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Parliamentary Elections: What Should President Sirisena Do?

By Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

It’s out in the open now, the discrepancy in the views of the President and the Prime Minister about the timing of the elections. The Prime Minister hopes for July, while the President’s circle prefers September. I suspect it may be about astrology, but in Sri Lankan politics, the broad timing of the decision is not astrological –not even President Rajapaksa’s decision to go for an election two years ahead of schedule—but the fine tuning is. In other words, unlike in personal matters where the soothsayers’ word is law, Sri Lankan politicians make a political decision about the rough timing of the election on political grounds and from within your collective political unit (party, faction, family etc.) but your astrologer then homes in on the most appropriate date and time within the time frame they have indicated.

The Presidential faction seems to prefer elections later rather than sooner for at least three reasons. The stated reason is the completion of the reform agenda, i.e. the 20th amendment and the Right to Information Bill. The real reason is what they call the clean-up campaign, i.e. the prosecution of Rajapaksa loyalists and the consequent weakening of the Rajapaksa faction within the SLFP or provoking the latter’s exit from the SLFP.

The real problem is not whether the intra-SLFP battle is going quite the way that the president’s loyalists and ex-Presidential patron thinks. The real problem is that an unelected UNP Government is either embarking upon or taking the rap for a risky roll up of political opponents in what looks a pre-emptive electoral strike, just as it is displaying testy political behavior (e.g. Prime Minister Wickremesinghe during 19A and on the Supreme Court ruling on GR). It is conducting itself in a highly polarizing manner and is doing so without a legitimate mandate to govern.

In short it is pushing its luck. If things go on as they are doing, without a general election, and especially (but not only) if compounded by an economic crunch, something will surely pop, and it won’t be pretty.

Prime Minister Wickremesinghe is probably aware of a coming economic crunch and wants an election before that. Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera, for his part, wants an election which will bring the UNP into office and capable of making commitments, before the Geneva sessions in September and preferably before the UN High Commissioner presents the report of the UN International Inquiry in August.

The President’s faction doesn’t seem to spot a downside. It seems to operate with two scenarios; either the UNP leverages its Western connection and gets the Yahapalana administration out of the mess, or it takes the heat and the hit on both the economic and external fronts. The betting seems to be that the West and India will bail out Sri Lanka in order to protect Ranil, and therefore he should be kept in place as a human shield. If that doesn’t work, then the UNP will be weakened while on another front the Rajapaksas would have been legally incapacitated– and the big winner would prove to be a pro-presidential SLFP-JHU-DP caucus.

Ho-hum. This “strategic thinking” is actually tactical thinking, and is a classic case of being too clever by half.

While I’d find it fun to see Ranil on the wrong end of an economic crunch and an external sell-out, with the nationalist-populist Opposition tendency the obvious, inevitable beneficiary, the stakes are far too high to play such games. Be it an economic course correction to avoid or manage a crunch, or a stance in the UN Human Rights Council to cooperate and comply with with (RW-CBK-Mangala) or prudently countervail (my preference) the UN International Inquiry, the country needs an elected government.

That government cannot be the SLFP as currently represented in parliament stepping into the UNP’s shoes. This is because it has been weakened by the appointment of a UNP Prime minister and Government and by the neutralization of the local authorities. The dice is loaded against the SLFP and in any case it would be against its interests to take over the reins and face an economic and external affairs crisis a few months before inevitable elections in April 2015. An SLFP government today will be vulnerable to UNP- JVP attack and anti-incumbency sentiment. It will go down to a dreadful electoral defeat—which is probably the grand plan of the Harridan of Horagolla (more indigenously, the Batakola Archchie of Attanagalla), so she can waddle in (or ride in on her broomstick) and pick up the pieces.

The upcoming General Election will be the most decisive the country has faced for several decades, i.e. since the promulgation of the Second Republican Constitution in 1978. It is so in terms of personalities as well as policies. Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera makes the stakes amply clear:

“The next general election would be of utmost importance and the battle lines had already been drawn between two teams…said Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera. Addressing a meeting of Matara District Graduates’ Association held at the Cooperative Auditorium of Matara town, the Minister said…that the country needed a third republican constitution. “We need a new Constitution which would enable all Sri Lankans live as a nation despite they are being Sinhala, Tamil or Muslim. We will promulgate a new Constitution after the next election. Abolishing the executive presidency is not the panacea for all our political ills. We will convert Parliament into a constituent assembly to introduce the new constitution…Surely, the next Prime Minister would be Ranil Wickremesinghe.” (‘Mangala: Ranil will be PM in next Parliament’, The Island, May 18, 2015)

So the proposed new constitution, post-election, is not only about abolishing – as distinct from reforming, a la 19A–the executive presidency. What is implied by Foreign Minister Samaraweera is revealed explicitly by Mr. Erik Solheim:

“I am confident that the government and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) will come forward to find a lasting solution to the Tamil national question through negotiations. Such a solution will have to be federalism or another version of devolution of power to Tamils in the North-East. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke passionately about federalism while visiting Colombo and Jaffna. Nearly all international observers share his views.” (‘I Told UN Panel All I Knew’: Erik Solheim, interviewed by Sulochana Ramiah Mohan, Ceylon Today, May 17th 2015)

Given that the choices are so radical and polarizing, the best option for the nation is to hold a parliamentary election and permit a new government, which will probably be a coalition, to handle the economic and external issues—which are interrelated and interactive.

What then should be the timing? President Sirisena should take a leaf from President Jayewardene’s book. When faced with the far more vexatious problem of ethnic reform, President JRJ said on the record to Mervyn de Silva of the Lanka Guardian in 1984: “the Sinhalese say District Councils and no more. The Tamils says Regional Councils and no less. I say Provincial Councils.”

Similarly President Sirisena should say “the UNP says elections in July and no later. The SLFP says elections in September and no sooner. I say elections in August.” He should just split the difference; head straight down the middle.

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    Oh Dyan, [Edited out]

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      Dayan the war monger types:

      “President JRJ said on the record to Mervyn de Silva of the Lanka Guardian in 1984: “the Sinhalese say District Councils and no more. The Tamils says Regional Councils and no less. I say Provincial Councils.”

      President J.R.Jayawardene also said this:

      I am not worried about the opinion of the Jaffna people… now we cannot think of them, not about their lives or their opinion… the more you put pressure in the north, the happier the Sinhala people will be here… Really if I starve the Tamils out, the Sinhala people will be happy.
      – President J.R.Jayawardene, Daily Telegraph, July 1983

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        NV,

        I really dont know whether he is a war monger.. [Edited out]

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          Supun @,

          as one who left the country almost 2 decades ago, I cant know teledramas of the kind of KOPIKADE being telecasted on lanken TV senders even today ?

