24 November, 2020

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Non-Starter New Constitution, Backdoor Federalism 

By Dayan Jayatilleka –

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

So the Northern Provincial Council and some civil society activists are reportedly gearing up to mourn May 18-19th and the week leading up to it as Genocide Week. May 18/19th marks the days the Long War ended, and Tamils, Sinhalese and Muslims stopped dying in large numbers. It is the moment that ushered in peace, however flawed, after thirty years. Far from being ‘genocidal’, it is also the week that the world saw on TV, hundreds of thousands of Tamil civilians being rescued from the LTTE’s clutches by the Sri Lankan military at considerable cost to itself, and treated humanely (as noted by Thamilini). 

What then is the Northern Provincial Council really mourning? The death of the man—Prabhakaran – and the leadership, and the crushing defeat of the militia that suicide-bombed the father of the Northern Provincial Council, namely Rajiv Gandhi, and waged war on the Indian Peace-Keeping Force. Furthermore, the NPC is mourning the death and defeat of the entity that killed the greatest number of educated Tamil political personalities, including leaders of the TNA and activists of liberation organizations (there should be free public screenings of Jude Ratnam’s ‘Demons in Paradise’ on May 18th). 

It is unthinkable for Germans to mourn the day that World War II ended with the death of Hitler, the defeat of Nazi Germany, many cities fire-bombed by the Allies, and the red flag flying over the Reichstag building courtesy of the Soviet Red Army. If any group of Germans were to do so they would be considered neo-Nazis and would be arrested. Similarly, the mood in the North to publicly mourn the day the war ended and was lost by the “almost classically fascist” LTTE (The Economist, UK) resulting in the death of its Hitlerian leader Prabhakaran, tells us about the political tradition, political behavior, political culture and collective psychological make-up of Tamil nationalism and the Tamil nationalists.

Which brings us to the new Constitution. The TNA should have got the point by now. The Government had two choices this past week, as concerns the Judicature bill i.e. the one about setting up Special courts. It could have sought to pass it by a two-thirds majority or it could have made significant amendments. It chose the latter option, thereby diluting to some degree the suspicious legislation. The government still retains a two-thirds majority by six seats, and yet it chose not to exercise that option. This meant that the Government decided not to take the risk, because a serious risk there was. The government knows that dissent is rife in its ranks, in both constituent parties, the UNP and the SLFP and at any time, on any issue, those six votes could be lost.

Can anyone with an iota of rationality, assume that the Government would risk losing the last shreds of its two-thirds majority and perhaps be gutted by defections, by moving ahead with a controversial new Constitution? Why then does the suggestion continue to be urged by the TNA leadership?  

With a loud chorus of denunciation arising from the ranks of the Buddhist clergy against a new Constitution, and a mere eighteen months from a winner-takes-all nationwide election, how many MPs of the SLFP and even the UNP would not be tempted to defect to the Opposition?

Even if, by some miracle, a new Constitution were to be passed by a two-thirds majority in Parliament, what are the chances that in a current global context in which no government wins a referendum, a new Constitution will win a ‘Yes’ vote at a referendum, in the wake of the mounting economic pain imposed callously upon the people by this government? 

So, in effect the new Constitution project is dead in the water. What the TNA doesn’t see is that it never had a chance. The issue was never intentionality, so the TNA’s narrative of broken promises and lost opportunities is irrelevant. It is also hypocritical, because the TNA, under pressure from the LTTE, didn’t endorse any of those proposals. Certainly Premadasa tried at the All-Parties Conference of 1990 and the subsequent Mangala Moonesinghe Select Committee (both of which I was engaged with), as did Chandrika, but didn’t succeed, because they could not. 

If Chandrika who won a sweeping victory at the Presidential election of 1994, could not push through her political package for a Union of Regions in 1995 and 1997, and failed to secure the required parliamentary support for a milder draft Constitution in 2000, months after she won the Presidential election of 1999, it meant that she had aimed higher than even her impressive popularity had allowed. It is true that the LTTE and the TNA had not supported her, but she could have pushed the reforms through had the UNP supported her. It did not do so, because the ground was shifting and the UNP spotted an opportunity to gain support while outflanking the government.

Chandrika thought later that a bipartisan coalition could solve the problem. But the problem was not the lack of bipartisanship. The problem was that there was a red line around the changes to the Sri Lankan state that the overwhelming majority of our citizens, who are Sinhalese, would allow. This is why, even though there is a ‘national unity’ government, the vote bases of the constituent parties have dissipated while a new, populist formation has rocketed ahead of them.

The basic fact is that the ‘national unity’ government formula could not carry the Sinhala people when it came to a new Constitution which entailed devolution that goes qualitatively beyond the status quo—which was a bitter pill to swallow in the first place, as it was externally imposed.

Federal proposals were made in this country from 1925 but were not accepted. How can any logical person expect that a project that did not succeed for over 80 years, could succeed now? 

How can any reasonable person or persons think that the nation which did not agree to go beyond the 13th amendment (i.e. limited provincial devolution within a unitary state) when an intense war was on and the Sri Lankan state had not won; a nation which was under coercive pressure from India, would be willing or could be pushed into going beyond the 13th amendment, after the war had been won? 

Did the TNA think the 2015 Geneva resolution, the specter of the US-UK-India or the persuasive charms of the Ranil-Chandrika-Mangala-Jayampathy quartet could swing the Sinhala majority? 

