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Opposition Unity And The Return Of The Uncle Nephew Party

By Dayan Jayatilleka –

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

The jury is no longer out on the UNP-led protest rally in Colombo last week and what it revealed about the state of that party. The Sunday Times (Colombo), the newspaper least sympathetic to the government, most hostile to the UNP’s dissidents and the most charitable to the existing opposition leadership carried this definitive assessment in the column by its Political Editor.

“…Barely hours after the Magistrate’s order, a crowd of some 2,000 gathered for the protest…The organisers of the event had expected to muster a crowd of at least 5,000 from Colombo, Gampaha and Kalutara areas. The lower turnout to an event led by the country’s main opposition to protest the army killings at Weliweriya on August 1 – a fortnight ago, and other burning issues affecting the people, does not speak well for the grand old party. It perhaps would have made a difference if behind-the-scene moves to rope in both the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) and its breakaway Frontline Socialist Party (FSP) succeeded. Both were to turn down covert overtures made. However, former General Sarath Fonseka’s Democratic Party was not asked.

…Going by the UNP’s own estimate of mustering a 5,000 crowd, not the best for the main opposition, the question that begs answer is whether the Police Department, recently beefed up with all the anti-riot paraphernalia could not have coped with it. Egregious enough, it is even more absurd when it ends up with a turnout of only some 2,000. Senior Police officials, who do not wish to be named, concede that there had been occasions when trade union events outside the Fort Railway Station have drawn crowds much higher than this number.” (‘As Pillay comes, Govt. faces more HR issues’, ST, Aug 18, 2013)

This upcoming week the UNP is supposed to sign an agreement with several Opposition parties. The common program is already in circulation. It is fairly decent one except for the opening point which is the abolition of the presidency and its substitution by an executive Prime Minister responsible to parliament—the very situation in which the most disastrous legislation was passed in 1956 and 1972. But that is not my main point. The entire exercise is politically pathetic.

The UNP was once the country’s single largest party, which is one of the reasons that JR Jayewardene opted for proportional representation. It was the UNP’s practice to form alliances only with parties which had a significant mass base. The paradigmatic alliance was between the UNP and the CWC led by S. Thondaman Sr. The alliance that will be declared on Tuesday is nothing remotely comparable.

The logic underlying any opposition bloc of significance is that it brings together the main tendencies of the opposition, which would otherwise be divided.  Thus the Sri Lanka Freedom Party realized decades ago that it could only come into office if it stood at the head of the Centre-Left alliance.

The irony is that the UNP has on its side a man, Mr Samaraweera, who helped forge one of the most effective oppositional alliances in recent Sri Lankan history. That alliance was between the SLFP and JVP.

The opposition alliance that is about to be formed by the UNP is nothing remotely as significant, from the point of view of mass support as the SLFP-JVP bloc that threw out Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

The exceedingly modest gathering that the UNP and these smaller entities were able to rally in Colombo last week is evidence of the lack of pulling power that the alliance suffers from.  The UNP gains nothing, apart possibly from a fig leaf, by association with these smaller parties. The smaller parties merely discredit themselves by association with a UNP led by Mr Wickremesinghe. The collective profile of this bloc of personalities starting with Mr Wickremesinghe is one of those who opposed or criticised the war and supported the CFA. If they are made to answer the questions (a) “is it a good thing that the Sri Lankan armed forces defeated the LTTE and destroyed its leadership?” (b) “Were you right or wrong when you opposed the war?” one shudders to think of what the answers might be and how they would look and sound to a national television audience.

The only meaningful Opposition alliance would be one that brings together the UNP, JVP and FSP, or at least the UNP and JVP. It is exceedingly doubtful that this would be possible with Mr Wickremesinghe at the helm.  However, there are precedents of UNP-JVP interaction. As leader of the Opposition, JR Jayewardene was able to arrive at an understanding with the incarcerated JVP through the mediation of Ronnie and Mallika de Mel.  During the first term of the Jayewardene presidency there was a parallelism if not a pincer between the UNP and JVP in attacking the Bandaranaike leadership of the defeated SLFP. This pincer came apart with the UNP’s framing of the JVP for Black July ’83.

The relationship with the UNP wasn’t altogether abandoned though. Through the 1980s, even while the Southern civil war was raging and the JVP was murdering UNP members, there was a tacit understanding between the JVP and Mr Premadasa which broke down thanks to the hardliners within the JVP Politbureau (or the JVP’s inability to rein in its enraged militants) only months after he assumed the Presidency.

When Karu Jayasuriya was elected mayor of Colombo in 1997 he embarked upon a fairly radical program of privatisation in the interests of efficiency, with no obstructionist agitation on the part of the JVP opposition in the Council, led by Wimal Weerawansa (who at the time was at his most radical).

The point is that it takes someone quite considerably different from the economically neo-liberal, LTTE appeasing Ranil Wickremesinghe at the helm of the UNP, to return to those days of tacit cooperation. Being seen to have any kind of association with Ranil Wickremesinghe and the oddball Opposition around him would have a devastating effect on the morale of the rank and file cadre of the JVP (and the FSP) and the prestige of the student and worker organizations under their leadership.

Paradoxically, though the UNP has deviated from or simply abandoned many of its traditions, it has revived another. The pity is that while it has dropped its traditional strengths it has revived a traditional vulnerability and weakness. In the decades after Independence, right up to 1973, the UNP was derisively referred to as the Uncle Nephew Party. JR Jayewardene and Ranasinghe Premadasa determinedly liberated the UNP from the yoke of familial succession, but not durably it seems. Once again the UNP is becoming an Uncle Nephew Party, with the word on the grapevine being that the uncle will hold on until the nephew can succeed him and that the conservative elitism of the UNP’s top layers is such that they will prefer to await the nephew rather than opt swiftly for an obviously more popular and nationally known personality–even if the party is on the verge of implosive collapse and only a moderate nationalist (young or old) can salvage it from self-destruction.

Ironically, the negative tradition that the UNP is reviving, has, this time around, not even the redeeming features that the original model had. The original uncle and nephew of the Uncle Nephew Party could always attract a large gathering. Sadly as the recent rally in the Fort proved, in Uncle Nephew Party Mark II, neither uncle nor nephew, nor the combination, have anything remotely like an adequate degree of resonance among the people.

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    UNP is unable to make any alliances of significance due to RW’s dictatorial tendencies. The same problem afflicts the UNP organisational structure where his dictat reigns. People say that he is incorruptible and honest but these qualities alone will not carry. Primariliy he needs leadership skills. A man who is unable to keep his own party together cannot succeed in winning over the nation and people.

    That is the stark truth which eludes the hierarchy of the UNP. If this fact can be accepted the rest will follow and the UNP can make the correct decisions to give a place to members more atuned to the pulse of the electorate. The formation of neccesary alliances would follow.