          There was a charactor in that Teledrama Serie – woman is called KOPI KADE DAYAWATHIE. This particular charator polarised the society for one reason – hers reflected the comman nature of some women in lanken villages or urban areas. The woman could twist hearsays to her kind of narrations – as things would and could go even worst. The very same style is comparable to that of DOCTOR DAYAN JAYATHILAKA if one would closley compare his contents of the articles which have been published mostly after 8th January.
          Man is talented at stammering or twisting issues to scare monger. The very same man to stay mum as if clay eaten crocodile – in the days of Muslims and some fractions of the society were attacked by Rajapakshe and his brothers – this man had no hearts to voice for the sake of the victimised people. But to add explosive thoughts
          making the views of wrrong ones stronger today, is more than pathetic.. may be [Edited out]

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            To the Tamil in a Vedda’s Mask,

            I have addressed a comment regarding the JRJ statement to the Telegraph UK, quoted by you in yours of May 18, 2015 at 1:41 pm at this link.

            https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/parliamentary-elections-what-should-president-sirisena-do/comment-page-1/#comment-1834458

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            OTC, lal loo, Ramuuuuu and other perverted historians:

            Excerpts:

            JR, who made use of the votes of Tamils, both the Jaffna and Indians to be- come the President, when interviewed by a British reporter [ Daily Telegraph – London] in early July 1983 said, “..I am not worried about the opinion of Jaffna people now… Now we can’t think of them. Not about their lives or of their opin- ions about us. …The more you put pres- sure in the North, the happier the Sinhalese people will be here – Daily Telegraph -July 11, 1983

            Republished in Sunday Observer Colombo
            17 July 1983
            A result of government’s inaction?
            K K S Perera
            The Nation Sunday Print Edition

            http://www.nation.lk/epaper/sunday/2013/07/14/
            files/assets/basic-html/page16.html

            Here is another racist who uttered Sinhala/Buddhist majoritarian views in public:

            Exepts

            After the July pogrom Mr. Saumyamoorthy Thondaman had spoken in parliament supporting Mr. Amirthalingam and the struggle of the people in the North for their rights. Referring to this when addressing the executive committee of the UNP’s Lanka Jathika Estate Workers Union on 5 September 1983, at UNP Headquarters Sri Kotha, Minister Gamini Dissaneyeke made bloodcurdling threats against the Tamil people. He said among other things: “Our Buddhists priests and Sinhala youths have been enraged by this. We have calmed them with great difficulty. Who attached you? Sinhalese. Who protected you Sinhalese. It is we who can attack and protect you. They say they are bringing an army from India. It will take 14 hours to come from India. In 14 minutes the blood of every Tamil in the country can be sacrificed to the land by us. It is not written on anyone’s forehead that he is an Indian Tamil or Jaffna Tamil, a Batticaloa Tamil or upcountry Tamil, Hindu Tamil or Christian Tamil. All are Tamils”.

            Here is something that is not publically discussed:

            “Need one be surprised about Black July? Ranil Wickremesinghe and several senior members of his last cabinet have been named by Rajan Hoole as organizers of attacks on Tamil civilians in their respective electorates in July 1983 (Arrogance of Power 2001: 154). It is one thing to be named and another thing to be ashamed. It is remarkable that the ‘Tamil friendly’ Wickremesinghe has not thought it fit to ask the forgiveness of the Tamil people for the crimes committed against them under the watch of a government of which he was a minister.”

            Between the Blinds
            On being President of all Lankans (II)
            by Nalin Swaris
            14 June 2006
            http://www.island.lk/2006/06/14/midweek4.html

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              Your comment of May 20, 2015 at 10:18 pm refers

              I am looking for an authoritative reference. KKS Perera does not fit that description.

              Did you depend on KKS Perera instead of an authoritative source ?

              Quote from my previous comment “I hope some reader of CT can provide an authoritative ORIGINAL reference (a Google search brings up tons of results but no original)”

              The claimed PRIMARY SOURCE is the Daily Telegraph, UK. Nothing can be found there even as a repeat reference at a later date. Which is strange, given that the utterance is from a Head of State. These are preserved by any Newspaper for future use. (please see detailed report in my earlier comment May 20, 2015 at 12:07 pm)

              The Wiki article which has reproduced this alleged quote uses the following reference.

              “Lies and Deceptions! Comical Alis of Sri Lanka”. Telegraph UK. 20 April 2009. Retrieved 20 May 2009.

              The link there directs to an Article written by Richard Dixon.

              This Wiki article has been SPECIFICALLY Disowned by the Telegraph (see my previous comment)

              Richard Dixon is not listed by the Telegraph, either as a staff member or as a contributor.

              The significant fact is that the PRIMARY source quoted has no record of the article or to any later dated reference to it or to any “reporter” called Richard Dixon and has disowned the Wiki article.

              The Nation article by KKS Perera does not identify the Reporter

              He says “when interviewed by a British Reporter [Daily Telegraph – London] in early July 1983”

              Hence verification is not possible and he may be using the Wiki quote.

              The Sunday Observer has no record of the republication. A site search for the phrase “if I starve the Tamils” gave No results.

              A site search for the phrase “Daily Telegraph” did not bring up the Re print or ANY repeat reference to the original or to the alleged quote.

              Then who is this Richard Dixon that reported this quote?
              Is he a gun for hire?

              My interest is in authenticating the original quote you made about what JRJ said.

              Please do not attempt to cloud the issue by other irrelevancies.

              Kind Regards,
              OTC

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                Stupid FOOL, instead of looking for KKS Perera,Richard Dixon and every mothers sons, go to the Lake house achieves division and request for the 17 July 1983 Sunday Observer. You will be able to see it in black and white.

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                  Dear Kumar,

                  As I have stated many times before your idiocy is incurable.

                  Did you try doing that before you wrote what you wrote?
                  Why don’t you go to Lake House and obtain a copy and send it over to the CT Editor and ask him to distribute Scanned Copies of the article to interested readers. Your friend, the Tamil in a Vedda Mask, very kindly did a similar exercise, with Sir Pon Arunachelem’s speeches recently.

                  The PRIMARY source is the Daily Telegraph and the claimed reporter is Richard Dixon.

                  Your idiocy has prevented you from understanding the significance of the following paragraph in my earlier comment.

                  “The significant fact is that the PRIMARY source quoted has no record of the article or to any later dated reference to it or to any “reporter” called Richard Dixon and has disowned the Wiki article”

                  JRJ was the All Powerful President on 17 July 1983.
                  He was in office as Lanka’s HEAD of STATE from 4 February 1978 – 2 January 1989 and was Prime Minister and Head of the Govt before that.

                  The Observer is a Lake House publication and is controlled by the State.

                  I doubt you will realize the significance of that either because your incurable idiocy will definitely stand in the way.

                  KKS Perera is what your friend in the Vedda Mask produced as evidence and is unacceptable, as he is neither the AUTHOR of the initial report nor was a witness at the interview with JRJ. Thus he cannot authenticate that alleged JRJ quote.

                  All the Idiots are going round in circles, repeatedly referring to third hand sources and are unable to produce the ORIGINAL article or a reference to it in the Daily Telegraph, UK, at a later date or the AUTHENTIC writer of that article from the Daily Telegraph.

                  At this point of time, the ALLEGED JRJ quote remains unauthenticated.

                  Time will tell if it ever gets authenticated. I hope it will, as if it’s true, such a racist comment from a Head of State should unequivocally be rejected and condemned. If not, it just becomes Racist Propaganda of a group of Power Hungry Racist Separatist Tamils.

                  Have you got any other bright ideas?

                  As I have said many times before you are unable to produce a challenging comment. Like the proverbial monkey that forgot where it’s tail was, you also keep pulling the wedge out repeatedly!!!

                  Kind Regards,
                  OTC

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        What JR said is the attitude of the ruling Sinhala elite even today:

        The genocide of Tamils committed during the war is a culmination of the thinking JR expressed that day.

