21 November, 2018

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Minority Report: Sri Lanka’s Tamil Question; A Response To Profs Kumar David & Laksiri Fernando

By Dayan Jayatilleka –

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

The multitude of workers and peasants…cannot allow the dismemberment of the nation…” Antonio Gramsci (1919)

“Gramsci’s strategy follows from his concept—quite original in Marxism, of the working class as part of the nation” – Eric Hobsbawm (‘Gramsci and Political Theory’)

Intervening in the debate on Tamil nationhood and self-determination Prof Kumar David accuses me of abandoning my youthful Leninism (‘Wiggie vs. Dayan and Self Determination as a 21–C Concept’, Kumar David, Colombo Telegraph, April 13th 2014). I debated Prof Kumar David on the same question exactly three and a half decades ago in the Lanka Guardian. I was twenty two. In the latter half of my fifties I am far too old, and the Sri Lankan crisis has gone on for far too long, at the cost of at least one blighted generation, to permit myself the indulgence of existential experiments and adventures with ideological prisms, tattered maps and rusted weapons. To me, ideology, Leninist or otherwise, has little to do with my practice as a political scientist, analyst and ‘public intellectual’. I try my poor best to get at the fundamentals, the essence and the real dynamics of things. Lenin matters as a political thinker and practitioner of genius.  To me, as a political scientist working in the 21st century and in the global south, Gramsci matters even more.

Sri Lanka’s abiding problem and the driving force of its decades-long crisis which antedated, produced and survived the war, is the relationship between the two major communities that share the island, one located almost entirely in its Southern two thirds, the other in its North-East. That’s a polite way of putting it. There is another.

The story—the long narrative— of this place is one of the coexistence and contention of two tribes striving to share this island. It is the story of the complex and shifting relations of power between these two collectives with their distinctive identities.

One may flip it around. The story of the island is that of the relationship that the two communities have tried to establish with this place and each other.

Who wields power over the island? Is there or should there be irreducible political leadership for one and irreducible political space for the other? How many power centres should or can the island contain and should these be equal or in a hierarchy?

What is the relationship between the island and the rest of the world, beginning with its neighbourhood? What is the relationship between the main communities on the island and the rest of the world?

What should be the character of the state, which mediates all these relationships— those between the constituent components of the island’s populace as well as between them and the world?

Those are the real questions.

Prof Kumar David has deleted the term and concept ‘minority’ from his lexicon. He has also deleted the term ‘nationality’. National minorities and minority nationalities do not seem to exist, in his rendition. The implication is that all ethnic groups are at equal stages of development wherever they are and whichever the society they are in. There are no minorities or nationalities which have not yet evolved and perhaps never will evolve to the stage of nationhood. For him, it is sufficient for whatever ethnic group of whichever size and proportion, to perceive itself as a nation, for it to possess the right of self determination up to and including the right of secession. Of course Prof David leaves to the discretion of this or that ethnic group or political leadership to actually exercise that right up to the point of secession. What he does insist on is that the right be recognised.

To apply this to the Tamils of Sri Lanka and to say that Justice Wigneswaran’s Two Nations claim is almost impeccably Leninist, is a travesty— because Lenin did not and could not deal with the issue of the national question as it emerges at the periphery of the world system, especially, but not exclusively in the post-colonial world. Lenin dealt superbly with the National and Colonial Questions, i.e. those questions of ethnicity within the imperialist states such as Tsarist Russia, as well as those of nations fighting to emerge as such against colonial and semi-colonial oppression.  Sri Lanka is not an imperialist formation nor is it an autocracy. Thus it is not in the least similar to Tzarist Russia. It is a postcolonial state, a constitutional republic and a (barely) functioning democracy. The problem of ethnicity and collective identities in Sri Lanka and the independent states of the global South is a post-Leninist problem.

For his part, Prof Laksiri Fernando (who shares an ideological affinity with Prof Kumar David in that they were/are Trotskyists) presents the following as a solution:

“Although I cannot read the mind of the Chief Minister, as far as I can understand, he raises a valid question of equality between the ethnic communities…One way of resolving the national question and ending the confrontation is to recognize the Sinhalese, the Tamils and the Muslims as equal ‘cultural nations’ constituting the democratic ‘political nation’ of Sri Lanka. There is no question that the formulations in the Indo-Sri Lanka Accord are useful principles in bridging the understanding between the communities if they are properly acted upon. However, they are not enough…Equality here does not mean quantitative equality but qualitative equality.”

(‘Recognition of Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims as Equal Cultural Nations Might Be A Solution’, Laksiri Fernando, Colombo Telegraph, April 12, 2014)

There is a case to be made for devolution and a sustainable measure of autonomy, but Profs David and Fernando are not making it. Indeed the claims of Tamil nationhood, equal (cultural) nations, and the right of self-determination work in precisely the opposite direction.

The communities that inhabit the island are not equal in size. One of them amount to almost three fourths of the population. The other by definition, doesn’t come anywhere close. That is a reality. The one that is much smaller has a huge community of co-ethnics across a narrow strip of water. That is also a reality.

While all citizens of Sri Lanka must be equal (which they are not, while the constitution embeds hierarchy) and all citizens and communities must be free from discrimination as individuals and collectives, it is neither desirable nor possible to render majorities and minorities equal, in conceptual or legal terms. Demographic realities mirrored by electoral democracy reinforce the unevenness that prevails in any society. This unevenness cannot be ignored or flattened. The original sin of Tamil nationalism has been to reject the inevitable unevenness that electoral democracy reflects, and to insist on an unattainable and artificial equality. Thus the slogan of ‘50:50’ which is on a continuum with that of the claim of nationhood equal to that of the Sinhalese, quite irrespective of the demographic and thus the electoral realities. While the Sinhalese must not be permitted to oppress the Tamils or the Muslims, and all such oppression should be resisted; while all citizens of the country must possess equality of rights irrespective of identity, it is quite another thing to insist on the equation of the communities as collectives, in terms of political power—which is the hub of the call for 50:50 or the claim of Two Nations enjoying the right of self-determination.

By insisting on the equal status of that which cannot be equalised, Profs Kumar David and Laksiri Fernando transpose to the realm of inter-ethnic relations, the error denounced by Engels as “vulgar, petty bourgeois egalitarianism”.

Of course the matter does not end there, as it would if one’s unit of analysis were to be the nation and nothing else. But if we shift to the larger unit of analysis, the world system, the landscape and the considerations undergo change. The strategy of Tamil nationalism is to harness the external — the demographic weight and spread of the Tamils outside the island—to redress the balance or, as is increasingly the case, to seek political exit.