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      Ranil appointed all weak people to its wings.Ranil must bring the the wings to Karu, Ravi Gayan, Mayantha Imthiyas & Mangalato portfolios. Sri nath & Gamage not even can collect 2000 people from all island.Need to bring the General SF & JVP to correct place. They can do lot.Go united opposition.

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        Dayan Jayatilake is a Spent Force. He is desperately trying to find some topic to stay in focus. When MR drops the 13th and Devolution after the CHOGM, Dyan will have to Shut UP. At the moment he is like the Devil breaking all the Pots and Pans before leaving. This is nothing but retribution for Intellectual Dishonesty.

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          Gamini is correct about Dayan. The 13th Amendment which was brought in because of the LTTE’s sacrifices, was DOA and was never implemented. Now, after killing over 5,000 LTTE Freedom Fighters and murdering 100,00 innocent Tamil civilians discussing the 13th amendment is a very mute point.

          The Tamil-Sinhala WAR is still alive and well and that is the cancer of the Island. 13th amendment is just a PANADOL and it will not cure the Cancer.

          As for DJ’s article is more rubbish and ridiculous information and written like a DONKEY, and Idiot. But DJ is not those two but a real cunning poisonous snake as well as Selfish,. He has absolutely NO political and diplomatic future. He will be like a Pariah dog barking at the moon.

          His crowd numbers are all wrong and the question is why doesn’t the Police put out the reliable numbers???

          I spoke to 2 top UNP officials who claim that the numbers were close to 4,000. Not certain whom to believe. Not Jayatileke, Iqbal Athas or Singha Ratnatunge…. All have their own little games to play and have their own agenda.

          By the way, The Uncle is in Delhi having discussions with the powers of the GOI, and the opposition BJP. Buggers in Colombo have no freaking idea what goes on in their bloody neighborhood and write like Pandithayas and know it all.

          TNA will visit Delhi and Washington in September and October where dates have not been finalized. The morons in Colombo should realize that TNA has every bloody right to meet and discuss with TGTE, GTF and any other Tamil “cultural organizations” pretending to be Political O’s. or HR O’s. TGTE is not banned in the USA, Canada, UK or EU and it never will be.

          If donkeys like Dayan think and provoke extremist Buddhist Sinhala chauvinist that TGTE is the enemy of the State, then why not campaign to BAN it. That will only make the one man organization with the 2 Bull Dogs which have become the Prime minister’s poodles, more popular and well recognized. That will be another stupid move by the Sinhala extremist and US war criminals. (The 4), and R brother’s and Sons. (DJ Have you heard of the word Family Bandyism, Cronyism and Nepotism? So why are you like a Donkey braying about the UNP)? All the time? Are you paid by those Hambantota Monkeys?

          Donald Gnanakone.

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            nicely written Mr.DG

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            LTTE’s sacrifice? What are they? Smuggling using other’s boats and killing Tamils? Your family also helped LTTE’s smuggling.

            It is not sacrifice you idiot!

            LTTE is a cooli force and worked for the interest of UNP like you!

            13th Amendment never vanish because it is part of the Indo-Lanka agreement of 1987. As far as India there 13th Amendment also will be there.

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          gamini,

          I will take any bet with you for any amount to confirm that MR will not only give 13 but will give 13++++ to the North.

          MR is the biggest showman double character in Sri Lanka’s history and it takes time to study the showman.

          You know what……In order to stay in Power MR will not only sell the whole of Sri Lanka, but even offer his own personal property to the one who demands from him just to stay in power. It takes hell of a long time to study the character.

          Please take my word today with this comment I say on giving 13++ to North.

          GLP going to India is part of the package deal. There are over one Million Sri Lanka Tamil Diaspora community waiting to come back to Sri Lanka, and they know that they will have to come back when the economies of those countries get shrunk. Also India has over 100,000 Tamil refugees waiting to come back, waiting for 13++.

          MR is already in catch 22. How come Deshapremi Wimale and JHU Omalpe Sobhitha Thero, Athuraliye Ratana are silent now on 13th Amendment. Where’s their Hi talk and fast unto death campaign. Where is BBS badu sena etc… Rajapakse knows the game of Carrot and stick theory and he does play the game well. No difference after CHOGM.

          You say Dr.Dayan is a spent force…….and Dayan will have to Shut UP………..Haven’t you studied Rajapakses seeni bola theory…..the one he used on Dayasiri Jayasekera, VP and may be on CW GS Sharma also.

          Under Rajapakse’s anything is possible……and may be soon Dr.Dayan could be called to join our USA NY, UN team……again by the comedy master.

          In Rajapakse comedy club, everybody is a clown and he let them dance to his tune.

          Get ready to eat Punnakku…..while the great showman play Casino drinking Whiskey with Paba by the side……No cattle slaughter is the beginning.

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            Mahhela, MR is planning to have the Presidential Election next year 2014 as anything beyond will dilute the Power of the Common Wealth mantle and further the Economic repercussions will increase. The next Presidential Election is going to be a three cornered fight with CBK entering the fray. MR I believe is trying to woo the Sinhala Buddhist vote by removing the 13th and holding the NPC election next year before the Presidential Election. MR will possibly grant 13+ unwritten to KP when he finally comes out to take the North, after the TNA’s withdrawal from contesting the NPC sans the 13th. Anyway let us wait and see as it is not very far away.

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            You may be right. Buruwanse and others stay silent these days as if they are made silent.

            And the man MR can only be removed by Premadasa, Lalith A, Gamini Di or Kadirgamar a kind of manner. But the situation to approach him can be much more difficult EVEN if almost everyone of us hates the man today.

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      Safa,

      Yes I agree with you. Ranil’s dictatorial tendencies are only aimed at firing his own UNPers from the party.

      But when it’s come to Criticizing Dictator Rajapakse, Ranil acts like a Poodle. Have you ever seen Ranil attacks or challenges Rajapakses on any given issue in public…….No.

      Ranil is a Poodle when it comes to openly challenge Rajapakses, but uses his magic wand only against his own party members.

      Yes, Ranils coward double game, double acting showmanship is questionable.

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      Uncles = All Rajapakse brothers
      Nephews = All Rajapakse sons
      But, it goes further to include in-laws, illegitimate children, and beyond.

      Not to forget, the boot lickers too.

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    Both Uncle Nephew Party and Sri Lanka FAMILY PARTY are responsible for TAMIL GENOCIDE.

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      Now Kirriyela, a UNP minister says Sarath Fonseka speaking to Navaneetham Pillai can save Sri Lanka from accusations of war crimes. Does he think influencing Navi can wipe out all the hard evidence gathered during the last four years? It’s really a joke because Sarath is a prime accused directly responsible for giving orders to the armed forces.

      Does the UNP also want to pull the wool over the eyes of the international community like what Nambiar of the UN did at the end of the war.

      This shows that the two major parties the opposite sides of the same Sinhala majoritarian coin; they will never bring any justice to 147,000 Tamils massacred in Mullivaaikkaal, or several thousand Tamils who disappeared during and after the war.

