28 September, 2020

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Patriotism, Populist Social Democracy & Lankan Political Perspectives – Rejoinder To Mark Salter

By Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

Mark Salter attempts to rehabilitate a narrative, a perspective and an ideology that have not merely been disproved by history but also conclusively rejected by the electorate. It is not merely the regime but the main opposition and therefore the overwhelming majority of citizens whose attitude is “been there, done that, got the t-shirt, and won’t go back there again” (as Blair once said, in his pre-poodle days). 

Salter’s dogmatic myopia is completely unhelpful in finding the reasons for the electoral landslide for the ultranationalist Alt-Right in Sri Lanka or anywhere in the world, as well as for finding an alternative strategy for progressive democrats.

While a negotiated settlement with armed insurgents is a desirable option, it cannot be so in situations in which those insurgents have repeatedly turned their backs on negotiations, and murdered the negotiators including their own. Such movements leave only a military option open, and this should have been obvious to successive Sri Lankan administrations, especially that of Chandrika Kumaratunga after the assassination attempt on her. 

It certainly should have been obvious to Norway after the murder of Neelan Tiruchelvam.

As for the Norwegian facilitation attempt, it was doomed because of bad design. John Hume said at a media conference in Colombo – as well as at a smaller closed-door discussion at which I was present—that “it may as well be shut down”.

Mahinda Rajapaksa and Gotabaya Rajapaksa are continuing to reap the well-earned political capital of having recognized the nature of the Tigers and resolutely defeating them. Mahinda’s political will was clearly signaled in his speech at the funeral of Lakshman Kadirgamar who was assassinated by the Tigers. 

By contrast, their main opponent until recently, Ranil Wickremesinghe had actually called off an LRRP hit on Prabhakaran in December 2001, against the pleas of the Army commander (all this is revealed in a book by a former lecturer at Sandhurst, Prof Paul Moorcraft)—thereby prolonging the country’s agony by almost a decade. 

As for the PTOMS, the Supreme Court froze it in its tracks on the valid grounds that it was to be headquartered in Kilinochchi, which was off limits for the Sri Lankan state.

It is an absolute waste of time to debate anyone who does not recognize that the issue of the war, the defeat of the Tigers, nationalism and patriotism have played a central part in the de-legitimation of the liberal as well as the neoliberal democrats and provided an enormous advantage to the Sinhala nationalists. 

This is because the (neo)liberal-democrats have, by abdicating the struggle against separatist-terrorism and for national defense, security, sovereignty, territorial integrity, have left the field clear for the majoritarian nationalist camp.  

Sajith Premadasa and the SJB, with Sarath Fonseka in its ranks, will not make the same mistake. It knows, as do any realist democrats anywhere in the world, that the issues of national security and patriotism are used by the neoconservatives to beat up on the democrats, and will not vacate that terrain leaving it to be monopolized by the Far Right.

This does not mean pandering to Sinhala chauvinism. Indeed the failure to stand up resolutely for national sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and national security is by far the best way to empower majoritarian chauvinism, while the best and indeed the only way to defend pluralism and a degree of autonomy for the national minorities/minority nationalities, is precisely to be rock solid on the spectrum of issues I have just listed.

That is illustrated by the stand of Sajith Premadasa in support for the 13th amendment—neither Plus nor minus—while taking a strong patriotic stand against terrorism. Contrary to Salter, this is a real sign of moderation. Neither the JVP nor FLSP have defended the 13th amendment which is now under threat.

Let us move onto issues of theory. Again, it is a waste of time to debate someone on the issue of Populism, if they are ignorant of the writings of Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe (with Stuart Hall a distinguished precursor), in critical support of it as an alternative to both neoliberalism and Far Right ultra-nationalism. Mouffe has clearly advocated Left Populism as the most appropriate project for the progressive movement today. 

I am not saying in the least that Sajith or the SJB is left populist, but I am making the point that populism cannot be dismissed and is a vital resource, if reworked, against ultra-nationalism and neoliberalism. In Sri Lanka today, where there is no left populist alternative (the JVP crashed and burned, and in any case, is no longer radical-populist), the Realist strategy would be for left elements to form a bloc with the centrist-progressive populist SJB, and push it leftwards. 