It would seem from Tamil political behaviour, that embedded in the Tamil psyche is the notion that if the Tamils of the North and East cannot live as politically equal  with the Sinhalese on the island —-they would prefer to live in a separate and independent political  formation. To this intent and purpose, they supported and sustained a cruel war waged by a barbaric militia, and they now seek to attain the same aim through appeals to and manipulation of external institutions and powers. This striving is quite distinct from a struggle for equality in a civic sense, which can be perfectly satisfied by a combination of the electoral and the legal, using the discourse of minority rights (rather than national self determination) and a combination of the strategies of the Civil Rights Movement of the US and the Catholics of Northern Ireland.

Which is the more important reality — the internal or the external—and which will prove the more important reality in the future? That remains to be seen and will depend not only on military power but political and economic power. The Sri Lankan political elite does have political will, which is why it won the war. However, it is blinkered, obtuse and inept in the realms of world politics, strategy and grand strategy. Therefore having won the military contestation, which both leveraged and tilted the balance in favour of the island’s internal realities, it is losing the political, diplomatic, ideological and legal contestation.  The outcome of this defeat will shift the balance in the direction of determination by external realities.

To return to Prof Laksiri Fernando’s urging of the recognition of equal cultural nations, I find Godfrey Gunatilleke’s formulations of 15 years ago far more convincing if far less ‘politically correct’. He writes:

“In the modern Sri Lankan context the conditions have to be such that each ethnic and cultural identity will find its proportional weight and presence in our society. Each will need to recognise and accept this configuration…The modus vivendi that is implied here redefines equality within a framework which recognises the reality of collective identities and the difference in the relative weight and presence of these identities when they enter into any partnership.”

This is from the concluding segment of the finest single piece of writing I have read on the ethnic issue and Sri Lankan politics: Godfrey Goonetilleke’s ‘The Ideologies and Realities of the Ethnic Conflict— A Postface’ (in ‘Sri Lanka: Collective Identities Revisited Vol II’ ed. Michael Roberts, Marga Institute, 1998, pp.363-429). The essay’s Conclusion, pertinently entitled ‘Equality, Proportionality and Equity in a Multiethnic Society’, anticipates and answers the very problems raised by Wigneswaran, Kumar David, Laksiri Fernando and myself.

*Dr Dayan Jayatilleka’s latest book ‘The Fall of Global Socialism: A Counter-narrative from the South’ has been published this month by Palgrave Macmillan, UK

Related posts;

Brother Bernard And The National Question by C.V. Wigneswaran

Wigneswaran’s ‘Two Nations’ & The State’s Two Blunders by Dayan Jayatilleka

Reading Against The Grain: Notes On Wigneswaran’s Speech On The National Question by Mahendran Thiruvarangan

Response To Mahendran Thiruvarangan On The CM’s Chinthana by Dayan Jayatilleka

Should Minorities Remain Minority Forever? A Response To Dayan Jayatilleka’s Response by Mahendran Thiruvarangan

Minority As Nation: The Politics Of Collective Delusion – Rejoinder To Mahendran Thiruvarangan by Dayan Jayatilleka

Bernard, Doric, MD Banda Centenaries And Wigneswaran’s Commemoration Speech by Rajan Philips

Tamil Perspective: Dangerous And Genocidal Dayange Chinthanaya by Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah 

Recognition Of Sinhalese, Tamils And Muslims As Equal Cultural Nations Might Be A Solution by Laksiri Fernando

Wiggie Vs Dayan And The Self-Determination As A 21-C Concept by Kumar David

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    “The Sri Lankan political elite does have political will, which is why it won the war.”
    It is simply laughable.

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      There goes the opportunist Dayanage again with his verbal racist diarrhea.

      Look at the recent examples of new nation states to disprove your silly theses.

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      To all fellow forum sharers

      සුභ අලුත් අවූරුද්දක් වේවා

      இனிய தமிழ் புத்தாண்டு நல்வாழ்த்துக்கள்

      Happy New year

      Nova Feliz ano

      Gelukkig Nieuwjaar

      سنة جديدة سعيدة (to all hard working people from this island)

      শুভ নববর্ষ (To all Vijaya’s Aryan Decendants)

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      Selamat tahun baru (To the Clan)

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        To those Tamil Saivaites

        who (particularly the diaspora)believe they are almost equal to Jews

        שנה טובה ומבורכת

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        明けましておめでとうございます (to Fathima Fukushima)

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        Topanlettota alut avururudupojja wewa!!!
        Kiripojja udatanin mangaccanvaa …
        Amenpojja!

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        Happy new year, Native Vedda. pl translate the wishes in Vedda langauge which I don’t know.

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          Ra_viva_raro(Sun_longlife_Lullaby),
          Here it goes……..

          Happy New Year!
          Let rivers of milk flow in bliss!
          Amen!

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        Native Mixed Veddha, Why not you Greet in your own language? The Veddha in Dambana and Vakarei waiting. Or there is no dialect in Veddha tribe? BTW I want to greet you like this way. “ALUTH AVURUDU POJJA HODATA MANDO KARAPALLA”.

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      I normally tend to disagree with Dayan..who analyst skills are worse than a person who can see the future.. BUt in this aspect he is correct.. SWRD Banda.. wanted to implement the Chelva pact and said it was the best thing he had done.. But he did not have the will to implement as he was weak. Dudly implemented Tamil Language amendments with the FP in his government, yet could not implement the local council system as he was weak (when it came to his cabinet and opinion) Now JRJ even though he bestowed Unlimited powers upon him.. and Made Tamil a National Language and Tried to implement the DDC but with no success as he too was weak due to his cabinet colleagues such as matthew etc.. But Mahinda is a strong leader who can and has the support to Solve the Tamil national question.. Under all the Pressure form the Radicals he still manage to implement the NPC. he even was going to change the Military Governor when back door channels between he and the TNA started to do so.. But then later radical elements of the TNA started shout IN PUBLIC, we will force him to do it thus going against the constitution and the president had to think of the rest of the PC Councils. Mahnida has the will and is the strong leader to do this. but there must be a Tamil brilliant politicians willing to work with him, and not let the radicals of the TNA party overtake.. Something similar happend to Mt Chelva during the Banda-Chelva pact.. when radicals of the FP Batti district too opposed to the pact.

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        Nuwan@,

        What made you to believe further that MR has the genuine interests to do the due regarding the problem,bringing permenent solution to it if briliant tamil politicians would support him ?

