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Parliamentary Election, Mounting Crisis, Mahinda Factor

By Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

The SLFP participation at the Ratnapura rally trumped the cooptation (‘National Government’) tactic of the SLFP Rightwing.

The anti-Mahinda tendency of the SLFP is now caught in the coils of its own contradictions. If it follows the dictates of Chandrika “Sonia” Bandaranaike Kumaratunga and facilitates the passage of the 19th amendment in its current reinforced form, it collaborates in transforming the SLFP’s new leader Maithripala Sirisena into a lame duck President, which means weakening his capacity to dispense patronage and which thereby weakens the SLFP while strengthening the PM and therefore the fortunes of the UNP. That would further legitimize the charge of a sell out and embolden the SLFP rebels.

If it abolishes the Presidency and plunges Mr. Sirisena into the race as Prime ministerial candidate he stands to lose all, because the UNP is not likely to forgo the chance of a government of its own, and will therefore enter the race with Ranil Wickremesinghe at the helm.

If the SLFP campaign is led by a quasi-neutral President Sirisena plus a few SLFP fat-cats and warhorses gingered up by Champika Ranawaka and his Magnificent Three, it will suffer an exodus to the pro-Mahinda enterprise and burial electorally.

Mahinda NugegodaThe websites have it that the SLFP Rightwing hasn’t played its last card, which is the induction of Chandrika into parliament so as to give leadership to the party. There will of course be some degree of restoration of compliance. Indeed I had suggested in print some years ago, that the SLFP was the only other social institution I know of, in which a ‘Madam’ is an indispensable feature at the helm of affairs. However CBK’s political appeal is shopworn. If CBK’s parliamentary induction is the pro-Western Establishment’s last card and it is played, one is somehow reminded of the title (not the plot) of the old Sinatra flick, ‘The Joker Is Wild’.

It is also a possibility that the new ruling troika may decide on political escalation in the form of keeping Mahinda Rajapaksa out of competition by removing his civic rights or detaining him and/or Wimal Weerawansa. After all, J.R. Jayewardene moved against Sirimavo and Felix Dias Bandaranaike and Vijaya Kumaratunga. However, he had a 5/6ths majority in Parliament, a booming economy (with a phenomenal 8% growth rate), and Madam Bandaranaike was socially unpopular at the time, as the memories of economic privation would last for many years to come. None of those conditions prevail in the current context, and Mahinda Rajapaksa’s personal popularity is beyond reasonable doubt (a veteran parliamentarian described the crowd response at the rallies to me as an “unprecedented emotional frenzy”).

A government that persecutes Mahinda Rajapaksa and condemns him to political martyrdom, only engages in what Lanka Guardian editor Mervyn de Silva indicted the Jayewardene administration for in the 1980s: “self-destabilization” resulting from “confusing legality for legitimacy”.

Thus we arrive at the only viable solution to the mounting crisis—a parliamentary election. While Champika Ranawaka and Rajiva Wijesinha are correct in their sharp criticism of Ranil Wickremesinghe and Chandrika’s constitutional hit-man (on loan to Ranil) Dr. Jayampathy Wickramaratne for their planned constitutional power-grab, the SLFP for its part is off target when it insists on electoral reform as a guarantee of stability, following the constitutional castration by 19A.

JR Jayewardene followed Lee Kuan Yew in identifying Sri Lanka’s Westminster model with its first-past-the post system as the source of ethnic and welfarist outbidding, and thus of the instability and volatility that impeded economic takeoff and ethnic reconciliation. Therefore it is wildly illogical to hold that a return to that electoral system or an approximation, in a context in which the executive presidency has been castrated, is a guarantee of political stability of any kind.

The way out is a Roundtable; a political all-parties conference on the 19th amendment so as to arrive at a consensus. How can an administration which refuses the politics of consensus-seeking and insists on fast track unilateralism on something as basic as the Basic Law, expect to arrive at consensus on far more emotive ethnic issues? Perhaps there too, the approach will be a fast track unilateralism—an approach which has, when practiced by Chandrika and Ranil in the decade 1995-2005, produced only deadlock and blowback.

To return to the general election which seems unavoidable in the second half of the year, a few questions remain: (a) will it not have to be held before the September session of the UNHRC because the new government seems determined to arrive at the kind of compromise which will be disastrous at an election? If this is the case, then the elections will have to be in the third quarter of this year. (b) Will the UNP and SLFP contest as an alliance, reflecting the actual Ranil-CBK bloc but wrecking the equilibrium provided by a two party system and leaving an Oppositional vacuum to be filled by a new mix of forces, or will the SLFP and UNP run against each other, which will be rather more difficult for the SLFP, having been seduced into sleeping with the enemy? How many votes can “kiss and tell” bring?

