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National Democracy Or Neo-Colonial Democracy? By Way Of A Reply To RMB

By Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

“Sirisena was supported by a broad coalition including leading Tamil and Muslim parties and the United National Party…Rajapaksa still earned more support from the Sinhalese community than Sirisena, the ethnic group that comprises about three-quarters of the country’s population… the Rajapaksa brand isn’t toxic — not yet anyway. He lost a close election and his name will always be linked to the defeat of the Tamil Tigers…” – (‘What’s Next for Sri Lanka’s Mahinda Rajapaksa?’ Taylor Dibbert, The Huffington Post, Jan. 29, 2015)

What kind of democracy do we want: A National Democracy or an anti-national or non-national, Neocolonial Democracy?

What Sri Lanka will be like by Independence Day 2016, depends on which of two contending projects succeed. One is a hegemonic project, that of hegemony over the majority of people, of the citizenry, who happen demographically, to be Sinhalese. This is the UNP-TNA-CBK-Western project of recreating the Ceylon of the colonial and semi-colonial times; a Ceylon serving the West and dominated by a bloc of social minorities, led by the pro-Western bourgeoisie linked to Western markets.

The specific project of Tamil nationalism and its Sinhala allies is to recreate the Sri Lanka that would have come into being had essentials of the ‘union of regions’ package, the CFA, the ISGA and PTOMS succeeded.

The executive Presidency is sought to be abolished precisely to prevent that insidious project being overturned by a strong executive President, susceptible to the pressure of the majority.

Standing against this project is that of the scattered, confused patriots; the project of the Sri Lankan nationalists. The nationalist-patriotic project is not and should not be a Sinhala project still less a Sinhala Buddhist one. It must be multiethnic, multi-religious, multilingual and multicultural; in short, pluralist. However, inasmuch as the Sinhala community is the demographic, cultural and civilizational core of this island, a truly patriotic and nationalist cannot but be a project that accords the majority community its natural leading role—as distinct from a dominating or oppressive role. There cannot be a Sri Lankan nation, which is de-centered; without a civilizational core—and that center and core is naturally that of the Sinhalese, as it would be that of the majority in any society especially in the ex-colonial Global South which is still engaged in nation-building. It is by no means accidental that the Sinhalese were the main force of the anti-British colonialist rebellions and resistance. It was sometime in 2011 or 2012, very late at night at the Café de Flore, famously patronized by Jean-Paul Sartre (and introduced to me as a boy, by my father on our first visit to Paris in the Sixties) that a French Marxist scholar turned from my wife Sanja and myself to his companion and our guest Natalie Cardone, celebrated for her performance of Carlos Puebla’s song for Che Guevara, ‘Hasta Siempre Commandante’, and explained with great emphasis to her that “the Sinhalese are one of the oldest nations on earth”.

If Mr. RMB Senanayake wishes to be played for a sucker that’s his business, but he cannot take the people along for a ride. When, for decades, the executive presidency was rightly regarded as allowing the minorities to punch their weight at the elections, and in the immediate aftermath of an election at which the Northern, Eastern, Hill country and minority votes in general have proven decisive, why does the TNA unambiguously support the abolition of the executive Presidency and the return to the parliamentary system? This all the more glaring a paradox, when one recalls that all the discriminatory legislative acts against the minorities took place precisely when Sri Lanka had the Westminster model and not a single one was passed after the conversion to a Presidential model.

Furthermore, why does the TNA support a dilution of the system of proportional representation as an electoral system, when it is precisely the model of pure PR that permits maximum representation of the minorities?

There can be only one answer. The TNA supports the abolition of the executive Presidency and the return to a Westminster model because the game-plan of Tamil nationalism is not fair-play, full equality of citizenship or greater devolution, but the weakening of the Sri Lankan state and its strong center; the diminution of its centripetal capacity; and the enhancing of centrifugal potential. Tamil nationalism’s is an incremental ‘exit strategy’. The TNA supports the dilution of proportional representation and a partial return to the first-past-the post system because that would restore the old ITAK/Federal Party dominance of the North and East and totally marginalize the anti-separatist, integrationist/devolutionist patriotic Tamil element represented by Douglas Devananda, Karuna, Pillaiyan etc.

The Tamil nationalist project has two aspects:

  • Disproportionate dominance of the strategic heights of the State and the economy by restoring the colonial and immediately postcolonial/neocolonial pre-1956 colonial social status quo.
  • Weakening the Center, weakening the ties between center and periphery, inducting Western and South Indian influence into the North and East, thereby setting up a halfway house for an independent political existence or a Greater Tamil Nadu.

The first stage of the grand strategic plan has already been accomplished—it is exactly that which the West tried in Malaysia with Anwar Ibrahim. In Sri Lanka it succeeded because Mahathir Mohammed had no powerful brothers much less intelligent than himself (or he wasn’t reliant upon them).

The second step in the game-plan would be the ensuring the victory at the parliamentary election of its long standing ally the UNP of Ranil Wickremesinghe. The UNP has been the strategic Southern ally of Tamil nationalism for decades, long before Mr. Wickremesinghe, precisely because it has never been a nationalist party along the lines of the Indian Congress. With the striking exception of the period of the patriotic Premadasa Presidency, it has been the party that was most sympathetic to imperialism. It was the sense that Independence was incomplete, with the retention of the British colonial bases and the detestable anti-Chinese foreign policy exhibited in Bandung in 1955 (on the advice of Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe’s father Esmond), that led the masses, especially the Sinhala masses, to sweep the MEP coalition into office in 1956.