        Alone the evidence – that the society is left be alone today, because current administration clearly fails to even impelement rule of law and order as had been in past – I mean where no wars were fought, how can we even think of a permanet peace to ever be achieved by the CAPABILITIES of MR. Ltte defeat millitarrily were connected with various factors at that point of time – the risk taken by him as a leader of a nation is commendable, but it could also be seen as ” all or none” taken by any leader. That cant necessarily say that MR is the leader to bring all parties together. Sure, he is capable of doing so – but not to build peace but to strenghten his own monarchy abusing and giving chances to promote all abusive businesses.
        As I read day before yesterday, if MR regime would interview 1000 educated people to get their feedbacks in terms of the current chaos lagged in srilanken society, over 90% would not agree with Rajapakshe and his low grade politics. Rev. Sobitha thero equestions, how can a leader make fair diplomatic relationships if tea businessmen, former army, navy, marine officials, or far uneducated personnels are being appointed to represent the country: Latter question is the most significant of all – go tto Washinton, Canbera, Toronto, most of them working for MR adminstration claim no hands on experieicne to even run a small kindergarten (montisori).

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        Nuwan,

        President Rajapakse has enough powers to turn Sri Lanka Up side down by himself with 4/5 the Parliament seats. What else he needs.

        When he calls a minister to jump, the Minister ask How High.

        Did you see how he impeached CJ Shirani B. overnight simply because she didn’t sign Basil Rajapakse getting 85 Billion rupee Divineguma money. It was she who signed 18th amendment.
        How about her husband kicked out overnight from NSB.

        Did you see how Gen.Sarath Fonseka was sent to Jail.

        Did you see how Lasantha was murdered and Pradeep Ekneligoda disappeared.

        You see how Murali acts now, trying to bring down 5 British MPs, and over 7 Billion Dollars worth China Projects been signed without any problems.
        http://www.lankaeagle.com/?p=7531

        So now you say MR cannot implement LLRC due to pressure. It pure bullshit.

        The bottom line is Pres.Rajapakse’s priority is long term stay in the throne at what ever cost. Period. Nothing else. That’s why he said to Ch4 reporter that he is not bothered about anything.

        Watch here…..
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=So2W7AEYUt4

        It was only due to International pressure that MR held North PC election.

        More drama to come in coming weeks after Indian Elections.

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          @Lasantha

          So let me get this right.. According to your comment

          he impeached CJ Shirani B.. But went against INT Pressure not to do so

          he sent Gen.Sarath Fonseka was sent to Jail. But went against INT Pressure not to do so

          he has not implemented LLRC But went against INT Pressure which asked him to do

          He didnt stop the war.. When int pressure was used to ask him to

          BUT YOU SAY he implemented North PC election. BECAUSE OF INT PRESSURE???

          have you seen how stupid your contradictions are?..

          The Government is not the UPFA alone, it also includes other fringe parties. There will never be a leader who can get a 2/3 majority from his own party like JR did in 77.. so he like any other politician must work with fringe parties.. Like i said he Implemented the NPC against the wishes of some fringe parties and a minority of his own UPFA.. where he put them in their place.. Any other leader would have given into the members..such as JRJ, CBK, SWRD and Dudley. But when power is transferred it has to go to capable hands. And Many leading figures of the NPC are. Yet always railroaded by the Radical elements of the TNA.. dont you follow the politics of the NPC???.. Every time when the TNA meets with the Government there are elements in the TNA who cause havoc in the North where some of these politicians also have to think of their voter base.. Just like in the old days which plagued the other Major parties when it came to the National question.. So your contradictions are counter to the facts on the ground.

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            Nuwan,

            What I wanted to say was with 4/5 majority in the Parliament, Pres.Rajapakse could have easily implemented LLRC and could have given some relief to Tamil people. But he did not.You know why…..Because he is a self made Moron. He think Sri Lanka is his Mother’s Property.

            That’s why he did not listen to INT community until he lost this very Grave UNHRC vote. Now he has to play Russian roulette politics.

            Infact he kicked out DR.Dayan and Tamara from our UNHRC delegation who won 2009 UNHRC vote for Sri Lanka and replaced them with mere Morons like Mahinda, Nimal Siripala and GLP. Today we face the repercussions of MR’s blundars.

            MR’s “Game Chandiya” type behaviour will work for Sri Lankan voters and now same been copied by BBS Gnanasara, but not with the International community.

            Maintaining a 200,000 man armed force in a Third world country is not necessary after a 30 year was. It’s bigger than the British or French Army.
            For what purpose, after anihilating LTTE terrorists, unless to serve the Family political dynasty to rule with fear and supression, North Korea style.

            Gobi and the three dead are the latest drama victims to justify maintain huge war machinery for Familial rule.

            Nobody wants to invade a third world country with no visible natural resources and a huge 15 Billion Dolled debt and 20 million mouths to feed.

            People are looking for food, not guns.

            Only International Pressure will bring Peace, Freedom and Justice to all communities in Sri Lanka.

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              Lasantha@,

              I also think if MR was genuine he could have brought tangible change in the peace initiatives, since war is no longer there. As you say, game chandia, he is only interested in manipulating poor masses to consolidate his political power across the country. It is also sad to see, the very same folks seem to stay on FOOL MODE sofar, but how long ?
              I simply believe, immediately after war, if the auhotirities took all steps in terms of implementation of rule of law and order, we would not have been accused as human rights violators. Instead of getting passed 18 Amd, he could better do other long overdue amendments in terms of country´s law and order system.

              UNHRC to go against has lot to with the way MR regime handled HR issues since war is no longer there… in post war episodes. Even today, he let Ghanasara to fire crackers on throw onto Muslim fellow citizen provoking them forming new conflicts between the folks, all the happen with police joining the process as spectators. Police in general seems to have no power to react independently, since GOTA forces are above police today. This is the outcome made clear to the general public day before yesterday.

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            Nuwan ,

            “he impeached CJ Shirani B.. But went against INT Pressure not to do so “

            yes , he went against all the odds , do you know why ? had Ms Shrirani been the CJ , he couldn’t have controlled CJ as the way he wanted as he does now , this is what we called “dictatorship” .

            “he sent Gen.Sarath Fonseka was sent to Jail. But went against INT Pressure not to do so”

            Gen SF was a serious & an imminent danger to MR’s autocratic rule ,so Gen SF was sent to jail on trumped up charges to silence him , it showed the level of confidence & bravery in MR .

            “BUT YOU SAY he implemented North PC election. BECAUSE OF INT PRESSURE???”