The upcoming election will give the citizen the possibility of rectifying several anomalies: firstly that of an unelected administration; secondly, a presidential election at which the demographic majority played a less decisive role than the minorities and indeed the demographic majority’s choice lost; thirdly, a power structure which would not have come into existence if not for the votes in the ex-separatist/quasi-separatist Northern periphery and is therefore seen to depend upon it; fourthly, a ruling troika in which two members were failures in dealing with the grave existential threat facing the country but are in power, while the man who succeeded and is the most popular single personality on the island is in enforced retirement and sought to be placed under siege.

The upcoming election provides the chance to redress the anomalies and rebalance the political equation. If the base of the System is not broad-based and made more authentically representative of demographic realities, by reincorporating the forces that regard Mahinda Rajapaksa as emblematic, then no structural reforms will be sustainable or even possible, because there cannot be stability while a natural (‘organic’) majority feels inadequately represented and thus politically marginalized.

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    DJ again has come with another trumpeted article, firstly promoting MR as great hero, waiting to take over which is only a day dream. He seems to be very happy Champika has shown some resistance to the 19th amendment, which is only a temporary phase and he cannot rejoice long on this aspect.

    He calls President Maitrepala Sirisena a lame duck President. Even with amendments to the constitution, he will have a important role to play until expiry of his term of office.

    Some refracts from SLFP will go with MR’s way and this will help the remaining SLFPers to carry out their political campaign successfully in a democratic manner. There may no need to suspend the civic rights of MR/Wimal etc but the public would do do so by themselves when finally all or some of the frauds are proved and punished by the courts.

    What is experienced currently will all settle well and elections held within next few months after a National Government would be established. DJ can keep barking in loudest voice along with Wimal/Udaya/Vasu/Dinesh/MR but nothing going to help him.

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      DJ ,
      If couldn’t find work in SL, you might be able to work in N-Korea’s for Kim Jong-Un. Kim loves your wording like ” grave external treats, Western conspiracies”. In your B..S..t opinions, you only have to interchange North and South, you would be paid handsomely. Don’t waste your talents in SL…

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      Mahinda will have no chance to come to active politics in this life.

      Days ahead of him is dark – since the average that got cheated by his tricks are waking up with today s journalism.

      Wimal Buruwanse will have to face rains of stones in the days to come. Very same people will not tolerate the kind of looters and empty vessels that have malicious agendas before them to ruin the nation further. The day wimal Buruwanse et al go down – the day of start – lanken peace march. Jaya niyathai

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      Dayan ‘s posterior thoughts can help only Rajapakshes:

      DJ should have genetics of a gossipy woman who would create all the mess in a country side the island nation. I have no idea why the man is that against RW, CBK or any other leaders but is hell bent with Rajapakshes. Whether he was also offered Golds from Rajano or what ? It is high time lanken invesitgators to check why this DEPITA KATTUWA – behaves so.

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        [Edited out]
        Surely MR/GR/BR HAVE to face Court charges, whether DJ likes it or not. This
        is new Sri Lanka – not JRs time.

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      There were enough men and women who loved Gadafi, Sadam Hussein in such societies. Not everyone would have the same IQ to get realities that is going on in local politics. So just displaying such – DJ to fall even deeper, I think he shoudl have taken ECTASSY pills for a long run. How can people keep the faith on this man DJ – if we are all now becoming his is totally diverted to protect the culprits of this nation. I hate to see – but DJ would not earn respect from many in the days to come. It is better, to stay at home and do own business rather than his malicious thoughts are being posted to fire the burning problems of the country.

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        Yes, Gadafi and Sadam was kicked out. What happen to Libya and Iraq now? Tarriest have taken over and running a mock

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        Even today there are fractions in North korea that would do any low level things …. that is the nature of a heterogeous society be it in SL or anywhere else, but that is not known to some guys on this platform. It is sad.

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      Have some gratitude, if it wasn’t for MR you or your kids probably would’ve gun down like a dog on the street by the LTTE. Be thank full you are alive to write your story

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        But the bugger was in previous govts too. Relay race to have won and credit not to have shared by all – is the thing that we still need to discuss here. If the Genie was that masterminded to win the war against, why could not play real good politics in aftermath of the war victory ? Believe or not, world was well informed through the great work rendered by Lat Kadirgamar and LTTE was got banned in those rich soils was the key point MR s term to win the war against LTTERs. And the fact that LTTE as totally weakended by all means by 2005 was the other key point if anyone woudl study itwell. But most barbaric men like Mahinda thought that it is their time to play card and twisted the nation through his media men to paint the picture in favour of them. All in all, even today, stupid folks believe MR and his politics won the war.. which is not the reality. The curse that worked on him was what we all face today. He is the most dangeorus man in lanken politics next to late Premadasa. Reason is the background and his own extremism.

