23 October, 2017

Only In A Theocracy Is A Constitution Decided By The Clergy: People Not Sangha Must Choose Constitution

By Kumar David

Prof. Kumar David

It is satisfying when ideas come to fruition; case in point, the Single-Issue Common-Candidate suggestion struck gold in January 2015. Two months ago, I asked “Is this a Single Term Government?” and the phrase is now popular even in the Sinhala media. In 2015 when Jeremy Corbyn won leadership my prediction that support for Labour would surge has been spot-on and my post UK election forecast “Jeremy Corbyn: Britain’s next prime minister” is on track. The term duumvirate for the power apex in Lanka has found a buyer (free loader sans acknowledgement) and Dead-Left is selling well. Conversely, my plea for left unity has not won converts; the paradox of left sectarianism is that things that do not work in their theory, work in practice!

Anybody including a Nikaya is entitled to express and canvass views. Along with likeminded citizens I have the right to dissent. A three-quarter decent charter replacing JR’s iniquitous one will aid prosperity, unity and democracy. The stand taken by the Sangha Sabha on 4 July is lamentable and the fuller statement of Asgiriya a day or two earlier is inexplicable as it alleges provisions that, in fact, will not be in the constitution. The Island of 4 July under the prominent caption ‘Asgiriya Chapter Totally Rejects New Constitution’ reports: “The Asgiriya senior monks led by the Mahanayake declared that one of the objectives of the proposed new constitution was to make way for separatism and remove the foremost place given to Buddhism in the existing Constitution”.

This beats me. All public discussions and reports have stated that the Chapter on Buddhism will not be touched. The Prime Minister declared this in parliament and not one of the Subcommittee Reports mentions anything of the sort. The Joint Opposition is deliberately spreading the fib that the intention of the drafters and the government is to help evil Tamils and the remnants (if any) of the LTTE to divide the country, destroy Buddhism and install Federalism. Goebbelsian lies; what else do Joint Opposition (JO), Mahinda Rajapaksa, his cohorts and corrupt SLFP Cabinet Ministers aligned to the President, indulge in? Some hope to split the government as the corruption noose tightens round their necks. All SLFP Ministers agreed to the abolition of the Executive Presidency and a referendum to enact a new constitution when they supported the 9 January 2016 resolution in parliament to set up a Constitutional Assembly and to hold a referendum. It is regrettable that Asgiriya to now deceived by Joint Opposition fiction.

Why on earth would a Sinhala-Buddhist Prime Minister and an overwhelmingly Sinhala-Buddhist government want Federalism when the TNA hasn’t asked for it and the majority of Tamils don’t want it? That may be thanks to the Wigneswaran Chief Ministerial experience. What forces are planning to undermine Buddhism, destroy the Sinhalese race and promote separatism? In faked up JO mythology and decrepit Dead-Left ideology it is global imperialism. Even Vasudeva and Vitarana know this is an inane fairy tale; the public isn’t that dumb. It would be a pity if the clergy, of any religion, buys this JO-Dead Left con. But the Island report adds “The Mahanayke told visitors that an objective of the new constitution was to destroy the existing Buddhist environment and do away with the unitary status of the country to please foreign powers”. The only people who support a secular state are Marxists like this writer and enlightened liberals. Unfortunately, our number is small since cultural backwardness prevails in the country at large.

The report adds; “Most Ven. Gnanaratne thera warned that if the proposed Constitution sought to reduce the powers of the President it would have a negative impact on the unitary status of the state and pave way for the division of the country”. This again is contestable. Whether the executive powers of a president are reduced or not has no effect on the unitary status of a country. The United States is explicitly federal but the executive powers of the President are enormous; they are only limited by the division of power between the three branches (Executive, Legislative and Judicial) and unaffected by US federalism. Federalism and an executive presidency coexist stably. Unity is ensured by prosperity, pluralism and democratic traditions (E pluribus unum) not by adherence to the Christian faith (the US Constitution is explicitly and aggressively secular) or a bogus status conferred on American English (Spanish is de facto an official language in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Florida and other States I don’t know about).