            Damn right , CHOGM circus would have been a complete flop , hadn’t he implemented NPC election.

            “he has not implemented LLRC But went against INT Pressure which asked him to do”

            why didn’t he implement 17 th Amendment ? had he implemented 17 th amendment , he knew jolly well , it’s an immediate full stop for the “jilmart” and every thing else !

            “He didnt stop the war.. When int pressure was used to ask him to”

            please listen to Tiran Alles’s interview which he gave soon after the bomb attack on his house , for further clarifications.

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      The Tamils are a distinct people in Sri Lanka with the right to self-determination. They have a separate land, language, ethnic origin, religion, culture, and political belief. Further they perceive themselves as a separate group of people with a history of their own. Both the objective and subjective criteria for establishing a people with the right of self-determination under international law and practice have been fulfilled by the Tamils.

      “What is the alternative now left to the Tamil nation that has lost its rights to its language, rights to citizenship, rights to religions and continue day by day to lose its traditional homeland; the Tamil nation must take a decision to establish its sovereignty in its homeland on the basis of its right to self-determination to establish the independent state of Tamil Eelam either by peaceful means or by direct action or non-violent struggle”

      If Sri Lanka continues to deny Tamils’ rights and commits crimes against them, a request from Jayalalitha to hold a referendum in current Tamil Nadu to annex the ancient part of original Tamil Nadu later called Ceylon or at least the North & East (Tamil Eelam) with India may become inevitable.

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        Ravi,
        We hope soon you’ll ‘have a separate land, language, ethnic origin, religion, culture, and political belief’ and etc in Toronto. Get LTTE to do some human trafficking and increase the numbers if you can. After all Canada it too big for those who invaded it. Take it easy and hang on to all those beliefs till then. tata

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          Leelaratana,

          Ravis’ aren’t spayed like your lot to beef-up an invasion. Aren’t that enough their progeny showcased a 30 year Thovila in your backyard the reminder for a 1000 years.

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            Potuhara We have already drowned the thalaivar kattadiya and the gang and soon, we’ll get their masters to finish their progeny.

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              But, still you lack spermatorrhoea, seconded with your dependency on vastu & horoscopes, a stock who always live in denial thus groping into the oblivion.

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          wathie

          “Get LTTE to do some human trafficking and increase the numbers if you can.”

          The rate at which Sinhala speaking Demelas are arriving in Canada, they might soon exceed Tamil speaking Demela population in Canada.

          The way things are there could soon be a Sinhala speaking Demela Buddhist state in Canada next to Quebec.

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            I was in the East recently and I noticed a lot of kallathoni vedda like you are eager to join your clique.

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              wathie

              “I was in the East recently and I noticed a lot of kallathoni vedda like you are eager to join your clique”

              They must have been either Tamil speaking Demela or Sinhala speaking Demela.

              Check their DNA they may be closely related to stupid Tamils and stupid Sinhalese.

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                Native Mixed Veddha, I hope you went to Vakarei in Batticaloa where your mixed Veddha clan living for the new year. Anyway Sinhala and Tamil have at least a language of their own, but the sad thing is Native Veddha’s have no dialect. Poor guy. BTW “..Kavadada Oya Hura Apahu mangachchanne Canada pojjata ..”

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        Ravi Toronto

        “Further they perceive themselves as a separate group of people with a history of their own.”

        Tamils could perceive anything they want to however what is the Tamil history you are talking about?

        Could you site some evidence.

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    Mr. Dayan Jayatillka,

    RE: Minority Report: Sri Lanka’s Tamil Question; A Response To Profs Kumar David & Laksiri Fernando

    Can you talk about Para-Sinhala and Para-Tamils as per Native Vedda terminology. They call, the Sinhala, the Tamils, the Muslims and others as Paras, who have overstayed their welcome in the land of the Vedda, and like the above Paras to leave for their Native Land, South India,

    DNA Analysis is confirming this statement.

    The Veddah walked when the sea levels were low. All others are Kalla-Thonis, Hora-Oru or Illegal boats.

    You Para, can you come up with an exit plan, so that you will go back to your native South India.

    Look at Bali , Indonesia . It is peaceful. Look at Lanka. Violent.

    The Problem lies with the Para-Sinhala and Para-Tamils.

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      Well, all those other “Paras” (as the hymie calls them)have integrated to the Sri lankan society and contributed to it.

      There is no need for any of them to go back to South India. They have made this country theirs.

      [Edited out]

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        Lo! there calls a sloth the other a hymie, while his own a gape full agape of a whole world to swell in.

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        (J)Emil

        Just because a robber you somebody’s property improves and destroys it, it does not give rights to the robber.

        The Para robbers need to get back to their native land, South India. DNA analysis proved that.

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      Hail Native! The cautious Veddah who formidably vanquished the terminally ill pongidae Heshan the Lester.

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      Angel Gabriel set on Jihadi Amraya in his dreams: ‘sea levels were law and Vedda walking through’. Bugger woke up so Allah’s agent disappeared and forgot to tell him the time line.

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        I am no muslim Para , Lorenzo, Jim Softy and Avatars,

        Para, it was by Scientists, shown by geological data and DNA data. Gabriel and Monk Mahanama delusions and ideas are imaginations.

        The Native Vedda walked, between 18,000 to 35,000 years ago.

        The Para-Sinhala and Para-Tamils and other Paras cane bu Hora-Oru, Kalla-Thoni,and Illegal-Boats.

        The DNA Analysis and geological analysis proves that.

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          Bullshit, Amaraya bugger doesn’t know that half the known Vedda are of the recently mixed stock. What DNA just read their names.

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            I am no muslim Para and other Para-Avtars,

            “half the known Vedda are of the recently mixed stock. What DNA just read their names. “

            Raping the Native Veddah women produces mixed stock. This raping does not give rights to the Paras over the Native Veddah’s Land.

            All Paras, Para-Sinhala and Para-Tamil, and other Paras should go back to their Homeland, South India.

            This is called Aethho Urumaya. The DNA and the geology proves that.

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    Hello Dayan
    Prof David pointed out it is not the numerical strength that is necessary for Nationhood. First of all there is a mighty effort to falsify and under estimate our Tamil population. The multiple racial pogroms(with the help of our governments) have scattered the Tamils all over the world. Another factor is the Tamil Diaspora which is now the voice of Tamils have enough capital and will to elevate the economic status of Tamil nation (if it ever happens) to the level of Singapore. This will certainly trickle down to the South and benefit both communities.Thirdly Tamils have lived as a separate nation throughout the history of SriLanka before the imperialists took over. By imperialists I mean Portugese,Dutch ,British and Sinhalese in that order.