Today’s government, an unelected one strengthening its grip on the levers of power, is essentially a UNP government, and quintessentially a UNP government with an unreconstructed CFA ideology and profile. This is evidenced in some of the key appointments it has made. I certainly do not mean in ethnic terms, since I would have been delighted to see one of the most intelligent persons I know, Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy, as the Governor of the Central Bank– but that was not the Government’s choice. The difference between the UNP Government of the CFA years and today is that it has a significant ally in the form of Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga and her faction of the SLFP. Chandrika represents the transformation of a segment of the ‘national bourgeoisie’ represented by the SLFP, to a pro-imperialist big bourgeoisie or the comprador capitalist class, through the process of ‘compradorefication’. Thus the CBK-SLFP represented, from the days of the Sudu Nelum movement and her anti-unitary state ‘union of regions’ packages of 1995 and 1997, the same class interests and ideology as the right wing (the non-Premadasa wing) of the UNP which had taken back that party after the Tigers murdered Ranasinghe Premadasa.

The great victory of the Sri Lankan people at Nandikadal in 2009 was the confluence of two factors: the renaissance of Ruhuna and a great leader from our Deep South and the rise of China in Asia and the world. The conscious alliance of these two trends enabled the victory over Tamil separatism aided by elements in Tamil Nadu and the Tamil Diaspora.

The response of Tamil nationalism was to diligently and intelligently leverage the West and Delhi, while also allowing itself to be used by them, in the competition with China. The gross errors of the Rajapaksa administration in its second term especially in the realm of foreign relations enabled the success of this strategy.

Now the Tamil nationalist project has placed its domestic (Sinhala) allies in power and hopes to cement that victory at the upcoming parliamentary election either by assisting the UNP to win outright or to form a coalition with it as in 1965, broadening it with a pro- CBK component of the SLFP.

The roadmap of Tamil nationalism is clear. It is the creation of a halfway house or stepping-stone to complete exit, using the models that the Tamil Diaspora sees around it. These are instances of referendums which stop just short of secession, such as of Quebec, Scotland, Catalonia; grey zones of de-facto independence such as Kurdistan; actual separations assisted by the so-called international community such as Southern Sudan, Kosovo.

The cat was let out of the bag in Delhi, by Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera (the poster boy of the bloc of Chandrika’s SLFP faction and Ranil’s UNP) when he ticked off the Thimpu proposals, the Mangala Moonesinghe formula and the CBK “package” as the acceptable components of a political solution. Mr. Sumanthiran’s Sunday Observer interview clarified matters still further, when he said that the TNA had always held that the full implementation of the 13th amendment was not a lasting solution.

The TNA’s Mr. Sritharan, MP, claimed on Sirasa/MTV news that the US and India owed the Tamil people for having won the Cold War against China by peacefully ousting Mahinda Rajapaksa. It is reasonable to expect that the pay-off will be forthcoming after the dust settles on the parliamentary election—an election in which a UNP artificially exalted by the CBK backed President Sirisena, faces the SLFP divided and confused by CBK and President Sirisena.

Mr. RMB Senanayake expects us to blind ourselves to the writing on the wall, or he expects us not to care. He engages in obfuscation as does the unholy alliance of ideologues around the new administration.

Mr. Senanayake writes of me thus: “He is hung up on the issue of the unitary versus federal status- a distinction used by political scientists to describe widely varying arrangements for the devolution of power.”

This is more than merely a fib. Federalism is NOT merely a technical term for one form of the devolution of power. Devolution means precisely that– the sharing or flow of power from Center to periphery or apex to base. It can be effected by a parliament or a President. Federalism on the other hand is the voluntary union of constituent units, in which irreducible powers are enjoyed by the units and the center, and the power of the peripheral unit cannot be abrogated by the center unilaterally (unlike in the case of devolution, in which it is revocable).

Mr. Senanayake is correct when he says: “The crux of the issue is that in general political parlance the division of powers between the Center and the periphery cannot be altered unilaterally in a federal state but can be so altered in a unitary state where the Center is superior and it is the Center that devolves the power and a future government is not bound by the division of powers that prevails and could unilaterally change it.” Dr. Colvin R de Silva, an outstanding historian, recognized as such within the Commonwealth explained in 1972 during the debate on the first republican constitution, that given the historical patterns of external incursion and internal fissure the island required a unitary system. The Center is superior because it represents the larger whole. If the Center lacked the capacity for unilateral action, President Premadasa could not have dissolved the NEPC in 1990 after it threatened UDI. Mr Senanayake as well as the UNP hierarchy (with the probable exception of young Sajith Premadasa) seem to agree with the basic project of the TNA: placing the Center on par with and not above the peripheral unit; de facto federalism and the abolition of the executive Presidency. Given our geography, demography and history, I regard this combination as a recipe for the weakening of the state, and thereby, for disaster, including the erosion of the May 2009 victory over secession in our Great Patriotic War.