The Indian President is a toothless figurehead. The constitution does not define States as federal though the Supreme Court has held that, de facto, India is federal. But none of this, one way or the other, has had any bearing on unity and sovereignty. Separatist tendencies in the 1960s in Tamil Nadu died out when India emerged as a strong unified market and it became clear to even the dumbest Tamil that being an Indian was a better than revanchist hogwash. The dismal failure of Hindu India to offer a materially and culturally fair deal to Muslim Kashmir will aggravate tension till this alienation ends. An efficacious market, linguistic and cultural pluralism, and constitutional secularism unite a nation. JR-type Bonapartist executive constitutions and Mahinda-type dictatorial uses of executive powers do not.

No more procrastination: Table the draft Constitution

Prime Minister Ranil was at pains to explain at the BMICH a few weeks ago that constitutions must not be rushed; there needs to be patient consultation till the fullest achievable consensus is reached; a substantial majority of the people and all communities must accept it. He was supported by a visiting dignitary, a retired South African Deputy Chief Justice. But surely, we are long past that stage, this has been dragging on for two years; Lal Wijenayake led a monumentally large public consultation process; six subject-wise Subcommittees reported back months ago. The drafters are ready to submit a first version within weeks of getting clearance. A Steering Committee interim version has existed for months.

Procrastination allows the Joint Opposition, dissident SLFP Ministers and trouble makers to sow dissension, split the government and undermine the constitution. President Sirisena is adamant about one thing only, being irresolute; he is unflinching about being impotent; his knees jellify when the sangha snaps its fingers. No more time should be given for the directionless to stagger this way and that. Table the draft now! Let the Steering Committee, Constitutional Assembly and parliament do some work instead of warming their bums. With public education and vigorous campaign the Joint Opposition and its fellow travellers can be defeated in the public arena and a referendum can be won.

True, a degree of uncertainty accompanies such forecasts because of unforeseeable splits; but one must act, not be frozen into inaction. There are a few legitimate issues still to sort out – should have been ironed out long ago – but foot dragging will not bring consensus closer. The following need to be resolved expeditiously:

1. Will there be s second chamber (Senate) and how will it be constituted?

2. What will be the partition of seats between first-past-the-post and proportional? What will be the mechanism of proportional allocation?

3. How will the right of the centre to override devolved provincial powers during an emergency be worded?

4. The separation of powers between Governors and Chief Ministers is surely worth revisiting. This is not a partisan but a technical exercise to be resolved by discussion.

5. The creation of a Constitutional Court and the extension of the judiciary to set up Courts of Appeal sitting in the provinces are unlikely to attract controversy.

One big headache is President Maithripala Sirisena’s congenital indecisiveness (personally he seems a decent man) but look at what he has done! Prior to his election he swore before the nation to abolish the executive presidency, but then, within days, he signed an agreement with the JHU promising not to do anything that requires ratification at a referendum – a stark, blatant, glaring contradiction. His advisors on constitutional matters are as dim-witted as his henchmen on electricity policy.

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    We are talking about politics covered with words llike human rights and democracy. Why only Sri lanka should have theocracy when every country in the world is dominated by a religion ?. Secondly, if christian Tamils say theocrqacy why should not majority Sinhala buddhists say, that the constitution should be chosen only by the buddhist monks ?

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      Jim softy the dimwit

      What is your question if you intend to ask one? Hurry up.

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        Native Veddo: Some one told me, you were used to live in the Panchikawatta area. Is that true ?. How did you get a luxury house ?

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        Native Vedda:
        You are WRONG about Jimbo. The creature exhibits a total lack of anything resembling wit and to call him a dimbulb is more than flattering: he is the guy who forgot to leave when they put all the lights out.

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    People, not politicians, must choose the new Constitution.

    Put the new constitution to a referendum.

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    Sri lanka needs amendments to the constitution but not a new one. A new constitution is needed for those who seek the demise of the buddhist dominated society. Ranil began it to make happy the NGOs and LTTE rump, most probably the christian block. but, Ranil knew how to over come it. That is why HIndu Tamils are at Sumanthiran. Other SinhalA Guy is LSSP and people never let LSSP destroy Sri lanka Again. LSSP changed the flag, language and the Sri lanka society. that is why LSSP is a fringe party and they will never become a powerful party eventhough Jackal Opposition tries that.