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        Nalin

        Thank VP first and then Hindians for winning the war for MR. By the way don’t forget VP won two elections for MR.

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    Dayan [Edited out]a.k.a Jayatileka,

    Please let your hero MaRa to pay back the USD5 Billion stolen from the Sri Lankan masses if that man have a shame on him.

    The masses are not fools to give way back to the Medamulana rogue clans supported by 3 Threewheeler parties with GonWansa, Wasidewa, Gembanpila and rogue Dinesh.

    Stop dreaming, Rajapaksas are just a part of history.

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      lol out of all that mud slinging, this Ellepola calls Dinesh a rogue. What a sorry state men can go down mentally when they have nothing but sheer hatred. And the language Ellepola used silently says who she is!

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        Dinesh is among the most corrupt in MaRa regime with millions robbed from Govt contracts when he was the minister.

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        see the following from Sri Lankan media to see what a charactor is Dinesh Gunawardana.

        Lawyers for the accused in the killing of British tourist Khurram Shaikh on Christmas Day in 2011 at ‘The Nature’ tourist resort in Tangalle are to call minister Dinesh Gunawardena to give evidence. That is because minister Gunawardena has told parliament that the Russian companion of Khurram had never been raped, although Tangalle Pradeshiya Sabha chairman Sampath Vidanapathirana and the other accused have also been charged with gang raping her.

        Minister Gunawardena’s remarks, in response to a question by an opposition member, have been included in the Hansard. Nevertheless, one of the charges included in the indictments served against the accused by the attorney general recently is that they had gang-raped the Russian girl. There is justifiable suspicion that the AG had intentionally done so in order to make a case in favour of the accused.

        If the indictments are not amended by the AG before the hearing of the case commences on November 01, lawyers for the accused hope to call minister Gunawardena to give evidence. The lawyers expect the minister to include the relevant Hansard report as an evidence for the accused.

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    Hundreds of thousands of residents of the north and the east casting two votes each at the presidential election is the main reason for Sirisena’s victory. It must be either prevented or replicated in other areas to anul the unfair advantage it creates. Although some in the Mahinda group (notably Prof. Nalin de Silva) have acknowledged it, they are reluctant to act.

    They will make a significant change to the outcome of the general election too by voting for TNA, SLMC and CWC in the north, east and upcountry and voting for UNP elsewhere.

    This is very similar to cheating at the A/L exam by Tamils from the north, east and Colombo to gain entry to taxpayer funded universities after diluting standardisation by successive governments. An ethnicity based standardisation scheme will fix it easily.

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      Dilrook Kannangara

      Please ignore this news item:

      Law College initiates probe on ‘exam cheat’

      By Saroj Pathirana
      BBC Sinhala service

      09 January, 2011

      Sri Lanka’s foremost law academy says it has launched an investigation over allegations of exam irregularities at the final year examination held in early December.
      A whistle-blower, final-year student DM Thushara Jayaratne has accused Sri Lanka Law College (SLLC) authorities of making exam papers available beforehand to selective students and offering special privileges to President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s son, Namal, MP.

      In a letter to whistle-blower Jayaratne, SLLC has said that a preliminary inquiry will be held on the 11th of January.

      SLLC Principal has informed that the inquiry will be held at the law college premises by attorney-at-law Uditha Igalahewa.

      The Chief Justice earlier said he would order an investigation into the allegations, provided the petitioner come up with proper evidence.

      Chief Justice

      Chief Justice Asoka de Silva told BBC Sinhala service that the allegations are a “serious matter of concern”.

      Student Jayaratne earlier accused authorities of being “reluctant to investigate” despite appealing to the chief justice, bribery commission among other authorities.

      Copies of the petition have been made available to the BBC as well as several international human rights watchdogs.

      The student says he lodged a formal complaint after he overheard a conversation involving at least two examinees discussing questions in the Commercial Law question paper 30 minutes before the exam.

      President Rajapaksa’s eldest son, Namal, was among the candidates who sat for the examination on that day. But he was not one of those students allegedly overheard by Jayaratne.

      Death threats

      The student says he currently is in hiding as he regularly receives telephone calls threatening him with death and demanding he withdraw the complaints.

      Student Jayaratne says he does not feel confident to attend the inquiry to be held on Tuesday as some of the calls came from the college’s official numbers.

      “If the student is facing death threats as a result of revealing such a misdeed, it is of course a serious concern,” CJ Asoka de Silva added.

      We have only one Law College in Sri Lanka. If there are suspicions over its credibility, it will affect the whole profession

      Former CJ, Sarath Nanda Silva
      The chief justice is officially the chair of the Council of Legal Education, the governing body of the Law College.

      Mr Jayaratne also alleges that the president’s son received special treatment by getting special facilities to sit the examination in an air conditioned computer room.