        Nobody can deny the brutality suffered by the Tamils at the hands of the Sinhala rulers since independence.

        Even today the UNP, the SLFP and other Sinhala racist parties are competing to win the forthcoming election by telling them that they are doing the best to deny Tamils their birth rights.

        Rmember the promotions of Sarath Foneska, and now Dias a Army chief are to counter Mahinda’s anti-Tamil anti-Muslim stand.

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          Dear Readers,

          This person Thiru is a Lying Seperatist Propagandist.

          He cunningly HIDES the TRUE NATURE of the OPPRESSIVE Jaffna Tamil Society that they ruled, from the unwary reader.

          Tamil Society in the North was RULED by a small group of Tamil Land owners. Human Rights were DENIED to the Majority Tamil population in the North.

          Sebastian Rasalingam is a Low Cast Jaffna Tamil married to an Indian Tamil woman. He says,

          “These absentee landlords became parliamentarians and blocked any legislation that modernised the North. Universal franchise and women’s rights were opposed, starting from 1929. The building of causeways and roads that would make depressed caste villages accessible were opposed. Upgrading of village Councils and TCs in the North were opposed by these ‘Tamil leaders’. When they realised that Colombo was going to make caste discrimination illegal, they launched separatist politics. Then the Ponnambalams and the Chelvanayagams could “run their affairs themselves,” in the ‘exclusive Tamil homelands of the Eelam’. The political strategy was to whip up Tamil racism, aided by Sinhala Chauvinism.

          b> Having come from a depressed caste and grown up in the 1930s in the Jaffna peninsula, I know the vicious character of quasi-slavery, which was maintained purely by violence.

          Jaffna Tamil Society is controled with an Iorn Fist by the Land Owning High Casts. The High Casts consist of about 40% of the population but less than half of them owned Land. Sixty percent of the Population was Low Cast and were divided in to 5 groups (The Panchamar).

          The Panchmar had to live in designated Ghettoes and do the work they were born to do. They had no choice in both matters. Schooling was PROHIBITTED.

          The Low cast Turumbas were not allowed to be seen in daylight and could only travel by night
          (see refference below)

          ALL means of production was in the Hands of these Land owners and hence they had FULL control of the Livelyhood of the population in the North. The Majority Tamil population did not Dare to antogonise the Land Owning Tamil High Cast Rulers.

          The Low Casts (Panchamars) were used as COMPLETE SLAVES. Please see the reference below to obtain a little insight to how the North was run as a Vast Slave Camp.

          This OPPRESSION of the Majority Tamil population by the MINORITY of Land Owning High Cast Tamils resulted in REGULAR uprisings.

          1871 – at Maviththapuram.
          Tamil Tamil riots. High cast Tamils attacked low casts (dhoby and barber castes)

          1923 September – at Sutumalai.
          Tamil Tamil riots. High cast Tamils attacked Low cast (Paramba) people because Low Casts have no right to employ drummers at a funeral.

          1929 June – Tamil Tamil riots in Jaffna
          Because the govt issued an ‘equal seating directive’ to govt grant-aided schools.

          Under this directive ‘low caste’ students were allowed to sit on the bench. Until then they sat either on the floor or outside the classroom. Resultant riots burnt a large number of houses mainly of low caste Tamils. Their children en masse were stopped from attending schools. Repeated petitions were made to the government by ‘high caste’ Vellalars begging to cancel the directive!

          The Vellala Burnt Down FIFTEEN (15) schools that complied with the govt order and other acts of violence and kept their children from attending school.

          1931 – at Canganai.

          Tamil Tamil riots. High casts Tamils attacked Low cast Pallars for hiring drummers for a funeral.

          1933 – Jaffna Bus strike and Tamil Tamil Riots

          High cast Tamil bus-drivers went on strike in protest against Low cast Tamils attempting to Sit on seats instead of the floor where they were allowed to.

          A few months later in a caste feud between vellala and non-vellala Catholics, a vellala was killed, and the houses of several Low Cast parayas burnt down, over the issue of a paraya man wearing shoes in church.

          The next day, another feud developed in another village between High Casts and low cast nalavas over the rights of the nalavas to cremate their dead in a vellala cremation place, and a man was shot.

          (from the PhD Thesis of Dr Jane Russell, Communal Politics under the Donoughmore Constitution, 1931 – 1947 available from Thisara Publications, Lanka)

          The Forum for Depressed Class Tamil Labourers was formed in Jaffna in 1927. As a result of their 2 year struggle the govt was finally forced to issue the equal seating directive for govt aided schools. It was the first organized effort to defy the prohibitions imposed against the Low Cast Panchamars by the High Cast Vellala.

          Here is a FIRST PERSON account of the experience of the Low Cast Tamils (60% of the population) at the hands of the High Cast Tamils of the North.

          Sebastian Rasalingam says,

          “When I moved to Hatton and later to Colombo, I found a very different world. It was a transforming experience for me and my wife to find that our workmates, mostly Sinhalese would actually sit with us and share a cup of tea. We found that we could go to night school and study without being threatened, beaten up, or go and borrow books, and do things that would bring swift retribution ‘back in the North’; our dwellings would have been torched and our women raped with impunity”

          You can read the rest of his experiences at
          http://dbsjeyaraj.com/dbsj/archives/12770
          .
          Bryan Pfaffenberger in ‘Caste in Tamil Culture’ says,

          “The alleged oppression of the Tamils by the Sinhalese is mostly a defensive garb, to conceal the inner conflicts caused by the caste system among the Tamils”.

          “Becoming a Vellala involves assuming Vellala customs and gaining control over land. It is precisely for this reason that entire villages may be burnt down and people killed over trivial incident as a Pallar cutting his hair or wearing a shoe. For Vellala much is at stake.”

          —————–

          Reference
          Ragunathan (2004: 22-23) listed a series of 24 customary prohibitions enforced by the upper caste elite on Panchamars (Low Casts) during the 1950s. These prohibitions were as follows:

          1. Males should not wear an upper garment.
          2. ‘Verti’ should not hang below the ankle.
          3. Men should not wear “Shalvei” on the shoulder.

          4. Females should not wear an upper garment.
          5. Females should not wear the “thaavani” (sari “potta”).

          6. The Panchamar should not travel unnecessarily on roads and in public places. When proceeding on permitted paths, they must announce their coming by dragging a “kaavolei” (dried Palmyrah leaf) behind them.

          7. Panchamar must not wear any jewellery.
          8. Panchamar should not tie “thali” (wedding necklace).
          9. Panchamar must not wear white for higher rituals.
          10. Panchamar must not wear white for important/special rituals.
          11. They must bury the dead without cremation.
          12. Use of musical instruments to rejoice or mourn prohibited.
          13. Music at auspicious or inauspicious functions prohibited.
          14. They should not use the ponds of the “high” castes.
          15. They must not use umbrellas.
          16. They must not wear footwear.
          17. They must not study.
          18. Gods of the “high” castes prohibited in their temples.
          19. They cannot enter the “high” caste temples.
          20. They must not enter tea-shops.
          21. They must not draw water from public wells.
          22. They cannot either drive or travel in cycles and cars.
          23. They cannot sit while traveling in buses.
          24. In schools, they were not allowed to sit on chairs.

          Dr Jane Russell in Communal Politics says.

          Even by the mid-20th century the status of the pallas, for example, was hardly any better than a century before. Tambiah quotes from the Manual of the Madura District published in 1868 to describe the position of the pallas in 1951.