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      Jim softy the Dimwit

      “A new constitution is needed for those who seek the demise of the buddhist dominated society.”

      Do you think Lankies need a constitution? Do monkies know the value and importance of constitution?

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    As long as politicians are allowed to have a controlling power in drafting of the constitution, they will ensure to have controlling power in governance over the people. People would end up as slaves.

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    “Why on earth would a Sinhala-Buddhist Prime Minister and an overwhelmingly..”

    What an uncanny comment, Where did you find the courage to make this sort of statement.As far as Prime Ministers of our checker ed political history since 1948 are concerned we the Buddhist Sinhala people know who are and were the Buddhist leaders. So you being a Christian campaigning to eliminate our claim to be a Buddhist nation, do not have credentials to inform us legitimacy of the claims made by various scrupulous politicians in our Buddhist nation.

    Your love for Corbyn explains well your affinity to destructive forces. However,
    “People Not Sangha Must Choose Constitution” statement is laughable because you have attempted sugar coat the “bitter pill” designed and developed under the direction of present PM not elected by the people and who did not get a mandate to introduce a new constituion. First of all, PEOPLE did not ask for a NEW CONSTITUTION in January OR August 2015. Secondly People are not responsible for designing and developing this constitution; It is designed and developed by a couple of Atheist lawyers and Non-Buddhist entities. Process is blessed by highly vocal Christians like you.

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    Most progressive nations have resolved the conflict between clergy and state as well as the one between the crown (now replaced by the president) and the people. As long as Sri Lanka does not resolve this conflict, it will be under the direction of the backward looking Sinhala-Buddhist clergy mired in its narrow visions of keeping the people under their boots, enabling their comforts and suppliant obedience. The system enables unscrupulous politicians to ensure their continuance in power and progressive politicians to pull back on their reform for the fear that there will be riots on the streets that cannot be controlled. This must be put an end to in a decisive way so that the people know where they stand. The constitution must be made with justice to all people of Sri Lanka. The people of the country are willing to recognize the preeminence of Budhism but Buddhism itself does not require that. Yet, such recognition will receive acceptance as long as others are treated with justice.

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    “Why on earth would a Sinhala-Buddhist Prime Minister and …..”

    What laughable conclusion. We the Sinhala Buddhist are quite capable of determining which PM is (or was) Buddhist. One day you will say the same thing about SWRDB and his children.

    Intervention of Maha Sangha is timely, it is their duty to protect and preserve and develop and our nation under the Buddhist Teachings. We had “Parayas” interfering in our Buddhist/Hindu way of life since 1505. Enough is enough; the present attempt to introduce a new constitution is nothing but a well planned ploy to ensure the existence of “HEDONISTIC” culture and way of life introduced by “PARAYAS”. Your darling leads the that ignoble effort now.

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    The Tamils forcefully that minority dictated the terms and conditions of Federalist to be proposed “New”constitution . This is not democracy of majority .It is bullying name of so-called LEFT -Politics by bargaining for an Island for separatism. We Sri Lankan cannot agreed, what ever conditions proposed by UNP LSSP(R),and TNA leadership.
    We lost confidence of UNP leadership and CBK Federalist of revisit politics of Tamil ideology of partition of our land.. for Tamil-Homeland!

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      Saman Adikari

      “The Tamils forcefully that minority dictated the terms and conditions of Federalist to be proposed “New”constitution .”

      If you are fortunate to have perused the draft constitution will you let have a copy before we start talking about it?

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        NAtive Vedda: YOu want a copy then you have the next thing to fight for. Why don’t you ask Sumanthiran ?

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          Jimsofty the dimwit

          Please read my comments carefully before you start knocking on your old computer. When you type focus on what you type. Also type with 10 fingers.

          We know you need to hold your Willi with one/two hand(s).

          According to Saman Adikari he had studied the draft carefully hence the rendition of an opinion. After studying his comment it is natural for anyone curious to delve deeply into the subject.