How then to avoid this catastrophe? Here is a modest proposal then, in the mood generated by Independence Day. The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) should withhold the two thirds majority needed for the passage of any bill for the drastic remodeling of the Executive Presidency, other than the proposed restoration of independent commissions and term limits. It should, in short, defeat the proposed abolition or disemboweling of the executive presidency and the drastic shift to a Westminster model. The proposed counter-reform should be fought tooth and nail in the parliament, the courts and if necessary at a referendum. It can be defeated.

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    Go away. Please do not reply to him, let us ignore him and see if he goes away.

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      Robert.R

      “Please do not reply to him, let us ignore him and see if he goes away”

      I just want to ask Dev about the differences between the two below

      “What kind of democracy do we want: A National Democracy or an anti-national or non-national, Neocolonial Democracy?”

      February 2, 2015

      “(a) Presidential/unitary

      (b) Presidential/non-unitary

      (c) Parliamentary/unitary and

      (d) Parliamentary/non-unitary.”

      January 25, 2015

      Dev

      I think Dayan is progressing towards the next level ” National Socialism”

      We should welcome it as a theoretical alternative to Democracy.

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        I agree, let us get rid of this silly democracy thing. If we want a strong central government. Let us regress back to ancient times and have a king….over and done with !
        Let us make Sajith our king :-) He can rule us well with his fake LSE degree.
        By the way, despite the expose in CT, Sajith’s linkedIn account still states his NON existent LSE degree.

        @Robert:
        He won’t go away, he loves the attention, hence him not even keeping his promise of not writing for 6 months in the English media.
        I suspect Dayan is some kind of masochist, all the abuse thrown at him in this forum seems to be titillating him.

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          Dev

          Thanks.

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            Dayan,

            You keep taking about Sinhalese majority and neo-colonial democracy and all that crap.

            Don’t you know that it is the colonial Britain that annexed Tamil Eelam to Sinhala Ratas in 1832 to form Ceylon?

            Now you claim Sinhalese are the majority of the island so they must dominate. It is like claiming that Chinese are the majority of the world and they must be the ones who must have the say in world matters.

            The world and the colonialists now realize that the putting the Tamils at the whims and fancies of the Sinhalese has proved a grave mistake resulting in the genocide of Tamils. So they are trying to rectify that mistake made in 1832 in a more equitable way.

            Your arguments are illogical, to say the least, in the geo-political scenario of the world today.

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              Dayan is basically a Sinhalese supremacist and pretending socialist rolled into one.

              His hero is Mahinda, the butcher of Asia!

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                Thiru – Act like a man with a brain – when someone express his views on -Where the current Sri Lankan politics are heading – is that a crime – if you do not agree with his argument then explain your counter argument logically as a learned person – without insulting his nationality and political affinities – I think this forum is for logical arguments – not for mud slinging – when I see the third class language some commenters use – I really feel sick to see what a lot of pavement vendors have become keyboard warriors — now the election is over and new government is there – so it is better we critically look at what is happening now and what might happen later –

                Thanks to MR/GR/SF/ foot solders and many who contributed in many ways we defeated brutal LTTE killer machine – but unfortunately MR selected to sleep with dogs after that victory and side lined guys who could have guide him on the proper path – as a result he got tick fever and died politically – Let that be history now and think what is happening now without becoming paranoid about past – What Dr D is highlighting in his article is a very probable scenario about what is going to happen in the coming months or years – so I think we have to think carefully (without giving into emotions)and make our choices carefully in the upcoming election.

                In his article he never talked about supremacy of Sinhalese – instead he highlighted – if we do not control the nationalistic minded tamil politicos poly to create an Eelam in the future – we are heading for another civil war and blood shed – which of course nobody wants – How we can do this is – by retaining the final political authority in the hands of Executive Presidency – not by reducing its powers or by abolishing it completely – Of course when the majority of this country are Sinhalese – then the majority of votes for the President comes from Sinhalese – but that does not mean does not mean Sinhalese are dominating but that does mean President is obliged not to ignore the sentiments of Sinhalese

                Please note – at present everybody is on the necks of Rajapakshas and we do not see that TNA is smartly dismantling the pillars of our political base – now it is time for us to wake up and see the reality which we fail to see few months back

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                  Rabok,

                  What DJ has been advocating insidiously is to perpetuate the Sinhala Buddhist Hegemony; there is no need for you to prevaricate! His reference to majority of the majority that voted for MR is the manifestation of his racist mindset!

                  Historically, the Sinhala polity used the Tamils as political football expediently. There is clearly a realisation among the certain section of the Sinhala polity that there is an urgent need to settle the Tamil question. DJ prefers to implement 13 A and retain the executive control through the presidential system. This means that power devolution in name but controls are exerted through the centre. In effect majority control the minority by proxy. This the TNA will not accept and rightly so.

                  Please do not fall for DJ’s scaremongering. When CBK was trying to formulate a federal constitution with the help of Neelan Thruchelvam, there was palpable support from the majority of the Sinhala Buddhists. This was evident with a survey result with 60% of the Sinhala supporting a federal solution at that time. The LTTE smelt rat; because, they knew that the vast majority of the Tamils would accept such a solution; this was contrary to their separatist platform. This was why the LTTE killed Neelan Thruchelvam by blowing a suicide bomber! What I am trying to say is that the Tamils in general are not separatists. All they want is a form of recognition of their right to self-govern within a single country. This the current Tamil leadership has unambiguously stated. This position can be consolidated and underpinned with the involvement of India as a final and permanent solution to the Tamil question. This is a golden opportunity to resolve once in for all the bane and impediment of the island that stagnate advancement of the country.