          They are a numerous but abject and despised race. Their principal occupation is ploughing the land of the more fortunate Tamils, and though normally free, they are usually slaves in almost every sense of the word.’ The outcastes or parayas had a deplorable social status. Among this group, there was a caste unique to Jaffna, the turumbas or washers men to the parayas. They were not allowed to be seen in the daylight and could only travel by night

          I do hope what I have written will be challenged by this Lying Separatist.

          Kind Regards,
          OTC

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            Physician Heal Thy-self.

            The caste system got erdicated to a great extent after Independence
            & especially during the armed struggle of the Tamils. Caste difference is no excuse for the denial of the Fundamental Rights, Equal Rights & Political Rights such as Devolution of Power.

            Dr. Dayan J.

            You Too Brutus?

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              Dear George Rajaratnam and Kumar,

              To George,

              I have FACTUALLY mirrored what you did to the Tamil People before and after Independence. If reading about it is painful to you, imagine what it was like for people like Sebastian Rasalingam and his family to undergo the depravity. He said “Having come from a depressed caste and grown up in the 1930s in the Jaffna peninsula, I know the vicious character of quasi-slavery, which was maintained purely by violence”.

              People of your kind, like Thiru and that Silly Idiot Kumar, who try to hide what you did and was doing by constantly blaming the Sinhalese, needed to be exposed and exhibited to the World in your TRUE colours.

              Most of the information I have disclosed is not common knowledge. This non availability of information has enabled a Power Hungry Tamil Ruling class to Hoodwink the World.

              The simple Tamil peasants, kept ignorant by denying an education, while you availed yourself of Free Education, was easily mislead by inflaming Nationalist Racist sentiments and they were sacrificed on the altar of power hungry Tamil politicians.

              It’s about time the World Knew the Truth.

              You said “The caste system got erdicated to a great extent after Independence”

              The following Facts will prove you a Liar.

              Nine years after independence, Parliament found it necessary to enact a Law to prevent Cast discrimination. “The Prevention of Social Disabilities Act of 1957” (PSDA).

              This was not brought about by Northern Members of Parliament who were all High Cast Tamil, as that would have gone against their own interests.

              In 1968, 20 years after Independence, Low cast Tamils (Pallar and Navalar) staged a non violent protest in front of the gates of the Lord Kandasamy (Skanda) Hindu Temple at Maviddapuram demanding that they be allowed to enter the Temple. At that point of time only 17% of Hindu Temples were open to the Low Cast Tamils. They were beaten up by members of an organisation called the “Defenders of Saivism” with Iron Rods and Sand filled Bottles.

              “The Maviddapuram conflict ended as a stalemate. The Minority Tamils withdrew after the Government Agent promised to intercede with the government to strengthen the clauses of the Prevention of Social Disabilities Act.

              After some temple managers were prosecuted, most large temples opened their doors to Untouchables. However, village temples owned by Vellalas maintained their discriminatory practices and throughout the 1970s caste conflicts continued”. (Sri Lanka in the Modern Age by Nira W)

              In 1971 23 years after Independence the PSDA was amended to give the Police, powers of prosecution, of PSDA offenders. Earlier the aggrieved party had to sue the aggressor which was beyond the Financial capacity of the destitute Low cast people.

              Until that time, for 14 long years, the PSDA remained a DEAD LETTER in the North, where the TOP Political and Administrative Establishment was completely Tamil. Unfortunately all 11 Members of Parliament and all 14 DROs were High Cast Tamils. The GA was some times a High Cast Tamil and sometimes Non Tamil. Yet the SLAVERY Continued.

              The first Low Cast Tamil Member of Parliament was elected in 1977, TWENTY years after the PSDA was enacted and 30 years after Independence.

              That have been an IMPOSSIBILITY without the PSDA.

              What other proof is needed to show what a Lying Hypocrite you are?

              You say “Caste difference is no excuse for the denial of the Fundamental Rights, Equal Rights & Political Rights such as Devolution of Power”

              That is the minority High Cast Tamil opinion.
              The OPPRESSED Low Cast Tamils thought otherwise and they were the Tamil Majority.

              Referring to the legislation that was being prepared for the establishment of the District Councils of the Dudley-Chelva pact, the Low Cast Tamil Organisation, “The All Ceylon Minority Tamils United Front requested the Prime Minister to stay the implementation of the legislation until caste discrimination was eradicated from Jaffna, for this would constitute an instrument to further reduce the rights of Minority Tamils”. (Sri Lanka in the Modern Age by Nira W)

              “In spite of the assurance on the part of Federal Party leaders that it was mandatory that caste oppression should be removed, the Prime Minister dropped the bill in mid-1968 in the face of mounting opposition from the SLFP and the left parties”. (Sri Lanka in the Modern Age by Nira W).

              If you want to discuss this further please feel free to do so.

              ———-

              To Kumar

              You wrote “Why are you wasting the web space with your silly arguments that are not at all relevant to this article?”

              This is not the first time that you have asked IDIOTIC questions because of your poor ability to comprehend English.

              My comment was a response to the comment by the Lying, Separatist, Propagandist, Thiru, who I can see is also a coward. It was not a response to Dayan J.

              Thiru wrote “Nobody can deny the brutality suffered by the Tamils at the hands of the Sinhala rulers since independence”

              I pointed out where exactly the BRUTALITY existed and NOBODY including you, Thiru or George has Denied it.

              But as usual, you were too DUMB to realize why and to who I responded.

              Kind Regards,
              OTC

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            Off the Mutt,

            When did you escape from mental asylum?

            Why are you wasting the web space with your silly arguments that are not at all relevant to this article? Who is bothered today about all these caste issues among Tamils and Sinhalese of the past? Go to Jaffna today and see if anybody is talking about any caste, if you talk to them about caste, they will definitely send you back to Angoda.

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                This mentally retarded Cuff is coughing for nothing. This imbecilic moron still does not know that the caste system/discrimination does not exist anymore but the Tamil problem in SL still exists and the Tamils are still suffering brutality at the hands of the Sinhala rulers. Why can’t he cough for an existing problem instead of something that does not exist anymore?

                ‘Poor ability to comprehend English’????? MY FOOT!! LOL
                Ha, ha, ha… this is what happens when a Dumb Fool thinks of himself as an “EXPERT”.

                The best joke is, this forum considers this cuff as an undesirable vagabond who comes here to waste other people’s time and that is why most of them keep away from this piece of stink.

                He will always write in lengths something that is not relevant to the discussion and also not relevant to the present period and then expect others to respond. Thiru must be rolling on the floor and laughing at this cuff. I however enjoy poking him a little and making him react like an angry dog. LOL

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                  Well done Kumar

                  OTC = Only a Tempted Character.

                  He enjoys writing nasty comments to other articles b’cause his articles in the CT were not well received by the readers.

                  Kumar, you have rightly identified this chap.

                  See the time that his comments were written!
                  Nobody else other a mental patient will take time to write all these nonsense, especially either very early morning or mid-day.

                  “When did you escape from mental asylum?”

                  ‘Poor ability to comprehend English’????? MY FOOT!! LOL Ha, ha, ha… this is what happens when a Dumb Fool thinks of himself as an “EXPERT”.

                  No No No, he is a Prof. in English language.

                  Yes, this chap is an expert on certain nasty activities.