          As the official Dimwit of this forum you must at least stand back and learn what is being discussed in this forum. If you have a problem please contact Tamil from the North. He also lives in Canada (the word Canada comes from Huron-Iroquois word “kanata,” which means village). Tamil from the North has years of bottled up anger against the Sinhala/Buddhist polluting fascists. He believes he has to cleanse them starting with you first. I am not sure what he means by cleansing.

          Good luck.

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            Native Vedda: It is not only the Dalit Tamil Refugee living in Keneda that got petrol on his back, it looks you are hurt by that too. Running around barking.

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    Hey David;

    What do you think about Sinhala Buddhists, let me quote what you wrote in one of newspapers in Sri Lanka and later it was used by LTTE to galvanised support of unsuspecting innocent Tamils in the Northern and Eastern Provinces: “

    “However, David asserts that he “cannot envision an “Expatriate Tamil Brigade”, like the world Jewish community which stormed Palestine after World War I, “landing on the shores of the Wanni.” He adds, the diaspora, however, “can drive the nationalist movement forward for decades, irrespective of the outcome of today’s military campaigns.” On the possibility of the ascendance of Tamil nationalism, “LTTE will suffer a knockout blow or eventually tie the military up in knots,” Prof David says, “if the LTTE strikes back effectively, Tamil nationalism will ride high again and changes will accelerate in the southern polity,” and ponders that in this scenario whether the Rajapaksa regime will be destroyed “at the hands of its own people.” Prof David surmises that if the compromise view that “LTTE is not invincible, but will not be entirely vanquished either,” is correct then “there will be a period of depression and disillusionment followed by the eruption of new politico-military struggles.” Also you said;
    “I envisage a much bigger role for Southern Tamils in alliance with radical Sinhalese; the process will take a year or two to mature but Southern Tamils will come out of their shell since the regime is politically bankrupt. Faster reactions will be in the diaspora and in South India; a prominent role in Tamil nationalism will accrue to the diaspora, and it will be effective”

    We all know what happened .Your newly found wisdom about bogus constitutional making process lead by Non Buddhist entities is nothing but a result of delusional stage that you are going through right now.

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    Prof Kumar David has reached the Anandasangaree-state of “I said so” about 20 years too early – Sangaree is 84.
    In 2014/2015 the British media minced Corbyn to the extent, his supporters decided to vote instead of abstain. He will be a good opposition leader. Will he be the next PM? Blair will not allow this.
    The paragraph “The Indian President is a toothless figurehead……..” is meaningless. So is the Head of State of UK, Germany, Singapore amongst others.
    In SL the Sangha is being manipulated by………..”. There is counter manipulation going on. The Sangha stand “A new constitution is NOT needed” show their ignorance.
    What is the meaning/purpose of your lament “……….Conversely, my plea for left unity has not won converts; the paradox of left sectarianism is that things that do not work in their theory, work in practice!………”?
    Wimal/Dinesh ilk will claim that they are sectarian lefts. Are they?
    One of the banes in Lankan “democracy” is MPs crossing over. Banning this will reduce the need to have jumbo cabinets.

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    French Society cleansed itself by cleansing the society of the curse of the robe. Why not repeat the French story.

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      Upali Wickramasinghe

      “Why not repeat the French story.”

      Because French Renaissance happened between 15 an 17th century. In Sri Lanka the culture is determined by and country is run by the Neanderthals There is a huge difference between a renaissance man and a Neanderthal.

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      Upali Wickremasinghe….

      Well said.

      There was a Chinese king in the 8th century who did the same. He felt the behavior of Buddhist clergy were an impediment to development.

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    The David proposed five conditions of New Constitution of is more than “Separation of power” for mainly Home land….. for Tamils under covered operation of axis of LTTE -TNA, political game changes is that role played by David Left-wing mask!!!.
    The two issues with references ;
    1 Land power to Tamils only in North and East for homeland that proposed constitutional the key of New Republic by Tamil left, TNA and LTTE nexus to Tamil Diaspora.
    2 Among others by LTTE demand armed Terriosim in Island wide by Tamils of few hand brought issues of Police powers North-Eastern “center stage” of Constitutional reform in Provincial Councils in North -East.
    Why is that David so much interest of” New” Constitution proposed by Left-wing mask of power devolution, its role is absolutely central to the realization of home-land -Tamils in Sri Lankan in today ‘s conditions back by MS, UNP-Ranil.s Wicks and CBK idea Federalist of Tamils.
    The aim of “New” Constitution divided nation after 2600 years existence on the basis unending diversity of linguistic ,religion, ethnic and culture etc— move towards, its diversities and in favors of Partition of our land a substantially which thay undermine Unitary character of State and their people——-Sri Lankan. .
    This is also Tamils -chauvinist aspiration of substantially to created New Tamil bourgeoisie of New Middle class in Sri lanka.

