4 December, 2020

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On the Politics Of The 13th Amendment

By Surendra Ajit Rupasinghe

Ajit Rupasinghe

The Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, a non-elected bureaucrat appointed by his brother, has declared that the 13th Amendment should be annulled since it constitutes a breeding ground for separatism. The not so-Hon. Wimal Weerawansa of the ex-JVP neo-fascist brigade declares his vow to join forces to abolish it. The JHU champions this cause publicly. Mahinda remains silent, and so does mummified Vasu. So, battle lines are being drawn on the 13th Amendment, as opposed to, say, the issue of war crimes, impunity and human rights violations and the cost of living. Clever. The attempt to thwart the Divi Neguma heist by the TNA and the stand of the Supreme Court refusing to rubber stamp it, has pushed the Regime into a corner. The beast is most ferociously violent – and irrational- when it is cornered. This open challenge has been issued even when the screws are being tightened in Geneva given that the Regime cannot account for its pledges and promises to honor the Tamil nation by going beyond the 13th Amendment, and its agreement to face the issue of accountability for war crimes. The Regime would be in for more humiliating arm twisting by the US and its allies. Given the China card, India would play dummy, while engaging in intrigue and duplicity with the Regime. The Regime may consider that the next best thing to do, the only option available, would be to threaten – or seem to threaten- to change the whole framework of global strategic contention- change the terms of the game. The call by Gotabhaya to annul the 13th Amendment, followed to the tune by Wimal and Champika, is a signal to the international powers that be, that if the screws are tightened any further in Geneva, the pack of cards may collapse. The Tamil Question will be history, and a whole new geo-political strategic matrix will be set up in Asia to command the vital sea-lanes of the Indian Ocean, with the Rajapakse troika firmly in command of a neo-fascist dictatorship.

President Rajapakse may very well say, “ If you continue to tighten the rope on accountability and a political solution , we will say to hell with you- you pack of hounding hypocrites. We are not about to commit political suicide- both me personally and politically, but for my family, for my dynasty, just to satisfy you. The only option left for us is to rely on tried and tested rules and principles of democratic governance, as we in Lanka know it, – re-conjure up a blood curdling demon about to devour the people in the form of a resurgent LTTE, create a situation of crisis and anarchy, create a sense of generalized instability and insecurity among the masses, apply selective methods of mass terror and assassination, liquidate all potential threats and centralize absolute power in the hands of the Executive Presidency. For this, we have to traverse the beaten path of inflaming communal violence and provoke the masses to feast on each other’s blood, while we feed on the roast. Come on, we all know how communal pogroms and genocide play their role in desperate times. We have to pump the ideology and politics of Sinhala Buddhist supremacy and hegemony into the blood lines of the Sinhala masses even more ferociously, so we can better manipulate and exploit them to face the dire hardships and sacrifices they would have to make on my behalf, and still support me. So, this is our master strategy to confront the threat posed by Western Imperialist powers. We can be rest assured that neither China, Russia, Iran nor Pakistan would be concerned about any human rights violations – genocidal or just simple, run-of-the-mill, routine atrocities. We share a consensus on these principles of democratic governance. Even the US, Japan, European and other imperialist powers who dare to challenge my claim to perpetual, dynastic kingship, share these values of genocidal governance. They are the true masters of the game. So, let us give them a good lesson and play their game on our own terms’.

The call by Mr. Gotabhaya to annul the 13th Amendment , echoed by his blood hounds, is not a slip of the tongue, some idle, conjectural suggestion. Gotabhaya does not make such statements on national policy, without official sanction. He knows that seeking a political solution on the basis of the 13th Amendment would spell the death-knell of the supremacist project to extend and expand the hegemony of the Sinhala-Buddhist State throughout the length and breadth of Lanka. Mahinda knows that any concession to Tamil self-determination, any form of regional or provincial autonomy-however truncated, any form of devolution of political power to the Tamil nation-even cosmetic- would bring on a tidal wave of opposition from within its own chauvinist ranks, including from sections of the armed forces, and from outside the UPFA. Don’t be misled. Sarath Fonseka can play the role of the ‘defender of the Motherland’ in genocidal fashion, equal to, and perhaps even better than the Rajapakse triumvirate. Spent forces can get energized when the mass electricity is right-and Mahinda is well aware. The provocations around the 13th Amendment are a vital part of the survival strategy of the Regime, in the concrete context of the rising challenge to its hegemony internally, and reinforced by the carefully graduated tightening of the noose by the US and its allies on the issue of war crimes.