      The matter would be raised with international judicial bodies and the UN, he says, as his fundamental rights have been violated by the “special treatment” allegedly given to Namal Rajapaksa.

      The BBC could not contact Namal Rajapaksa despite repeated attempts.

      Hong Kong based Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) says the allegation about about the leakage of the question paper raised very serious questions.

      “What will be the role of lawyers who pass exams in this manner? Will they enter the legal profession with any sense of respect for the basic norms of rule of law?” it questioned in a statement.

      Sarath Nanda Silva, who held the reins as the chief justice in Sri Lanka for over ten years, says that the allegation of special treatment is “unprecedented” in the history of the Law College.

      “I believe that we must investigate these kind of allegations,” the former chief justice told BBC Sinhala service.

      It is the duty of the Council of Legal Education headed by the CJ, Mr Silva said, to launch an investigation and clear the name of the school that produces future legal professionals.

      “We have only one Law College in Sri Lanka. If there are suspicions over its credibility, it will affect the whole profession,” he added.

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/sinhala/news/story/2011/01/110109_law_college.shtml

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      Dilrook kannangara

      How dare you state people in the north,east casted two votes to President Maithreepala Sirisena? These statements made in bad taste to create communal tensions.
      You are talking about cheating in AL
      examinations by Tamils in North East, why don’t you talk about the law college examination and how some VIP was treated in the exam hall and later announced the said person passed with highest marks on record??

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      Mr Dilrook Kannangara,

      I have to call you MR DILROOK,

      Because You Deserve it, and You earned It!!!!!.

      First I am a Buddhist, Who Follow at least 3 precepts from Buddha’s teachings and I am a Sinhalese too. I have no any affiliations to any Party or any race, That is Why, I am a Buddhist.

      As you blame somebody like.
      “This is very similar to cheating at the A/L exam by Tamils from the north, east and Colombo to gain entry to taxpayer funded universities after diluting standardisation by successive governments. An ethnicity based standardisation scheme will fix it easily.”.

      “An ethnicity based standardisation scheme will fix it easily.”.

      It will not do any benefits to Our Srilankan Nation!.

      Every things Should be on Merits, Tests and Mark basis.
      Then, we will be developed like Singaporeans, as they are the only nation, as I know that Do not have foreign Debts.

      For your in formation That, I have to ask Frankly, Have you ever seen any of our so called Sinhala A/L Students. our Young ones,
      Go to tuition classes at 3 am in the Mornings?,
      10 pm in the nights?.
      and Do help their mothers and fathers for home tasks , like milking cows, helping in the paddy fields, or delivering Breakfasts to village boutiques.
      Any Students reading text notes under the Street lights?.
      Night 1.00 Am goto Fishing at sea shore and 7.00 in the Morning attending to School?.
      Because I HAVE SEEN THOSE, While I was In Jaffna and East.
      It is sad to say that Our kids very seldom do their studies.
      And very few of poor Sinhala guys do their studies.

      Can you check, How many of our Boys in the Forces Passed their O/ls or any body willing to do Further studies while In the Services at the Armed Forces.
      Doesn’t It a Shame For All of US, SINHALA BUDDHISTS,
      To Say that,
      WE CANOT DANCE, Because THIS EARTH IS NOT LEVELED.!!!!!!!!
      Please Do not Say Hearsay. Just Get Little educated.

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      Dilrook, could you please explain how can “Hundreds of thousands of residents of the north and the east casting two votes each at the presidential election”? did they receive two ballots each or what? How can this be possible? But it was in the south that illegaly printed ballots were recovered by the police? what do you mean by Tamils cheating in A/L exams, can you explain how is it possible? An ethnically based standardization would produce only good and less good academics, and to get jobs then you have to introduce a ethnically based standardization and not on qualification based appointments. So the chances should be on ethnical based and against it the Tamils took up arms? you want this racial act again. Well done.

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    Your cover is clearly blown and recent writing has turned into a desperate pleas to prop up the deflated image of megalomaniac Mahinda.

    Tell me why would you want the return of this monster? He raped the state coffers, robbed the people of the victory over LTTE so that only he and his family may prosper, murdered anyone opposing him using the infamous white vans, grabbed private land, sold public land for a song for massive kickback, made a mockery of the judiciary and AGs dept, carried no Govt Audits for any of the expenses under his ministries and so lacked accountability for the waste of public funds, the list is endless. I see that only a diplomat like you who has lost position and credibility, now running like a headless chicken joining up with a bunch of similar losers and rogues would want MR back.

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      I just like the guy, I guess…:)) And I ain’t the only one.

      More seriously, it galls me to see Ranil and CBK, the former who sold us out and the latter who let us down, in power in tandem, while the guy who beat the Tigers is back in the pavilion.