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      ….as is the diaspora funded LTTE and TNA.

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      The LTTE too

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      But LTTE joined UNP. Why?

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      Anpu, It was not the UNP or the SLFP that was responsible for Tamil Genocide. It was Prabhakaran and his advisers from afar, who were determined not to come to the Negotiation table that were responsible!

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        Sanjay – who created LTTE?
        Without any doubt both Uncle Nephew & SriLanka Family parties.

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          Anpu-
          “and his advisers from afar, who were determined not to come to the Negotiation table, that were responsible!”
          My comment was not about the ‘creation of the LTTE’, but about their refusal to come to the negotiation Table, at a time when a settlement was possible!

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            Tx Sanjay. I know you are commenting on LTTE….
            But what I am trying to say is that the main fault lies Uncle Nephew Party and the Sri Lanka Family party.
            “have alternately ruled Sri Lanka for the past six decades, despite a number of attempts to reach such a consensus, have at crucial moments backtracked to return to what has been described as ‘acrimonious competition’”
            http://www.india-seminar.com/2007/576/576_jayadeva_uyangoda.htm

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            “Current unrest in Sri Lanka can be traced back to the middle of the last century when Tamils were comparatively doing well in education and business. Sinhala extremists in Sri Lanka couldn’t digest the fact that Tamils still being a minority, dominating education and business. Since 1950, almost every ten years, Tamils were killed in thousands and their properties were burned to ashes. ****These attacks were always masterminded by the Sinhala rulers who were in power.*****

            In the last thirty years, with the excuse of War on Terror, Sri Lanka has managed to destroy most of the homes, Schools, libraries, hospitals, factories and farms in the Tamil areas. Sri Lankan Tamils who were once, one of the most literate and prosperous people groups in the South East Asia is now fighting for their bare survival. “

            http://my.telegraph.co.uk/richarddixons/richarddixon/15111229/Can_the_new_King_of_Sri_Lanka_bring_deliverance_to_the_Tamils/

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            “The LTTE did not come into being or grow into a world-class terror outfit in a vacuum. Without the Sinhala Only, the Tiger may have remained unborn. Without the Black July, the Tiger may not have grown exponentially. If the B-C Pact and the D-C Pact did not miscarry (thanks to the midwifery of Sinhala extremism), the LTTE, even if it was born, would have remained a fringe group.
            The Tiger was born out of Tamil discontent and alienation; it fed on Tamil fear and anger. A policy of preventing a Tiger-resurgence needs to take this history into account. Gotabhaya Rajapaksa may be labouring day and night to prevent a Tiger-resurgence. But the militaristic approach and Sinhala supremacist policies of the Family cannot but fan those old-embers of Tamil fear and ire into new-life.”

            Tisaranee Gunasekara http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2011/10/30/oppressed-north-lawless-south/

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            Sanjay, This is what I found about LTTE not going to negotiating table –
            During the negotiations with Ranil LTTE refused to go for any further negotiations as Ranil never implemented any matters agreed in the earlier meetings. In the Washington negotiations, Ranil went for the meeting when LTTE was barred from entering US. That was when further negotiations was abandoned.

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          LTTE was created by UK/USA to support UNP and go against India. LTTE was a criminal gang headed by VVT smugglers. How can you justify LTTE when it joined with UNP to scuttle everything or killed and robbed thousands of Tamil people?

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        What happened to LLRC? Is Prabhakaran stopping implementing it?

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          No No No… Rajapakse wanted to implement it, he even ordered it, but his assistants and associates FORGOT it. That’s what Rajiva claims!!!!

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    Dayan, The UNP is dead with Ranil, Karu and Sajith…

    CBK (with Rosy Senanayake for PM and moral support from SF) will need to be be the next joint opposition candidate for President – to give Rajapassa criminals a run for their money..

    The whole corrupt political culture and system of Lanka needs realignment.. You’ll be able to think that through.. Today politicians and so-called law makers are the biggest law breakers.

    Meanwhile, you, me we, need working on this premise and do the ground work, the paper work, for CBK to lead the defeat of the Rajapassa brothers and their favourite opposition dictator – Ranil Wickramasinghe.

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      None of the present day political rogues of Sri Lanka, be it CBK, SF,MR or RW will be able to solve the ethnic and religious problems because they all run to the chauvinistic Mahnayakes for blessings!

      They will also continue with the long established practice of pandering to the Sinhala Buddhist chauvinism of the society to win votes as a short cut to power.

      We need a creative, innovatively thinking politician to lead Sri Lanka if it is to survive as one entity.

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        But TNA Sambanthan is in support of Sarath Fonseka and UNP. Why? Does he belive UNP will solve the “problem?”

        Your beloved LTTE also joined the same UNP.

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          Enemy’s enemy is your friend, my friend!

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      Trying to fish in troubled waters? What Wishful thinking?

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        Shutup you idiot! UNP is already the enemy of Tamils. LTTE, FP and Sambanthan joined the enemy.

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      Agree. We have a problem in opposition.

      Rajapassa is very saisfied with that.

      However, CBK is hardly the solution.

      She had 12 years with unlimited power at the Presidnetial office. Results were absolutely dismal. CBK is past.

      CBK might be desperate tograb power one way or the other.

      But, that is not Sri Lanka’s problem. We have a country to run. A nation to build.

      Power hunger of corrupt famileis is not the issue.

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        Agree Ben, What do you suggest? We dont need this despot. At the same time we have no hopes in the opposition. What do we do here?
        SF is someone hardly we talk about. Whos then?
        Are we doomed?
        Or is it going to be Rajapaksa after Rajapaksa and we keep showing our anger here by writing few lines?

        To me the only hope is Ranil, like it or not, there is no other choice. he is educated, he is decent and he has diplomacy the problem with him is that he is over qualified to Sri Lankans duffers.

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          Ranil is better than both Maha Raja & CBK. But the improvement will be marginal at best or minimal at worst. There will be a gain if he is elected. But, hardly enough. Sri Lanka needs real change.

          Reasons are there for anyone with a brain to see. Ranil has a questionable HR past as well. He is sorrounded by an elite clique of family and friends. The way UNP is governed reveals how SL will be run by him. Not amusing nor promising.

          I understand your frustration and share it.

          Uncle Nephew Party (UNP) and Sri Lanka Family Party (SLFP) are a curse to Sri Lanka. These two highly corrupt parties choke the emergence of any new talent to lead Sri Lanka. That way the corrupt top echelon of politics can carry on business as usual.

          We must refuse accept the status quo. Been doing that far too long.

          Sri Lankans excel in every other field all over the world. Except in governance of SL. NASA alone employs countless Sri Lankans.

          Sri Lanka has an abundance of talented, honest, remarkable people. Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims, Burghers and others.

          Educated or not decent citizens who love Sri Lanka must rise. Take charge of our country.

