri Lankan’ identity’ as it bears no basis. Just because a few insisted on something the people do not have to accept it.

        What does ‘Sri Lankan’ identity’ mean to people, country, …….. and the world?

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    only birds of a feather can flock together so forget about it ameer

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    The common policy should be complete eradication of executive presidency, investigation of all corruptions between 2005 until now and independence of judiciary.

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    Time to think as Sri Lankans and not as minorities .

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      Nosey Parker

      Had you been the wise parker you would have thought about it yourself.
      Please define Sri Lankan.
      Then we can discuss your proposition until the cows come home.

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        Sri Lankans are descendants of Vijaya who speak Sinhala and are Buddhists. We have later arrivals the Tamils, Muslims who came in the 10th century and left overs from the Jewish European invaders and mulattos (results of their rapes of our women) collectively known as the Burghers.

        This is not too hard to understand, is it, lansiya?

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          Original Owner

          “This is not too hard to understand, is it, lansiya?”

          What was not too hard to understand whether you have a brain, void of a brain or a retard who knows how to type.

          Bengal is nearly 2000 kilometres from Mannar whereas Toothukudi is only 20 miles.

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          Don’t write crap

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    So cunning Muslims have run out of cunning tricks to fool native Sinhala-Buddhists and now they are looking for tricks.
    Hakema and badudeenaya can be easily throw in prison for what they have done.
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    Muslims have no future in Sinhala-Buddhist Sri Lanka without being honest, loyal and obedient to native Sinhala-Buddhists.
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    Ameer, tell those Muslims to get hell out of Kuragala, Dewanagala, 15000 acre Digawapiya, 10000 acre Muhudumaha viharaya, Wilpattuwa, etc without making any conditions or demands. Because you know very well that those places are going to be rescued from Muslim encroachment.

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      Johnny Baby

      “Muslims have no future in Sinhala-Buddhist Sri Lanka without being honest, loyal and obedient to native Sinhala-Buddhists.”

      There is no such people as “native Sinhala-Buddhists”.
      It is either Native Vedda people or descendants of Kallathonies.

      You do sound neither.

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      John,

      Next time, please don’t forget to describe how to identify a ‘native Sinhala-Buddhist’ that will be very helpful. Do they look like a Mahinda, or a Maithri or a Ranil or a Wasantha Senanayake? Do they often carry a foreign name in public like you?

      Feel free to come and kiss my Muz azz…

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        M. Sajjad

        A ‘native Sinhala-Buddhist’ is a bigot and types bollocks who deserves good bollocking on regular basis.

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    This could be a NEED of the present day politics. Having said that, I would think it must be a well thought out plan for the entire country. The “Tribal Politics” must be given up for the sake of the country as a whole. One and the only thing, I learned from JVP rally at Maharagama was: “If President thinks of a “Bloodshed” in the country resulting from the decisions he took, JVP will do all within their might to AVOID such a calamity”- said its Leader AKD. That “Undertaking” and “Commitment” indicate a CHANGE of the “Culture” of the party, up to now accused of 1971 & 1989 history. I am glad AKD mentioned this. This “Bloodshed” may not be the wish of President; but there are others in WAITING for it, especially the so “STYLED” – “War Hero” criminals and their “BOSSES” . All such “Criminals” have got cover under this term “War Hero” and among them is presently under “Arrest Orders” from Courts; but YET to be brought to book, very well under the protection of the President. Another such “Hero” who was responsible for “Prison Massacre” got bail and “Immediately” reinstated in his job. Another, who was “Labelled” LTTE accomplice; but “Unearthed” so many “Criminals” among the “War Hero” title was relieved of his job and transferred out to prevent him from further investigations. So this is the “PICTURE” the people have to figure out of this chaotic situation “ENGINEERED” by “MR & Co. Inc”. As AKD said: First DEFEAT this attempt to create a “Bloodshed” and then go for a Democratic Solution, where these “Tribal Politics” should not play a role.

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      Douglas man

      ““If President thinks of a “Bloodshed” in the country resulting from the decisions he took, JVP will do all within their might to AVOID such a calamity”- said its Leader AKD”

      You should have asked him about the arms and ammunitions that the JVP never ever surrendered to the security forces.

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    JVP focusing on political forces sometime wrong and it causes steady declines its vote base.If they strongly campaign against MR and its phohottuwa gang ,they will not liked strong as today.Instead it heavily focused to discredit UNP and it Leader.The UNP represent the people of general intelligentsia in villages and towns. But MR/MS have a group people low intelligence behave thugs in villages and towns.But they have many followers who continually align them since SWRD. The JVP should focus to change these people of mind who are follows in blindly with MR and MS. Their focus into minority is best strategy for wining the hearts of them.