      These folks are too bad and he’s too good, for it stay that way.

      Natural justice has been violated.

      The country, the nation, needs MR back in the picture.

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        Dayan will get a nervous break down after the next General Election when MR is dumped in the Political Dustbin for good, by Ranil Wickremasinghe.

        Now who said Ranil is a spineless character?

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          DJ will [Edited out] Just ot revenge RW he would add any kind of low level analyses while not seeing anything wrong yet in the most virulent of all times-Mahinda Rajapakshe, as if DJ is fallen that deep in a silo filled with all extrements. Like a teenager would do anything to collect expereience, he has been doing his job- which is to add so called his typical analyses… actually not many would read them.. since he has become the JOKER of the day since MR is defeated by the people s power of the country

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        “The country, the nation, needs MR back in the picture.”

        I do seriously feel that you have lost the plot completely! You can no longer see wood from trees evidently. You have compromised your intellect; impartiality; credibility and fell down a deep hole that seems bottomless at the moment!

        MR will never be able to come to power; him along will his siblings will be in serious trouble and there is no resumption for them; rightly so! You need to get over this fact and retire gracefully!

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          Burning Issue

          Dayan types

          “The country, the nation, needs MR back in the picture.”

          How about projecting MR’s hologram at every street corner? Modi used 3D technology and won the elections.

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            The country the nation needs MR to settle the toilet pits overflown with his extrements. Just for that purpose ONLY the nation will have to seek his help – these extrements were delieberately set overflown by the total ignorance of MR et al. Today people raise the question, if Basil is to be blamed for all the billions that went missing, why as the minsiter of finance ; MR was unable to control them. Today, with his fake smile he seems to be travelling across as to the manner INDIAN SAIBABA did then, as if nothign was known to his conscience but all these were deliberate issues.

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        Dayan, you “just like the guy, I (you) guess”??!!!

        Wow! That’s SOME reason to ignore all the shit he has indulged in and try to foist him back on us and in charge of the country. You may have your reasons for ‘disliking’ others, but that’s no reason for defending a felon (remember Hambantota, etc, etc?) – that is if you consider yourself to be an objective ‘political analyst’.

        Or are you something else?

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        @ DJ

        [Edited out]

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        Mr Dayan Silva Jayatilake;

        “These folks are too bad and he’s too good, for it stay that way. Natural justice has been violated.
        The country, the nation, needs MR back in the picture”.
        He Is Too Good. guys like you all,
        Always Cheaters Flock with cheaters.
        and so called Educated,and get crazy, Loose their Mentality,
        when they Lost power and money,

        Some time They get crazy, when thay don’t get Lucrative jobs with Attractive perks and Posh lives on Somebody’s accounts..
        Because Your Patron, He just Shown his clan and People like you, how to spend Public’s Tax money, lavishly and
        How to take Loans with Inflated Interest from foreign donors and Cheat Poor people, Fondling their Kids as well as PIMP’s Supply.

        “Natural justice has been violated”.
        Are you Stating this from your Mouth or Somewhere Else?????.

        Your Heart Knows that Who violated Natural justice in this country.

        We Feel ashamed, that still we have got Uneducated Professors in Sri Lanka.

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        DJ, what do you mean by natural justice has been violated? MR called for an early election out of sheer greed for power and wealth(if you like it this way). And the nature of democracy has has decided that he has not deserved another term. Where do you see that the natural justice has been violated, actually the natural justice prevails; not like in 2005 the natural voting rights were violated with the help of LTTE for Rs. 160 Million sell out. I understand you dont like to speek all the violations under MR, nepotism, bribery, corruption and other violences like white van abductions, gang rape, murder… dont you see and read in the news papers that all these things are not rule of the day like before 8th of Jan.?

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        So, all the looting, all the pillaging, all the square pegs in round holes, all the unaccounted for activities, all the borrowings for years and years to come, all the family bandyism, all the favoritism, all the disappearances, all the white elephants, all the murders, all the tinkering with the judiciary, all the gagging of the press… all of that and a lot more, is much BETTER than Ranil and CBK, is that right?

        By the way…”sold us out”? You mean to the Chinese? Now isn’t that selling us out?

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        Dayan

        You need him back and badly because cbk and ranil will not employ a turn coat like you.
        So dont confuse what is good for the Nation with what is good for you.

        Natural justice seems to be working very well thank you on MR and you.

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        DJ, because you like this guy…, we dont need to elect him to become our president or PM. You can keep on liking him or even love him, it’s nice of you to show grace of charity, but I see this as your gratitude for the deeds you received from MR!

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        After what MaRa had pilfered and ruined our country and left us gravely obligated to China to our detriment, Ranil and CBK are positively Angels in comparison. It is time you got your nose out of Mahinda’s posterior and look for other leaders to suck up to.