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                    Dear Kumar and Nadarajah,

                    I see that another idiot has joined the fray.

                    I have no intention of convincing the rabid Separatist Tamils (like the two of you and Thiru). All of you are beyond redemption as all of you have lost the ability to reason.

                    I write to expose LIES that you write and to NULLIFY the False propaganda in its tracks.

                    Your irrational anger shows that I have succeeded, and so far you have not succeeded in disproving anything that I have written.

                    IDIOTS (Prabahkaran’s disciples) try methods that are inherent in their nature such as Thuggery and intimidation but does not realize that exposes their idiocy and ill breeding while having absolutely no effect on their targets.

                    Any idiot can indulge in Name Calling but it takes intelligence to write a challenging comment. The reason such a challenge is not made, is obvious.

                    Foreigners and Sri Lankans are the targets of the propaganda. The unbiased amongst them read the references I provide and reach a conclusion of their own.

                    That’s why we see Separatist Donkeys such as yourself, frustrated by your own inability to counter the Factual exposures, resort to name calling.

                    I have no problem with that, as it confirms to the unbiased reader that what I have written is the TRUTH. So continue with your foolishness.

                    As Bryan Pfaffenberger observed blaming the Sinhalese is done to cover the Sins of the High Cast Vellalar Tamil Rulers. The Slave Drivers of the Slave Camp that was the North.

                    BTW, I did not claim to be an expert but claimed you were an idiot who could not understand why and to who my comment was addressed.

                    Both of you are confirming my observation. Ha ha haa.

                    Kind Regards,
                    OTC

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                      CHALLENGING COMMENT for those at Angoda hospital.

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                      Dear Nadarajah,

                      Re “CHALLENGING COMMENT for those at Angoda Hospital”

                      You are STILL STRUGLING to disprove even a WORD that I have written about Tamil BRUTALITY towards Tamils.

                      Are you writing from Angoda Mental Hospital?

                      Ha ha haa!

                      Kind Regards,
                      OTC

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            Off the Cuff,

            What about the Sinhalese of the North who were reduced to become low caste Tamils?

            The Koviyars (also lower in caste) as a caste group existed only in Jaffna, and an explanation is that they are descended from the Sinhalese Govigamas. Koviyar a corruption of the Sinhalese word ‘ Goviya’ or ‘Goiya’ and that their original status was equal to that of the Vellalas can be inferred from customs which are still in Vogue in Jaffna. The fate that be-fell Sinhala ‘Govi-kula’ people living in the North, when they were submerged, and ‘absorbed’ into the Tamil ‘stream’, they were reduced to become ‘low-caste’ koviars, only fit to serve the ‘high-caste’ Vellala Tamils of the North.

            The ‘Nalavas (or Nalluwars)’ and the ‘Tanakaras’ of Jaffna are also considered Sinhalese remnants of the North. The Nalavas were perhaps originally the Sinhalese climbers and received the Tamil name on account of their peculiar way of climbing trees. They too became the slaves of the Tamil Vellalas. The Tanakaras were the ancient elephant keepers and those who supplied the necessary fodder to the stables of the king. (Sinhalese: Tana=grass). They became inseparably mixed with the Tamils among whom they had to remain. The fact that the Kovias, Tanakaras and Nalavas were originally Sinhalese can be seen from the peculiar dress of their women who wear the inner end of their cloth over the shoulders in a manner quite strange to the genuine Tamils. I have also heard that Chandars too are of Sinhala Origins.

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              Dear Saman,

              Thank you for the information.

              I would like to use the information in the future. Could you please direct me to an authoritative source?

              Kind Regards,
              OTC

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              Saman Dias

              What about the Chettiars and Pandara Nayakam who converted to Sinhala/Buddhism and became presidents and prime ministers.

              What about the South Indian Demelas (mostly members of Vellaikkarrer padei Mercenaries) who converted to Sinhala/Buddhism and now they proudly call themselves Sinhala/Buddhists but should be addressed as Sinhala speaking Demelas.

              Sinhala/Buddhists prefer Tamil Vellalas to their own Karavas, Duravas, …. ?

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                Dear Tamil Historian,

                Tamil speaking Nayakkars from India has Ruled as Kings of the Kandyan Kingdom of the Sinhalese, has been custodians of the Tooth relic and has advanced Buddhism as a State Religion within his kingdom in Sri Lanka. That’s our History and nobody will deny it.

                Science says that the Sinhalese are a mixed race and genetically closely related to Tamils from India, which is a BLOOD relationship not just a Linguistic relationship.

                Recent Genetic studies also indicate that Lanka Tamils are not Genetically related to South Indian Tamils. Older studies have indicated that the Lanka Tamils are related to the Sinhalese.

                But thank you for the information. I would like to use the information in the future. Could you please direct me to an authoritative source?

                By the way, my understanding is that race is a blood relationship and not something that one can convert to, at will.

                Thus “RACE” is decided at birth IRREVOCABLY. You cannot change it even if you wanted to. Feel free to correct me if you think I am wrong.

                —————–
                References

                Islanded: Britain, Sri Lanka, and the Bounds of an Indian Ocean Colony  By Sujit Sivasundaram

                The particularity of the Lankan story also needs to be appreciated and contextualized in relation to the Indian Ocean more broadly.” Kandy was not a landlocked kingdom: it had connections through migration and patterns of religious, cultural, and economic life to South Asia as well as Southeast Asia. Before 1796, the king’s traders and monks at times evaded Dutch control, and at other times utilized Dutch vessels for the express purpose of keeping links alive. Buddhist monks traveled to and from Burma and Siam, taking and bringing texts, and the reformation of Buddhism in eighteenth-century Kandy depended on the reintroduction of higher ordination by Siamese monks in 1753. Muslim and “Malabar” traders, in addition to Chetties, also connected the Kandyan court and rural villages to the sea, and kept alive Kandy’s historic ownership of five ports along the coast for its trade. The kingdom’s ownership of these ports had been interrupted when the Dutch proclaimed their right of rule over a continuous strip of land around the island by 1766.

                Though the kandyan Kingdom looks landlocked on paper, its rivalry with the Dutch was also conducted by sea. In 1744, Narenappa Nayakkar, the father-in-law of the ruling king and the father of two other kings, sought to take two vessels under his charge across the sea from the port of Kalpitiya to the territory of the Tevar of Ramnad on the opposite coast. According to a Dutch historian of the eighteenth century, the Dutch East India Company Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie, VOC) was seeking at this stage to prevent smuggling by “cruising” off the coast “everywhere,” but the Kandyan court sought to move “heaven and earth” to carry on a trade over the seas. In order to push through his plan, Narenappa arrested the Dutch master of horses from Jaffnapatnam, as well as two keepers of elephants, in addition to detaining their animals. He used the name of the king of Kandy to legitimize his actions.

                Kind Regards,
                OTC

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        DJ, You see you have been exposed-Like anything !!!!
        You quoted part of JRJ; did NOT write the whole truth.
        JRJ went down in SL history as a macabre and master of all our present doom and gloom.
        Remember my friend; NO JUSTICE; NO PEACE, whether it is in your house when your dear beloved father is apportioning his real estate among the siblings or in your office how you mete out justice and fair-play among all your staff and the like and the like and in any place in this earth….Truth will triumph and all egoist, hate mongers, war mongers, racists and all bullshitters and murderous leaders will perish in shame……recent history is replete with these facts
        Please do not dish out nonsense to sensible people in a sensible world.
        Justice P

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          Dear Justice P and the Tamil in a Vedda Mask,

          The Daily Telegraph, UK, has no record of this statement of JRJ’s. I searched the Telegraph for the phrase “Really if I starve the Tamils out, the Sinhala people will be happy” which yeilded no results and later truncated it to “if I starve the Tamils” but it still gave No results.