For a more theoretical perspective may I recommend a book that came out earlier this year entitled ‘On Public Imagination’ and subtitled ‘A Political and Ethical Imperative’. It is edited by Victor Faessel, Richard Falk and Michael Curtin. It is a Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group publication out of New York and London. Saskia Sassen, Professor of Sociology at Columbia and visiting Prof at the LSE says of the volume: “this is a much-needed angle into the larger debate about the decay of liberal democracy”.

Richard Falk (Professor Emeritus of International Law at Princeton University) and Victor Faessel (managing editor of The Oxford Handbook of Global Studies) lets us straight into the problem that is sought to be tackled. “Public Imagination: The Challenge of 21st Century Populist and Authoritarian Politics”. I was privileged to be invited to contribute and my contribution, which speaks to the issues Salter raises, is summarized by the publisher as follows: 

“Jayatilleka calls for the construction of a new public imagination from Antonio Gramsci’s thinking. As with every serious revolutionary from Mao and Ho Chi Minh to Fidel Castro and Amilcar Cabral, Gramsci combined class, mass, and nation into a “majoritarian” bloc. The left learned from what he wrote on hegemony and culture but missed important themes of the nation, nation building, and state building. On the left, there is an absence of global public imagination, leaving competing blocs of opinion containing legitimate and justifiable elements. All round the compass, nationalist populism, even when it doesn’t enjoy an arithmetical majority, seems to embody the Rousseauvian general will. A neo-progressive project needs to grapple with the crisis of neoliberalism, learning from the Latin American left to reject hegemonic liberal-“humanitarian” interventionism. It must acknowledge that whenever violence is wittingly used against the innocent, against unarmed civilians, be it by states or movements, it is terrorism and is therefore wrong and must be opposed. It must eschew rightwing nationalism and refuse to concede the nation and patriotism to the right. Thus, it is time for neo-progressives to occupy the moral high ground, while always grasping the order and realities of politics and power.” 

Unlike certain other ex-Foreign Ministers I can think of, Celso Amorim, Brazil’s former Foreign Minister and Defense Minister under President Lula, counterposes the conceptual-cum-value cluster of “national sovereignty”, “human rights”, “democratic governance” and above all “solidarity”, against the “conservative nationalist ideologies of the kind represented by Donald Trump or Marine Le Pen, listing ‘national sovereignty” as first among the ingredients of a new public imagination. His list of attributes is something I concur with entirely and advocate for the Sri Lankan democratic movement, the main axis of which is indubitably the SJB. 

To conclude, a word on the issue of social democracy.  In their Introduction, the Editors identify their intention to rectify the present lack of “any sense of a feasible alternative that extends the social democratic ethos…into the future”—thereby clearly indicating that “a feasible alternative” to both neoliberals and nativism would involve precisely “extending the social democratic ethos”.

PS. “Lipstick on a pig” is a colloquialism which even Presidential candidate Barack Obama once used in a debate.    

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    Dayan and Mark.
    keep shooting from the hip

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      Was the voter turn out 78% or much less ?

      What would election monitors have to say ?

      Why did they wait to count the votes until the dawn of next day?

      Why did some you thought would be senior men, but were defeated among SLPPers ?

      Why did not those former allies to GAMARALA s cabinet, from SLFP were not given chances as MINISTERs in newly made cabinet ? Not even State Minister position to them why ?

      Why APAWITHRA Wanniarachchi the SRILANKEN counter part of MONIKA Luwinsky is reelected as MINISTER OF Health ? Even if medical doctors or any better health care related degree holders would be part of their virulent bunch ?

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        to be contd.
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        If GOTABAYA – also known to his kind of high crimes, why did he allow his brother ballige putha of the nation to let Nimal Lanza be a state minister even if over 30% of the youth are addicted by his DRUG trafficking in Negambo area ? This beach boy, to have collected that much wealth in that area is the million dollar question, but the man of the match, whose wealth is also questionable would never let Nimal Lanza (may be a cookoo child of him) be arrested by police ?