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    Too bad Dayan , the inorganic minority trumps over the organic majority.
    Time to go plant some Manyokka.It is a more suitable occupation for a peasant intellectual.

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    Some are writing for a particular outcome
    Some are writing from a particular outcome
    and some analyse outcomes and prospects and offer ideas
    The latter two falls within the ambit of political science (when it touches on politics), but the former is only a façade. It is apparent who writes for what.

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      i’mmad

      Dayan writes to amuse himself.

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        Hey Vedda,

        You probably don’t understand this – because you are born in the Jungle. Those born in cities have to write job applications. It is just that DJ is publishing his applications in CT – because no one really wants to employ him.

        It is time for him to notice that his boss has long left office.

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    DJ has touched the current political reality in SL in a smarter way. His logical points are bitter to the Rajapakshe haters but, for those who have a balance mind, there are some good food for thought. Whether one like it or not Rajapakshe still enjoys a huge popularity among masses. Nugegoda, Ratnapura and Kandy rallies were just cases in example. The troika that control the affairs of Sri Lanka make their plans not in order to take the country forward but keep MR out of active politics. Because of all these dramas, the public suffer with no economic development – as ADB reveals recently – no new jobs created and more closing downs of private enterprises.

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      New jobs are created. Check out last weeks Sunday Times job opportunities. Chinese female staff wanted to cater to the sudden inflow of chinese tourists to Sri Lanka.
      Then there was this shopper at Cargills in my neighborhood. She declared openly in a clear loud voice that she is not chinese, but Thai. And that she has just “moved in”. She came in a Nissan March driven by her chauffeur.

      And then the port city will bring in more jobs. As it will be mainly Chinese tourists, the employees will have to be Chinese I guess :)

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      max

      “DJ has touched the current political reality in SL in a smarter way.”

      Perhaps one could accept it as “smart ass patriotism”

      He takes 64 positions all at the same time hence the disorientation.

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        Well is position never changes .. which is part of the problem – he is a fanatical Sinhala nationalist. However, is ‘facts’ are extremely malleable. I am sure he doesn’t lose any sleep over that given his zealous pursuit of majoritarian dominance.

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    This [Edited out] thinks people will read his bullshits and bring back Mahinda. Even mahinda will listen to his dirty tactics. He wants a bloodbath in this soil again. He must be now a diplomat to Weerawanse and BBS sponsored by Gotapaya.

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    DJ’s analytical explanation is more appropriate to the current political situation since the MS is a boneless figure who has to depend on Ranil and the destructive advice of C. Hope MR’s Victory to bring back the country to the Prosperity.

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    Supporting your own candidate in victory as well as defeat is a democratic right. If anyone wants, they may not only kiss his photograph but other parts of his anatomy too. That is again their democratic right. But what is not acceptable is going on and on insisting that the wish of the democratic majority is wrong and their should choice should be given priority.

    I am ashamed that there are such people in our country, though they may be a small percentage of the total. Those who insist that MS is a lame duck President are doing so because they go by the MR standards. Had MS followed the same standards, just imagine what would have happened to the suspect who was arrested for the murder of his brother. MS allowing the course of justice to take place restores my confidence in the belief that he would be our true deliverer from the tyranny that MR created.

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    The worst thing that could happen to this country now would be for the LTTE to make a comeback.

    The second worst thing that could happen to this country would be for MR to make a comeback.

    Let both those past experiences remain only as bad dreams that will never again materialize in future.

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    “The upcoming election provides the chance to redress the anomalies and rebalance the political equation”

    In your interview before the last election you suggested that we vote for MR as president and use the parliamentary election to redress the situation. I think you may have been right. We are back to having high hopes for the election.

    A lot is riding on the next election – I hope the people will be properly represented without fear. This is what democracy is about, compromises between independent parties, not a lack of opposition.

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    Dayan the [Edited out]