The 13th Amendment remains a cosmetic and truncated device designed by Rajiv Gandhi and J.R. Jayawardene, packaged as the Indo-Lanka Accord. Its purpose was to disarm and co-opt the LTTE and maintain the stability of the neo-colonial set up and status quo in the region. Yet, it remains a landmark political victory for the Tamil National Movement in that it constitutionally recognized: 1. the political status of the Tamil nation, 2. the parity of status of Sinhala and Tamil as official languages and 3. The North-East region as the traditional homeland of the Tamil nation. While these provisions and principles continue to be defiled and undermined in practice, the Mahinda Rajapakse Regime now finds that any renewed recognition and application of these provisions and principles would fatally undermine its chauvinist-militarist political and ideological hegemony upon which its survival and regeneration solely lies. It has few options open, and the call to annul the 13th Amendment is to announce that the future of the Tamil nation will, once again, be held up to be sacrificed at the alter of the blood-drenched Comprador Capitalist State. Of course, any move to abolish the 13th Amendment will stoke the flames of separatism as nothing else. Perhaps it is that the Regime requires a permanent state of undeclared war to maintain its power. The politics of supremacy gives rise to the politics of separatism. You do not need to be a rocket scientist to grasp that simple dialectical logic.

It is duty of all democratic and progressive forces to rise to the defense of the right of self-determination of the oppressed Tamil nation, where the fight to defend the political status and fundamental democratic rights of the Tamil nation embodied in the 13th Amendment has evolved to be a most decisive contention.

*The writer is Secretary: Ceylon Communist Party (Maoist)

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    man, i don’t like communism but you have a point.

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    This is shocking – to the diehard sinhala buddhist – more so, as the proposal comes from a sinhala man!
    The desire of tamils to run their affirs themselves through their elected representatives,and to live as equals is shocking – to the sinhalse,even non-buddhists.
    Yesterday,a church had been vandalised in Trincomalee, and a mosque burned in Anuradhapura.
    So, there is religious extremism too.
    Of course,the police are cluless,like they are,always.
    Will this nation progress as a democracy,is the question.

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      oi black chingala …..

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    coolie plus as you are occupying our historical homeland. ( correction).

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    Ajith Rupasinghe – another bankrupt socialist.

    He talks about sinhala buddhist supremacy and supports Tamil tribalism.

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      man, buddhism is already a dead religion but certain section of the population want to keep it going in order to fulfill their agenda.

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        There is no such thing as Hinduism. Christianity is dead in Europe and almost dead in the Middle east too. Islam is mostly a cult.

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    Mr Ajith Rupasinghe,we are in not position aggred with your Political decision of 13th Amdement,very basic reason is this so-called Amdement penetrated into our system by Indain Amry Invading forces in 1987.
    Its colonoial-expansion and neo-liberal policy of Indian hegemony.Its Indo- Sri lankan accord reveled unique example of Big, Powerful Nation bully weak and poor nation by Indian hegemonism and Expamsionism policy.This accorad viloation of Indepandance,sovergnity and terrorial intergrity PEOPLE OF SRI LANKAN (ALL RACES)by Headed by Compadare Bourgesios of JRJ-UNP regime.
    Needless to say this is ouright pact of 1987 JRJ-Rajive Gandi aggremant COWARDLY ACT OF UNP,WHO HAD BEEN SURREANDER OUR INDEPANDANCE, DEMOCRAY ,SOVERGRITY AND TERRORIAL INTERGRITY(UNITY) OF WEAK NATION OF SRI LANKA.WITHOUT any OF DOUBT this move, WE MUST ABOLISH OR REPEAL THIS 13th Amdement on the PRINCIPLE interest and on behalf of Peolpe, Democracy Republic Constution of Sri lanka.
    Mr Ajith …..this 13th Amemndent has no people mande by UNP elecated resprstantive or Refrerandam by the democray norms.
    JRJ-UNP by force and manuplating EXTENTED PARTILIMTRY PEROID 6 YERAS 1982 BY SO-CALLED REFERRANDAM BY RIGGING VOTED USING STATE POWER.(DR RANIL W. KNOWS VERY WELL HOW THEY WON & THEY COLLECT VOTES ,- LIVE EVDINCE FROM HIM) Such 13th Amedenet has not grant power for Tamils ,its survival of FEW handful (UNP)to remain power STATE in Sri Lankan the cost of Sovergrity and democrcy of our public.
    Mr Ajith the other reason which I denied,13 Amedeant want GIVE MORE POLICE POWER TO PC COUNCILES.We need not more police state in superssed by our people by TWO CENTERS of State.One in Colombo other in Jaffna or Trnicomalee or Kandy or Galle or Buddla.13 amdement created reagional POLICE STATE.On going corrupation and mal-managemant of PC politican are concern,undoubaly this will another burden RURAL POOR OF COUNTRYSIDE AND TAX BURDEN FOR POOR-HARDIND WORKING PUBLIC.POWER POLICE WILL HARM AND DEPRIVE SINHALESE TAMILS AND MUSLIMS OF GENERAL PUBLIC.
    Mr Ajith …I want aggred for land power only for Tamils are we are going backward,to Medivail-fedual order of North-East part of Island.Land for tillers ARE DIFFERANT from Land for Tamils in only North, will lead to another RASIM STATE WITH OUR DEMOCRATI FRAMWORK.
    I quite aggred with Regional autonomy Tamis as our brother race.Must seek better amicable soulation not political slogan of so-called 13th Amedent must abolished in the baisc INTEREST people of Sri Lanka.
    OLD LEFT AND NEW ANARCHIST SUPPORT AND AN OPPOSED OF 13th Amedent have no basic stand on Tamil natioanl queastion,by the way they were in anti Tamil bandwong of Msalwada Line of Politic since 1964.