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            Fare enough, Thanks for your input.
            No doubt about Srilankans talants, the humor, the laughter for sure. Specially when are away.
            Expecting young fresh faces in the SL politics is a dream right now. Besides its too difficult to form a new party in this country. Lalith + Gamini failed past. SF started recently with a bang and now we hardly hear from him.
            CBK is a gone case. She is highly resposible for whats happening today. Sajith is immature and may i say he is on the fence or lost?. Karu was a fine product once but he ran desperately for unnecessary runs and ran hilself out a few times.
            to be honest its absolute chaos right now.
            We will have to do something as this country is deteriorating every day every hour. The future is so bleak.
            Literally its anarchy.

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      Last election in 2010 made it clear that many in the north are the side of UNP.
      Many comments from Tamil srilankens further show that Chandrika ^s views are far closer in finding solution than those of MR thug outfit.

      So, if UNP with Chandrika would come together – the gap 20% as DJ pointed out lately wont be unable to achieve. But can this be a reality since CBK has clearly stated that she has no intentions to return to politics. This she has reiterated in the recent past.
      The other alternative would be UNP, JVP and other minor but dissident parties together with SF could easily defeat MR and thugs. Longer they wait, the wider the gap between MR and the opposition will be. Seniors should have to react today for a better tomorrow.

      As I myself feel it – nobody would grasp it why the stupid and naive masses seem to have no idea of the danger with MR and thugs. Professionals should start awareness programs to feed those folks with facts and figures – from the village levels.

      Lanka is sinking :( :(

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    Dayan Jayatilleka. You want the UNP out of the scenario? Nobody else to come in its place to demolish the corrupt and murderous government. This means you want Rajapakse to continue? But no use to you because the bloody High King will not give you anymore crumbs

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      On one hand, DJ seems to be totally against the ruling maraurders, in the same time, he is accusing the UNP of being not powerful enough. People like me are today stay puzzeled not being able to realize the ground reality of lanken politics.
      Why cant DJ, TK and Rajiva W be the ones to come with all the facts to defeat current murdersous regime of MR ? If DJ is that genuine why to beat about the bush ?

      The harm this kind of senior people have made in order most corrupted ones to be able to strenghtehn their powers is irreparable now. All what they left to be done is – stregthen the hands of the opposition, BUT before being killed by MR thugs soon.

      I have no doubt in my minde, MR is merciless IRC man when it is to take the life of anyone. He has proved that enough by very recent incidents that any good political leader could handle humanly, but failed by him.

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      Nope, on the contrary, as the record will show. I’ve always wanted a better UNP leadership so that the Opposition could be stronger and the Government more constrained or smoothly replaceable. My public support for regime change within the UNP dates back to 1997.

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        DR. DJ Why dont you elaborate on this with another article.
        If the current leadership is that weak then who to take the rein from the present leadership. And who?

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          Ranil never give up the leadership.sajith is worse than Ranil.Next election will end the unp or Ranil.If Ranil can change little the party wings,can easily win the Kandy base Provincial council.This Gamage Tissa & Srinath what done last years to party.

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        Those who seriously expect a change in lanken politics, must not come with all low level criticisms on UNP, that can only retard the us further.
        What is imperative is to build up a coalition to go against ruling thugs. I am glad to read the comments put by DJ yesterday without being scared to open what he feels is right – the many would speak out their hearts soon – this is my hope. Then people of this country will see the depth of the situation finally :(

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        Out of curiosity, is it Ruwan Wijewardene that you refer to as nephew? He is a cousin. Ruwan is nephew to JR but he is dead so is there s asecret nephew lurking in the shadows that no one is aware of?

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    NEXT GOVERNMENT
    In the foreseeable future, the UNP, under Ranil or anybody is not capable in defeating the present government.Then the million dollar question is ‘How can it be defeated?’
    My opinion is a new face with the agreement of all the democratic forces has to emerge with an attractive radical programme promising to form a PROVISIONAL GOVERNMENT OF ONE YEAR and during which time to introduce a new constitution which abolishes the executive presidency and proportional representation electoral system,and to solve the National Question for good.Needless to say that the above mentioned programme and the new constitution should have answers to the economic burdens of the people,problems of youth, corruptions, plundering of national wealth, violation of human rights, militarization of the society,erosion of independent judiciary and most of other important issues.After the tenure of one year the Provisional government must resign and hold elections to let the winners to form a new government.

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      Why not, Premadasa´s politics were vanished since he is no longer there.
      So, that kind of inicidents would not be excluded in current situation where nobody ´s facts would be taken serious by MR and their silly bunch.

      Those who oppose the current leadership, should either strengthen the hands of the UNP, common opposition or just need to name common other candidates that could defeat the most criminal gangs in power and finally work on saving the nation.
      People of this country have a great future under a honest kind of political leadership.

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      Signore,
      There is nothing wrong with Ranil. The problem is not RW but us.
      We keep saying that RW cant defeat this regime (This is a regime but a government though). When we keep blaming him and dont casr our votes how could he win an election?
      If you expect RW to wear a Sarong, Die his hair, Wear a big moustache and Scream in his ‘yatigiriyen’ blaming the West and India then you will be disappointed because thats not his style.

      RW cant win any elections even in the future because we dont vote him. that is as simple as that.
      Adios!

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      The manifesto must include the redemption of all illegally made assets
      to the State.

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    Dr Dayan, What kind of crap is this?
    I am confused totally with your stance.
    Are you against this autocratic regime? If so you should
    enchourage what the opposition is doing. What you are doing instead is dischouraging people from supporting the UNP thus making the Kekille regime strong. isnt it, I hope iam wrong here.
    How comical it is.
    If you love the country and if you want this ruthless
    regime out come forward and support the oppostions.
    Where is your contribution Sir? So far we didnt see any significant
    support from the interlectuals and/or professionals apart from
    Hon. Warawewa. If you really want and if you work slightly harder you have the charisma, skills, charm and the ability to bring all those educated bunch to one forum. The present situation is highly volatile.
    Sri Lanka is like a ticking time bomb. Must do something before its too late for the love and sake of the country.
    Please dont confuse the public more and more.

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      It is you who are confused, I fear.

      1. Like most in the country, I am not against Mahinda Rajapaksa, though I would support a peaceful democratic change at the next election IF and ONLY IF his opponent is an improvement, i.e. is NOT Ranil Wickremesinghe.

      2. I am firmly opposed to the family, clan and military-bureaucratic dominance that is part of the status quo.

      3. I have long been for a strong opposition which can counterbalance the government and replace it peacefully if necessary.

      4. All evidence is that Ranil Wickremesinghe is a liability not an asset as Opposition and UNP leader. The party is paralyzed and dissolving before our eyes. When the Sunday Times makes the observations that it does today, there is no room for doubt on that score. The results of the provincial council elections will be another nail in the coffin.

