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Meethotamulla & The Mother Of All May Days: Avoiding Mixed Messages 

By Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

The Meethotamulla tragedy and on Sinhala and Tamil New Year at that, was utterly symbolic. Under the Mahinda Rajapaksa government lives were saved because the Thirty Years War was ended by defeating the terrorist-separatist enemy. Under the neoliberal Yahapalana government (and a perennially UNP Municipal Council) people die horribly, buried under an avalanche of garbage. If we don’t get rid of this government, we, this country, will be buried under the rubbish and the rubble. Either we bury the Government under an electoral avalanche or the Government will bury us. Furthermore, we need the kind of leader who has proven successful in matters of urban development and renewal, to save us from catastrophe and work the same developmental miracle on a national scale.

But how to bury the government? May Day this year is the chance for the Opposition to drop the political equivalent of the Mother of all Bombs on the Government. But will it? A referendum is the best occasion to bury the Government. What is the line the Joint Opposition rally on May Day at Galle Face Green will take on the abolition of the Executive Presidency and therefore the Referendum that will be automatically triggered if the Executive Presidency is to be abolished? On this crucial issue, what is the signal that will sent from Galle Face? Who will send what signal to whom?

One has to distinguish between a President and the Presidency. There are those in the JO who are opposed to both the President and the Presidency. There are those who are opposed to the Executive Presidency only because they are opposed to this President or because they think they themselves cannot be elected president. There are those in the Yahapalana coalition who are opposed to the Presidency but not so much to the President. Then there are those in both the JO and the Yahapalana constituency who are not opposed either to the Presidency or to the President as much as they are to the Prime Minister. Anyway, that’s where I stand. Where do you stand?

The slightest acquaintance with Political Science teaches one the difference between the State and the Government. Unfortunately, strategy in the Opposition movement is being impacted by persons who do not understand this or who deliberately ignore and confuse this issue. In the name of the struggle against the Government, they take up positions which are anti-State; which weaken the State. The Executive Presidency—not this or that President—is part of the State.

Sri Lanka has a Presidential form of State. Our Executive Presidency is the centerpiece of what Prof AJ Wilson rightly termed ‘The Gaullist System in Asia’. Turkey has just finished voting in a referendum to introduce an elected Executive Presidency, such as we have had since 1978. Those who target the Executive Presidency, rather than merely criticizing this or that policy, or action or inaction, of the current President, are targeting and weakening the State. From my perspective of ‘State patriotism’ I must denounce and oppose this, despite the fact that I am sharply critical of the Government and its policies, including many of those of President Sirisena.

A faction of the Government led by Prime Minister Wickremesinghe and supported by his TNA allies, propose to weaken the Sri Lankan State by abolition of the Executive Presidency, quasi-federalization of center-periphery relations, and the massive sell-off of state assets. Ironically, a faction of the Opposition too wants to weaken the Sri Lankan State by the abolition of the Executive Presidency.

Only “manipulators” who are politically illiterate do not understand the theory of contradictions. There are contradictions within everything and as Mao said one must identify “the principal contradiction” and “the principal aspect of the contradiction”. The formula that “the main enemy is the Government” ignores the fact of important contradictions between (a) the interests of the State and the Government as well as (b) within the Coalition Government! As Mao again said “one divides into two”. Obviously the SLPP strategists do not know this, but genuinely well-read progressive politicians such as Dullas Alahapperuma and Vasudeva Nanayakkara do.

It was CBK as President who presented the federalization (‘union of regions’) package, brought in the Norwegians, double crossed the Karuna rebellion and signed off on the PTOMS, but it was also her i.e. the Presidency, that had to be motivated and leveraged to remove Ranil and finally did so. The Presidency is still the Archimedean point of the System.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is trying to cede strategically precious parts of the country and its economy to foreign powers in the treacherous hope that they would annex these parts (e.g. Trincomalee) and keep him in office to safeguard their acquisitions by any means necessary, including military interventionism against the local populace. Therefore, the principle contradiction in Sri Lanka today is between the nation and this anti-national project while the main enemy is the faction which is driving the worst of the Government’s policies; the most pro-imperialist faction of the government; the closest allies of imperialism and the Diaspora. It is the faction that is driving the implementation of the Geneva resolution and the project of the new, quasi-federalist Constitution.