        How come Diwulapitiya PAS HORU be reelected if GOTAs vision is cleaner than that of his all abusive brother ?
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        Why GOTA fell down before ballige putha after giving oath ? to send the message across that SLAVES should be pleased, showing them so called blood connections would lead this country to stay intact ? No, it was to promote their thirisan culture to modayas and political survival tactics of the mlechcha Rajaakshes.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0sbdSq0Qjk

        to be contd…

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          Mr. leela ge …..,
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          Still dating your own dog..???

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          Leelagemalli

          An omission sticking out like a sore thumb is Basil Rajapakse.
          Is he playing a long term strategic game?

          Minister of Archaeology is also missing – or is it under Defence now so that Gota take personal care of it

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            Rajash,
            ‘Para’ Demalu (Tamils after 1911 thanks to licking the sss of Brits) do not like the word ‘Archeology’ because wherever you dig in this country Archeologists find evidences related to Sinhala Buddhist heritage. Demalu who are unable to find any archeological evidences to support their bogus claim ‘Traditional Homeland’ destroy archeological sites in North and East and in few places have built Kovils on top of ancient Buddhist temples. Ven. Ellawala Medhananda has documented most of the Sinhala Buddhist heritage sites in his book ‘The Sinhala Buddhist heritage in the east and north of Sri Lanka’ and mentions the damage done by Tamils and Muslims to these places.
            ==
            “Minister of Archaeology is also missing – or is it under Defence now so that Gota take personal care of it”

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              Eagle Brain Dead Blind Eye

              “Demalu who are unable to find any archeological evidences to support their bogus claim ‘Traditional Homeland’ destroy archeological sites in North and East and in few places have built Kovils on top of ancient Buddhist temples.”

              What exactly do you want to see as evidence, for example your clanking b***s or your brain? You will find both where you usually sit.

              Are you sure you are not looking for interlinear inscriptions.

              Oh boy, it is the armed forces which built Sinhala/Buddhist Viharas on top of illegal burial pits.

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                They built a temple and you built kovil on top of that and they built a temple on top of that and you built a kovil on top of that and they built a temple on top of that and you built kovil on top that ….
                Where did I start?
                .
                Now it is Gotas turn.

                Soma

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                  … and it will go on and on until Wahabis one day put an end to this issue.

                  Soma

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    An irrelevant debate on dead issues.

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      Exactly

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      GATAM

      “An irrelevant debate on dead issues.”

      What was the debate? Why it is irrelevant?

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    DJ, are you guys are for real. The rest of the world is waking up to the comedy which just took place in Lanka in the name of election and you are in a frenzy writing response and rejoinder to Salter, discussing in depth about right, left center policies and people yet wonder how we came to this pass. DJ, Lanka is soon going to enter the record books for all the wrong reasons which you tend to intellectualize here as Pundit. The Guinness official are in the process of verifying the facts because it is is a record (new low), where the whole family there relatives have been elected by more than 60% Lankans not just as members but ministers , into governing cabinet. The comedy does not stop there , people who worked for them Lawyer,accountant, henchmen were nominated and few as ministers too. I hear Rajapaksas personal drivers, maids, gardener ,milk/bread delivery guys are so sure of getting a position (govt appointed jobs) they already are making their moves.. You then come here and use such words as Intelligentsia, right,left center to explain what just happened.Funny that you have plenty faithful followers here in CT to keep your intellectually stimulating discussion going. Yet we wonder how we came to this pass????

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    I was curious to know international reaction, so I went about reading news from Asian (except China),Middle Eastern, Pacific, Western some Latin American ( Mexico Puerto rico, DR) and others who mentioned the Rajapaksas comeback in a land slide and had few words at the end about their not so colourful past history (crime and corruption). I hear the social media is also busy with jokes, memes and comments. Trump after hearing this news is apparently ruing if Rajapaksas could why he , the ultimate leader , is unable to nominate is whole family into governing cabinet (now they are just advisers in WH). DJ, it is indeed a world record. Lanka has the nag to get into record books for all the wrong reasons, civil war, insurrections, zero casualty and now this. And you present this as some left/right center policy using such terms as intelligentsia. Keep it up buddy, our learned public needs such explanations (denials), so that they do not look fools ???