                  The final solution must embody nullification of separatism and at the same time a form of future proof that Sinhala Buddhist Chauvinists cannot abrogate using majority vote block!

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                    Burning Issue,
                    your comment is in agreement with that of mine- Since you mentioned it CLEARLY above, I am still far away from understanding as to why the majority would disgree with federal state? I have lived in Germany and Switzerland decades long and i am well aware of what could bring a federal state and strongly believe if our peoples could get it right, Federlism is the only wayout to leave everyone in peace and harmony in a country such as ours. People that are entwined with the thoughts being unable to get it – should be recorrected by feeding them with healthy awareness programmes – that federalism is no means connected to leading separate country for minorities.

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                      samuel samarasinghe,

                      A form of federal solution will work absolutely fine; there is no question about it at all. DR DJ knows it too! Yes, I worked in Switzerland and I see real harmony and maturity in how they operate. It is a golden opportunity for Sri Lanka to present political maturity and be an example to warring countries. I agree with you there should be carefully designed awareness programmes and debates constructively to educate the Sinhala masses. I think that, the approach should be to implement 13A in full and at the same time conduct awareness programmes and eventually ending up with a Federal Constitution.

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                  Rabok,

                  Where is logic in your arguments?

                  If you agree with Dayan, you don’t become logical, do you?

                  You don’t disprove my arguments logically!

                  Please don’t talk political crap.

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      The punk has the spunk to write.He loves to suck your …… Give him a chance please

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        Ebola De Silva,

        Tell me, how did you get a prefixed Ebola instead of Gonorrhea or Herpes?

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      Why are we compelled to read from a neocolonist about what kind of democracy the island nation want ?

      This man has neither shame nor respect at all. If this guy really wants to help the nation, he should see where his knowledge could be applicable in the newly built coalition. Since Mr megalomaniac- Rajapakshe is defeated by people s power, self proclaimed analyst has brought over 4 or 5 articles – not knowing that many would not eveven read the first and last few lines of his verbal diarrhea. I am very sad to see this kind men see nothing beyond their nose – it is really sad

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      Dyan,

      Please dont go away.We need clowns and entertainets. You are no longer a gymist because you fell off the trapeeze act with MR he was nit there to hold your hands when you made that giant leep.

      You broke your teeth falling flat. But you can keep clowning after the show is over.
      Sad to see you in such a state.

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        Even if he would break his spine, he would go making every effort to support MR. These men belong to maruwath api MR to ( even if we are killed we would support MR).- fraction of the society. Forunantely, the majoirty of 5.7 millions that nevertheless supported MR are not DJ -like, most of them were misinformed by local media institution and artistes from the day one to paint the picture in favour of MR admin. This is becoming more clear when even talking about the high profile abuses of MR regime, those people stay gawking. It was a new form of human right violation engineered by MR and thugs for their political existence – in the same time fooling the poor irreversibly. This we could see in the tears sheding people of Hambantota at the arrival of MR after his election defeat.

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          Yes not to waste for the guy, but I feel sad towards him and the knowlege he has collected over the years could be made valuble to the healthy future of the diplomatic services. Now with his long term friend Rajiva making every effort to bring reforms to the high education ministry – what has this man DJ been buddling is still the same cow dung- that would not even useful to anyone at this moment. Just making efforts to divide the nation further cant bring us forward is clear to many but not to him and his et al.
          It is really sad …. these men calling them repeatedly be the senior academics the examples leave for the new generations.
          Lately, I happeend people uttering even if any so called analyst woudl make their analyses, Rajapakshes should be brought before the law and convict them accordingly will not be out in the near future. … meaning RAJAPAKSHEs will have to face all the convictions regardless of what may have been droped down by Mahindapala, Dayan Jaythilaka or any Rajapkse proxy men with limited estimable life spans.

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      I do not think that, any sensible person will believe this scavenger/parasite with whom even the creatures in the sewers/cess pits will try to keep away. The best thing is to ignore this third grade low life Racist.

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    It appears like he woke up in the middle of the night from wild dreams and wrote this piece of shit!

    “marginalize the anti-separatist, integrationist/devolutionist patriotic Tamil element represented by Douglas Devananda, Karuna, Pillaiyan”

    These 3 individuals are some rogue guys who should be kept in a cage! DJ portrays them as if like a powerful Tamil elements!

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    All this rhetoric and use of the English language-first thing stop this racial bias in your opinons-we are all Sri Lankans-Majority of Sri Lankans wanted MR out-and with what is happening just now NO intelligent Sri Lankan with some common sense will ever want these MRs-mafia or kingdom to rule this country again.Infact things are unfolding so fast that people who speak for them will be taken as acoomplices to their crimes-commissions and ommissions-First.Mr.D.J let them answer the more pressing questions:
    1. Who killed Lasantha Wickremartunga?
    2. Why did the MR regime jail SF-
    3. Who killed Bharatha Lakshman?
    4. Who tried to stop the vote counting at last P. elections and tried to take-over Govt.militarilly by force?
    5. Who gave authority to Gota- to bank Funds in various accounts?
    6. Where is Basil R. and how much money has he taken out of the country?
    When all these things are looked into and proper investgiations are concluded will talk about MRs majority ok.!