The bottom line is this: several wars or one long war waged by the North couldn’t get a degree of federalization or autonomy beyond 13A, while one short, intense insurrectional war by the South couldn’t wipe 13A off the map. 13A cannot be reversed insofar as it is undergirded by a bilateral agreement which Sri Lanka doesn’t have the capacity to unilaterally abrogate given the enormous asymmetries of power. So 13 A is here to stay. The flip side is that its parameters cannot be transcended through Constitutional change. The Sinhalese are pragmatic enough to retain 13A but not pusillanimous enough to go beyond it.

There is only one deal on the table but even that deal isn’t there all the time. That deal is to make the existing semi-autonomous provincial councils work better. Any other effort—either to replace it with quasi-federalism or dilute and dissolve it– is a sad waste of time, because it does not conform to local and regional reality. It would require a self –sacrificial leap in the collective Sinhala consciousness that would border on suicidal, given the geopolitical vulnerability of the Sinhalese. 

If the TNA or any competitor or successor formation is to make itself useful to its people, it must engage in ‘domestic diplomacy’ and do the hard work of dialogue with all parties, mapping a broad consensual agreement on rectifying structural problems in the Provincial Council system and thereby improving the delivery capacity and efficacy of devolution.

The war and the political struggles waged by the Tamils or decades have failed, at great cost to the Tamil community, because the goals have been wrong. The goal of the war was ‘exit’ by secession. The goal of the political struggle was and is a change of system as codified in a new, non-unitary/post-unitary Constitution. Given the geopolitical realities and existential stakes on the island for the Sinhala majority, neither goal (‘exit’ or ‘system change’) was achievable. The Sinhalese be willing to kill and die to prevent them. Given these geopolitical and existential factors, there is only one feasible goal: neither exit nor system change, but pragmatic structural reform. There is also only one feasible path to that feasible goal: gradualist, incremental and consensual improvements to those existing, rooted structural reforms (the PCs).   

Furthermore, the TNA must note that the global context has changed. It is not only Mahathir’s victory that is a signal, but also the results of the Lebanese election. There the pro-Western bloc has been defeated by the pro-Hezbollah bloc. The pro-Western bloc had been hoisted to political dominance thanks to some astute work by US Ambassador Michelle Sison who got the Syrians out of Lebanon. She was then sent to Colombo to do the same things here—get the Chinese out by getting the Rajapaksas out. She successfully accomplished one of the two goals. Even that project has now unraveled. 

In whichever direction one looks in Sri Lanka, the tide of pro-western neoliberalism is in retreat and patriotic populism is on the rise. Whether it is the Rajapaksas– who will almost certainly dominate the next government– or Sajith Premadasa, who would have won a vote for party leadership hands-down had it been held at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium on May 7th, or the new variable, the SLFP’s Group of 16 (G-16), it is a Sinhala populist surge that one can see. Such a surge is also nationalist in character.

Ranil-Chandrika-Mangala, the neoliberal partners of the TNA, are well past their electoral sell-by date. None of the players on the rise i.e. the Rajapaksas, Sajith and the SLFP rebels, are likely to make a qualitative leap beyond the 13th amendment. Tamil politics cannot continue to hitch its wagon to a declining pro-Western, center-right liberalism in Sri Lankan politics. It must accommodate and adjust to the reality of the revival of Sinhala populism, which means hitting the ejector button on the new Constitution project and shifting to the only thing that was possible all along:  a broadly consensual readjustment of the 13th amendment. 

A reopening of 13A at a time when Southern populism is on the rise can only lead to the unraveling of what exists and a downshift in devolution. But perhaps that is the Diaspora-driven Tamil nationalist game plan after all, because it would remove the only real obstacle to the renewal of the separatist political project—the system of Provincial Councils and the commitment of neighboring India to the preservation of the status quo as created by the Indo-Lanka Accord and codified by the 13th amendment?    

Marx, Nietzsche and Freud were rightly regarded by Foucault as the “masters of suspicion”. As a lowly follower of that tradition, may I raise the question as to whether the 20th amendment which the JVP hopes to bring to Parliament this month is some Embassy or High Commission’s smart idea of circumventing the perennial block to federalization? Since there has been zero success of efforts to go beyond the 13th amendment towards federalism, perhaps someone had the diabolically clever idea of achieving the same result, not by the old attempt of replacing or enhancing the 13th amendment but by removing the only fetter to its growth, namely the steel cage that is the directly elected Executive Presidency! 

Perhaps that is not the JVP’s intention, but it will certainly be the result.  It will also be well within the JVP’s behavioral tradition. In the 1980s it thought it was making a revolution but only succeeded in creating anarchy. Today it may think it is engaging in progressive reform by means of the 20th amendment, but its plan of abolishing the executive presidency and redistributing executive power to multiple focal points throughout the system will only result in economic and political anarchy. 

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  • 16
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    “What then is the Northern Provincial Council really mourning? “
    Not just the NPC but the Tamils all over the world are remembering the close family and friends who were brutally killed and raped and bombed by the the Sri Lankan armed forces after luring them to the so called no fire zone” on the command of Gota ans Sarath
    SO my dear Dayan do not try to rewrite and twist history

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      Rajash

      “SO my dear Dayan do not try to rewrite and twist history”

      That is his job how could you tell him stop?
      You are not a very nice man.

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      Rajash,

      The irony is that the same Tamils voted enmass to elect the same “Sarath” to the presidency.

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        Shenali

        It was a matter of choosing the lesser evil given the choice they had at the time.

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          So you are celebrating facist terrorist Prabhakaran?

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            where is the word “celebration” in my post?

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              I am not talking about what is in your post, I referred to what you actually do

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            sach

            “So you are celebrating facist terrorist Prabhakaran?”