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    Once upon a time our learned public was making fun of countries like India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and others for nepotism and leaders with history of crime and corruption getting re elected (they still do without realizing they have created a world record ,on that). Apparently Pillayan who is currently in prison was nominated as Minister but just couldnt make it..All those with colourful past histories has been reappointed with out a miss. The ones who didnt, are promised through back doors. There is still Chief Minister, Diplomat, srilankan airlines , banks, SLT jobs to be offered and then plenty vacancies created by the ones who just got rewarded. (what ever it was). This time around the family took care of immediate family members including nephews, nieces, cousins —etc. The only people who are not so happy is the voting public because they were expecting to see much more of Rajapaksas family members and name sake Wijedasa who thought a state minister is a glorified minion in Lanka and rejected it.

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    ……that those like yourself with the ear of the SJB leadership need to work double time………. There, indeed, is a worthy political project for the next five years for you!
    We brushed off Thero’s frivolous, narcissistic theories of self-defined, hollow right, left, center, center- center, right center, up, down, back, front…. as it sounds like sexual position from some part of Kama Sutra. Same readers may have noticed that Mark was trying to tell Thero De Silva that the answer for question of saving Lankawe is in the hand of Sinhala Intellectuals politicians. Mark’s proposal to Thero like ultra-racist, Sinhala Buddhist politicians reveals that Mark is not anywhere near to understand or accept why the Tamil, Sinhala, Muslim political leaders argued against Universal Franchise in 1920-1930. Thero misdirected Old King at Geneva in May, 2009 which caused Old King selling parts of Wildlife Sanctuary to China and ran out of Temple Tree House. Ranil used his Neo- Liberal Democratic art & gizmos to wash Old King, polish him and re-thronging him. Our suggestion to saving Lankawe is, as after 90 years UF, going back on that is impossible, so hiring a manager from UK, US, Germany or Japan like successful democracies to run the country.

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    Mark sounds like suggesting ways to bring back the Glory of the Island Ceylon. There is no stressing is needed that Thero is out there to redeem Wildlife Sanctuary from the non-existing TGTE, ISIS and making it Republic of Cuban Communism, by the ways Castro – Che Guevara (JVP). So Thero and Mark didn’t meet on the word “Saving Lankawe”. Mark meant re-inventing strayed “British Ceylon” from China’s wallet. Readers may readily understand that may be the answer for “Saving the SinhaLE” from Sinhala Intellectual selling Lankawe to China. China wants to lock Lankawe in its safe, without any effort, in the same legacy of Portuguese occupied Kotte and British captured Kandy. Thero is looking for to create other groups similar to LTTE or ISIS and spending another $418B. Thero wants to play himslef Ehelepola’s famous character.
    The history of “freed Ceylon” is only the tale of “the donkey became an ant by its continuous toil” (a Tamil saying) by losing $418B on creating and fighting the war against Tamil. That fate is the gift for Sinhala Intellectuals, when there was never a Sinhala king, but only Tamils kings ruled after Vijaya died without heirs, but Sinhala Intellectuals used the Kandyan accord to plug out Tamils’ Land by Britain and hand it over to them as “freedom to Ceylon”.

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    ” Lankan liberalism of the Chandrika-Ranil-Mangala paradigm damned itself by conspicuously failing to save the state and the country from separatist terrorism, foreign interference.” Don Stephen started the war against Tamils, though he was saved by Tamils from British prison. By Sirimavo’s time Tamils managed to form an Army, largely with the help of India. Because of JR’s rivalry with India, by its security concerns, India invaded into Lankawe. India provided its own solution for Tamils, to keep out others interfering in it. But listening to Thero class consultants, who advocate only to give loose promises which are need not be implemented, Appe Aanduwa refusing to implement 13A, spent 400 + 18 Billion dollars and gave many parts of Lankawe lands to China. Thero thought he can fool the IC in UNHRC with the snatch of his fingers, using corrupted Vijenambiar like notorious consultants. After 10 years of chased by Old King from UNHRC for his nagging, nuisance consultancies, now Thero is coming up with new dye for the chameleon, i.e “Napoleonistic Smart Patriotic, Sinhala Buddhist, Liberal, Social Neo-Democracy.” There is a use for Thero’s meaningless pseudo, hollow words, by which the Sinhala Intellectual chameleons can easily transition through many dies, but all of them are Thero postulated Cuban Communism.