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    Dear JVP,

    Great, but how can we trust you after you joined with capitalistic UNP? From the physic point of view, UNP and JVP are impossibilities – opposite poles of the magnet. Can you imagine capitalistic UNP clicking with communist JVP? With UNP + JVP the following scenario would have occurred:

    Tamil 1/3 ultra-capitalist (Hindus are never socialistic, especially with TN on their doorstep);

    Muslim 1/3 Saudi-ultra-capitalistic (with Saudi infused money);

    Sinhala 1/3, Communist :( .

    If the SLFP/SLPP liaison endures and the West takes sanctions against us, then the JVP would be very much welcome. Then we will need to work within our own monetary capital (always the best). However, the SLFP/SLPP knows better how to work the outside deals and keep a united country also. Communism would be a bit unnecessary…..greater socialism would be most welcome. Therefore I would advise you to work now entirely with the SLFP/SLPP. You’d be getting far more fulfilment for your ideologies.

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      Even the capitalists, short people, tall people will join the JVP to save the country from likes of bond scammers and those rowdies that threw chairs and damaged the public properties in the parliament.

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    JVP Prince was pounding the pavement in Jaffna, holding hands with Vellala Kid Abraham last May Day .
    Dr Ali is obviously hasn’t touched on it.

    I don’t know about Jaffna Farmers, but our Sinhala Farmers in the Bush wouldn’t have a bar of this VP under Prince Anura.
    In fact our Farmers now call them Janatha Vipakthi Karumaya ……JVK…..

    It is a perfectly fitting Title for this JVP which forced our Farmers to sacrifice 50 may be 60 thousand of their precious beloved Boys and Girls at the Alter of Dr Ranil’s UNP.
    Not once but twice.
    And the poor JVP Leader Wijeweera was burned while half alive in the Gas Furnace in Kanatta.
    But this JVP Prince took LKR 25 Lakhs from Dr Ranil of the same UNP ,who in fact as I understand was a Minister when comrade Wijeweera went to Kanatta.

    And this JVP Prince is trying his hardest to let Dr Ranil bring his New constitution and the ETCA with the Hindians to finish off the Sinhala Buddhist influence once and for all.

    I don’t know much about the Farmers in Jaffana.
    All I know is TNA is fighting tooth and nail to get the Lands Back .
    Do these Lands belong to the Farmers living there?..

    Dr Ranil has been trying his hardest to help the TNA to achieve its Goals both in Lands and Policing the Lands..
    And JVP Prince has been with Dr Ranil all the way .
    In fact the TNA leader appointed JVP Kumara as his Proxy Opposition Leader.
    So why does Dr Ali want the JVP to lead a “Third Force”e with the Jaffna Farmers ?.?.

    Besides TNA’s own CM has already jumped ship and formed his own Party which he says is for Jaffna Inhabitants only.
    Can Dr Ali persuade them to leave the TMP and go to this JVP Third Force?.

    Will the Mullahs allow the JVP Prince to conduct Indoctrination classes in Batti?.

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    Dr. Ameer Ali,
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    Wishes are for genies. Hopes are for the dreamers. Is this your latest BS? You must be talking about 4th Way, not the 3rd Way where we just failed having brokered a marriage between RW/MS, a coalition between UNP and SLFP. Oh God how many things have to change for just trying out your 4th Way…
    .
    You are not very clear if you want a coalition among JVP + minority parties or asking Tamils and Muslims to vote JVP by accusing Muslims parties and warning TNA.
    .
    A common economic program? First will get the political alliance done right :-)

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    All Tamil speaking people irrespective of their religion, caste or the date of arrival scattered across the island should unite and demand a separate Homeland for them.

    Soma

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      somass

      Rather, all noisy minority mutant Sinhala/Buddhists fascists should be given their mutant homeland-ghetto and forced to relocate there.

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    Dear Sir
    The normal voting patterns to the mainstream parties were interrupted by the formation of the minority parties in late forties. Even after the formation of the TULF (after citizens act) for example the mainstream parties had upper hand up North as SJV lost his seat to mainstream parties. With further confrontational politics and with the Sinhala only act all matters were taken to next level where we even lost our PM Late Hon SWRD to the assassins bullet. Then came the JVP destabilisation of the country in 1970’s further making Sinhala youths need are heard violently. The standardisation and the state religion under the pretext of the Republic of SL status further hardened matters as the minority parties benefited from this politics further polarising the country. In 1970’s very many minority MP’s helped the government of the day then to show soloidarity as a Nation during troubled times/patriotism risking their life literally. The rest we know the blood bath till 2009 in all forms known to humanity.
    The Citizens act issues resolved/Tamil language is an official language (I am born 1963 and studied upto my A/L in Tamil) Standardisation did help the needy including Tamils and Muslims as well as a calculated response to JVP demands then that any government had to make (sure it was not fair on all top scoring students).
    The problem came when the minority parties did not know where to stop/pause/loosen the grip noting changes understanding Nation building concepts/journey itself.