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    Dr. Dayan Jeyatilake,

    I understand why you are a racist Sinhala Buddhist who has been fully involved with the Sinhala Nationalism and Buddhist Fundamentalism to establish a Sinhala only State. You couldn’t abosorb the fact that your project in collaboration with Gotapaya Rajapakse and BBS to create one family rule with super power to eliminate Tamils and Muslims was halted by peace loving Sinhala masses, Tamils and Muslims. You are now in a confused mood like a pshchopath thinking of criminality and violence. You have shown your true face and you have lost your friends, respect, and no one is willing to accept you as a human being.

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    Crap alert!!!! please do not waste your time in this racist garbage.

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    Dayan,

    Even after reading RMBS’ article, can’t you still understand the relevance of Sumanthiran’s “but” that got you all so confused.

    Dayan, you have now been exposed as not just the “butt” of all jokes “but” also as the absolute manifestation of all that is fundamentally evil in a society – a true snake in the grass.

    Your motives were abundantly clear to some, not all, when you enthusiastically fanned communal flames, cheering the mass murder of civilians, claiming that after all, the protest against apartheid was rooted on the thirst for majoritarian domination of the minorities! What a political scientist? What a human being??

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    A dinosaur .. a relic of the Rajapaksa era, spouting the poisonous, divisive, nationalistic rhetoric that has kept sri lankans apart since independence. The only good news is that since backing the Rajapaksas his true colours have been revealed and there is no where to hide.

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    Still not gone? Bad Dayan, very bad Dayan… :/ What the universe has to do for you to stop writing?

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    Rajapassa did not get “more” sinhalese votes, he actually got half of them and it is only because of the bribes he gave and the propaganda he carried out against Maithri using state media..Rajapassa ass-lickers like “Dayan the lowlife” are still trying to prove that Rajapassa got the votes of the sinhala majority of the country and that Maithri is the leader of tamils and muslims..This is because they are still butt-hurt from the unexpected defeat..They are angry with the tamil and muslim communities and the sinhalese who voted for Maithri because they are too racist to accept the fact that all the people in this country got together for a common cause regardless of their race after decades and succeeded..And because of that these ass-lickers lost the chance of getting all the perks and personal benefits they expected to get from Rajapassa..For that they are extremely angry with us..Rajapassa ass-lickers are just like his master, they are too self centered and have no common sense..They highly overestimated themselves and their leader,thought he was invincible and cannot be defeated..Now they cannot face the truth and cannot accept the fact that tamils and muslims are also a part of this country just like the sinhalese…They want a “sinhalese-only” leader like back in 2005…They now wish there was an LTTE to prevent the tamils from voting..This is because Rajapassa ass-lickers are the lowest life form in Sri Laka..They are extremely racist,opportunistic and sexually depraved losers..Almost all the perverts in sri lanka are rajapassa ass-lickers..eg:duminda,saruwa sunil,thangalla sabapathi etc..These unevolved cavemen should be rehabilitated for the sake of the country

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    You and Weerawansa are two orphaned leftists who do not have a policy now. You don’t have any credibility. Even Rajpal Abeynaike had more substance.

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    is it wrong for Dayan J to express facts? Why is it ok for Tamil Racists and chauvinists to spread their message of tamil exclusivity and tamil identity only ? Chief Minister Wigi is also taking on racist overtones now. They feel their identity is threatened and they want to block any sinhala northward migration. They want to stop Sinhalese from living in Jaffna. They will love to have an ethnic cleansing of Sinhalese while maintain rights of Tamils to live everywhere. Wigi is metamorphising into a racist Brahmin Hindu supremacist wearing a pottu to hide his contempt. Vellalas are waiting to exclude Sinhalese from whereever they feel like but insist that tamil can own property, live and prosper across rest of the nation. Wait 5 years and see what happens as tamils will chase out Sinhalese and the government will censor news. I welcome Tamils to Colombo, Kandy, Matara, Hambantota. so why cannot Wigi welcome sinhalese to Jaffna?

    I do not agree with Dayan normally. But what he said here is true.


    There cannot be a Sri Lankan nation, which is de-centered; without a civilizational core—and that center and core is naturally that of the Sinhalese, as it would be that of the majority in any society especially in the ex-colonial Global South which is still engaged in nation-building. It is by no means accidental that the Sinhalese were the main force of the anti-British colonialist rebellions and resistance. It was sometime in 2011 or 2012, very late at night at the Café de Flore, famously patronized by Jean-Paul Sartre (and introduced to me as a boy, by my father on our first visit to Paris in the Sixties) that a French Marxist scholar turned from my wife Sanja and myself to his companion and our guest Natalie Cardone, celebrated for her performance of Carlos Puebla’s song for Che Guevara, ‘Hasta Siempre Commandante’, and explained with great emphasis to her that “the Sinhalese are one of the oldest nations on earth”.