That faction is NOT the Sirisena faction of the SLFP, a vacillating faction whose sins are those of omission rather than commission. Thus it is clearly at the Ranil Wickemesinghe faction of the UNP and its main ally in the SLFP, namely Chandrika — or to put it differently, the Ranil-Mangala-Chandrika junta– that the Opposition movement’s main blow has to be aimed.

The formula that Maithri and Ranil “are the same” or are “two sides of the same coin” rather than regarding Sirisena and his SLFP as actually or potentially a vacillating intermediate element i.e. a crucial variable, are revealed for the dangerous silliness it is when one ponders the question of how fast and fully the worst elements of Ranil’s agenda would have gone forward without Sirisena. The sell-off of Trincomalee and Hambantota, the fast-track federalizing Constitution pushed through outside of Parliament (Ranil’s January 9th 2016 draft Resolution), the full implementation of the Geneva resolution with a hybrid court and foreign judges, would all be realities today.

One only has to recall the draft 19th amendment of 2015 that was challenged in the Supreme Court and then modified, as well as the draft resolution of January 9th 2015 which was also modified by the SLFP and adopted in March 2015, to know that if not for Sirisena and his SLFP faction’s covert dissent or vacillation—and the tacit support of the JO– Sri Lanka would have, by this time, a Constitution in which Ranil Wickremesinghe is the powerful executive PM, Sirisena the nominal President, with Wigneswaran and the Northern Provincial Council with qualitatively more powers than it has now. Perhaps that is the outcome that some Fifth Columnists in the Opposition were hoping for or are still awaiting and working towards.

The outstandingly brilliant Greek Marxist and political thinker Nicos Poulantzas who died tragically while still young, wrote that any serious political strategy had to take into account three types of struggle and operate along three axial routes: (I) struggles against the State (II) struggles within the State and (III) struggles at a distance from the state. We can adapt this to the present context.

The third type of struggle, “at a distance” from the regime, are being waged by the FSP, JVP, trade unions, GMOA, student unions etc. They confront the regime directly and physically but are “at a distance” because they do not and perhaps cannot directly pose the question of replacing the regime and taking power, while a broad “JO+ SLFP + patriotic UNP” bloc can.

The JO and SLPP are waging and must wage the first type of struggle, namely struggles directly against the regime. But they must also recognize that there are potential and actual struggles going on within the regime which must be encouraged and supported. The JO’s senior parliamentary leadership does this, but this is precisely what the line of the “master manipulator” of the SLPP fails to do—possibly because “manipulation” is not political strategy!

The SLPP’s political line needs to be clarified and rectified. Antonio Gramsci explains that “Lenin said…‘separate yourselves from Turati and then form an alliance with him.’ ” That is precisely what the JO/SLPP must do with President Sirisena’s SLFP, or more correctly, with the SLFP and patriotic elements of the UNP, with or without President Sirisena.

All three types of struggles identified by Poulantzas, along all three routes, must be waged simultaneously in order to defeat the government and replace the regime, while defending and protecting the State.

In this centenary year of the October Revolution, it is apt that I conclude with a little lesson from Lenin: “…to refuse beforehand to maneuver, to utilize the conflict of interests (even though temporary) among one’s enemies, to reject agreements and compromises with possible (even though temporary, unstable, vacillating and conditional) allies—is this not ridiculous in the extreme?”(Collected Works, Vol XXV, p. 210).

It is ridiculous in the extreme “to reject agreements and compromises with possible (even though temporary, unstable, vacillating and conditional allies)”, such as the official SLFP in government, especially over issues like the Constitution.

A political line that does not aim to build the broadest possible alliance by uniting all forces that can be united and neutralizing vacillators instead of pushing them back into the enemy camp; a political line that refuses to win over the middle ground, alienates potential allies, concentrates on the secondary enemy and lets the primary enemy go free, only benefits and can only benefit the primary enemy. In short, a political line that exclusively attacks Maithripala Sirisena and makes passing reference to Ranil Wickremesinghe, can only benefit Ranil Wickremesinghe—which is perhaps what it is meant to do!

The formula that “the main enemy is the government” and seeing Sirisena and Wickremesinghe as one undifferentiated enemy and target, is politically naïve and strategically dangerous. It is this kind of nonsensical “manipulative” thinking that lost us two national elections in 2015, and three successive votes, in 2012, 2013 and 2014, in the global arena, at the UNHRC in Geneva—which began the regime change.