            I am regretting the fact that why you were unable to get married to the fascist bum. It would have been match made in heaven.

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              . “Just as in Kosovo if enough civilians died in Sri Lanka the world would be forced to step in” (quoted in Harrison 2012: 63).

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      Rajash,
      There is no other way for Dayan other than to continue to twist and lie to poor Sinhalese masses. He wants to destroy Srilanka and Sinhalese. He wants to take revenge Mahinda Rajapakse who evicted him from his western life at New York. That is why he is now promoting Gotapaya against Mahinda. He is against Buddhism and by encouraging violence and bloodbath he wants to create a bad image of Buddhism. If he loves Buddhism he should have given up his Christianity? Did he do that? No. If Gotapaya is true Sinhalese he should have given up his US citizenship when the USA brought UNHCR resolution against Sri Lanka. Did he do that? No Why? This is to create power struggle and bloodbath in the soil.

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      Rajash

      Gota gets going on Vision 2030
      Its not just Gota’s Vision 2030 a plethora of countries have copied Dr Gota.
      See below
      Kenya Vision 2030
      Saudi Vision 2030
      Namibia Vision 2030
      Jamaica Vision 2030
      Zambia Vision 2030
      Haryana Vision 2030
      Qatar Vision 2030
      ……………………..
      ………………….
      Mauritius Vision 2030
      Trinidad and Tobago Vision 2030
      …..
      Dr Gota’s (DSc) Chintana is catching up all over the world. Dayan should appoint him for Nobel Prize for Economics, Peace, Literature, …………… all at the same time.

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        Native Vedda… do you know why vision statements are always far in the future?
        to foo the people.
        come 2030 no one will remember the vision statement, it will be consigned to the dustbin

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      who died in May 18?

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        sach

        “who died in May 18?”

        Whoever it is you seem to miss him very badly.

  • 14
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    The public racist continues to type:

    “May 18/19th marks the days the Long War ended, and Tamils, Sinhalese and Muslims stopped dying in large numbers. “

    The war never stopped.
    This time around it is the Muslim whose turn it is to bear the brunt of the war.

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      DJ

      The world saw “hundreds of thousands of Tamils being rescued from the clutches of the LTTE, by the Sri Lankan military” through a process of senseless extermination.

      Are you so concerned about the Tamils getting into the clutches of the LTTE, that you are retaining the army in the north?

      Whom are you trying to Diddle? The world?

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        Barathan,

        LTTE was defeated. But not the separatist ideology. Army must continue their presence in North and East until both of those provinces are quarantined. Separatist ideology must go from Tamil minds.

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          Shenal the stupid

          You can kill a man, but you can’t kill an idea.
          -Medgar Evers

          How do you defeat/kill an ideology?
          live and let live by accepting the alternative idea of Unity in Diversity.

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            Native Vedda,

            By introducing the alternative ideas. Tamils in the North and East lack alternative news and information on many subjects. There’s a monopoly of news sources from one particular ideology. That has to be defeated.

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              Shenal i

              “There’s a monopoly of news sources from one particular ideology. That has to be defeated.”

              I do not know how to thank you more. Of course there is a monopoly of news sources from one particular ideology. That has to be defeated. The fascist ideology has been known as Sinhala/Buddhism and majority will agree with me it has to be defeated.

              Why have you changed your mind?

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            The idea being Tamils are not happy with basic rigths. They want privilages.

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        If tamils are exterminated who the hell voted for Wigneshwaran and continue to vote for TNA? How do Tamils exists after their extermination?

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          sach the very stupid

          You need bit of brain to do the sums.

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            . “Just as in Kosovo if enough civilians died in Sri Lanka the world would be forced to step in” (quoted in Harrison 2012: 63).

            Who wanted Tamils exterminated? Guess who? For whose survival?

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          sach:
          I don’t feel sad for you but I feel sad for CT as it has no way of blocking people like you posting that brings no value.
          This only gives a general idea of what screwed the Sri Lankan public service.

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            If you want this to be a playground of Tamil chauvinist and block Sinhalese commentators to satisfy terrorist feelings that shows tamil nature. Always want to destroy the Other. .ryt

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            What has my comment got to do with Lankan public service, moron?

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      I know I know you guys enjoy Sinhala – Muslim issues, there is a reason why Tamils in Norway met Gnanasara

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    The Baiya MPs, sorry the MPs who got in to Dr Ranil’s UNP on the back of poor ignorant Baiyas, are getting the shivers about the prospect of going to face their Bush Electorates sooner than later.
    Even the cream of the crop of Colombo Elite among Sinhala Buddhists, like young Sujeeva sprays Dr Ranil ,at every opportunity, although Dr Ranil defeatd the UNP inspired NCM against Dr Ranil.
    Is Dr Ranil that dumb to risk the few months he has ,just to please Samapathar and his Vellala Party ?.

    BTW .Did the TNA CM who was hand picked by Mr Sampathar holding this Mahaveeran Celebrations at Alfred Durai Appah Stadium?.

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      KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

      “Even the cream of the crop of Colombo Elite among Sinhala Buddhists, like young Sujeeva sprays Dr Ranil ,at every opportunity, although Dr Ranil defeatd the UNP inspired NCM against Dr Ranil.”

      Have you started taking malt on rock again before you start typing?
      Who are the Sinhala Buddhists
      When did they come to live in this island?
      What Sinhala/Buddhist got to go with Buddhism?

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        Dear Native,
        Your learned mate Mr Poorten said here the other day that our Parakramabahu is a Tamil from South Hindia.
        Say no more.
        BTW the Evangalists in Colombo have converted even the Sinhala Catholics to believe Netanyahu is a King Herrod.
        And they put photos of Netanyahu even on my FB page, telling me how cool he is to get Jerusalam back in the hands of the Evangelists..