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      It appears that you have fallen flat belly up; Dayan’s appeal is full of sinhala patriotic embellishments that have awaken your sinhala inner senses; hope you have not lost your senses all together! In reality, you know that Dayan’s egotism has been completely destroyed; his election prediction that he chest-thumbingly announced using his erudite political scientific analysis has been pulverised by ingenious manoeuvres by both Ranil Wickramasinghe and CBK. This fact Dayan cannot handle; he is destroying himself and stooping to a minuscule level appealing to the sinhala buddhist chauvinists. How sad!

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      Dayan is wrong to believe that Sumanthiran is a moderate.

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    As far as the Tamils are concerned, they demand a referendum to determine their fate. No more no less. They are not at all worried about the Sinhala polity and their racial attitude.

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      Mr Sellam, along with a referendum Tamil speaking people outside North and East will have to packup their bags. No hurry. The moment you announce the referendum the Sinhalese will announce that all Tamil speaking people occupying the South will have to physically move up.
      Soma

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    Again DJ tries to bring in communal politics. He behaves like a mouth piece of MR and wants to see racial disturbances again. It is a disgrace he calls himself educated and a political pundit. The common man on the street will give him better lessons on politics.

    Again and again we remind him that he promised not to write in th english media which he convenient forgets.

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    This racist garbage by DJ is abhorrent.
    He does not want tamils to exist as equals in a democratic sri lanka.
    He clearly wants MR back in power.

    President Sirisena will do justice to all minorities and allow them to exist in a unified sri lanka, and share in nation – building, I am sure.

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      I very much doubt it, justice.
      If Sirisena had really felt that the Tamils were responsible for his presidency, the first and foremost thing he would have done was to remove the occupying army from the North and returned those lands to the owners who were chased out by the Army. He never mentioned it and he did not do it and he never appreciated it and never grateful for it. In his 100 day programme nothing to denote the removal of the Army from the North. Now he and the prime minister are engaged in talking about a National Government and Nothing about the Tamils. The Tamils do not believe in a United Sri Lanka. Sirisena is another face of Rajapaksa.

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        Sellam,
        He has to ‘save face’ for the army, as he has to exist with it. A way will be devised to redistribute the army in all provinces – the southerners too, are not enamoured of the army. This army consumes the largest chunk of the national budget and has to be reduced & this cannot be done in a hurry.
        He cannot appear to be ‘favouring’ tamils, hence no mention of them – things have to be handled delicately without antagonising the die hard sinhala Buddhists.
        Let us wait and see how the new governors do things in the north & east – and then decide.
        If tamils stop cutting each others’ throat, things will be easier.
        Tamils have to exist in a democratic lanka which is slowly being born.

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    DJ the racist has no shame. No wonder he had to run in his undies at Kanatte some time ago. I think he [Edited out]

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    The bottom line is that Sri Lanka is too small and does not wield much power politically in a world that is dominated by the West(/&Japan) and China.

    So who ever is in power in the Island has to kowtow to either or both of these hegemons. This will be true regardless of the Island being one or two nations.

    So whom is it better to jive with? China or the West? If we go with China, will we become another Cuba, earning the ire of India? If we go with the West, will be go back in time to the days of the British empire, or more like one of those US-defendant pacific islands?

    Is non-alignment in today’s world a practical alternatives to either of these scenarios?

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      Great post. No, non alignment does not seem to be viable any more – look at Ukraine, recently officially gave up non aligned status. Why?

      The West has only a few years left to consolidate power, like MR had, therefore it is very active, especially in the Media.

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    Rajapaksa still earned more support from the Sinhalese community than Sirisena, the ethnic group that comprises about three-quarters of the country’s population… the Rajapaksa brand isn’t toxic — not yet anyway. He lost a close election’.

    So says this Political Pundit. To state that MR lost a close election where MR lost by almost a five hundred thousand votes, I wonder what the bugger has to say when MR got only one hundred and eighty thousand more, when MR paid the LTTE to boycott and disenfranchised over three hundred and fifty thousand Sinhala UNP votes in the South by deleting their names from the voters register. Although this Political Mut believes that majority Sinhalese voted for MR, if a Election is held now where MR can not influence the voters with handouts and threats, also with no Ghost votes, probably MR will will lose a further million votes or two to reflect the true position, how much MR’s popularity is in the South.

    Very soon this Bugger Dayan will have to eat Humble Pie, and will have no means to hide his ignorance, when RW will consolidate his power in the coming months. Only then he will stop writing his Political tosh as none will care for his so called expertise.

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      Even if MR won nearly 90 electorates in the last Prez election, almsot each and every electorate, voters reacted against him was clearly seen an increase compared to the previous one. Meaning whatever the most known pundit – so called pundit may be uttering- real analysts would interprit it in a more understandable manner. Just covering the Rajapakshe fraction DJ to oppose further should surely be connected with his personal vendetta to go against RANIL but ranil. As Buruwanse et al and the low lives had been attacking Ranil W and My3 on the public stages, nobody would have even stay stick further to most abusive bunch of lanken politics. Suppose even if these voters that supported MR in the election – any right thinking heart would know as to why those peoples are forced to vote him. Today, none of the arguments end up near to fair and justice why MR regime spent billions unnecessarily to his own maintennace. Did MS-RW seek for new economic sources to make price reductions of the fuel and essential food items – no ? They the current administration intelligently made use of the funds that had then been wasted by Rajapakshe et all to ALLOW above mentoned price reductions.