If this is the line that’s being urged on the SLPP and the JO by the “manipulators”, then a serious political and ideological struggle will have to waged against this “deviation” within the ranks of the Opposition, to put it back on the right track and prevent one faction of it from objectively being a Trojan Horse or Fifth Column of Prime Minister Wickremesinghe.

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  • 26
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    Your misleading entire world with the first paragraph in this article. What a shame!

    “The Meethotamulla tragedy and on Sinhala and Tamil New Year at that, was utterly symbolic. Under the Mahinda Rajapaksa government lives were saved because the Thirty Years War was ended by defeating the terrorist-separatist enemy. Under the neoliberal Yahapalana government (and a perennially UNP Municipal Council) people die horribly, buried under an avalanche of garbage. If we don’t get rid of this government, we, this country, will be buried under the rubbish and the rubble. Either we bury the Government under an electoral avalanche or the Government will bury us.”

    You always write things without any references. Hope your good friend Gotabaya Rajapakshe will tell you who was behind the Meethotamulla garbage dump. I stop reading your article after the first paragraph.

    • 16
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      Thanks for the effective riposte.

      I read only the first sentence, then scrolled down to find yours the only comment to date. I have already posted a comment on the other article on this tragedy.

      The article to which I will give you a link below links this long term garbage-dumping to “face lifting” the city; need we speculate by whom?

      https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/16/hundreds-feared-buried-in-sri-lanka-rubbish-dump-landslide

      Nothing can come really free. Somebody has to pay for the good things we like to enjoy.

      This government has been disappointingly slow, ineffective, even corrupt; but there has been little worldwide to match the brutality and callousness of the Rajapaksas.

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        Sinhala_Man

        Waste disposal has been a problem for many decades.

        This country cannot anticipate or plan for anything until disaster strikes.

        Had the government cleaned up politics these disasters would not have happened.

        While we want the state/government to urgently clean up those urban areas, does anyone have any idea as to how one might clean Dayan’s brain and then make him not to sit on his bum.

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          Protestors should dump Meethotamulla garbage in the homes and gardens of all the corrupt politicians – Ranil, Sira. Mahinda Jarapassa and brothers and sons, Ravi K. Malik and of course the spinner Dayan J!

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          Dayan wants to play politics with Garbage dump and its victims. He has forgotten that the Rajapakshes were responsible for making this place a Garbage dump. Dayan’s future Godfather Gota was cleaning Colombo and dumping the garbage at Meethotamulla.

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      Dayan is an unappointed spokesperson for Mahinda group. The motive was to see continued bloodbath in the soil and destroy true Buddhism in this island. He must be employed by some powerful international agency (It could be CIA). He must have the mastermind for the massacre of 60,000 Buddhist Sinhalese masses in 1989 and 50,000 Tamils in 2009. He wants to see both Buddhists and Hindus are dumbed like grabage in this soil.

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      Dayan
      the self confessed war monger,

      If you want the readers to panic, it appears they are not panicking. It shows CT readers are well informed and calm.

      Your vain effort to incite violence too has failed.

      I suggest you take up writing on or about wild life and/or act as wild life tour guide.

      I have a few Tamil/Sinhala amateur ornithologist who might benefit from their association with you. Though they know nothing about birds, given the chance they could go on talking about it for hours, well non stop. You should start typing on birds of Sri Lanka.

      A Birdwatcher

      A bird-watcher is a person whose hobby is watching and studying wild birds in their natural surroundings.

      I also have a few friends who are unusually patient train spotters and I may consider joining them. Would you like to help them dissolve their voluntary association by becoming their official typist?

      A Train Spotter

      A train spotter is generally a person whose hobby involves watching trains and writing down the number in which each engine has; whereas a railway buff/ rail fan is generally interested in trains, without being involved in the train spotting sport.

      Dayan

      These are harmless hobbies which do not make anyone a liar. Even if you don’t type truth no one would notice.

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      Methorata Wesiyo@, you cant ask turtles to fly [Edited out]

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  • 12
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    This man and his friend can never understand the Gravity of the problem, in Meethotamulla or ever growing problem of the Garbage; always wanted to collect everything in the political dustbin, and the garbage is ever increasing!