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      ” Prof David pointed out it is not the numerical strength that is necessary for Nationhood. “

      He would HAVE to say that wouldn’t he?

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    Drop this minority-majority racist mindset.

    All are humans. If Tamils are better off in Tamil Nadu help them go there. No need to create a Tamil Madu in SL.

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      Fatima and Avtars,

      “All are humans. If Tamils are better off in Tamil Nadu help them go there. No need to create a Tamil Madu in SL.”

      Yes, but all the Paras, Para-Sinhala and Para-Tamil and other Paras should get back to their native land, South India, and leave the sacred land of Native Veddah to the Veddah Aethho.

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    Dayan should refresh himself on the basis on which Tamils in Sri Lanka claim nationhood. They are distinct ‘people’ with a distinct language and culture, a contiguous area which they have occupied for centuries if not millennia, a distinct history among other things. They are not a community of people sparingly spread in a vast area and living amongst a majority community in which case they could rightly be classified as a ‘minority community’. Can any of these facts be DENIED by Dayan?

    Dayan again seems to criticise the equality of nations referred to by Prof. Laksiri Fernando in the same spirit the Sinhala chauvinists looked at the Leftist demand for parity of status for Sinhala and Tamil about 60 years ago. What was referred to as parity then and equality now are not quantitative ones but qualitative one. One may wonder whether Dayan does not understand these simple things or pretends so.

    Sengodan. M

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      Majority of Tamils live outside the so called ‘contiguous area’ in Sri Lanka. The ‘contiguous area’ has been made mono ethnic through forced ethnic cleansing.

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        If you study the census reports from 1901, you will know the TRUTH of this alleged ethnic cleansing!

        Sengodan. M

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    One correction to Dr Jayatilleke:-

    David’s group-X NEED not be mono-ethnic in modern times, but it COULD be. That’s fairly obvious from his piece. Therefore nations and minorities have not disappeared, but rather the question of possible new state formation need not relate ONLY to a homogeneous nation, but to a wider grouping that COULD encompasses more than one single homogeneous entity. I think the examples of Singapore and Taiwan are conclusive in this respect.

    To my mind however, the more important and crucial consideration is the FEASIBILITY and the potential for SUCCESS of any proposed new state given a modern global context. What will be better, the status quo or a new arrangement? Shouldn’t that be the main consideration?

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      If all are happy with the status quo, it will be well and good. But if some people feel constantly oppressed, discriminated and insecure a new arrangement will become inevitable

      Sengodan. M

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    “|”In the latter half of my fifties I am far too old, ….with ideological prisms, tattered maps and rusted weapons.To me, ideology, Leninist or otherwise, has little to do with my practice as a political scientist, analyst and ‘public intellectual’||.

    rum pa pam pump pom jumping jellyfish.

    HOPEFUL – Hard-up Old Person Expecting Full Useful Life

    via conversion to a chameleon.

    (i.e. OAPs are not priority for most governments and
    namals tarunayata hetak is in line)

    (^O^)

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    Will these articles written by KD,CV,DJ and LF make any sense to the people who have scraped through ‘A or ‘O’ levels,
    synthetic lawyers and others?

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    But DJ the Indo-Lanka Accord and to an extent the 13th amendment , which you support, are not based on the idea of minorities but nations.

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    We need group of Asian leaders within our region to sort out the Sri Lanka’s internal problem which can’t be fixed by the Rajapaksas or Jayatilleka. According to Gota’s small brain drama, Gobi managed to hide himself for five years, but came into the action just a week before the voting of the UNHRC. If you believe that you would believe anything. We all know that Gota orchestrated the drama to arrest the human rights activists to hide the truth and trying hard to fool the international community; however, his small brain foolish action won’t give that much leverage for the Rajapaksas to manoeuvre internationally in the future. Now the Gota’s small brain drama concludes with lives have been lost. The regime has no remorse for killing thousands of innocent people; killing few more people is nothing to them. The most dangerous regime can fool Sinhalese, but not the world. The Rajapaksa regime fails to understand the difference between the well informed world citizens and fooled Sri Lankan citizens who have been fighting since 1948.

    The regime can win local votes by fooling its own people, but not the world. The country’s international credibility will continue to go backward, and place the country in a disaster. The worse is yet to come for Sri Lankans. It will get ugly for the Rajapaksa brothers; if the regime initiates its own domestic enquiry or international mechanism to investigate charges of war crimes and human rights violations in Sri Lanka. Therefore, the regime will not investigate the war crimes at all, but will take the North Korea’s path to keep their power. The foolish regime didn’t plan wisely to addresses the issues during and after the war. Inability to deal with the Tamils’ issues and India were the main reasons for the war, yet the regime has not addressed those main issues since the end of war in 2009. Therefore, the worse is yet to come for Sri Lankans.

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      Antany Peter,

      I think you are correct. [Edited out]
      I think this time Gota is going to get fixed badly.

      Poor guy got caught trying to do his known Hambanthota Comedy Tricks.
      They would have learnt atleast some Chinese comedy tricks, but none.

      Some one should notify this to the International community.

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      Rajapakses final game plan is to arouse Sinhala Buddhist Nationalism and Sinhala Buddhist Suprimism using BBS Gnanasara, Jathika Hela Urumaya and Rawana Balaya.

      Through these they could divide the country between Majority and Minority population and also could dupe the 70% Sinhala Buddhist vote base to win votes.

      But now due to Mass Media, Internet, live telecasts and video clips they no longer could lie or dupe the public.

      The culprits will be caught soon and I hope the next Government will have at least some social, communal and economic bones to lick and Cabaral’s CB is not been totally bankrupted.

      Hope Kangetta will leave people at least few bones to lick, after an Ethenol 50 gram shot.

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      Antany Peter,

      I think you are correct. [Edited out]
      I think this time Gota is going to get fixed badly.

      Poor guy got caught trying to do his known Hambanthota Comedy Tricks.
      They would have learnt atleast some Chinese comedy tricks, but none.

      Some one should notify this to the International community.