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    Has he taken over from Wimal Weerawasha . disgraceful character.

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    Dayan moves in where BSB failed.

    Sengodan. M

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      Donkeys “replenish”.

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      Sorry, I meant BBS and not BSB.

      Sengodan. M

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    Let us remember that Modi wished Mahinda Rajapaksa victory but was working for getting him out.

    Also let us remember that Dayan Jayatatikky was described as such by Mahinda Rajapaksa when cornered over Shammika Perera’s Weliweriya massacre

    ‘but now he is a member of a very powerful NGO so they have their own views’

    what is going on here is when someone states something they actually have other intentions or ideas.

    Dayan Jayatikkaya was ex-Minister of Planning & Youth Affairs in the North-East Provincial Council in 1988 – 1989 serving under Varadaraja Perumal.
    [Edited out]

    [Edited out]

    Dayan Jeyaatilekiya is trying his luck to mislead more.
    Mahinda Rajapaksa should have told directly in New York who Dayan Jetyatokklokki works for

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    Dayan Jutotihjyke and post 9/11 work with Strategic PSYOP Unit of US military is a crime against peace.

    Dayan Jayatilleke lectured at the:-

    PSYOP Training Course,
    ‘Balanced Style’ joint programme of US Military (Special Forces) and Sri Lankan Army, Army Headquarters, Colombo, July 2002, November 2000 & January 2003

    That is a man who presented a paper on Nicaraguan Revolution in Lefty convergence of Pugwash Conference in Sao Paulo in 1985 working for the who El Presidente Castro calls ‘parasite’!

    *****************************************
    * How US Military works out through CT *
    *****************************************
    A Strategic PSYOP Unit is a unique organization that links other, disparate organizations.
    The SPU crosses the barriers between civilian, government and military organizations. It must also act as a planning agency in support of regional combatant commanders. The SPU must provide a flexible, responsive organization to the national leadership and combatant commanders.

    A proposed mission statement for the SPU that was offered while it formed: The Strategic PSYOP Unit (SPU) must be capable of planning, leveraging, and coordinating effective strategic information activities, ranging from precision information engagement to foreign media operations, across the full spectrum of conflict, and at all levels of operation.

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    Article refered by chameleon Jayatilleka is available at this link
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/taylor-dibbert/whats-next-for-sri-lanka_b_6568088.html
    “Corruption and coup allegations coupled with the fact that Rajapaksa no longer heads the Sri Lanka Freedom Party makes a comeback very difficult, but ruling it out completely seems premature.

    For the past decade, Rajapaksa and his family dominated Sri Lanka’s political scene. Two of his brothers held senior positions in government. Another brother, Chamal, is the speaker of parliament. Rajapaksa’s son, Namal is also a member of parliament and was obviously being groomed for a larger role on Sri Lanka’s political stage. Rajapaksa’s web of nepotism (http://groundviews.org/2013/03/20/nepotism-visualised-the-rajapaksa-tentacles-in-sri-lanka/ )also extended to the civil service and government-run businesses.

    Mahinda Rajapaksa is a savvy, charismatic political operator and the Rajapaksa brand isn’t toxic — not yet anyway. He lost a close election and his name will always be linked to the defeat of the Tamil Tigers. Nonetheless, the political space for Rajapaksa to return to power is clearly shrinking.”

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    DJ’s warnings are raising a lot of ire. Strong indication that there is something in them. The TNA has mentioned Kosovo and East Timor before as their model.

    The question is whether DJ is getting through to the non English speaking audience?

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    Dayan has no shame. He doesn’t realise that many don’t consider him a intellectual of any value. This shameless ShapeShifter brings up the most bizarre arguments. This is the same guy , decade or so back was stripped naked by the public in Kanatta and paraded LOL What a scumbag

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    Only salutary thing about Dayan these days is that nobody follows his advice.

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    Such a good analysis. I,as a minority in inadvertent exile can only read, and re-read, and pine for what could have been the post-modern lifestyle of finest evolutionary trends of SB-Lanka. One sighs because that ancient Sinhalese race, time and time again since the damned British came with their divide and rule and categorizations, destroyed any civility in this majority.

    In form of Anagarika Dharamapala did they satisfy their lust to stoke up their ego(the British), and left Sri Lanka with the ancient majority halting any attempts to be inclusive of any other races that came to our shores – something which their did for millennia to secure their continuity (except when the forces were too overpowering like Eelara, and British invasion to secure rights of Christian mixtures – but that can be remedied in a new form of kindly inclusiveness-of- necessity).

    And there is greater awareness since post 2015-elections. Rajapaksa and Co., in their yielding to dim-witted 1% of SB polity, realize now their folly towards the land they wished to care-take for, so dearly .

    Best is what DJ suggests : “The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) should withhold the two thirds majority needed for the passage of any bill for the drastic remodeling of the Executive Presidency, other than the proposed restoration of independent commissions and term limits. It should, in short, defeat the proposed abolition or disemboweling of the executive presidency and the drastic shift to a Westminster model. The proposed counter-reform should be fought tooth and nail in the parliament, the courts and if necessary at a referendum. It can be defeated.”