  • 10
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    Meethotamulla tragedy could have happened under any government.This is due to poor maintenance.
    Are you saying , we need tragedies like this change the government?

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      Although it’s generous of you to say that, Thamilan, I think that we must now start faulting even this government (which we basically support) for not paying attention to grass-roots (or should I say “slum”) problems.

      Just think about all that was being said about SAITM (which I’m not against), and right to fancy education. I said again and again, that the most disadvantaged people live in the slums of Colombo. Gota it was who began dumping garbage on them.

      O.K. Let’s have SAITM; but allowing defeated, discredited people in to parliament; allowing them to import a duty-free vehicle one day and sell it the next; not investigating the Bond Scam properly; allowing racists to spout hatred: These are serious issues.

      Daham Sirisena’s Face Book comments are NOT serious. Each of us may have personal frustrations, but we should not make them the basis on which we start envying people who have come up in life. JVP attitudes have improved, but their appeal too often on SOME issues is to rouse people against some who are prospering. Dayan J: comment is otiose!

      What we should object to is the neglect of the most vulnerable in our society, be they slum dwellers, or plantation workers or Muslim females!

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        Sinhala_Man

        This is what I read today:

        “NFF leader Wimal Weerawansa paid a courtesy call on prelate the Tuesday (11)”

        ….

        ….

        “MP Weerawansa expressed his appreciation of the Most Venerable Sri Vijthasiri Thera, who visited him (Weeraswansa) during his fast at the National Hospital, Colombo.”

        Island.lk
        April 12, 2017

        What is going here?

  • 2
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    As usual, this guy’s narrative is a mishmash. [Edited out]

  • 6
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    Dayan and the JO are so bankrupt that they are now looking for cheap tactics for the May Day, trying to get some political gain from those innocent people who got buried in the garbage dump that was there for the last 10 years, most probably the dumping started during the previous regime.

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    Dr.DJ,
    “Furthermore, we need the kind of leader who has proven successful in matters of urban development and renewal, to save us from catastrophe and work the same developmental miracle on a national scale.”
    Ye, yes, Gota of course. But was he not the one who moved all the garbage from his pretty little walkways and malls to places like Meetotamulla?
    I am disappointed you haven’t found a Gramsci quote to support it.

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    So Mr Jayathilaka, what do you propose? Bring back the Rajapakse regime to solve the problem overnight?

    Yes, we did have a clean city under Gota but he just shoving the dirt under the carpet with mountains of garbage dumped in the country side. In developed countries, dumping garbage is a problem as they run out of landfill sites, therefore, recycling waste is promoted. The use of non bio degradable bags are discouraged by adding a tax on such bags which is passed on to the consumer, or even banned in some countries, while recycling of household waste, as well as, industrial waste, where possible, is encouraged but in SL, non bio degradable plastic bags are littering every street corner & public place, while chemical industrial waste is dumped in the drains, polluting the soil & rivers. Non of the Govts. had given any serious thought or taken effective action against this problem. Of course, living next to garbage dumps & desperate people scrounging on mountains of garbage are a common sight in third world countries but as far as SL is concerned, it was all about grand plans to build high rise buildings with scant regard to environmental issues caused by these mega structures.

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    what do do with this guy a charlatan and traitor wanting to overthrow a legally elected govt
    you cant deport him because no country will have him even north korea
    never met a more frustrated person sounding more and more desperate
    even raja found him to be too much of a nuisance and chucked him out

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    Dr.D.J

    Aha! Gotcha! Meethotamulla Garbage Dump & the perennially UNP Municipal Council!

    Remember R.Premadasa of the CMC, Mallimaratchchi of the CMC and later MP for Kolonnawa.

    Why did the Meethotamulla dump escape the hawk eye of Gota? The answer – He was busy moving Human garbage from Wanathamulla, Dematagoda and Narahenpita.
    “Most people like mirrors; what they do not like, is people, who are mirrors

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    This JO will get egg on their corrupt thuggish May day rally. They will not get a crowd even though Arrack and free Buth packets will be thrown around.

    Largest crowd will be for UNP because it’s an inclusive party.

    Mark my word -Karadara Dias, April 15th. Happy Eastern to you Dayan.see you at mass.

    • 4
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      Oh, my God!

      In the midst of all this are you callously planning a UNP May Day Tamasha? you seem determined to emulate Dayan!