      5. The Govt and ruling family continue to behave in the way they do because it can do so with impunity as long as the Opposition is led by Ranil. It is a pathetic prospect for democracy, the citizenry and the UNP if the next elections are held with Ranil as Opp leader and candidate. There will hardly be a campaign as the party cannot be motivated! Even if CBK contests she cannot bridge the gap between Mahinda and Ranil which is over 20 percent! Therefore in criticizing the Opp leadership and urging a change, I am being quite logical and consistent. I have done so on the public record since 1997. It is those who DO NOT FIGHT FOR a change in the UNP leadership right now, who are perpetuating the regime and its oligarchic and military-bureaucratic tendencies. A regime change in the UNP is an absolute precondition for a democratic regime change in the country.

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        Unfortunately Sajith will be worse than Ranil. Sajith has no programme and doesn’t seems to be honest in dealing with party issues. He is not matured and have no original ideas or leadership qualities. Our only hope now is Justice Wigneswaran, who has the credibility and the ability to muster both Sinhala and Tamil speaking people into one strong opposition with a human rights based approach to development and governance.

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          Sajith is just power hungry. He has no exp to become OVERNIGHT leader for the country. Our people have no brains to see it. Just because his speeches fall alike to those of Buruwanse or the like culprits, people should NOT feel that he should be made the leader of UNP.
          Speech made by Sajitha immediately after Dayasiri joined the ruling bunch 3.5 weeks ago, showed to the nation how greedy Sajith has been.
          Pradeshiya Saba candidates have been appointed without checking their credentials, so the consequence is many of them are criminals or crime supporters. We should go back to the era in which politicians were recognized as EDUCATED people.

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        Dr Dayan Jayatilleka,

        Being in Marketing field both in Sri Lanka and in the West for a long time, and being a staunch UNP ally, I have to agree with everything you have written in your comment Dr.Dayan J.

        Yes currently Ranil is a total failure, a liability and a spent force in the UNP party.

        His appearance, behavior, speech, body language, confidence level etc, during the last UNP rally told a lot about Ranil W’s personality.

        He was talking about a PAY RAISE TO WORKING CLASS WHEN THE PROTEST WAS ABOUT THE STATE SPONSORED MASS MURDERER AND A DICTATOR WHO MURDERED INNOCENT PEOPLE WHO WERE ASKING FOR DRINKING WATER.
        The same people who voted for the dictator was murdered in cold blood using the state assassin armed force apparatus to silence peacefully protesting citizens, which is a crime under International Law. Ranil should have brought a lawsuit to impeach the culprits during the protest with a signature campaign, but was not.

        Also what happened to US $150 million giving to Uganda is questionable. Who authorized this payment. Did it go to Cabinet or Parliament.Where did it end up…..in Uganda or in a Personal Swiss Bank Account. Does anybody have any record of it. Why Ranil did not talk or question about it.

        In Marketing they say you have to focus your product on the Target Market, which in Sri Lanka Politics it is the age group of 18 to 50 who decide the outcome of elections. Did Ranil targeted this age group during the protest…..No.

        Yes the younger UNP Parliamentarians did a wonderful job. Ranil does politics thinking it’s 19th century era. This is 21st century politics.

        Ranil did not capitalize the protest nor sent a strong message to Rajapakses in his speech. Ranil came to the protest totally unprepared and without even with a proper message both to public and Rajapakses. He should have hired a Marketing or a consulting firm to draft his speech and present himself more effectively to the public. He failed. in future, before people falling asleep hearing his speeches he has to do something serious. The ever boring sleeping beauty has to wake up. Good brains but bad planning and no action or response.

        It’s Hi time UNP come out with a different strategy to encircle Rajapakses. Who is UPFA……UPFA is a one Man Rajapakse show Band, and UNP has to plan their strategy to out do this showman, and there are many ways to do it. Let them hire a consulting firm to learn the strategy.

        There are few last opportunities UNP have to get the Maximum exposure. They have to capitalize from UN Navi Pillai’s visit, next UNHRC Geneva Resolution, CJ Dr.Shirani Bandaranayake’s Bribery Commission Law suite trial in September and the November CHOGM delegation visit.

        Unless UNP plan and capitalize these four crucial events to it’s maximum advantage to get public behind and gather masses, they will find it difficult to win next years elections. All comes to Marketing and image Promotion.

        Ranil either should wake up from his deep sleep and plan a brand new strategy, or for God’s sake… say good bye to politics and retire happily. Sooner the better.

        Dr.Dayan has to keep on writing to mass media,and wake up both the opposition and the General public from their deep slumber with messages to masses, maintain contacts both with the local Intellectual community and with International Community and Sri Lanka’s Diaspora communities. You should organize Seminars, speeches and media conferences to educate masses. Good luck.

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        Dayan,

        Here are two jewels from you in the above comment:

        1. I am not against Mahinda Rajapaksa

        2. I am firmly opposed to the family, clan and military-bureaucratic dominance that is part of the status quo.

        Who would you hold responsible for “family, clan and military-bureaucratic dominance.” How ironic and moronic can you get? What happened to the “the buck stops here” principal?

        Do you still wonder why you have become the butt end of all jokes?!

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          You think Dayan understands this logic? BIG mistake. He is not happy about Ranil. I am not happy either, but Dayan is trying to say since Ranil is NOT good, he is comfortable with Mahinda. He refuses to see that Mahinda is faaaaar worse, but understanding these things need some grey matter. Sorry, Dayan.

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        Dr. Dayan I am sorry to say but it sounds to me like Sirasa.

        You say you NOT against Mahinda Rajapaksa but you are against the Family clan. Who’s family is this, Ranils, Sumanthiran’s, Tilvin’s?

        Needless to say I am confused again TOTALLY.

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    I am still UNP.I have to be the poorest capitalist alive! Having said that I will NEVER vote for Wickramasingha. I will not go for. Protest he organizes. Only because I do not trust this man. He has the thickest skin any human ever had. He is shameless in his greed for power and position. He has NO principals. Rajapaksa is also untrustworthy. If he got his trigger happy sibling to unleash terror, Ranil will be the first to run And ,I certainly do not want to die for any of these card board patriots as,I am NO PATRIOT!!!!
    When we were growing up in this beautiful land , when we did any thing wrong, when asked why it was done, if we ever said so and so asked us to do it, we would be asked if we would jump in the well , if asked. The answer is NO!.
    Then why does this so called patriotic army kill little children? Either Blythe bullet ,or by bashing their heads? When ordered to do so by mad men, a true patriot would NEVER do it. He would say” sir, I can do any thing, but not that” is’nt that what, a true patriotic son of Lanka would say? Then who are these Evil little Efers!!!! The real army who won the war????? NO NO NO!!!! Those true sons and daughters of the soil have been sent home on early retirement. These rotters that are left are no patriots. They are Ass LICKERS.