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    Nothing is valid without Maha Nayaka theros’ approval.
    “Buddha Sasanaya” is superior to the parliament and Buddhist monks have been the guardians of Sri Lanka for more than 2500 years.

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      John,

      Why have a Parliament?

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    John

    Sure Maha Sangha is the first parliament and what we have in Battaramulle is just a mock parliament, just mouth pieces of the first parliament.We could Asgiriya as the unoffcial senate.

    The members of the first parliament in Asgiriya are not elected and so we obviously do not have any democracy only a mockery to cheat and get benefits from the International community.

    This is correctly ‘Sinhala Buddhism’ not the ‘Buddha Buddhism’. Thanks for coming out with the truth.

    Just like you John using a English name to hoodwink every body. Aren’t you just ashamed of you? Yes you are when you are shy of your own name and want a European name to whom you are critical.

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    In Sri Lanka the constitution is not decided even by the people let alone Maha Sangha. It is decide by Pakisothi and NGO crooks.

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    Buddhist clergy must confine themselves to propagate Dhamma. They can express their opinion on consitution making but cannot dictate terms as they are one among other voters.

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    Being a Buddhist does not make one to be declared as a graduated person. Most of them claim to be Buddhist by going to temple and listening to bana. But there is any thing of value in their upstairs. Otherwise why should they turn to Maha Sanga for each and everything? Why should Maha Sanga think that Buddhism is a constitution? Or even claim Buddhism should be given a prominent place in the constitution? As a non Buddhist I am sure the religion will last as long as people become ‘understanders’ of religion without any support from the state. Nobody will bother about religions in time to come.

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    The Sangha owes moch of its perceived clout to the compromises that poltical parties made with it.
    After the assassination of SWRDB, the clergy was at kept at a political distance.
    Then came Dudley and the pampering of the clergy and the Poya week which the PA got rid of by making concessions. The constitution of 1972 was a let down. Since then it has been a slippery slope.
    *
    AKD will do well to remember the day in 1972 that Comrade Colvin and some of his LSSP colleagues carried flower baskets to the Maligawa.

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      SJ

      “The constitution of 1972 was a let down. Since then it has been a slippery slope.”

      It was milestone in Sri Lanka’s history of achievements a personal triumph for the weeping widow and her so called lefties. It was a mistake when the Tamils boycotted it. The Sinhala/Buddhist socialist constitution was good for the minorities. But then as usual the Tamils blew it.

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        “” achievements a personal triumph””
        It was in fact an achievement for the not really white but skin peeling Goni billas moroccan Bad- U-Din to hold monopoly and eat camel poo. Then import only so that offshore accounts can be held- sell the silver ware- she was no weeper she was the classic kussi amma and all her friends were so. Who was Indira? But a broken marriage that was forced down her throat to an Iranian She never passed at Oxford was a full time failure – just another thick woman and Kissinger said he could not read her but when he sent the 7th fleet on 8th day she ran with her tail between her legs. Did you see that style in Maggie or Golda Meir??
        You are a villager and not aware of Colombo 7 where we were born, bred and observed. We understood every grape wine whether it was JR or SriMao both of constitution. Pasku signed docs not order alone but on impulse too like most civil servants because they stole every school too- fool passion rules the world rationality is the last thing you see in their faces.
        So now it’s the Dope hub of south Asia and Ravi wanted it to be a money laundering centre too. The pythons are intermarried and grow with offshore accounts- that’s how most islands of the world are governed now the Clintons love the control for Libtards. The locals of Spain who hold accounts at Gibraltar would be exposed but not the business registered there. So Spanish public want it back and the American base is run by Spanish thanks to Franco negotiation. You must know the locals I am hinting at if you have any mind. 3 wallawes, the others are making it too. while the rest eat cheap dirt and get infected by dengu maduruvo.