      An Inclusive Party? One in which there is no way RW will EVER make way for another?

      It may be that we hate the Rajapaksas more, but I’m sick of this sort of politics.

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    Dr. DJ: You should feel ashamed of yourself for using those two words viz. “MEETOTAMULLA TRAGEDY” to reason out a “Political Come Back” for a deposed tyrant and his gang. How did you forget even your hero (MR) and his brother Gotabaya who was mainly concerned on “Beautifying” the city and suburbs under the UDA were equally responsible for this “Meetotamulla Tragedy”? This problem of “Waste Disposal” of Colombo and suburbs runs from around 1989 and no Government since then had planned a proper course of action to deal with this impending disaster; but all of the Political Leaders and those so called “Peoples’ Representatives” of varying colours had all of their time and energy to plan out how to get RICH and ENJOY a Life of Plenty amidst plenty of DISASTERS in the country. You know how your own HERO diverted funds into his personal bank account from that “TSUNAMI DISASTER”. Ask for the details of that matter from one among you who has joined hands to “Bring Back” campaign, viz the ex CJ Mr. Sarath N De Silva. I hope your “Message” in this article will reach ears and brains of Kolonnawa people in particular and the PEOPLE of the country at large. Your attempt to WALK OVER those dead bodies of “Meetotamulla Tragedy” is simply DISGRACEFUL.

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      Great comment, Douglas!

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      Douglas

      Why do most readers think it is fun time for them when they see a glimpse of Dayan’s graying beard?

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    How the greed for political office destroys otherwise good, learned men. There was that other accomplished brilliant Professori of much versatility, from a wealthy elite background, who entered the snake-pit. He reached some heights through narrow means but now remains virtually shunned by most of society. Reminds one of the wisdom of Zeno of Citium – an Athenian great – “Virtue is sufficient for happiness”

    For such remarkable men as Mervyn de S their decision to hold on to their precious professional and personal integrity, unseduced by the temptation of temporary political rewards, assures them of a long and respected place in history.

    Backlash

  • 8
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    This man drags MR and GR into any garbage. He has no world outside Rs. If Rs are not there to rule this country are we all to commit suicide? Those days many appreciated DJ’s analysis of issues. Has he now gone insane?

    • 3
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      The garbage dump at Meetatomulla did not suddenly emerge overnight.
      It has been there, ignored, endangering the lives and health of the poor folks that lived around. What did people like Bharatha Premachandra and later his daughter Hirunika, Kudu Duminda and the lot do in the last 10 years other than build their kudu trade and making millions? What did the great Gotabaya, the man who boasts he beautified the nearby Colombo city, do. As usual, the blame will be passed from the UNP to the SLFP and so on. The duped voters have been taken for a ride – again.

      F.N. Stein

  • 6
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    Dayan Jayatilleke,
    MR & Gotabaya are responsible for this tragedy…..having ruled this country ruthlessly for 10 years they could not solve this stinking mess in the heart of the city…..none of them what the priorities were… Their objective was to build monuments with their names engraved….those are perishables…

    MR thought because of people like you that he was a king little realizing he was only a …King…as such he never thought about the people who appointed him… You know ..that is a habit of …kings. The very people who appointed him became his subjects…Slaves. His Gota was the Master of the slaves…..

    There are evidence how the MEETHOTAMULLA protesters against this Garbage dump was treated with force ..utilizing the Forces…PEOPLE REMEBER ALL THAT..

    The problem was created by your …King & the predecessor over the last 20 years…and the mess both of them collectively have created is much bigger than the 30 year of war with LTTE….all over it is a mess..

    Please do not dream….MR GR or anyone connected to his family will never come to power again for the disasters they created……

    People in the country are matured…the father mother son daughter era is gone…there are many in the parliament today grooming their family members to takeover the reigns…becayse the 225 think the rest of people in the country are Slaves..
    you will be surprised of the parliament in 2020…

  • 1
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    Symbolic this garbage government will also collapse.

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    What a disgustingly opportunistic article. The writer should be ashamed for taking advantage of a heartbreaking tragedy to score cheap political points. But then, what else can you expect. He has to keep dredging the bottom of the garbage dump to find inspiration.

  • 9
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    Our parliament has 94 MPs who have not passed their O Levels.