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        Dear Native,
        Funny you mentioned Single Malt,
        Colombo Elite now have to pay big bucks even for Red Label with the ass falling off the Yahapalana Ruppiah ,because of Dr Ranil’s Hoaxnomics.
        Unless they drink the Red which is bottled in Madras.

        I am on a Bottle of Ardbeg Corrvyreckaan at the moment .
        It has a nice smokiness without masking the Cognac flavours from the ageing barrels.
        Just imagine how much dosh the Colombo Elite would have to fork out, if they want to taste Single Malt with Dr Ranil’s Yahapalana Ruppiah.
        Can you remember the lies Dr Ranil rolled out before he got the Gig, promising Millions of assembly jobs for Dalits to build Folks Wagons .
        And Hindustan Nanos for even Yahapalana suckers in Kolonnawa and Keselwatta.
        Only Yahapalana Boss drinking Ardbeg is your diaspora buddy Mahendran.
        Is it true that Dr Mahendran is the architect of Dr Ranil’s Singapore FTA?.
        Will Dr Ranil allow your Vellala CM to write his own FTA with Hindia, when Dr Ranil’s ETCA kicks in?
        Will it allow the Vellalas to buy duty free Red Label in Jaffna when they visit to check their Real Estate?….

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          KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

          “I am on a Bottle of Ardbeg Corrvyreckaan at the moment .”

          You are on an ego trip, just like your mate Dayan, you are dropping Malt names. Do you have access to Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible?

          You have been pretending to be sitting on the fence all these years now you seem to have joined the Colombo Elites. Are you telling us that you really fit in with the Elite? Does the elite know you are a Mahinda official clanking b***s carrier?

          By the way what is the difference between Cognac and Malt? Cognac is distilled wine from grapes from Cognac region and Malt is brewed from Barley in Scotland.
          I think you are drunk, may be on cheap arrack or Negambo’s specially brewed Moonshine -Kassippu.

  • 3
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    When JR brought in the executive presidency, there were those who said it was advantageous to Tamil demands because an executive President could push through many things even in the face of Sinhalese opposition.

    But now, true to form as a gigolo, you are making the opposite argument, that the abolition of executive presidency will lead to federalization. There are gigolos and then there are obnoxious gigolos.

    Nevertheless, gigolos know their mistresses only too well, and you do know that Sinhalese intransigence is not something that is going to change in the near future. Maybe the TNA is simply trying to show it made an honest effort. What will happen after that effort is shown to be futile in the face of such intransigence, is not predictable.

  • 4
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    Tamils fight for privilages ended in nanthikaddal. Now they want it in the constitution. what they could not get with the war, now they want by manipulation.

  • 11
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    Dayan Jayatileke

    If you are so much against Tamil Federalism why did you join the EPRLF movement? Was is an easy access to get into politics when no major parties wanted you? You cannot hide your past! You are a self-seeking joker.

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      I think he has mentioned his time with EPRLF opened his eyes on fascist tribal Tamil nationalism

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        sach

        Why are you putting your own stupid words into Dayan’s mouth?

        ” I think he has mentioned his time with EPRLF opened his eyes on fascist tribal Tamil nationalism”

        Could you give us the reference where when and what he actually did type.

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          Why should I give any reference to you? Do you think I give a rat’s a$$
          Meanwhile

          . “Just as in Kosovo if enough civilians died in Sri Lanka the world would be forced to step in” (quoted in Harrison 2012: 63).

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    provincial councils are srilankas biggest white elephant and must be abolished
    the only answer is a a truly national government which includes the TNA i.e devolution at the centre
    and not in the provinces and to hell with the the 2 or3 party system inherited from our colonial masters which has got us nowhere in the realm of development

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      As per the 1987 Indo Sri Lankan agreement the original provincial council was only for the two Tamil provinces the North and East and the rest of the country another unit. Racist JR fox deliberately to water this down created nine provincial councils, when there was no need for this. He also did this to appease the largely racist Sinhalese. fascist population , ironically largely descended from largely low born and some high born , Indian Tamil immigrants. It is the Sinhalese who are the biggest impediment to any peace or progress. Christian Dayan whose ancestors were imported into the island by the Dutch from the Corramandel coast of Tamil Nadu, to work as slave/indentured labour in the huge southern Cinnamon estates , is a good example.

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        Hey Sharma,

        Just to remind your Brahamin highness, the Biggest, Oldest and best Empire in India was the Gupta Mauyra Empire.

        Oh yes Chandra Gupta Mayura was a Shudra from Bihar/Magadha.

        Brahamins were busy doing Asvamedha Puja and selling Devadassis from the Kovil to make a buck. Ohh also getting people to kiss some round stone pillars that represent you know what. High culture indeed.

        The Shudra’s were busy coming up with very egalitarian (look it up Sharma) concepts that were inscribed on the Asoka pillars.

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          Biggest oldest and best empire in India was no North Indian empire but the Tamil Chola empire , at its height it had large parts of South India most of SE Asia and even Sri Lanka as part of its empire. No North Indian empire can ever match it but since it is a Tamil South Indian empire , North Indians down play it. All their empires were only within India and never even reached the south. It is largely because of the Tamil Cholas that Indian culture , Hinduism and Buddhism spread to rest of Asia , especially to SE Asia. Thanks to them the world has been blessed with such monuments like Angkor Wat, Borobudur . These may have been built by the local population but the architecture is typically South Indian Dravidian . A legacy from the Tamil Cholas. who intermarried into the local aristocracy and created dynasties there. Shudra please learn from a Brahman

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            Tamils are a species without a country and hence dignity. So cook up stories of some telugu cholas to feel good.