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      Your message is not clear. But I would suggest, if we would not like RW, better not to add it publicly, that can then be supportive to the criminal minded rulers. So what is the purpose of you and your ilk to destroy RW´s charactor further. What is the alerternative before us ? Do you think Sajith or any other leaders of UNP would have eyperience as RW has got. Sajith is just a baby boy in lanken politics. He just shouts as his father had been, but he does not have any practical exp to lead a country. Then you will raise the que whether MR has got it -even if he is said to have over 40 year s exp in Lanken politics, he is just a man who failed to handle a protest peacefully. Protest that held to gain clean water was attacked by bullets killing the young boys of the innocent people – he has not been able to come with a statement why the FORCE did so, and what was the legality to have done so…. even if lawyers and the authorities are glass clear that was against prevailing consitiatuion…
      so then why not the opposition raise the question with an Impeachment against the ruling President ?

      Latter is what I raised instantly I saw unanimous deployment of troops to handle the protest ended up with killings of unarmed civlians…

      But none in opposition has come with any statement either, Nor have they cleared their opinions yet.

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        At least Sajith or Karu or anyone else would not PULL DOWN the UNP’s voting percentage and demoralize the UNP activists as does Ranil.
        They are not liabilities. He is.

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          DJ says,

          “..At least Sajith or Karu or anyone else would not PULL DOWN the UNP’s voting percentage and demoralize the UNP activists as does Ranil. They are not liabilities. He is…”

          Ha…ha.. ha….!!! Finally, the quack doctor has laid the eggs in his chosen basket!!! So out of the dual putrefaction of Sajith and Karu who will you finally support for king making? You are a pathetic loser consuming assholes to synthesize your mongol theories! Get your brain checked by the nearest lunatic doctor!

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          Bloody nonsense by DJ who has ulterior motives and vested interest. Sajith is a fraud. Let him produce his graduate and masters degree from being at LSE for 2 years..

          Karu is a Ettapan twice over.
          Ranil should not be such a gentleman to tolerate him.
          I have warned Ranil many times and Karu my old friend is aware of it.
          Ranil is still favoring to put up with Karu and Sajith, the son of Premadasa…. not nephew-LMAO. to DJ’s nonsensical rubbish theory.
          What is the SLFP?
          Wives, daugheters, and son party?
          Or Rajapakse brothers, sons and nephews party?

          Who is the idiot who is trying to only highlight one aspect of the UNP here and fool the naive readers? DJ?????

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          He is rather raw diamond :) Not a liability :(

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          I believe for unknown reasons UNP has failed with their propaganda specially village people that make up the majority of the nation. They are the vote base. Two years ago, UNPers promised to convince those folks, but even today — even if they are poisoned through drinking water contaminations, they the villages seem to have no hopes about the opposition. May be radical protests smilar to Arab springs could open the eyes of the significant masses.

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      Punchisingho – here we go!
      This is what precisely I said above in my reply to your comment.
      Being a UNPer, Mr. Leelage appa, still would not vote for the UNP provided Mr. Wickramasinghe is around.
      So how on earth could the UNP defeat this autocratic leader?

      Now, this is problem with most of the UNPers. They dont like Ranil so they do not cast their votes thus giving the victory to Mahinda Rajapakse on a silver platter.
      Then we sit all blame RW for losing consecutive elections.

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        HelloJehan ,when did I say I was not going to vote???? I will use my vote wisely. I believe fruit does not fall far from the tree. So NO Premadasas. If it is a presidential election ,as I never would vote for a proven thief specially from Tsunami victims, I believe at least the educated true patriot. people of this country will put forward a candidate, at least ,to abolish the executive presidency. My vote will go there.
        sunimal ,I will say this over and over again , Ranil if he wants our vote has to change his behavior. The executive committee is full of yes men who are way past their prime!!! If he is genuine, get young educated men and women in to the party, like young Harsha De silva and older men like the Ex NDB guy. Not like Dayasirij J. He proved him self to be an uncaring greedy pig.
        Where was Ranil when the CJ was impeached? Where was he when the prison massacre happened? Where was he when the two university kids had their heads bashed in. What the hell is this man doing? Safeguarding his position. And you really think we should be quiet? Because we have no choice? We have so many highly educated straightforward people in Sri Lanka, yes they have no experience, stealing lying and using the counties resources to maintain them selves and their you know who. But there are people, who are not like Ranil, who may have worked for international organizations and whose foreign relations may be better than Ranils. Find some one. I know I was not born to change the world. So I am waiting for you to do that bit.

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          You could be right.

          But how many of the population would bear the same stance on the young educated people ?

          Just the educ qualifications cant make him or her a great leader in our countries. Even if ours are a nation with highly literate rates in the entire region, people are not intelligent enough in voting their candidates. Latter is no secret – almost everyone knows. They just forget all truths when the moment is for voting.
          At the time, Dr. Angela Merkel was elected as the first female GERMAN CHANCELLOR, her rival populist -Schröder verbally attacked her on the stage hinting at her ” Kirche im Dorf lassen = now that is going too far”. But today, Dr. Merkel is unbeatable. This is a great example, that political leaders need long time to prove their abilities.

          I still believe known devil is better than unknown candidates. RW^s problem is he is not used to go out of his learnt way – He always respects what law and order of the country. Today 80% of the nation would not care of the law and order. Current regime has taught it to them. In our countries, where common man^s knowledge is miles away from facts and figures, good leaders may need much more time.

          No doubt, Dr. Harsha Silva is good at his statistics and sometimes his convincing speeches but to run the country, Do you think he can be one of the candidates ?

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            Idid not say Harsha could run the country just now. But I would not want Ranil to run it like he is running the party today

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    The turnout for the colombo protest was low probably because of fear – people knew what happened at Weliweriya.
    Samaraweera’s ‘opposition alliance’ became a reality only because Mahinda Rajapakse gave the JVP in writing that he will abolish the executive presidency.
    MR did not do so,but now has further strengthened the executive presidency with the 18th amendment!
    UNP is the only democratic party left now,in sri lanka.

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    Ranil & sajith both are well paid list of Rajapakse. People need some sort of changer in UNP leadership.When the killing of Katunayake & 43 Chief Justice matter shown very clearly both act. Ranil even not talk single word in parliament. All professional people must thanks to TNA & Mr. Sampanthan for true heart work. Ranil never come to leadership. His family media already damage the image of UNP.

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    Not sure whether the CT readers have noted another
    thing of some significance. Since the so called
    protest rally where there were more policemen
    than protestors, RW has NOT uttered a word. Has
    he held a news conference or issued a statement to
    even claim (though may not be altogether correct)
    that crowds backed out due to the court order. That
    would have saved some crumbling face for him. The
    point is this – HE WILL NEVER EVER MAKE ANY STATEMENT
    THAT WILL OFFEND MAHINDA RAJAPAKSA. Those are given to
    other MPs in the party. Who is talking about taking back
    dissenters – a government collaborator John Ameragunga.
    Ranil is there to enjoy the perks of the office. As DJ
    says the party is dissolved. Wait for the NWP and CP
    polls and you will see more. But make no mistake. RW
    will NEVER NEVER NEVER EVER leave UNP. He wants to hang
    on.