    This the crux of the problem.
    Idiots who elect idiots to represent them in parliament, are prone to tragedies like what happened at Meethotamulla.
    These guys who cannot understand the constitution, even bills presented in parliament, but are only bent on amassing personal wealth – but ‘intelligent’ enough to support legislation which enables them to do so – like “saleable” duty-free car import permits, are the enemies of society.

    “Only ‘manipulators’ who are politically illiterate do not understand the theory of ‘contradictions’ “
    These guys are not only politically, but wholly illiterate.

    Sri Lanka needs to set educational standards for all contesting elective office.

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      You bring the statitics about MPs.

      Not long ago, we were ruled by a man whose conscience is not good as an average rural man who is easily caught sorcery tricksters. There are proofs the man left the home each time wearing nearly 40 talishments or the like ornaments as asked him to do so by his astro and sorcery men.

      Majority of lankens are so naive. So they are easy targets of deceitful politicians.

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    Thamilan,
    Did you study political science like DJ ? It looks like you haven’t.
    DJ may need an office boy for his office. Would you like to join him , learn from him and challenge him from within ?.

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      Dear Non PhD,

      Thamilan has made just one two line comment. What I have said about it has not yet appeared. I feel that you have been unduly harsh on a decent but rather naive guy!

      We must reserve our scorn for the likes of DJ and the Rajapaksas.

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    This article should be tilted “cock & bull the mother of all rubbish” by Dian Jayatileke.

    The garbage this man has written over the years just to get a place in government supersedes all garbage at Meethotumulla.

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    These essays are just sordid attempts to hide behind patriotism and economy DJ’s shameless efforts seek his own advancement by getting corrupt R clan back in to power. Nothing less.

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    DJ is trying to fish on muddy waters.
    That he has been doing for 30 years.
    Good luck DJ

    We wish you the like men never to be born on lanken soil. You and like minded men have always worsened the festated wounds, regardless of the healing processes.

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    Dayan,

    Don’t politicise this tragic event. The only solution of the Rajapakse regime was to use the railway to transport the refuse at a very high cost to Puttalam. This is a good short term solution. It is preferable to dumping garbage anywhere else.

    The medium term solution is the conversion of refuse to electricity approved by the present government with Korean expertise.

    The recommendations of the Japanese team sent by the Prime Minister of Japan should be adapted to develop sustainable solutions.

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      It is not that we do not have foreign firms specialising in conversion of waste matter into useful Fertilisers willing to help in the matter.
      The problem is that everyone from peon to the numero uno now in State bodies all want a cut in every project – usually in millions (Rupees and then Dollars) Otherwise, they get caught in between stools. As well known, several State Agencies are involved in the licensing process. Thank the Rajapakses for infecting the system with their venal habits. But they were not the first to start it. Sri Lanka is now caught in its own web of deceit – as corrupt as the failed State of Pakistan in the region.

      Backlash

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    I think Dayan Jayathilake is in the right track. An executive Prime minister will be a disaster to Sri lanka. A executive president is good as long as he is working for the country and not for building the dynasty, as long as he is decisive and he is not dithering when he has to take decisions.

    I can not understand why Civil society wants to abolish the executive presidency. I think they are supported by some unknown forces.

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    It is inhumane to extract political gains off garbage tsunami.

    Who set off the garbage tsunami?

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      What happened during these two years show Lichchavi Style govts do not work in Sri lanka.

      Even the MEEthotamulla incidence is neglect of voters.

      In reality some ministers should be fired.

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    where do we dump dayan?meetotamulla is now out of the question.hambantota land fill?

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      shankar

      I would suggest a cesspit !

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      shankar

      “where do we dump dayan?meetotamulla is now out of the question.hambantota land fill?”

      Leave him wherever he is now, seems the best place for him to rot fast.

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    I totally agree with “Methottamulla Wasiyo” and “Sinhala man”. I would refer to the comment by “Dude” and add All UDA & Low Lying area Reclamation Board (LLRB) Chairman for the past 22 years and their residences to head this list. Last 23 year problem, nurtured by indifference by those in authority since 1995 and shedding crocodile tears. What about Dumi who said publicly he welcome the garbage to the area to make the people in the area to be kept employed. His residence should be Top of the List as it is vacant now – he is occupying the ‘state guest house’

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    Da-yaaaaaarn! Telling yarns again? Who started this garbage dump? Write that name first, Dr. Da Yarn!

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