          I hope some reader of CT can provide an authoritative ORIGINAL reference (a Google search brings up tons of results but no original).

          (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/search/?queryText=%22if%20I%20starve%20the%20Tamils%22&sort=recent&range=1999-01-12&rangeTo=2015-05-19T23%3A59%3A59.999Z)

          The earliest date allowed by their search engine was 12 Jan 1999 and my search was from that date to current.

          There are articles by a Richard Dixon, who claims to be a Telegraph Contributor (or staff?) which uses and quotes the JRJ statement elsewhere on the Internet.

          But the Telegraph web site does not list Richard Dixon as one of their Contributors or staff. (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/atoz/#R)

          Richard Dixon however is a contributor to “Northern Soul”
          The following is his profile as published there.
          http://www.northernsoul.me.uk/contributors/

          Richard Dixon

          East London boy Richard Dixon has been a journalist since 1979 despite having a PhD in fish glands. But since he studied for it in Sheffield and has maternal roots in Manchester, he believes he has the best of all inheritances: trans-Pennine steel and grit combined with almost never tiring of working life in the capital.

          Most of his alleged career has been spent sorting out others’ copy as a subeditor/copy editor, sometimes with a fancy title, although he has occasionally deviated into scribbling, and inexplicably was Medical Journalist of the Year as recently as 1984. He blogs as Style Counsel on the minutiae of newspaper writing and editing. As @Linguagroover Dixon displays all the signs of an advanced, possibly incurable, Twitter obsession. He also virtually spins an MP3 or four as @MLKSoundsDJ.

          He remains a (metaphorical) gun for hire both as hack and turntable meister.

          Richard Dixon’s articles are unreliable as they depend heavily on LTTE data. He even posts Photographs that later proved to be stage managed when the uncropped images were discovered after the Army overran LTTE strongholds.

          The following email was written by Richard Dixon to a forum thread “Media censoring in London Telegraph” Started by thivas, May 17 2009 05:44 AM, on yarl.com

          From: Richard Dixon (richarddixons@googlemail.com)
          Sent: 11 May 2009 23:36:23

          Dear All,

          I am not sure if the Sri Lankan mafia has paid money to Telegraph. For some reason my latest article has now been removed from the site.

          I have spoken to Telegraph and they are still investigating. I have republished it on “Independent Minds
          ———-

          The Telegraph is used as a reference by the Wiki in order to authenticate the JRJ statement but the Telegraph SPECIFICALLY disowns the Wiki (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/srilanka/)

          “Sri Lanka on Wikipedia

          The Telegraph is not responsible for the content of external internet sites”

          What the Telegraph has done is to specifically disown what is attributed to it, by the Wiki, about what JRJ is alleged to have said.

          Kind Regards,
          OTC

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      This should be your business to raise the question. MY3 the great man who sacrificed for the edcuated masses of the country will do it accordingly. U dont need to be worried. Pleaes realize that there are enough good kind of analysts that would do the job better than you do. Mama thamai miniha is only valid Rajapakshe men, not to MY3, try to please realize who you are and what you can contribute to this nation who are now in the proper way to achieve the reconcliation and permenant peace. So, what MR guys failed to achieve within 10 years – was able to fulfil within the first 100 days of the new adminsitration – that alone should be commended instead of attacks. You DJ please go and have a better medication, so that you can also join the new waves in order to bring this country forward – Jaya niyathai, if your mind sets would be free from MR extrements

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        [Edited out], DJ would go on singing his housana for wrong ones. He seems to be not knowing the impact of his reactions these days. Be them against RW or CBK or anyone else, this man should learn the basics of the ground reality of today s problems. We have avalanche of evidence to prove that MR and his thugs have abused people s funds to the core. But MY3 and current govt cant do the job today since he also needs to give the priority to hold the SLFP under one umbrella. Situation is like being caught by devil for him. Pleasing the wrong ones that abused the nation sowing just blant lies alone are sufficient to prove MR and thugs reached no go YUGA PURUSHAYA. Those who robbed under the guise of MR would go on demostrate since MR can prevent them being convicted even for high crimes.
        Sajin Vasss, Basil and all other sharks to see in remand until today a good feature but people will see it all these processes would take months or years – that is the nature of them even on the west. In Germany, false allegations leveled against former President took 3-4 years to complete and seek verdicts of the cases. So are the nature of lanken issues too. Now with commissions becoming indepenedent things would turn its way for sure better for all of us – light at the end of the tunnel is becoming brightening. No doubt, we will make it. Let this nation be healed off by proving and achieving truths and recociliations.

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      “…..It will go down to a dreadful electoral defeat—which is probably the grand plan of the Harridan of Horagolla (more indigenously, the Batakola Archchie of Attanagalla), so she can waddle in (or ride in on her broomstick) and pick up the pieces.”

      What vitriol, what vulgarity! This is not political analysis but downright uncontrolled personal animosity.

      Dayan, grow up and stop behaving like a petulant kid. Your mental faculties appear to be in rapid decline after MR’s bollocking at the polls.

      Readers don’t take you seriously anymore and it is no secret that you are using the media to heap insults on your nemeses Ranil and CBK, so stop making an ass of yourself.

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        [Edited out]

        Malice, Jealoucy ARE not curable in lanken culture. I know by myself how some of our relatives behave- even if majority folks are said to be born buddhists, their reactions to end up with this way is unblelieveable. It has become a part of lanken cutlure today.

        See, how many would go against MR and thugs today – even if all heaps of documents are becoming clear to prove that they have grabed the funds of the poor of the poor ?

        And not forgetting the way Tsunami funds were fully abused by MR – former CJ confessed to have made a wrong verdict on that case… so what talks we need to make jugements against the most abusive president of the nation.

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      “What should President Sirisena Do?”

      Dayan, nobody cares your opinion. You should advise MR how win the PM post.

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    IS DJ softening his hardline realising that Mahinda has no chance of becoming the PM? Or is this a ploy to influence Maithri’s thinking to the benefit of MR camp?

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    Dayan Jayatilleka

    RE: Parliamentary Elections: What Should President Sirisena Do?

    1. Prosecute all those Liars, Crooks, Robbers and Criminals .

    2. Punish those who are guilty. Let go free those who are innocent,

    3. Criminals responsible for murder must be hanged and buried or cremated, as applicable.

    4. Then call for election or at least half way.

    5. Recover all the stolen loot.

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    RE: Parliamentary Elections: What Should President Sirisena Do?

    1. President Srisena is more matured and cultured leader than any previous leaders. He is fully aware of what he should do and he does not need advice from a blood thirsty Dayan. Maithiri’s brave decision saved the nation from the hands of a dictator who ran a jungle law in this island.

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    Sometimes I feel that the uneducated street vendors, auto-taxi drivers and coconut pluckers are much more intelligent than these so called ‘Political Scientists’ with low mentality and narrow mindedness.