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      Piyadasa Yalagala, the whole world can get a good idea as to the mental state, education and political knowledge of those who advocate racism, Buddhism, Sinhala chauvinism etc. on behalf of Rajapakshas by reading through your harrowing broken English political junk piece! I felt like eternity and reading through Mahinda Chinthanaya while reading your endless garbage! First go to an English class and learn how to convey your thoughts correctly! Secondly try to understand the substance of the excellent and lucid article of Ajit! This is not the era of king Dutugamunu. The people in the world are more educated and advanced than you and your Rajapakshas and therefore you cannot implement your tribal methods against a minority in the country and then get away deceiving the rest of the world! They know everything; even the majority Sinhalese knows everything. There must be an acceptable decent and reasonable solution to the ethnic problem within a united country. Take for example India has a myriad of different types of ethnic, social, cultural and religious sections but they are all united under a single nation that is Indians whereas people like you are forever perpetuating the myths and estranging the two nations! Go and get your brain checked by a doctor to see if you all have any kind of mental imbalance! 13A is the last word defining Sinhalese between the barbaric and the civilized. 13A must be the basis of political solution abrogation of which would arm the whole civilized world against Sri Lanka and compel them to carve out a separate state for minorities! The Rajapaksha fools are courting with dangers without any regard for the nation and country of its disastrous consequences! These people are the real traitors of the country! Ignorance is bliss for some!

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    Comrade,

    Too much of blood and water has flowed down the river since 1956.
    The marriage did not work. It is estrangement that is in play now.
    The way out has two formulaes (1) Two Nations within one undivided
    country option – and if this continues to be obstinately denied the reluctant way out, which I personally deplore, is (2) a Separate State in the geographic/demographic reality of 1947.

    It is upto the Buddhist heirarchy – that claims it ushered in the
    1956 Buddhist Sinhala Revolution – that, in fact, went out to gradually divide the country to now repair the damage. They have to come out of clover now and save the burning ship of state.

    Senguttuvan

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    Excellent article on the real facts that are happening in the country at the moment! May be this is the last phase of the undivided SL. 13A once abolished UN would step in and complete its process of carving out North and East as a separate state for Tamils! Thereafter we have to kill every bastard who has supported and voted for Rajapakshas!

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    Dr Niroshan,is fact your English is excallant.My problem is you have avoid without answer to my essay.Hope you may NOT understood what I mean!13A proporsal is NOW you accpect there is no Indian dominiation or influance ,while your are arguing of Right of self-dertamianiation of Tamil people. Mr Ajith essay unable to relized differance between dialectic and metaphysics.
    Then we have be on side People of Iraq and Afgastian OR are with invaded by USA army,BRING DEMOCRACY TO ARAB LANDS? Can we justifiable US invension of Iraq and Afgastain as just cause? All your so-called hypotheses of implementation of 13th Amedend is not DIALECTICAL APPROCH.Once Mao Zedong said.”..liberalism rejects ideological struggle and stand for UNPRINCIPLE PEACE,thus giving rise to a decadent,Philistine attitude and bring about political degeneration..”
    This is one way or other of petty-bourgeois modes of thinkng.

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