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    The Tamils are a national minority. No one disputes this. However, the Tamils, one of the two tribes in the island ( in your terminology) are a majority in several parts of this island. Pray tell us how they should be politically empowered, in areas where they are a majority and nationally? Please put forward a conceptual frame work that would be ideal, according to the Gramsci formulations you seem to base your thoughts on. Further , should we become a nation of yet primitive tribes or a modern nation where citizenship rights and respect for cultural identities count? How can an overarching Sri Lankan identity be evolved in this country, if the larger tribe is determined to exercise its writ on matters extending to the citizenship and identity rights of the smaller tribes. We are not playing a game of chess! There cannot be winners and losers. Every tribe must be the winners in a the Sri Lanka of the future.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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    Does the Sri Lankan constitution guarantee equal justice and equal opportunities to all it’s citizens? or is it weighed by the composition of the ethnic population.

    Humanity is one race. Let us all Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, and people of other faiths who “esteem an upright life” and seek truly to honour God and do His will embrace each other, seeking mutual understanding for the benefit of all men and women working together to preserve and promote peace, liberty, justice, and moral values. That’s where true success and happiness is found.

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    Peace loving srilankens, buddhists will agree with monitoring the Srilanken regime by a UN panel. This is not because that we are pro any kind of foreign invasions, but the current administration have shaped up all regulations in favour of them, keeping law authority under Presidential excutive powers, as seen in any authoritarian rule.
    a) He is the person to give the last word on finances – be them highly corrupted drug trafficking or any crime performing ones going beyond all ethical norms and standards; all other areas of the adminstration, such as Justice, Defence, Religious affairs and sensitive activities have been kept under Excutive president – meaning unequivocally a dictatorship which profit getting elected by all blatant lies, manipulations, made to rural folks which make up over 70% of the populace
    b) Opposition strongly and clearly makes their voice, but none of the cases in and out of parliaments, they or any NGOs working for the rights of the people are seen to have any recourse. 18 Amd got added to the current constitution – consolidate president s powers further. President is on the other hand a person, that would not even burnt down at 100 degree, there are enough instances in the 45 year carrier of him, to see, how brutal, rascal, IRC type he has been in lanken politics.

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    Where the opposition parties are given no their rights, no other choice than UN or any international body to react a nation free from the clutches of dictators. BBS back by president´s brother is alleged war criminal should today or later should be brought before HAGUE… then only we the peace loving srilanken can find our further leading to peermemnent peace

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    …The outcome of this defeat will shift the balance in the direction of determination by external realities.
     
    I’m glad that Dayan has finally understood that SL does not exist in a vacuum. The US has the power to impose its will on the Island and shape its destiny.
     
    We’ve all heard about the US’s “pivot to Asia”, but let’s reflect on this policy. The US does not project power and influence in Asia through standing armies or ground troops. It does so using its Navy. Asia has two ocean fronts: The Indian Ocean and the Western Pacific. The US does not need to “pivot” to the Western Pacific. They are already there, and they’ve been there for decades. They have fought three major wars there (winning two). They’ve been a colonial power in the region (the Philippines). Their most important treaties are with allies in that region. Countries like Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Philippines and even Vietnam do not view the US with suspicion or with an inferiority complex. They see the US as an equal, a known quantity, a trusted friend and dependable ally. So “pivot to Asia” really has to mean “pivot to the Indian Ocean”. The story in the Indian Ocean is completely different for the US. They simply don’t have the kind of rich relationships they enjoy in the Western Pacific. Pakistan does have a frontage to the Indian Ocean, but the US’s Pakistan strategy is an extension of its Middle East/War against terrorism policy.
     
    Even though in the minds of the GOSL the Tamil people should know their place (i.e. they need to “understand and accept their proportional weight and presence in Sri Lankan society”), I think there is a real possibility that the US plans to not only recognize the nationhood of the Tamil people, but plans to make them the centerpiece of their “Pivot to Asia” policy. The challenge for the Tamil people is to understand the incredible opportunity that lies before them, and to rise to the occasion, and cease it with both hands. The challenge for the Sinhalese is to understand that the world has changed; they need to change with it or get left behind. They have a lot of fences to mend, both with the people of the North East and with the United States. The days where they can tell the Tamil people to “remember their place” are rapidly coming to an end.

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    Mr. Political Scientist says
    “While all citizens of Sri Lanka must be equal ” and later in the same para he says “This unevenness cannot be ignored or flattened“.
    I studied physical sciences not political science, but above two statement doesn’t make any sense, doesn’t sounds like coming from a scientist??
    How a political scientist expect citizens/humans must to be equal?
    Or build a logic, because above condition is NOT true..
    Humans are not equal, that is a fundamental of nature, that is why we need equal rights, and that is why most of the people fight to manage and improve core human values.
    If you cannot understand ” human unevenness” as the nature and benefits of it, how can you be a scientist?
    What sort of political science or view could emerge from the view that human unevenness CANNOT be ignored or flattened.
    Human unevenness or imperfection is the beauty of Human Existence … If humans are equal, world would be dull place, theoretically there won’t be civilized human race..

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      He is not a political scientist. He is a racist politician.

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    Dayan,

    Can you define the characteristics of Sinhala as majority to the whole island of Ceylon?
    Can your explain what do you mean by functional democracy? How this differs from TRUE Democracy?
    Do you have any objections this island becoming part of Great India?

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    Maghribi,
    Muslims believe Koran is the word of Allah. Allah said he created the first man and woman. If so, whether first man’s descendants are believers or unbelievers, Koran should have guaranteed equal justice and equal opportunities to all. But Islam teaches that non-Muslims are less than fully human. So how can you Muhammadans talk about peace, liberty, justice, and moral values?

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      When you imagine that you tote a tail behind, you youself depart to your own primitive abode of shamelessness, by calling other civilizations as mere jantu’s by refuting & differing to reason with a mindset of the primitive Sinhala brains will negate and forefeit your rights to live as gentle being as the Sakyamuni prescribed.

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    Can someone please stop this BBS clowns trying to stop Islamization of Tamil only Mannar.

    It is better to turn Mannar into a Muslim majority area than Tamil.

    BBS fools are just disturbing it. Norway funded BBS crooks and racists.

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      Fukushima,
      You don’t have guts to say that it is your loved step father, one and only Gothaya, funds BBS but not by civilized Scandinavian country. You know the truth but scared to put it out…

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      Fathima Fukushima,

      If you listen to following Derana 360 Proram you will see that BBS Gnanasra went to Norway to raise funds to BBS. But failed due to pressure from Tamil community.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PNaulVo104

      Eventually BBS went to USA and I don’t know if US or Sinhala buddhist community in USA funded them. I hope not.

      But when you see the photos of Gota with BBS you could guess some type of connection. Also some vested groups of rich Buddhist Sinhala Extremist community is helping BBS.

      But looks like BBS is well funded by some Rich and Powerful People in Sri Lanka.