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      Mokatiya,

      Yes, you are correct on Ranil Wickremasinghe.

      Ranil shows his Dictatorial showmanship only against his own UNP party members. But when it comes to any issue on Rajapakses, Ranil acts like a Poodle.

      Ranil’s cowardise double agent game has to be published openly.

      For instance during the last protest at Fort station, Ranil was talking about Pay raise to the working class, when it should have been to Impeach the Rajapakse Mass Murderer.

      You could see his speech in the CT video clip. Ranil was talking on a complete irrelevant subject at the protest. Either he has to get some help from a consulting firm to draft his speech or simply should keep quiet. He misled the public at the protest. A public and UNP supporters time waster and a boring alapaluwa.

      My servant Boy will give a much better and more effective speech than Ranil. The ever boring and a fake politician. Look at the video clip to see how he behaves and act and talk. Wasting Public and party supporters time and money.

      Therefore without criticizing the Cold blooded killer assassin Rajapakses, Ranil was talking about a pay raise to the working class. When is he going to give a pay raise to the working class. What a Joke and who he was trying to deceive. He was safeguarding Rajapakse while changing the topic at the same time and using his strong arm leadership to fire the Patriot UNP Party members.

      I wonder if Ranil is a Double agent of MARA. His talk, speech, actions and behavior etc, all tell about his double character…..or a coward who is fear of Rajapakse, the other crook fake showman Alibaba.

      It’s hi-time if anybody could check Ranil’s true character.

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        How can he be a double agent? His is just an example, is not familiar with rude politics. But we everyone know today politicians dont respect us people. Nor are entitled to so given the situation. They dont have examples to follow from the leadership. MR ^s is dead silent to the public whatever the magnitude of the problem would arise against the day today life of us the mahajanaya.

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        You are caught in the act :(

        Servant boy ? I thought the times that they hold poor boys for their house hold work is no longer there in SL. I hated this seeing my relatives keeping them for their house hold work then. But you to mention it your servant boy etc…. brings me back to my past in SL few decades ago.
        Alone keeping underage domestic housemaids should be punished in SL or anywhere on this planet. How come the buddhists – said to be treating animal equal to human beings to have underage servants to get their work done ?
        This is the blood mentality of some lankens even today.

        Your servant boy could hold a better speech, but the social fraction his lord represent should be from the society to feel equal providing everyone equal rights.

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          Yes, my bill brought him from a watta from upcountry 15 yrars ago when he was 12 yrs old. Actually we did not treat him as a servant but to be a companion to my son. Now he is married, having three boys and live happily in Colombo. Recently he went to Saudi Arabia to work as a mechanic.

          The reason his father gave him to us was, the father had five children and none went to school. Lately his his vegetable garden did not produce sufficient harvest and could not afford to bring up five children. Later he sent another two boys to us. Now all are grown up and doing well in colombo.

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            Mahela@

            I think the situation for those domestic servants in the country today is completely changed in the course of last 3 decades. Now those servants affordable people of the nation are more convinced that they have to treat their servants equally. Island^s long held civil war and the related incidents may have learnt any – so called RADALAYAS at least to some extent how to treat people equally. In my childhood, I have seen all of our sinhala people how inhuman they treated those poor servants. Today, we criticise, illiterate rich middleleast men treated our housemaids, but within the country our people (both sinhala and tamil) failed to treat their servants well. What brings the majority of the nation s been buddhists, if they cant treat their own communities well.

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            Sorry this is out of the topic.. but I responded to Mahela^s

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    Dr Dayan Jayathilake,

    The days of UNP are over, whoever leads the UNP whether it is Ranil or Sajith or anybody else they will not be able to revive the UNP.

    History is against UNP.it has become obsolute, only death awaits them

    No one can escape from this fact-birth and death.

    That time has come for the UNP.

    The prophets from the left predicted that the UNP was dead and buried in1956 and they were proved wrong.

    This history repeated again in 1970.

    Remember how the labour in UK overtook liberals or how the republicans in USA replaced the Whigs.

    The same process is in operation now in our country.

    My prediction is that there will be a massive split in the middle in the UPFA. The split of the victors and a new two party system will come into existence.

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    THE PROBLEM RANIL IS HAVING IS HE DOES NOT HAVE FOUL MOUTH TO FEED THE ORDINARY FOOLISH SINGLEASE CROUD.IN SRI LANKA TO SUCEED IN POLITICS YOU MUST BE A CROUD PULLING SPEAKER.NEXT IS THUGERRY.CURRENTLY ALL THUGS HAVEN BOUGH OVER BY RAJAH-GOTHA USING GOLDEN MONEY.SO DONT BLAME RANIL AWAIT FOR MANY MORE YEARS FOR RAJH TO MEET HIS NANTHI KADAL IN HAMBANTOTA BEACH

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    Around Whom can the Opposition Consolidate?

    CBK’S return foray was rife in the air some time back. Victory at an election is everything in politics. It provides the key for handling power. Consolidation of it to inspire peoples’ acceptance calls for management of the economy and streamlining of the administration. For these latter two there is the established state apparatus to provide the personnel if there be diligent selection. As for political direction only a leader with acumen can give the lead. Of all the endowments that CBK is blessed with, her political antenna is developed most. The polity knows it well and she knows it best.

    The pear is ripe and the moment appears to be not too early and not too late. It would also mean that two large segments of the political spectrum standing in opposition to the government, have to come together to send a strong signal to other formations. With two decisive victories at Presidential election and three convincing ones at general polls, she certainly claims a commanding legitimacy to leading a coalition. UNP though reputed to be the oldest party has been waning without a break and has forfeited its claim to a leadership position. Acknowledging this fact the GOP needs to play its role in strengthening the evolving coalition for dislodging the incumbent regime. Having done that, it has a historic task in economic management at which it has always scored a first in performance.

    The credentials of the emergent leader will be put to the first test through an expanding pre-election coalition. CBK SLFP plus SF DP plus RW UNP will need the grass root JVP immensely. In time sequence, the next to be encompassed are the three minority ethnic entities. They may be of marginal consequence when fractured but formidable if they coalesce with a powerful coalition. Why last in time sequence? because they have to be approached with the collective sagacity of the four national parties. For a favourable response from them, the four party coalition has to be in place as a condition precedent.

    Once that is done the TNA needs to be canvassed since it represents the largest minority entity. The party itself is a credible, uncorrupted, cohesive whole with worthy credentials. It represents a people who were diligent enough to distinguish in 2010, the persona of a Presidential candidate from that of an Army Commander. A people whose prescience in rejecting the incumbent President stands out as correct judgment. A people whose collective antipathy to the present government will seek expression in choosing a tested leader – CBK, supported by SF and RW all of whom have won their votes.