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            Yo Sarma,
            Chola are mentioned in the Asoka Pillar (3B), thats about the oldest mention of Cholas.
            Till about 3AD, it sees that Cola country was pretty much Shudra.

            Anyway Shudra is name given to the locals by a few North Indians mixed breed progeny who call themselves Brahamins. Do you really think there is DNA exclusively Brahamin. Brahamins just a have little more North Indian.

            Back to Colas: Expansion in to SE Asia. Could not have been done by the twice born. Loss of caste status by crossing the ocean.

            Crossing the Ocean
            The offense of crossing the sea is also known as “Samudrolanghana” or “Sagarollanghana”. The Dharma Sutra of Baudhayana (II.1.2.2) lists sea voyages as first of the offences that cause the loss of varna.[3]

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kala_pani_(taboo)

  • 4
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    Very well articulated piece.

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      Helass

      “Very well articulated piece.”

      of sh.. many would say.

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      Hela is the Pali version for the ancient Tamil word for the island Eelam/Eezham and the indigenous Tamil dialect that was spoken in the island . Elu. This means you love Eezham . Good,

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    dayan,how do you explain malaysia having federalism and doing so well,much better than us.

    It is chauvinistic sinhalese especially the bhuddhist monks and people like you fear mongering who have ruined this country.

    we could have avoided a 30 year war that devastated this country if the well fed monks had allowed the banda/chelva pact to go through.Who runs this country,the monks or the elected reps?

    To make a mistake once is human,but people like you wanting to repeat them is racism.

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      what is racist in resisting federalism which even Indians dont have in Tamils’ real homeland?

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        sach

        ok india has quasi federalism.That is okay for the tamils here too.Or you can put the malaysian system without linguistic nature for all provinces.Don’t nitpick here.

        racism is the reason because some chauvinistic sinhalese don’t want to give anything for the tamils.If you give a banana to a tamil they will howl.If you then next give a banana skin to the tamils they will howl and then become quiet when they realiise they have been exposed to the world as racists.Because of such racists srilanka is going to be a syria in the future with all big powers US,china,india playing football.Guess where the football field is going to be?

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          If Sinhalese are reluctant to give ANYTHING to Tamils how do you have a Tamil CM in North? How do you have a provincial council in North?

          Do you expect any Sri Lankan government to devolve more power, looking at how your chief minister in North act with their veneration of LTTE terrorists.

          Even if any Sinhalese leader wanted to give anything to Tamils, Tamils and Tamil leaders act in a manner that destroys the goodwill and loose what is being offered!

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            sach

            “how do you have a Tamil CM in North? How do you have a provincial council in North?”

            Don’t talk through your arse.We all know if not for rajiv these won’t be there for us.He nearly lost his life to a sinhalese for that and got killed by a selfish tamil.

            We all know you have tried your best to get rid of the 13th amendment but you can’t because india is saying what you are going to give in lieu of that,and you are always taking the banana skin and showing to india and india say put it up yours.

            As for wigneswaran i have to agree that he is playing to the gallery to get the votes,but that does not give you the excuse of being fair by the tamils.

            I also agree with you that since independence both tamil and sinhalese leaders have not maintained the proper standards of leadership.They have been led by others and not led others like mahathir and lee kuan yew.Until we get someone like that one day we have to manage with what we have w/o finding excuses.

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              What can Rajiv do from the world of dead, if MR did not declare elections in North? MR could have kept North under his control…

              Whether Sinhalese want to get rid of 13 or not, the point is 13 A is implemented.

              And with antics of the Wigneshwaran and Tamil racists in North do you expect the government to devolve power to North? Let alone federal?

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    Dayan Jayatilleka: “The Guardian” (Saturday 12 May 2018) previewed a lecture by former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg. He says ~ “…….Americans are facing an “epidemic of dishonesty” in Washington that is more dangerous than terrorism or communism,…………The greatest threat to American democracy isn’t communism, jihadism, or any other external force or foreign power. It’s our own willingness to tolerate dishonesty in service of party, and in pursuit of power…………There is now more tolerance for dishonesty in politics than I have seen in my lifetime,………”
    Bloomberg goes on ~ “………….The only thing more dangerous than dishonest politicians who have no respect for the law is a chorus of enablers who defend their every lie…………”.
    .
    ‘Enablers’? Does this ring a bell Dayan?

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    “Which brings us to the new Constitution. The TNA should have got the point by now.” Its not TNA hasn’t got the point, but practically the narcissists who think he/she do all king wheeling and dealing or unscrupulous maneuvering, never give up their ugly action not get the point. In the Sinhala Buddhists, they are the most discredited ones, but them never getting the point. TNA and Yahapalanaya is there only for 3 ½ years to change the constitution. Changing constitution was a promise of Old King in 2015. He promised in earlier two elections to abolish EP. Tamils have got point not just now, but Right after Don Stephen told to Tamils “Brothers! you want foreigners to rule us or you want we to us” to get cooperation of Tamils to steal the power from Britain and showed his true color after getting freedom, by saying “Tell me if one is Tamil, I will buy him with a cup of Coffee”, as early as from that time, Tamils have got their point. But one or two exceptions like Varathar are there, they still may not have got the point who Thero De Silva is, whom they appoint as their ministers. Varathar didn’t know the difference between Dr.Brian Seneveratne and Thero de Silva.
    “The war and the political struggles waged by the Tamils or decades have failed, at great cost to the Tamil community” Yes When Solomon West Ridgeway Dias was using his thugs to beat up the peaceful fasters like Vanniasingham, Naganathan… in 1956 at Gallface Green, Tamils had come to know what is going to be the price for their freedom fight. But the freedom doesn’t get measured by a cost value or in any other units, so the Tamils have to continue this sacred, Devine fight without stoppage.