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    So, the BIG issues facing the country is so simple as that, whether the elections will be in July, August or September? How silly is this thinking?

    Certainly it is not going to be September. So it has to be either July or August. Will that make a big difference?

    Of course time is running out fast to fully expose the crimes and corruptions of MaRa and family. The more things are expedited on that front, the better for the whole country.

    The West and India will certainly combine to salvage the country in its present trend provided the ‘other’ condition is satisfied, which is not too hard to achieve when MaRa and Co are fully exposed!

    Sengodan. M

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    “I suspect it may be about astrology, but in Sri Lankan politics, the broad timing of the decision is not astrological –not even President Rajapaksa’s decision to go for an election two years ahead of schedule—but the fine tuning is.”

    Dayan, there are people always making use of others weaknesses.

    There were people who made use of your great Mahinda Rajapaksa’s weakness.

    To achieve the goal of certain source, they bribed MR’s astrologer and made him to say that, two years ahead is the best period for him to stand for the election.

    Like a fool, MR believed what was said by the Astrologer and got into the trap. When the date for the President election was announced, there were people laughing at MR, because they knew what has happened, happening and what is going to happen.

    Just a clue. Soon after President election was over, why MR’s Astrologer went abroad? Your boss MR knew the answer.

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    Dayan has missed (oversight or deliberate , I am not sure) the most important third element in the equation, which is Baththudeen , Hakeem and Assath Sally ‘ Muslim Faction.

    They are now well entrenched in the East .

    Even Bishop Raiappau can’t stop them propagating even more under Yahapalanaya than before.

    So how can Sambandan and the Vellalas have a NE Federal state ?.

    Will Baththudeen allow a TNA Police in Wilpattu ?..

    Solly hasn’t been even in the North for more than full 6 years now .

    He he seems not up to speed on Bishop Raiappu and Wilpattu…

    So he has no clue of the ground situation at the grass roots.

    Unless he purposely omitted Batthu and his Flock hoping that they will just fade away with the ISIS…

    Kunegalla had 56 SLFP MPS barracking for Rajapaksa.

    The word is there will be 99 in Anuradhapura ,the Holy Turf of our great Monk Mahawansa who took a protection Visa to escape from the South Indians.

    Even if the number goes to over 60 , it is a formidable faction no one can ignore.

    Specially if they want to form just a Govt. let alone a Govt which can fulfil Mr Solheim’s and Uncle Kerry’s wishes on behalf of the GTF Diaspora and the inhabitants in Wellala and Cinnamon Gardens.

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    Looks like you have given up on reinstating MR perhaps you can now poke a stick between Ranil and M3 ?

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    President Maithripala Sirisena should resign his position as the President and then contest the General Election as the Prime Ministerial Candidate from SLFP or UNP/SLFP coalition. This would be a technical knockout to Rajapakse (Gotha and Mahinda).

    Once Maithripala is appointed as PM, then all necessary amendments to the constitution can be brought in.

    Since Mahinda has been a President twice he cannot contest the Presidential Election.

    This would be the best scenario, but will the EGOs’ allow it?

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    Dayan, aren’t you tired of making predictions and seeing them flop? Your record must be truly outstanding for being waaay off the mark!

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      Jango

      Dayan Silva is not tired at all. For all intents and purposes he keeps the readers entertained – since Mervin Silva has taken a break !

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    Dayan

    Modi and Eric Solheim can say whatever they like on the need for a federal solution to the Tamil problem but no serious political analyst who understands the Sri Lankan politics and international power politics would ever think that this would be a reality.

    Whatever the pressure from India or US, no Sinhala leader be it Ranil or Mangala or even Rajapakse will be brave enough to spell out a solution that is akin to federalism and go back to the Sinhalese people. Modi was only trying to please the home Tamil crowd when he mentioned about cooperative federalism but the South block that determines India’s foreign policy towards Sri Lanka will have none of it.

    Dayan I assume that you too knows this very well but you are using this federalism phobia to rally support for the Mahinda group at the forthcoming Parliamentary election. This is why I say you are a very dishonest political analyst. As one commentator said about your book “Long War, Cold Peace” you are articulating “one side of the story, the Sinhala Buddhist, Rajapaksa side” and I believe your recent federalism phobia is aimed at drumming up the nationalist sentiments of the Sinhalese people in order to make Mahinda group win the Parliamentary elections. As if in cue, Wimal Weerawansha is doing the same thing at the “Mahinda as PM” rallies.

    I personally feel that Mahinda and his group can win the next Parliamentary election without resorting to these types of anti-Tamil or anti-Muslim propaganda. The revengeful and vindictive actions of the present UNP government had already caused anger amongst the Sinhalese people and that itself is enough to turn them anti-UNP. UNP will never get the votes of the Tamils or the Muslims and these votes as usual will go to TNA and to SLMC or other Muslim parties. In the present context UNP cannot expect to win over all the Sinhalese to its side.

    Thus your anti-Tamil propaganda to drum up support for the Mahinda group is a waste of your time. Colombo Telegraph for its part is also wasting its valuable space by publishing your anti-Tamil articles. The more you write these types of articles the more you will lose your credibility as a learned political analyst.

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    Why does Colombo Telegraph entertain this [Edited out]

    What we need now is an INTEGRITY act !

    Anyone and everyone who has undertaken responsibility should be held responsible for their actions! Including Dayan (Jayathileka) Rajapakse.

    Information is now available that GO-tabaya fundamental application (pre-emptive) was rigged and the supreme court judges responsible should be taken to task. ( they did not have the legality required to give such a verdict).

    Appreciating the fact that POLITICs in Sri Lanka has been POLY-TRICKS by the parliamentarians on account of fear OR favour it becomes imperative that we ask the learned Dayan Jayathileke to give us a framework of the INTERGRITY act that should be incorporated into the 20th amendment.

    Basically it should read that anyone found guilty of abusing the responsibility that they have undertaken be it a politician, a judge, a police officer, …… anyone who has undertaken the responsibility on and behalf of the laws of Sri Lanka should be taken to task and held responsible for his/her misdemeanors.

    With Dayan’s permission we should start with Sarath de Silva who has the audacity to proclaim that he was out of order with respect to Mahinda Rajapakse and the TSunami funds.

    How Gross people become when they believe the have immunity from the powers-that-be.

    Dayan, here is hoping that you will push fro the Intergrity act to become law – if and only if you are clean.

    Best of luck!

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    “””What Should President Sirisena Do?”””

    One thing that is a guaranteed certainty; he wouldn’t be taking any advice from DJ and his ilk on the timing of the election.S

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    What you should do is shut your gob and bugger off from this forum for good.

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    Oh, Dayan is back with his usual jargon, some distortions, amplifications, etc. He is dissappointed that Ranil W is on the right track and he will win the next elections handsomely.

    Further, his favourite MR, may be running between temples getting meetings with people organised especially in temples but his chances of regaining power has diminished and therefore, politically, he is lost. In addition, various investigations into their misdeeds which will probably be released from time to time is going to hurt his chances more.

    DJ is now trying to show his soft attitude towards Maithree to see whether he could find some bones through him. He is trying to project that difference of opinion exists between President Maithree and PM – Ranil W. Unfortunately, DJ will not gain anything from this. In fact, President finds m6ore comfortable with the UNPers than even some SLFPers. Of course, he will rebuild the SLFP with young faces whilst eliminating all the liars, rogues, doublecrossers in the party.