    Winning over the TNA will have a tremendous influence over the Muslims and the Up Country Tamils. The Muslims have no one to turn to. The SLMC and other formations have time and again forsaken the community. The elected representatives have proved themselves to be adepts at pole vaulting. Personal profit has overtaken communal interests. At this juncture a national coalition has to step in and reach for the Muslim community, bypassing the existing party formations. Any alliance with opportunistic formations will only enable them to desert the national party from which it wins. This has happened several times with national parties never learning a lesson but only yielding to temptation.

    Experience of national parties with the Ceylon Workers Congress after 1999 has been unsavoury. The latter is leaderless for 14 years. A nominal head just lives off the workers, for himself as the nation’s champion long jumper. He has bamboozled the UNP and the SLFP at every turn and deceived the Tamil workers without end. When he is sure of the tide, he goes for a pre-election arrangement. If the calculation fails he does his long jump. When unsure, he waits for the results and enters into a horse deal. That is a longer jump. The longest is scheduled for the next. Veering from the derelict feats of this time tested roué, the leader of the coalition needs to spurn and isolate him and win the hearts, minds and votes of the workers. The Tamil workers in a few provinces utterly disgusted with the existing order will just fall into the hands of CBK’s coalition if good candidates with neat credentials are put forward.

    The nation awaits a five party coalition, TNA inclusive together with two more minority communities lending ardent support and Shirani B to garner further copious votes. If this wish materializes, the coalition of eight constituents will be invincible.

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    Lots of capable people who would do a much better job than RW has been doing/will do.
    A fav RW camp question is:Who is there ? Many will make a hugely different change by enthusing UNP voters,organisers and even the clerks at Siri Kotha will wake up!

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    The problem is NOT Ranil. The problem is a global one affecting the UNP. It was doing well when the west was doing well and helped us. Now west has no money to help us. The MOST pro-China party gets the money and that is NOT the UNP.

    UNP support for 13 amendment SINKS it.

    UNP should have another JR for it to make a comeback.

    I totally support JR and all his acts.

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      You mean burning Tamils as well?

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    Dayan.
    (1)Your judgment that the Maharaja MR is better than Ranil shows a deeply ingrained prejudiced blindness in you that makes me wonder if it is worth anybody should read anything you write-leave alone your “Cold War.” book that has been advertised. I knew you were flawed but didn’t know you were flawed to a pathological point.The littany of crimes committed or simply ignored by the Maharaja with total impunity is enough for any reasonable person to arrive at the conclusion that this is one of the worst rulers the world has seen. He covers his crimes and corruption with an unarmed smile-that’s all. A revenging man of no class. A dirty human being.
    (2) Your next judgment that Sajith and Karu are good replacements for Ranil as UNP leader simply gives you away as a writer of little worth. You should think of another career as you are falling by the wayside.
    (3)To you and more intelligent critics of Ranil I tell leave Ranil and the UNP to deal with their issues. Ranil is an honourable man with good background, education, experience and vision. No better man to lead Sri Lanka out of the muck that Maharaja has turned it into.

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    I read DJ’s Article & 54 Comments, none was touching the core, but running round Mulberry Bush, perhaps in early morning darkness.

    1. Electoral map changed, once & for all, after 19th May 2009 as country saw end of 30 years devastating war, thanks to MR’s political leadership , who is now among greatest of great Kings this Lanka ever had for over 2600 years history. This is the mindset of sons of soil , Sinhala Buddhist people who make up over 71% of population. How can this would ever be changed ?

    2. Where UNP stands now ? Are they any closer to Majority community ? What are they doing ? counting on minority races ?, religions ?,Anti-Lankan bodies? Western Embassies? minority sexual groups ? ?? what else ? any or all minority things ??

    3. Has UNP ever praised war victory & paid tribute to heroic forces & govt. for that ? No. Why ?? UNP unpatriotic ?? people know this.

    So any wonder UNP remains a MINOR PARTY only ?

    If you don’t get Majority on-board , how can you ever win an election ?

    Both JRJ & Premadasa had majority Sinhala Buddhist on-board UNP & their govts., challenged even India, so they ran country for 17 years on popular vote, irrespective of country faced unprecedented terror (LTTE/JVP)& wouldn’t have been defeated had Premadasa survived suicide bombing.

    People sniff “If you are a patriotic” & would be with you in both good & bad times,that’s the secret of JRJ/RP.
    If you are anti-Lankan, non-patriot , then people won’t be with you even if you are an Angel.

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    What is Ranil’s Vision and Mission?.

    There is no visibility of any Vision.But the Mission is quite obvious.

    Help the pals , Cameron and Harper, to please the Diaspora.

    Get Sambandan the North, with full Police and Land Powers.

    Hope it will upset the Sinhala Buddhist majority and turn them against the Govt.

    And sneak in to be the PM on the back of the JVP.

    That is why his curb side cht to reporters on the Tarmac in Nadu Land was all about demanding White Sahibs as Monitors and a Parliamentary Election soon after the Polls.

    JVP may be desperate. But are they stupid too?

    After what Keselwatta President did to their leader and his poor rural members. it is a disgrace to see the current JVP leaders even talking to Ranil let alone doing pacts with him.

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    Barbarians plan animal sacrifice this Wednesday.

    Munneswaram barbarians are going to kill a thousand animals for no reason this Wednesday.

    Do something to STOP it.

    Killing innocent animals is a CURSE which brings BAD LUCK and DISASTERS to the country. Kill the killers!

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      In an environment where HUMAN SACRIFICE are not taken seriously, what talks about ANIMAL SACRIFICES ?????????????

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    On the subject of Ranil Wickremesinghe.
    Isn’t it incredible. The Parliament is
    debating Weliveriya. Where is he? In
    India.

    He does not bother about the election
    campaign for the three provincial councils
    too.

    What a leader!!! Anything to avoid situations
    where he would be compelled to criticise
    the Rajapaksa. He thinks of a foreign tour or
    fixes another meeting. And they call him the
    leader of the Opposition and the UNP.

    Don’t those lackeys in the Working Committee who
    are helping him hold office aiding and abetting
    the dissolution of the UNP? After all, what RW
    does only helps the government.

    Woe be unto the Indians if they think they can foist
    such a colossal failure as the leader of Sri Lanka.
    At least one would have thought the Indians learnt a
    lesson after funneling millions of rupees to the UNP
    during elections. Where did the money go? Did Uncle
    Sam (not Washington) invest it in companies and enjoying
    the benefits?

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      Young chap, it would be nice if you could please rethink before going to attack RW again and again. He is the most respectable senior politician I consider behave well and exemplary. How decent he has been whatever he express in the parliament. He is one who s been continuing his political carrier being bound law and orders. The majority SUPPORTING Rajapakshes are IRCs, Thugs, ones waiting for rice packets or doing crime for suppers.

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    Dum Dum Bakala – Your war drums on RW. The Indians
    are in an even bigger predicament. So they have no
    one else but Ranil to turn to. Can they go to
    Fonseka? He is, to use his own language,now confined
    to barracks. He has lost even the little clout he had
    and is privately trying to re build relations with
    the government. He won’t be forgiven by the Rajapaksas.

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