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    Dayan you call yourself a Political Scientist, my foot, you could not even be honest to yourself and give the exact percentage of the Tamils and Muslims in Sri Lanka and you call your self Political Scientist. You are not a Political Scientist you are a untrustworthy servant who can be purchased with money and power, that’s who you are.

    Dayan you come from a Communist background and today you are selling your soul to the devil by saying “majority and minority communities cannot have equal rights”. You have lived abroad and in your speech before you left France you said one of the best places you lived before Rajapakse kicked you out was Paris. In Paris didn’t you see equal rights enjoyed by all communities?

    I think you should stop writing stupid articles as you make most of the readers blood boil. I am one who studied under the feet of a Great Buddhist Monk and what I learnt from him was that Buddha taught everyone is equal irrespective they are majority, minority, different religions, different races, different casts…

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    “..“In the modern Sri Lankan context the conditions have to be such that each ethnic and cultural identity will find its proportional weight and presence in our society. Each will need to recognise and accept this configuration…The modus vivendi that is implied here redefines equality within a framework which recognises the reality of collective identities and the difference in the relative weight and presence of these identities when they enter into any partnership..”

    The above summarizes the genetic imbalance and racist extremism of its author, blindly believing Sinhala modayos and the pervert DJ who carries this lunacy and burden on his shoulders. Though this man DJ wields lots of words, quotations and cut and paste they rarely really make any sense and almost all of them are difficult to read gibberish concocted with incongruous contradictions. Quite in contrast KD has presented his case in simple, read and understand friendly language which is exactly the function of a language whereas DJ make the reader boring, bewildered and take home nothing.

    According to DJ’s above ideology only size matters and not substance. Majorities and minorities are set on a centuries long race to set up sexing and breeding factories at their homes in order to save the majority and to catch the majority by the minorities-happy go fuck and breed the Nation State one day! And until you become majority and equal-ity you have reduced status, rights, recognition, value and humanity-you are 3.9% of population so you are only entitled to 3.9% human rights and so on. When a Sinhalese man marries a Tamil woman she is entitled only to 3.9% of his love, marriage right or wedded partnership! What screwed up and deranged and derailed madness his that? This man makes my asshole laugh too. No wonder this man supports the counterfeit money printer and black-money launder Sajith over Ranil to take the governance of this country.

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    It is not Lenism or Marxism.It is opportunism.Well Done .Keep it up. The kIng may relent Dayan

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    Silva your argument does not stand ground. All Sri Lankans have the same level of sex appetite, irrespective of their race. The difference may be the Muslim and Tamil women like to have children and grow their family.

    This does not mean that the women or for that matter their husbands plan to have children so that their population in the country would grow. If this is what you think how the people in Sri Lanka think, then get all the Buddhist monks to get married, they will produce more children than any other race.

    Further if your argument is correct then no Tamil or Muslim would have left SL and gone to a tuff environment in Europe, Austalia or North America.

    Your argument does not make any sense.

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      A Buddhist,

      A Buddhist who does not know what happens out there among Buddhsits! There was your idiot Soma Hamuduruwo who advocated Sinhala rats breeding to save majority status and arrest minority multiplication. Your contemporary Balu Sena too said the same thing and wanted each male to fuck two or so women to breed more racist rascals. And the day time monks night time cunt happy monks do it even while I am writing here. A famous monk of yours from Gampaha Pahalagama area tried it even in foreign soil and was convicted by an England court of law. You have a problem in reading between lines. I was arguing DJ’s own theory not mine, and predicted a “centuries” long upshot if and when such societal inequality is practiced. If you are incapable of imagination think of what has happened during past four years. Rogue Rajapakshas roguely claimed war victory solely to Rajapaksha family and made them the Saviors and Gods of the Nation in the minds of gullible Sinhalese modayos. And they obliged by voting them repeatedly and deaminizing the sensible voices! This is how concepts are built and executed. It won’t take long for Sinhalese fools to enter into a fucking frenzy provided few incentives are given and Rajapaksha rule continues keeping the bogus Tiger alive conceptually. Following link would provide you a pretty good idea about Sinhala modaya’s hopeless mentality where they would buy a pair of shoes even if they are of the same leg: It is this client base that DJ is catering to. And “A Buddhist” claims he is one of them!

      [Edited out]

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    Thank God, due to God given talent to do Business and trade, today Muslim community is pretty much independent.They are not in unemployment lines looking for government jobs, but self made businessmen and traders.

    Also Muslim community help each other when they are in need.

    Many muslims that live in towns are in much better shape in taking care of their business and families.

    Only the war effected muslim communities that suffer still.

    Also Tamils are same when it comes to survival.

    May be that’s the reason Sinhala majority community see them as a threat.

    Sinhalese still find difficult to compete with both communities and that is the truth. Sinhalese will survive but at a lower level. They prefer to work less and get more mentality. That’s why we have strikes very often. Top heavy Government is the biggest burden to our country and to our economy.

    Finally, only the survival of self and family that matters. All the rest are pure bullshit……Rajapakse style.

    Good luck to all.

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    Dayan,

    Dayan quoted Antonio Gramsci out of context as usual.

    This is his trade mark and he quotes Lenin selectively again as usual.

    But thank you Dayan for summarizing the position of Dr Kumar David and Dr Laksri Fernando

    I wholeheartedly support Drs Kumar and Laksri,

    The two nation Theory of the Chief Minister Justice Wigneswaran is really in line with the theories of the two doctors.

    Two Nations does not mean that they are equal in all respects.

    As Laksri pointed out equality is not quantitative, but Qualitative.

    However the two nation theory does mean that both nations have the right of self determination.

    Remember Sinhalese people do not demand a separate nation for themselves.

    In fact there is no Sinhala nation. In this Sinhalese are in a similar plight to that of the Tamils.

    Sri Lanka is a state having Sinhala and Tamil nations as constituent parts.

    The Sinhalese are satisfied with Sri Lanka as it is constituted whereas the Tamils are not!

    The Tamils in the Northern and Eastern Provinces are a nation whereas the Tamils in the rest of the island are national minorities.

    This is the position of Tamil nationalists

    In India we see different nations co existing within one state as equals.

    Tamils, malayalees, Telugus, Gujaraties, Bengalies,Hindi speaking States and so on are all majority communities and command equality.

    Most of them have states of their own.

    The differences in size or population do not preclude them from exercising their rights.

    All nationalities within India are majority communities whereas the minorities are Muslims and dalits.

    The Sinhalese and the Tamils need not separate, but come to a mutually satisfactory arrangement to live within a single country.