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    “So, in effect the new Constitution project is dead in the water. What the TNA doesn’t see is that it never had a chance.” Thero de Silva acting like as this is the first experience of Tamils with Sinhala Leaders and intellectuals’ cheating. It because he still could not get the point of what was the cost he paid at French Embassy for the services he rendered UNHRC to defeat Tamils. Sampanthar know little bit of who Kathirgamar too and rewards he got for the services her rendered to the Sinhala Masters. He even mentioned that in the parliament. For some strange reason, Sampanthar has forgotten all his life time lessons. That is something I don’t know to explain.
    “The Sinhalese are pragmatic enough to retain 13A but not pusillanimous enough to go beyond it.”…………………….“How can any reasonable person or persons think that the nation which did not agree to go beyond the 13th amendment …… would be willing or could be pushed into going beyond the 13th amendment, after the war had been won?” There are many things about 13A and the Sinhalese. I cannot exhaust them. They all render Thero’s Blah Blah worthless to read. There is 13A in the books. There is no 13A in the Lankawe governmental practical system. Especially in the North, there is only “Chandrasiri- A” and “Reginald –A”, no 13A at all. Only what they is the constitution in the North. The paper work 13A is accepted neither by Sinhalese nor by Tamils at politicians’ level. It is only some cunning writing work done by JR, not connecting any reality in the world. In addition to that, 13A was expected to go to referendum. It did not go. When the bill was not completed, Supreme Court’s interference in that amounts to interfering in the Parliaments’ legislative process. So 13A was killed by Supreme Court in the Middle, by wrong interference. Nimal Siripala de Silva Commission was appointed by Old King to repeal 13A.

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    He could not repeal it because of India’s threat. Divegumba was allowed to overrule 13A. Now the Mahaveli development is allowed to overrule 13A. These are illegal provision got Supreme Court’s approvals. So there is nothing existing as 13A to the constitution; Sinhalese have never accepted 13A; Sinhalese are not protecting it; These are Thero’s concoction.
    Thero is only having PhD in creative writing. He got PhD by getting Fidel Castro guys writing him the thesis on Cheating. From Ramanathan, Arunachalam, Ponnampalam, SJV, Pirapaharan and now to Sampanthar like historical figures have been fighting to get Tamils freedom. Thero de Silva like narcissist Chaffs or shyster have no capacity to assess the right and wrong of these great Statesmen. It is not Tamils failed this time. It was IC made the blunder. It is they who though putting together a snake and a mongoose in the same hole and teach them to be work on a common cause. By the mistake of putting UNP & SLFP in one group, Ex. State Secretary thought he would eliminate the Sinhala Buddhist’s racial bigotry. When he was leaving his job, he was reluctant to accept his blunder, but tried cover it as a group in the SLFP was not cooperating. The LG election clearly showed that half of the Sinhalese are not ready to let Tamils have even “Five flying sitting spaces” in Ceylon – the same words Gaurava used to deny the Pandeva’s share of Kingdom in Mahabharata.
    Tamils are not asking what the Sinhala Buddhist think appropriate to Tamils or what Thero de Silva ready recommend. Tamils want what is due for them from the UN Human Rights Chatters. As Thero is not a human right lawyer, neither Sinhalese nor Tamils will hire him for this. He was discarded by Old Royals in 2009. They will never, ever accept his advises anymore. Period!

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    Low caste Demalu in the North have categorically opposed the idea of giving land and police powers to NPC dominated by Wellala politicians. Wellala politicians want a Federal System so that they can have full control on low caste Demalu who are the majority in North. The caste factor holds the key to many of the problems and issues that exist. Wellala Demala politicians considered 1957 Social Disabilities Act as a threat to their political survival. The Government should implement the 1957 Social Disabilities Act and eliminate the inhuman caste system prevailing among Demalu. That will improve the lives of ordinary Demalu than giving more powers to Wellala elites through Devolution.

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      Eagle Eye,
      When you say low caste Tamils, you also acknowledge the truth about low caste low country Sinhalese ruled by high caste Kandian Sinhalese like you.

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      Eagle Blind Eye

      “Low caste Demalu in the North have categorically opposed the idea of giving land and police powers to NPC dominated by Wellala politicians. “

      Are you implying you are high caste from south and endowed with 4 B****s and 2 Willis?

      If true you must be hallucinating thus needs immediate psychiatric consultation.

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      How do you know? Are you one of them? What about the low caste Singhalese ? I heard that they are opposed to upper caste Govigama rule, especially the Kandyan variety. This is why they rebelled in 1971 and in the 1980s. All the Sinhalese Karawa , Salagama , Durawa, Hunu, Berewa badly want to return to their South Indian homeland , in Tamil Nadu and parts of Kerala, if they are unable to stop upper caste Govigamma and Kandyan rule. They also want all the Kandyan Radalla and other upper castes to return to Madurai and Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu. This is what I heard from Lanka Lies

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        Real Siva Sankaran Sharma,
        Sinhala Buddhists do not have a caste system. Instead they have a Guild System based on professions whereas Hindu Demalu have a caste system based on whether the person came from the mouth of Brahma or from the A-hole.