    This means Rajapaksa must come back as PM. Ranil can be relegated to SLFP Oppositional leader, and together with Chandrika as SLFP patron , the two can regulate any delusional thinking of SB’d EP and PM – Ranil and CBK very much needed to restore sanity in SB’s dancing themselves to the grave in arrogance, conceit and wickedness.

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      Dream on Ramona Fernando, Rajapassa to come back! dream on. At last DJ has found someone after his own heart

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    “The TNA supports the dilution of proportional representation and a partial return to the first-past-the post system because that would restore the old ITAK/Federal Party dominance of the North and East and totally marginalize the anti-separatist, integrationist/devolutionist patriotic Tamil element represented by Douglas Devananda, Karuna, Pillaiyan et.”-
    What is this Puss-Pundit Dayan smoking these days? What a stupid statement to make.

    Is TNA not leading today? Does Dayan think that Douglas Devananda, Karuna, Pillaiyan are integrationist? What a Bull!

    Douglas Devananda is a terrorist so are Karuna and Pillaiyan. TNA has openly sai that they are not for the division of the country but they want equal rights. Whats wrong in giving equal rights? If Puss-Pundit Dayan calls Justice Wigneswaran as a separatist then this guy is wonky. Justice Wigneswarans children are married to Sinhalese, that alone shows that he is not a separatist.

    I am ashamed that we at one time sent this Puss-Pundit Dayan to UN to represent SL. Reading rest of this article I see the true side of this guy who is a RACIST. One time he was a politician in the North, what was he thinking then, his leader almost declared a separate state, now he has become a RACIST.

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    Elsewhere in these columns mention is made of a mere US$ 50 million being the cost to the US to effect a change of government in Sri Lanka. Compare this to the US$ 5 billion it cost to do the same in Ukraine with success still to be achieved. The Sri Lankan traitors are obviously far cheaper.

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      The $50 million is as much a misconception like the US Govt. authorities’ losing sleep over Sri Lanka under the Rajapakses.
      Rajapakses, combined, are said to own more than US$10 billion
      in stolen money. So where the does the US$50 million fit in?

      Uncle Sam’s boys are used to bigger crooks and far deadlier men
      and regimes opposing them in the world than the nondescript Rajapakses. The US was certainly concerned the Chinese were rapidly increasing their leverage on Sri Lanka in general and the venal “available to the highest bidder” Rajapakses in particular. They would have liked a change but are in no mood to break their backs to achieve this. The Rajapakses were trapped by the Chinese to incur the wratch of the Indians by allowing Chinese submarines and the visit of the Chinese Defence Minister and military tems. The USA knew the Rajapakses goose is cooked when some key priests and Sinhala chauvinists broke away from the regime – not for the love of the country but for their own personal glory and parochial greed. The Sinhala electorate was turning against him as the boastful claim of the 2009 war victory was losing its shine and glitter. Cost of Living and Graduate and general unemployment issues in the urban areas, lack of water for irrigation and cost of agricultural inputs in the rural areas was losing friends and voters for the Rajapakses by the droves. The over-rated Charlatan of an Astrologer gave the dead-rope to the low IQ Mahinda Rajapakse to risk suicide two years before time. The unsuspecting Rajapakse swallowed the pill and is now raving and ranting in the gutters.

      Unless the Sinhalese gathere their brains and the strength to give the Tamils their long-denied due in power-sharing the country’s march to doom will be their own making.

      Backlash

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        When the Sinhalese are doomed they will not go alone mate. They will not forget to take the Tamil brothers along as well.
        Soma

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        Uncle Sam is used to bigger crooks certainly who they normally mollycoddle as long as their own bidding is done. Rajapakse unfortunately was not so malleable, or else he would still be in power. Noriega is a case in point, useful for a very long time (including in CIA drug running) but the moment he turned he was a pariah to be replaced by military means. China on the other was our ONLY true friend when we took on the barbarian Prabhakaran, and has stood by us through thick and thin.

        Whether MR expropriated the billions as claimed by you needs to be proved. We’ve seen the Libyan National Fund disappear into the ether after Gaddafi was deposed (and murdered) militarily after similar claims. The US military and Intelligence now say that Hillary Clinton was not truthful when she dragged them to an undeclared war in Libya, but it certainly improves her electoral chances.

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    Dear Dr Jayatilleka,

    I can see where your ideas are coming from. Looking at your background you are well conversed in political science and have received prestigious awards which I believe is a great personal achievement. However, I strongly disagree with your point of view.

    Having lived alongside average Sri Lankan citizens for the best part of my life, I have no doubt that we have centralized our insitutions to such an extent that the minorities definitely feel marginalized living in the north and eastern provinces. You would definitely know this to be a fact having served as an ex-minister of those provinces.

    Your agenda was shared by the many governments in the past that eventually drove the minorities to resent the majority sinhalese and you are asking them to go back to the same system.Devolution of power is a must to ensure that all citizens in our society have a voice.

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    I had the highest decom and respect for DJ but seems he that he built himself to gain attention from MARA and sold his soul for $$$ to JARAPAKSES who swindled the poor mans money

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