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    With all due respect to the authors case I believe the opposite – we remove all the parties with religious/language/divisive names and join all the mainstream parties for membership in huge numbers is a permeant solution. We can of-cause form new mainstream parties too without disconnecting the voters from the changing environments around them unable to adopt as required without undermining the democracy itself.

    The JVP and the TNA are given equal position to be in the mainstream politics however the later can not do much except to play to the Foreign hand having exhausted (TNA itself have exhausted all it can offer well before 2009 and is the GOSL kept them alive is to be noted) all other means further undermining the same minority they set out to help. Now risking the Nationhood status itself to a Palestinian/India & Pakistan diabolical scenarios is very real indeed. The fact they have not adopted themselves to be part of the mainstream parties be it with the old or to form a new shows we need to dissolves them all as they no longer speaks for the Nation and have become an obstruction to ‘One Nation Concept’ accepted by the non partisan Majority of the country. Even the gesture by the MR to form the PC’s (very wrong decision to please the International community) is another proof the administrative skill (NPC) set of the TNA unable to deliver even a basic solid waster management solution/city planning and basic development needs over 5 years to the North?? yet talk about land/prisoners/missing persons/army presence in the North in addition to the elected MP’s as opposition doing the same without talking for the entire nation shows you the limitations? The thuggery/rape/murder/drugs/unemployment up north as always the GOSL’s fault? further undermining the leadership of the Nation nationally and internationally?

    continued

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    The truth and reconciliation process will reveal this further when they all need to come to the docks to explain their part in all that took place for the past 40 years to date…..every mother Lankan Childs death/missing people need to be put on the records/accounted for the future generations benefit……hence the focus on the last few days of the war is an escape route for many is fundamentally unjust and unacceptable should never be allowed as a separate exercise but will remain as part of a much larger scope the Truth commission?.
    What the Muslim party politics/part on all this yet to be discussed openly?. They certainly stand to become another National issues if they do not give up the said identities to merge fast with all others is a very real case for a sustainable Sri Lankan future.
    The Sinhala Buddiahist extrmism can no longer be isolated from the Tamil and Muslim extremism too is the current day and very real threat to SL hence the proposed solution however may look convenient to some is never the solution for our Nations future. There is no minorities in Sri Lanka but plenty of “have and have nots” and how can we all change this together is the only challenge left for the Nation. Cast is another issue outstanding for the past hundreds of years we can not even solve this? then what are the chances in solving all else mostly were all created collectively by us for the past 70 years??
    We need to complement the dismantling of the divisional parties with no separate schooling policy for Sinhalese/Tamils/Muslims/Hindus/Christians/Buddhist/non believers etc. If we can not even design an education system good enough to send our children together to study/play/think/join military/fall in love/marry/make babies together what else can we achieve in life? ghettoes is the answer and we certainly have done that???

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    Prof Ameer Ali speculates on the ‘combined strength of JVP, TNA and SLMC/ACPC parties’.
    Step at a time please, Ameer. Will TNA and SLMC/ACPC combine to show strength?
    Sorry Ameer, your thought is well meant but remember the old FP? The Muslims left FP for some reason. Will not recombine for the same reason.
    .
    SLPP will use your suggestion and go round yelling that JVP has in fact combined with Tamil/Muslims. This will result in loss of rural votes to JVP. This is our gutter politics!

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    Dr Amir Alli,

    Thanks for thinking out of the box possibilities.

    Forget about JVP, TNA, SLMC and ACPC.but think about the voters who had traditionally and consistently voted for these parties and who had never supported the mainstream parties as a first choice.

    These voters have come to a dead end and looking around rudderless,frustrated,desperate and hopeless.

    If it is possible to mobilize and motivate,they could be the nucleus to form a new front.
    The immediate task may not be capturing the state power but to build up, radicalize and lead them to traverse a new and different path.

    Then in the long run this could be the third front .

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      Dear Sri-Krish

      Cool. This will also be the real test for the minority parties to show they can be part of the mainstream politic and have something to offer to the Nation Building too. It will also be interesting to see how the Muslims and Tamils will work together to share the success amongst themselves and the Sinhalese and the Indian brethren down south too. The amount of work that is pending (even with the citizens act issues of 40’s, Sinhala act issues of 50’s, all else of 70’s) at local community root level for action is the size of the Pacific Ocean unattended for the past 70 years got to be fully understood. Mr Amirthalingham lost his seat to my Father in 1970 simply based on these outstanding issues/action list nothing do with Sinhala people is a fact ……..and the Hon late Alfred Thuripa’s life long work will vouch for the same too. UNP/SLFP/SLPP and others should not be overlooked until a manifesto for administering the country is scoped out by the new formation without the divisional tags and put out to public review/scrutiny will be lovingly anticipated by the public opening doors to a new much awaited dawn.

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