    It is more than sure elections will be held very soon and the new government in place by end August
    and it would be a national government with Ranil W as Prime Minister. DJ need not have unwanted worries about the economy which will be handled by Ranil’s government efficiently.

    The new government would handle the UNHRC meeting in September appropriately unlike the mess they made in the previous meetings by MR’s nominees.

    As mentioned by another reader, even an ordinary street hawker, three wheel driver, etc have better view of the current politics than the so called political analyst/s, because they are biased.

    I pity DJ for his unrealistic expectations and day dreams.

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    Dayan Jathilake SILVA;

    we do not want read your CRAP here,
    By the Way,
    WHY do not you Ask Your bosom Friend MAhendran Percyvel Jarapassa, Why he and his clan with Stooges robbed our SRI Lankan’s Money and resources.

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    All Dyan wrote, as usual, were rubbish other than his quotation from Erik Solheim. That is the only news worthy sentences in the whole essay. But Erik Solheim did not say when he talked about the White flag murders in the commission whether he pointed his hand at the New King who oversaw the murders or he went to the commission only to save the New King?

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    Dayan has still not come out of the shadow of his father. Feel sorry for Dayan.

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    Unsolicited advice! Dayan cannot sleep so he writes. Probably the voices of the innocent people who were brutally killed are ringing in his ears. And demolishing him. Good let that destroy him!

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      I meant the voices must be demonizing him.

      The master who hired him to lie to the world about the gross violation of human rights during the war has tossed him out of the window. His own community treats him like a leper. He is eating the crumbs and blurting nonsense. Good governance will rule this island in the very near future. So move out and give way for the good people.

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    this is the chap who advised MR last time. just ignore him.

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    Dayan

    you keep on harping about the economic crunch.

    Surely the coalition did not screw up the economy in just over 100 days?

    In fact you are giving it on a plate that the Rajapakse regime screwed up the economy , sold the country, and looted the country.

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    Parliamentary Elections: What Should President Sirisena Do?

    1.President should call Dayan jayatilake and get advise WHATNEEDS TO BE DONE before , during , and after the election.

    2. President should appoint Dayan jayatilake as campaign manager.

    3. After the election president should appoint Dayan as chief adviser

    4. President indeed consult Dayan jayatilake before appoint Ranil as premier

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    The ego of this man is truly astounding ! What makes him think that ANYONE is going to ever listen to him ?

    Election at anytime will have the same result with the thugs and liars who belong to the Rajapaksa fraternity getting thorough routing. ” Unta pare duwanda ida madhi wei “

    Sooner the better to be able to get on with yahapalanaya.

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    Dayan [Edited out]

    Parliamentary Elections: What Should President Sirisena Do:

    You are posing the wrong question.

    Why don’t you ask yourself the following.

    I am a minority( Just like the Tamils) in a Buddhist Country and why should I poke my nose into this.
    Frankly no body cares what you say any more. You were booted out by MR.

    As for you usual rubbish let me pick your brain ( or shall I say nose).

    1) It’s out in the open now, the discrepancy in the views of the President and the Prime Minister about the timing of the elections.

    ***What does it matter whether it is July or September.
    Your master the THUG is gone he is not coming back.

    2) The Prime Minister hopes for July, while the President’s circle prefers September. I suspect it may be about astrology, but in Sri Lankan politics, the broad timing of the decision is not astrological.

    *** Astrology is for doubters. Conviction Politicians don care about Astrology.

    3) President Rajapaksa’s decision to go for an election two years ahead of schedule—but the fine tuning is.
    but your astrologer then homes in on the most appropriate date and time within the time frame they have indicated.

    *** His Astrologer said he knew MR was going to lose but he dared not tell that to him as he feared he will be murdered. For the Astrologer it was a fight for survival just like the Tamils.

    4) The real problem is not whether the intra-SLFP battle is going quite the way that the president’s loyalists and ex-Presidential patron thinks. The real problem is that an unelected UNP Government is either embarking upon or taking the rap for a risky roll up of political opponents in what looks a pre-emptive electoral strike, just as it is displaying testy political behavior (e.g. Prime Minister Wickremesinghe during 19A and on the Supreme Court ruling on GR). It is conducting itself in a highly polarizing manner and is doing so without a legitimate mandate to govern.

    *** Man what are you talking about. The Mandate to Govern was given by the Tamils but RW has stabbed them in the back. As for the Majority they should be happy with RW because he has kept his word to Protect the Liberators MR, Gotha despite the advice by AG to charge Gotha.

    5)In short it is pushing its luck. If things go on as they are doing, without a general election, and especially (but not only) if compounded by an economic crunch, something will surely pop, and it won’t be pretty.

    *** Economic Crunch can be avoided if MRs loot the biggest man kind has seen can be traced. The Loan from the Shark China can be paid back.

    6) Prime Minister Wickremesinghe is probably aware of a coming economic crunch and wants an election before that.

    *** RW knew this because MR told him in the early hours that he had emptied the Vaults the previous knight and sent it to Maldives and Dubai through Basil the Thief. I don’t know if you heard Basil Couldn’t carry the Luggage as it was too heavy.

    7) Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera, for his part, wants an election which will bring the UNP into office and capable of making commitments, before the Geneva sessions in September and preferably before the UN High Commissioner presents the report of the UN International Inquiry in August.

    *** The commitment to protect the Paksas has already been given.

    8) The betting seems to be that the West and India will bail out Sri Lanka in order to protect Ranil, and therefore he should be kept in place as a human shield. If that doesn’t work, then the UNP will be weakened while on another front the Rajapaksas would have been legally incapacitated– and the big winner would prove to be a pro-presidential SLFP-JHU-DP caucus.

    *** Man what are you are talking about what you don’t seem to understand is this. RW & MS have been asked to move into “SAFE HEAVENS” to be shelled with 140mm Guns.

    9) Ho-hum. This “strategic thinking” is actually tactical thinking, and is a classic case of being too clever by half.

    *** Hooray this is tactical placement to be hit with the shell.

    10) “I am confident that the government and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) will come forward to find a lasting solution to the Tamil national question through negotiations. Such a solution will have to be federalism or another version of devolution of power to Tamils in the North-East. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke passionately about federalism while visiting Colombo and Jaffna. Nearly all international observers share his views.” (‘I Told UN Panel All I Knew’: Erik Solheim, interviewed by Sulochana Ramiah Mohan, Ceylon Today, May 17th 2015.

    *** Tsunami strikes again.

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    This Moderator sadly is a Dayan lover. If Dayan was in the West he will be charged for inciting Racial Violence but in Sinhala Lanka he is able to do just that through CT.

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    D.J. it is a pity that you have descended to the low level of politicians such as Weerawansa when you refer to the ex President.What you write in English is exactly what Weerawansa yells from political platforms and both have no effect of the voters.The next Parliamentary elctions will clealry demonstrate this fact.

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    Dayan,

    “I suspect it may be about astrology, but in Sri Lankan politics, the broad timing of the decision is not astrological –not even President Rajapaksa’s decision to go for an election two years ahead of schedule—but the fine tuning is.”
    You are a dishonest, untrustworthy, twisting and a covert coolie journalist defending the indefensible. Even MR admitted that it was because of the astrologer Sumane he advanced the election two years ahead even against the wish of his brothers and sons, and he does not believe in any astrologers anymore.

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