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    Hey Guys,
    MR is apparently taking a break; he seems to be recharging his batteries. He tested the ‘heat’ at Nugegoda, checked the ‘cooling system’ at Kandy, and ‘flood water’ at Ratnapura . So far everything seems to be working fine for an interesting come back!
    Remember MR is from the extreme South and those folks are freaking tough guys who don’t sleep like you and me if and when the country is in ‘trouble’! You all know how Tiger Supremo, without knowing who MR was, called him to the ‘boxing ring’ and ended up in Nanthikadal with his forehead half open!
    Prince Gamunu’s story documented in Mahawamas is a case in point about the national toughness of the Southerner: Prince Gemunu answered his mother’s inquisitive question with a hidden message that has been ingrained in every Southerner’s heart and mind: “how can I sleep when ……..” He was probably not even a teenager at the time when Vihara Devi asked that ‘famous’ question.
    President My3 is a ‘lame-duck’ president! He has been pushed to a job that he can not apparently handle! Did you see today’s Daily Mirror cartoon? This is exactly what he has been gotten into after being elected to ‘rule a nation’ (not a herd of water buffaloes). President My3 was never in the center; he was always in the shadow of another (either CBK or MR). The cartoon shows how Powerful nations ‘force’ him to ‘consume’ too much. Similarly, power hungry so-called leaders (RW, CBK,Champika et al) ‘expect’ from him too much without giving him enough ‘space and time’ to digest what he has been forcibly fed. Don’t forget The Daily Mirror belongs to PM Ranil’s uncle. So, don’t blame Dr. DJ for having revealed the current political situation in SL.
    MR, at Nugegoda rally informed the entire nation:”I shall not decline the outstretched hands of affection of my compatriots. What the country was experiencing was not a defeat but the consequences of a conspiracy.” Has anyone (any journalist or any writer) denied this ‘fact’ of conspiracy? No, not at all.
    Last month (Feb, 2015)veteran International journalist Taylor Dibbert wrote an interesting possibility about Mahinda Rajapaksa “He (MR) lost a close election and his name will always be linked to the defeat of the Tamil Tigers. The political space for Rajapaksa to return to power cannot be ruled out.” (Courtesy: huffingtonpost.com)

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      Richmond Peiris,

      “Remember MR is from the extreme South and those folks are freaking tough guys who don’t sleep like you and me if and when the country is in ‘trouble’!”

      The tough guys from the extreme South don’t follow CT even if they know it exists. The tough guys from the North also don’t follow CT.

      Do we who are active on CT really know what is going on in the extreme South and North?

      Is there anybody who can write OBJECTIVE reports on what is going on?

      In order to create peace and prosperity for ALL we should study the extremists and tame most them. This can only be achieved with objective research and analysis.

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    DJ says: “
    I just like the guy, I guess…:)) And I ain’t the only one…”.

    Well, I do not like him. and I am not the only one. period.

    MS may be a lame duck and Ranil a bully. Butwe do not want either to be replaced by a marauding buffalo whom no one can control.

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    Dayan says that, “A government that persecutes Mahinda Rajapaksa and condemns him to political martyrdom, only engages in what Lanka Guardian editor Mervyn de Silva indicted the Jayewardene administration for in the 1980s: “self-destabilization” resulting from “confusing legality for legitimacy”.

    How ironic that this is what happened to his hero, MR, who “destabilized” himself by “confusing legality for legitimacy”.

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    DJ is impressed by the crowds that came to Nugegod,kandy and Ratnapura.The General Secretary of the SLFP has just settled 50 million of the outstanding bill of 142 mil to the CTB for the crowds that were brought in during the Presedential election.The vorters cant be taken to the polls in buses for the general elections.

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      He DJ is [Edited out]

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    Cogratulations Dayan J, for your courage to express your view point, though not popular with the current “Funny” government, which is an unelected mix bag of political groups, pulling in various directions, so much so that the countriy’s economic development is beginning to move backwards and scaring off potential foreign investors.

    Dayan J. I wish you would have the energy, courage and reasonable outlets to express your views and not succumb to the well orchestrated brigade trying to stop you by ridiculing, just like they do to anyone opposing the new set up.

    I also hope Mahinda Rajapakse would take maximum precautions for his physical safety, as his popularity with the rural masses is the envy of the current leadership and he is also hated by Sri Lanka’s enemies within and outside the country.

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      Patriot

      “I also hope Mahinda Rajapakse would take maximum precautions for his physical safety,”

      He should protect himself from himself, to prevent self harm.

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        Native Vedda,

        And not forgetting self-abuse!!

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    Thank you Dayan for some of your constructive thoughts.

    It’s a good suggestion to have a Roundtable all-parties conference on the 19th amendment to arrive at a consensus. Solution reached by consensus is better than a perfect solution on this regard. Everyone should feel their genuine concerns respected and represented. They can be proud have been involved in the process of making these changes.

    You have to think in terms of people belong all communitiesa as are Srilankans with equal rights and stop keep legitimizing more rights and powers for demographic majority. Your arguments justify demand for separation.You are a responsible citizen with good knowledge of past histroy of our country. You can direct your energy more constructively to bring peace and dignity to every citizen and make them all feel as srilankan with equal rights and equal opportunity

    You have more intellect and capacity to do a better job for your country.

    Help new President to make the necessary changes to take the country in democratic pathway forward.

    Unfortunately later part of Mahinda regime gave way to exclusive family rule, corruption, more restriction of media,more military involvement in civilian matters and breeding ground for BBS like elements threaten ethnic reconciliation. while parading defeating terrorism played with LTTE card to deceive people. Its sad you believe you can live with these erosions which were taking away your dignity, democratic values, and justice while gave impunity to every criminal act. Do you think bringing back that regime will help your country for the benefit of ordinary people. Then Zimbabwe is the place you think our people wish for their children to live for their future.