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          Oh really don’t make me laugh. Go and read the marriage columns , where Sinhalese parents only want partner’s for their darling offspring belonging to the same caste or higher. Very rarely lower. Look at all the Sinhalese political and other leaders. All belonging to the upper Govigamma caste only. Tamils will never behave in this manner. They elect low castes and non Hindus as their leaders. Lastly no caste system amongst Sinhalese! This is why the two Mahanayakes the highest amongst the Sinhalese Buddhists , objected to low caste low country Sinhalese Christian being made the governor of the Central Province , the Kandyan Sinhalese heartland. They demanded an upper caste Kandyan Sinhalese Buddhist or as a last resort an upper caste Kandyan Christian. Either way it had to be Kandyan and Upper caste and the government granted their wish and kept the low caste low country Sinhalese Christian in the Tamil Northern Province, as they did not object to his religion or caste. Whom are you trying to fool?

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          You are definitely from the A-hole. As you are one.. Hope it is safe from the tourists at the southern beaches.

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    It is a waste of time arguing about the ethnic/religious politics in Sri Lanka while two things are marching on unimpeded:

    1. Singhala-Buddist racism, and

    2. World civilization, prosperity and progress

    Sri Lanka is doomed for a long time.

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      As long as Tamil chauvinism is not discussed openly, this wont be solved. Everything is NOT due to Sinhala racism. If Sinhalese were racists Mythree wont get elected in 2015 at all. But Tamil politics always involve racist TNA and racist Ponnambalams

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    Dayan we need a nice fiction from you soon. Can’t wait.

    As you are nazi expert, can you write that your father and mother corresponded with Hitler or Winston Churchill or something really exciting. We know you love your dad and always want to keep him in high pedastal thus often concott stories about them especially about dad Mervyn De Silva.

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    Cherio Wasantha,

    You are right, we desperately need fun, dayan pl provide

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    LG election was won by Old Royals with the consultation of inferior, low ethics Sinhala Buddhists like Thero De Silva, by spreading a bigotry slogan like “You want one country or you want Two Countries”. In their opinion, any act to victory is sanctimonious; nothing is despicable if they are getting back into their master’s service. They brought in Standardization to ordinate them with ostentatious educational degrees. They used the one most notorious dictator’s brutal machinery to earn bogus PhDs. These men who cannot write one essay in strait form, these men who cannot write one thesis to advance the wellbeing of the country or people, these men who has nothing, but their narcissism to contribute the Humanity, are now telling that Tamils are morning for the death of Hitler, because Tamils fought to have them released from the world’s most uncivilized, corrupted, criminal, oppressive, barbaric Wild Life Sanctuary Called SinhaLE Lankawe. These men are the most discounted and discarded people even in the bigotry community. They failed in their attempt to save the masters from the accusation of Genocide at UNHRC. Beyond all their deceitful, distorted and fabricated efforts, the war crime accusation on all the leaders of the country is still standing in UNHRC. Because UNP, SLSP and Slap Party leaders are accused of war crime, they are considering of withdraw from UNHRC, foolishly hoping it will go away, itself. The country’s rulers, because of the fearing of facing democratic countries’ leaders, have withdrawn the Ambassadors for Britain, USA, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, and Russia. This country’s leader is not just War crime accused, but accused of bribe taking by the Neighbor. When he went India their Prime Minister, face to face, accused this small person’s people were known in involving sabotaging his citizens legitimates business by bribe taking. Further he indicated that information was given to him by the other partner of the ruling team.

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    So, now not being able to face the leaders of nations known for decadency, trustworthiness or honorability, the country’s leaders are partnering with International Pariah countries to oppose honorable nations. They did maximum to avoid signing a comprehensive deal of exchanges with India, with what their culture, living style and standard matches, for civilized communities’ needs like education, technology, Goods & services, cultural interaction. Instead, Appe Loku Mathayas are meeting Iranian leaders to sign, not for any useful trade exchanges, but for Islamic cultural Exchanges. The comical leaders are making deal in Tehran for Islamic cultural exchanges, but back at home these are the people killing the inland Islamic brethren with invention of obloquy Vonda Beheth. They refused to accept Iran’s offer to upgrade Sabugaskanda refinery. Now their own citizens are every year paying for the Gas and Diesel Price increase by their Finance Misters. But, they engaged Iran to do the Uma Oya Project though Iran did not have had the instruments to do the project. This has reduced the Up Country as land of massive potholes and puddles, waiting to drag all their houses and business into quagmire. But this Iran, when America is abandoning it economic corporation and imposing sanctions, to get back America in the trade deal, meeting Russian and Chinese leaders to bridge between Iran and America. Appe Lokku idiot Mathayas, who has been fooling their own Modaya community saying the country has become the replacement for Japan, a second Singapore or even Wonder of the Asia, are now thinking they are biggest super power of the world and to take on America or Russia or Britain or Brazil flying on Tax payers money to the International enemies like Iran, Cuba, Syria…….Thero cannot remember it was Ramanathan like big statesmen was needed to save them in 1915. The Chaff PhDs, don’t know the spelling difference between “Shame & Fame”, are writing pretending them wants to save Tamils so not to morn for Hitler.