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    “The failure of Lankan liberal democracy is best exemplified in the public mind by the return of terrorism through sheer negligence of national security and intelligence, in the form of the Easter Sunday massacre…………………
    …………………………………………These policies are seen to have been the product of the previous parliament in which, until the aftermath of the Sirisena move of late 2018, deprived the Sinhala majority of its political space; politically marginalized the majority. “

    Thero is saving only Majority Community Sinhalese Politics, nothing else, but then describing it as saving the SinhaLE, Lankawe, State, Nation, country,Mother Lankawe.
    Everybody In Lankawe knows what happened to three Tamils Churches and three Foreigners staying tourist hotels on 4/21. The failed 2018 coup was perceived by Royals as damaging their popularity, which was going down because of their rowdy seize of the parliament with Chili Water Cannons. Even the Sinhala Buddhist Modayas suspected for moment that Old King was trying to steal their democracy, colluding with the most hated person in Lankawe that time, New King. Sinhala Mahajan took to street. The man ran out of TTC four years ago, now feared to a popular uprising against him and he end on the UN Electric chair, resigned cunningly before the court verdict.

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    They kept organizing in TN, India, the bombing plan to create an image that TN is constantly plotting against Sinhalese. After Tamil Churches demolished, in their classic style of destroying the witnesses & evidences, they had the house where the women & left out members were hiding in Sainthamaruthu bombed by rapist army. The bombs used were from Welisara Navy Camp. Rapist Army took away the Tamil girl –Pulasthini-Sara, when it was setting up a house for them to hiding. When Rapist army started to bomb, Rebels’ relatives protected Fatima, their leader’s wife & child, before their demise to Rapist Army’s bombing of the house. Now the Mother is in lock & key to protect secrets. But India has much more on this and Fatima and child survived unexpectedly, which is more than enough to re-destroy Royals’ fame which was completely wiped out in 2015 and faced almost same effect in 2018 coup. Thero who advocates “give loose promise on Tamil problems so need not to be implemented” is now twisting the Coup and Church bombing to substantiate his “Napoleonistic Social Democracy” theory.

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    Gota has unraveled 13 amendment and federalism in more than one way. Fantastic and the way to go. I never like Rajapaksas but this is logical.

    He has undercut provincial councils by taking over all district secretariats under him. Now PCs will be without any grassroots level implementing ability. The president will be directing them.

    He has appointed anti-federal Sarath Weerasekera as minister of provincial councils, etc.

    Provincial councils, devolution and federalism are totally unsuitable to SL. There are only 2 feasible options. Either keep the island as one unitary nation or divide the island into mono ethnic nations – Sinhala only nation, Tamil Elam and if Muslims want it a separate nation for Muslims. Hybrids don’t work.

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      GATAM,
      “There are only 2 feasible options. Either keep the island as one unitary nation or divide the island into mono ethnic nations – Sinhala only nation, Tamil Elam”
      ===
      There are no options on this issue. Sri Lanka will be a ‘UNITARY STATE’.
      All Tamil separatist politicians are violating the 6th Amendment to the Constitution passed on 8th August 1983 which says:
      (1) No person shall, directly or indirectly, in or outside Sri Lanka, support, espouse, promote, finance, encourage or advocate the establishment of a separate State within the territory of Sri Lanka.
      (2) No political party or other association or organization shall have as one of its aims or objects the establishment of a separate State within the territory of Sri Lanka
      The punishments for these offences are removal of civic- rights, forfeiture of movable and immovable property.
      The Government should invoke the 6th Amendment to the Constitution and take action against all Tamil politicians who promoted the idea of creating a separate State within Sri Lanka.