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    Prof David, there are neither theocracies nor democracies in this world.What we have are mixtures of several xxx cracies and that’s why the world has become a half-crazy place.
    In Sri Lanka the Buddhist clergy is a deciding factor; you know it because iconic monk, Ven. Sobhita played the deciding role in bringing in Yahapalanaya to power in 2015. However, when everything went wrong he too had apparently told MR who visited him at the hospital: “Mahattayo! Apata Veraduna”) Sir! we made stupid blunder” (translation with the tone it is uttered)!
    Now, the clergy is even more careful! What they say is: attend to burning issues, and constitution is not one of them’.
    Prof David! do you understand it? Or you too are playing hide and seek with SL’s burning issues as you and many CT writers had done so far!

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    This bugger once proposed Ven Sobhitha to be a presidential candidate! From which end of his anatomy does he talk now?

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      Hela

      “From which end of his anatomy does he talk now?”

      I am sorry he does it from his mouth and you from HLD M’s bottom part. Is it other way around?

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    “Why on earth would a Sinhala-Buddhist Prime Minister and an overwhelmingly Sinhala-Buddhist government want Federalism when the TNA hasn’t asked for it………”

    For this fellow lying is an art form.

    We know what M A Sumanthiran said to his followers in the North. Expect not to have the F word in the constitution but expect it in all other respects.

    Whom does this fellow try to fool?

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      Hela

      Its you again.

      “Whom does this fellow try to fool?”

      Did he ever try to fool you? Does your face look like fool inviting intelligent people to take you for a ride. ————- We cannot help you as you know some of you have the face, mannerism, voice, attitudes ……………… that makes you vulnerable or a butt of joke.

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    “The constitution does not define States as federal though the Supreme Court has held that, de facto, India is federal. But none of this, one way or the other, has had any bearing on unity and sovereignty. Separatist tendencies in the 1960s in Tamil Nadu died out when India emerged as a strong unified market and it became clear to even the dumbest Tamil…….”

    Lying again……

    Separatist tendencies in the 1960s in Tamil Nadu died because of specific legislation banning separatism. Not because of the BS mentioned above.

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      Hela

      Its you again.

      Could you cite the legislation? I believe you are a Hindia watcher. You need something to do in your life hence carry on being the constitutional expert on India.

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      Hela
      The DMK realised by the mid-50’s that Dravidanadu was dead duck. Their priorities had changed on many matters; Nehru used the Sino-Indian border conflict to legislate against secession and the DMK jumped at the opportunity.
      The serious separatist movements were in Punjab, Nagaland, Manipur, and Kashmir. (The last three were occupied by India.) Legislation against secession did not resolve the problem.

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        SJ, so you accept DMK stopped their separatist demand citing Nehru’s legislation against secession. Nehru didn’t pass legislation banning secession for fun.

        Please tell the dumb vedda who is searching that particular piece of legislation.

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          I seriously doubt if Nehru took the DMK seriously enough to target just them in his legislation of 1963.
          He had Punjab and Kashmir and trouble in the East, which were more real.
          The Dravidian state story was first dumped by its author EVR, better known as Periyar, by 1948. Some leaders of the DMK abandoned separatism around 1960.
          The DMK thrived on the anti-Hindi theme for a long while from around 1952 until the 1970’s by when the DMK and its clone dominated politics in Tamilnadu.
          *
          The DMK was only waiting for an excuse to dump Dravidanadu and Nehru gave it to them at no cost.
          Even today, the Tamil nationalists in South India who want a Tamil Eelam go mum on an independent Tamil state in India. They dot not even speak up for Kashmir.
          *
          If you think that someone is a joker, just ignore him/her.

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          He may be dumb but you are deaf like door knob with the cart before the horse.
          India to Ceylon as mapped by the anglo americans- 3.287 million km²- 65,610 km²
          and you are just mumbo jumbo gembo from a gembage mulla in the south and how many km² is that ? you are not even from the capital colombo 7 where every decision takes place but a sarong jonney like SWRDB.
          palyan yakoooo.

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