    This could be accomplished through negotiations, in such a negotiation the Tamil Nation and the Sinhala nation should be equal parties.

    The starting point is the recognition of two nations by all parties.

    The United Nations have equality among member countries.

    Even in USA, the states are equal in all respects despite territorial and population imbalances.

    Equality among nations within a single state is not a novel concept, but has international precedents.

    The Chief Minister wigneawaran is correct in that the non recognition of two nations barred a real negotiated settlement.

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      Sri,

      I think you are correct. The bottom line is Sri Lanka failed to achieve it’s goals due to selfishness of the Majority Sinhala Buddhist MPs in the parliament.

      There was no proper direction and governance in the country in politics, Economy, foreign trade, foreign relations and among communities.

      THERE WAS NOTHING SAID AND DONE THAT BINDS ALL COMMUNITIES AS ONE FAMILY, BUT SINHALA BUDDHIST HEGAMONY WAS PROMOTED BY STATE.

      THIS MADE OTHER MINORITY TAMIL, MUSLIM AND BURGHER COMMUNITIES AS SECOND CLASS CITIZEN, SPECIALLY AMONG THE LOWER MIDDLE CLASS AND AMONG THE POOR.

      What BBS doing today is arousing this WOUND further and now I assume Tamil community seeking a NATION WITHIN A NATION IS JUSTIFIED.

      As long as majority Sinhala Buddhist community look at other minority communities through the prism of Superior complex and as second class citizens and mere Aliens, this struggle for freedom will go on for ever.

      The only solution is to leave them to practice their own culture, trade and familiar lives in their respective areas, while trying to promote all citizens are equal under one flag.

      Equal access should be given to promote their religions and culture in Mass media, politics and day to day life.

      There’s still more time for change.

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    Dayan Jayatileka,

    “The multitude of workers and peasants…cannot allow the dismemberment of the nation…” – Antonio Gramsci (1919)

    “Gramsci’s strategy follows from his concept—quite original in Marxism, of the working class as part of the nation” – Eric Hobsbawm (‘Gramsci and Political Theory’)

    *********Did Buddha say anything?*********

    Happy new year to all.

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    “In the modern Sri Lankan context the conditions have to be such that each ethnic and cultural identity will find its proportional weight and presence in our society. Each will need to recognise and accept this configuration…The modus vivendi that is implied here redefines equality within a framework which recognises the reality of collective identities and the difference in the relative weight and presence of these identities when they enter into any partnership.”

    How consistent is this conclusion of the single finest piece of etc….., with the following fromDJ:

    “While all citizens of Sri Lanka must be equal (which they are not, while the constitution embeds hierarchy) and all citizens and communities must be free from discrimination as individuals and collectives, …….”

    As I understand it, what the tamils asked for before some of them took to violence, is no more than what DJ speaks about and a constitutional arrangement that will embed this equality and not the hierarchy.

    DJ seems concerned about a conceptual and legal equality that he says is impossible. Let us listen to what he says and forget about them but learn from him how we can get the equality for all citizens and the freedom from discrimination as individuals and collectives that he says is needed but is dis – embedded in the constitution.

    How does DJ propose to ensure or approach this happy state being embedded in the constitution?

    but it does not seem to me to be what the much admired Godfrey G says. As one of the correspondent puts it, it seems to be a long way of saying that the minorities must always know their place. In Dissanayaka’s book he says that is what JR felt about the minorities. and we know to what lengths he could go to to teach them their place.

    Pulling size – is that what political science is about?

    and,

    “The multitude of workers and peasants…cannot allow the dismemberment of the nation…” – Antonio Gramsci (1919)

    i have not ever been convinced of the wisdom of dismemberment but,

    This gramsci person, obviously to be respected even after lenin and co get dated, was he the pope when said it?
    What is the force of this cannot? what is the point of giving these quotes without sharing his reasons?

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    Brother CV Wigneswaran is a much sought after speaker among the elite circles nowadays. Last year he delivered a SJV Chelvanayagam lecture.Now,he presented Brother Bernard Soysa memorial lecture in Colombo.Of course, during the last provincial election he sort of delivered Prapakaran memorial lecture in Valvettiturai and praised him as a great hero. If the JVP invites him for Rohana lecture, then the list will be complete.CVW is now the darling of the right and what is left of the left.Srilanka is now in so pathetic condition that we cannot have any discussion on any matter without the contribution of theoretician CVW. However,brother CVW has not spoken the truth ,the whole truth and nothing but the truth. He is complaining that Tamils are losing their nationhood by the Sinhala settlement. At the same time, he says that Canada is made of two nations(English and French).The learned CV should tell us where do the native people of Canada fit in .So,in Canada, European settlers have two nations while the native people have nothing. We have to bear in mind that European colonialists went to Americas and decimated the people ,culture etc.Now ,these white supremacists come to our countries to teach us human rights,good governance, democracy etc. We have local cheer leaders for these white supremacists who are always willing to dance hysterically to the western music .The fair judge CVW should not forget that the Tamils who were settled in the upcountry, completely changed the demography and doing injustice to the local Sinhalese. When he referred to the 1965 government, he conveniently hide the fact that the Federal Party(IATK)was part of the government.By the way,where does the Muslims and the Upcountry Tamils come into his nation theory. We can go on and on about the lies and inconsistencies in his speech. We must not forget that what dean of the NGO s Pakiyasothy Saravanamuthu discussed with the American ambassador is more important than what Professors KD and Laksiri Fernando write on nationhood. What the IC,NGO,Western governments think on a country that mattes most than what Lenin wrote several years ago.By the way,comrade KD should organize and invite brother CVW to deliver comrade Annamalai(killed by the Tigers) lecture on the topic of “killing Marxist- Leninists”. Comrade KD, first of all, if you are a follower of Lenin,why are you keeping mum on Ukraine, where statues of Lenin are being demolished under the watch of American imperialism.Will you write something on this relevant matter.

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    The world must know one important thing; we are not dwelling in the past. What we face in Sri Lanka is a real discrimination. We are not living in illusion. I have been to Sri Lanka in 2012. As a Tamil I couldn’t even get local tickets to see the tourist places; the staff refused to sell local tickets to me even though I showed evidence that I was born in Sri Lanka. Mr K Shanmugam is a Tamil; he is a Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Law in Singapore. Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam is the Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore. They are having high-profile positions in the Singaporean government, because they are from Singapore. If they are from Sri Lanka they would not have got those positions, but ended-up as refugees somewhere in the world.

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