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    I make the following observation on your analysis for it to be unbiased based on the referencing you have made such as “Sinhala this and Sinhala that and they will fight and kill as required” ???. I am very disturbed you have written such sentiments at a time where one should be reffering to all Sri Lankans who are never within such narrative- Kindly rewrite the same analysis with the following in mind the “Mother Lankan Children” who never accepted riots/killing spree/looting/body snatching & SYSTEMATIC robbery of their identity/ownership of their language and religions and in general their way of life. Independent was to be cherished/celebrated as a free and better life for “one for all and all for one” and was never meant as one suppressing the other. All the communities had problems “within” too and they all needed to be brought inline with each other/resolved locally and nationally without any generalisation/name calling to celebrate life in Mother Lanka was the “job scope” given to the elected leadership then and certainly now. The same patriotic Sri Lankan people never accepted the solutions offered by separatists politics nor the JVP uprisings nor have they supported the army mutineers. This “majority” of Lankans never will accept any identity as Sinhala/Tamil/Muslim/Indian Origin/Burgers/Malays and further tagged by their faiths too is a very personal choice under the freedom charter?.

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    What did Lord Buddha preach about caste , race etc ?
    Will have to re educate the so called big Nayakes!!!!!

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    Nationalism and realpolitic do not mix. Isn’t it Dr Dayan? These local races are too emotional. Not the British. Look at Scotland. Look at Brexit. Very progressive these civilized Europeans.

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    Colombo man is right he is a smart and highly regarded politician/leader with wise and appropriate comments. He should be the president.

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    Colombo man is right and needs to be understood,his points are the best

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    Colombo man is the best, I agree

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    Politics of Sri Lanka takes place in a framework of a semi-presidential representative democratic republic, whereby the President of Sri Lanka is both head of state and head of government, and of a multi-party system. Executive power is exercised by the government. Legislative power is vested in both the government and Parliament. For decades, the party system has been dominated by the socialist Sri Lanka Freedom Party and the conservative United National Party. The Judiciary is independent of the executive and the legislature. The Politics of Sri Lanka reflect the historical and political differences between the three main ethnic groups, the majority Sinhala and the minorities Tamils and Muslims, who are concentrated in the north and east of the island.

    The Economist Intelligence Unit has rated Sri Lanka as “flawed democracy” in 2016.

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    Continued…
    Once you remove such statements and replace with those “who are concerned of the consequence of devolved power and those who feel is not an issue for unity” your analysis may hold water with regard to the journey to date why we still discussing 13a….13++…..constitutional changes etc. I am a “one nation man” not because it is a Sinhala country but because it is my country(the entire island) too where others live………please consider writing analysis which brings “everyone” on board who are the “owners and stake holders” of Sri Lanka may well accept your analysis which I think has “answers/educational information” for many of us with regard to current issues affecting “Our Country”. Please set president for others to follow as our children depend on us to deliver a bright future and is not an optional responsibility ?…. Thank you Dayan for the article such the general public will have “real facts” available for them to decide there destiny….your article has given me additional facts to be listed in my “check list” for the evaluation purpose of the proposed constitutional change greatly. I hope both sides lovingly lay out their study work/criteria for proposed changes with patriotic feelings towards “all” for an educated/well informed benefit analysis/decision making not only based on NPC “outstanding issues” but for the entire country. In Brexit we found out issues too late….most of the fear mongering had no basis.

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    Continued…
    I also observe you have written “the armed forces have saved “Tamil Civilians” at a “great cost” to them and shown humanity too”.
    I would appreciate if you can consider wording the same sentence as follows please and let the fellow country men read your writing accordingly………..”Armed forces were able to save/rescue the civilians “trapped in the space” and were able to provide all immediate assistance as required”.
    I will share with you why I say that…….when people read the wording “great cost” it killed all other good intentions you had in your article……..if need be then please convey what the armed forces suppose to do………protect their country and her subjects correct? and showing “humanity” to the subjects optional? they have taken “oath” to do so?…I am concerned a narrative of that nature will prevent our next generation of children/voters/possible recruits/candidates to the armed forces from analysing/understanding what took place in our country corrcetly? …….Failure to protect subjects from harm since 1948 to 1983 is what led to this “space” in the first place? After 30 years of bloody war many more citizens found themselves in the same situation again recently?
    When we got ourself into this “chicken and egg” situation “empathy & understanding” should be the basis of your analysis offering solutions that will not lead to “great cost” to each and every family of our great country? Therefore we need to evaluate any proposed solution/revisions competently with facts and without fear? If you consider removing the entire first paragraph then you have points for me to consider for my knowledge building. Thank you.

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    Dayan Jayatilleka is the ‘Mother of Non-starters’. Started as a ‘revolutionary’, Tamil liberation EPRLF, R Premadasa and supporter of every crook ever since.
    This man has the audacity to say that any solution of our root problem is a non-starter!

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    Dear All, I think we all have the duty to share lovingly what we know (Dayan has done just that) and we can exchange thoughts facts/wants and needs patriotically with the bigger picture in mind which is to get our beloved country out of this rod. We have billion things to do to get her on the development path but for some weird reason stuck with some “trust issues” once more. It is my way of analysing the data/discussion available to see if the public are given “substantiated facts” for consideration on all issues affecting their life now and will in the future……… My other concern is how both “for and against” for the proposed changes will square thereafter respecting democracy. My point is for anyone not to argue this case on “artificially created” race/religion/language grounds “pre referendum” which will lead to “post referendum” not being conducive for the required work to develop ourself’s as “one nation” irrespective of the results. Scenarios 70 years since independence, 13th amendment came into being 1987, War ended 2009 …………..generations have changed we still do not know how to govern ourselves?…..are we that “unruly” and why??….it can not always be the politicians faults why “all” went wrong for 70 years??……..nor can be just bad luck correct? are we all a bit of bigots ourselves?? once more if we start being “honest to ourself” most of the negative issues may go away for good and we will get the opportunity to tackle the “Nation Building” challenge lovingly.

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