    You know well India strategic security concern dictates our foreign relations. you have written about it in detail previously. But way of handling foreign relation can be more diplomatic and genuine than trying exploit it for selfish agenda without intellect.india and China need each other for their economic stability and growth.it should not be a threat to west or Russia. Very good relationship with India is the only way forward for srilanka.

    You know that you have changed a lot from your past. Mahinda has changed too.Why you could not expect the same in CBK and RW? Their contribution is valuable in building peace now. Their tendency to undermine each other should be discouraged. Hope their priority for the country and people stay in the forefront of their decision making. Diaspora can be win over with better engagement.

    It is difficult for our President to do it alone.He is not a pawn or puppet. He has courage to risk his life for the country. your valuable help will be appreciated. Please play a positive role to move the country forward. Regards

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    Lokata Lokka and a Political Sciencetist and only SL Diplomat who single handedly protected MR & his regime in UN Geneva, Claims :” Natural justice has been violated “

    MaRa – Sumanadasa Abey pair went for early presidential election and now our maha dena mukta talks about natural justice.

    Fortunately for Mother Lanka ,the impartiality of the election commissioner and the head of the armed forces and AG prevailed and natural justice delivered by the citizens of SL. So MARA was clean bowled by a legitimate delivery. No choice MaRa has to be back in the pavillion.ButHe has an option to leave the ground and retire from the game.

    If DJ has doubts, he should ask Arjuna Ranatunga who stood by Murali and the team and did honour to the country.
    DJ has forgotten how MaRa got 2/3 rd majority for his 18 A through unjust means. He took all the citizens on a Rajapakses’ Merry Go Round.

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    Dayan has been reduced from political scientist to political clown by Maharajah & Maharaja

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    Let me spot light on a blind spot. Hon. Champika needs good scrutiny. While MR loyalists and haters chop logic with cheap arrack, He might ascend to power very quickly.

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    Sorry Dayan, you have been exposed as an absolute fraud calling yourself a political Scientist whose record re analysis of the current political scene seems to be as valid as the Astrological predictions of Mahinda Rajapaksa’s hokus pokus con man Sumane Take a break you disgraceful cheap skate still clinging on to a distant dream that This crooked Medamulana Buffalo will come back to power and give that Diplomatic post that you enjoyed wining and dining and Bullshitting about what a smart arse you were.You were nothing but a con man and your crap to the UNHRC re the great achievements of our country has been towards human rights has been the biggest failure of our foreign policy.Sajin Vaas and Fat Shenuka belong to the same class as you. Selfish slippery two timing Mahinda Rajapaksa acolytes that have brought shame to the foreign service and our country.

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    As usual DJ’s arguments have many half truths
    *While rajapakse was at the helm when the LTTE were defeated, the foundations for his victory were built by Chandrika and Ranil and more importantly their engagement with the international community. They created a consensus that allow Sri Lanka to be financed and armed, and that consensus was based upon promises of autonomy;
    *Rajapakse also made the same pledged to get continued support. The international community did not anticipate the brutality of the Rakapakse govt both during and after the war, and with that his failure to deliver on the promises made regarding autonomy
    *Yes the large nationalist block (although not necessarily a majority) of Sinhala votes need to buy in, but what Dayan under-estimates consistently is the international community’s dedication to undermining ethnically based nationalism, and particularly of the supremacist nature of the Southern block.

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    We will send the traitors to hell and bring back the true leader!!!

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      Go and see in mirror. Let alone then you will see it right. ELse, it is effortless. IQ below 70 are your folks – so long the journalists would not play it right, you guys will stay that dark. Good luck

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        If the hat fits put it on, you fool!!!Shows clearly your IQ level!!!!

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    Richmond Peries, DJ you dont know one thing that VP so far not captured or dead. His death cetificate was not given to CBI to close the Rajiv file.MR and Sarath F know what happened. VP was not in the war zone and left somewhere away. if he is really dead, definitely MR and his group bring the dead body of VP to colombo and exebit to public to win election and fame. So wait and see. INdia and Westerners dont want separate the country. no support from them to tamils of Srilanka. However, tamils finally win their independence within srilanka

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    Hey DJ; have you alredy read this one? very interesting with regard to your view of protecting the Singhala Nation!
    “SC Shown Basil Rajapaksa Judicially Recognized To Have Committed Corrupt Practice At Mulkirigala By-Election In 1987”

    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/sc-shown-basil-rajapaksa-judicially-recognized-to-have-committed-corrupt-practice-at-mulkirigala-by-election-in-1987/

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