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        That hasn’t helped SL. No one considers the 6th amendment seriously.

        As long as SL remains one nation Sinhala racists will arouse Sinhala racism and win elections and Tamil racists will arouse Tamil racism and win elections. People and the nation will remain essentially divided and poor.

        The main election slogan is racism, not development, democracy or anything else.

        Did you notice that SL never had a leader who could win both the north and the rest? (In 1994 CBK did win but the voters turnout was very low in the north.) No earthly reason why SL should remain one nation.

        Divide it to have peace and progress. United we fall, divided we stand is the apt proverb for SL.

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      GATAM

      “Either keep the island as one unitary nation or divide the island into mono ethnic nations – Sinhala only nation, Tamil Elam and if Muslims want it a separate nation for Muslims. “

      Your first option will definitely lead to your second conclusion.
      Neither Gota nor the people have any option but to taw certain lines which will be gently reminded by outside sources.

      Don’t forget unity in diversity as practiced by the people before the advent of the public racist Anagarika Homeless Dharmapala.

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        Not so. That is false history. The two ethnic groups never lived in peace in SL. The short periods of European rule forced them to for a short time but once they left it’s back to how things were.

        Only solution is Sinhala only nation, Tamil Elam and if Muslims want it, a separate nation for Muslims. End racism, discrimination, riots, war for good!

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      GATAM

      “He has appointed anti-federal Sarath Weerasekera as minister of provincial councils, etc.”

      Very good.
      Majority of the Provincial Council’s Chief Ministers want more powers. Brilliant the confrontation will not start from North East but from within.

      Sarath Weerasekera must go back to making films.

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      GATAM
      In your proposal should the ‘Sinhala only nation’ accommodate + 50% of Tamil speaking people?
      .
      If you say NO Tamil speaking people falling within the territory designated for the ‘Sinhala only nation’ should be necessarily relocated into their respective areas. Right? (Without exception the entire Tamil racist gang on CT led by Native Veddah are vehemently opposed to this relocation indicating their inner desire to live among the Sinhalese and calls me a Sinhala racist for highlighting this logical necessity)
      .
      If you say YES:
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      a) the whole rationale ( please enumerate them) for these divisions you have proposed breaks apart. What is the use of a solution that does not encompass the majority of Tamil speaking people?
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      b) where is your ‘Sinhala only’ nation for the Sinhalese?
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      (You are breaking down Tamil speaking people into two categories based on religion they practise. Hinduism/Christianity on one side and Islam on the other side. As far as I am concerned Tamils, (in respect of a ‘political solution’) are : All Tamil speaking people scattered across the island irrespective of their religion, caste or the date of arrival. Your religion is your business.
      .
      Mr GOTAM, in the last analysis, Tamils have to CHOOSE between a SEPARATE Homeland ‘OR’ the right to live anywhere. You can’t eat the cake and have it.
      I BEG OF THEM TO GO FOR THE LATTER OPTION.

      Soma

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      Mr. GATAM,
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      Have you ever played chess…???

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    Dr.D.J. “Lakshman Kadirgamar who was assassinated by the Tigers”

    really ?
    do you have evidence to back up this statement of yours.

    or should it be “…Lakshman Kadirgamar who was allegedly assassinated by the Tigers?”

    or was Lakshman Kadirgamar assassinated to stop him becoming PM?

    Dr.D.J. don’t make statements if you cant back it up !

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      Rajash

      There were assassinations.
      As usual LTTE lackeys claimed responsibility for every assassination on an off the record basis. One cannot be sure whether victims’ kith and kin knew truth behind all these assassinations.

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    old coger – another one from Dr.D.J’s drawer

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    Dr.D.J. “As for the PTOMS, the Supreme Court froze it in its tracks on the valid grounds that it was to be headquartered in Kilinochchi, which was off limits for the Sri Lankan state.”

    Dr.D.J. are you saying that millions of pounds worth of aid were denied to the Tsunami victims and they were left to perish because of Sri Lankan government refused administer the relief work from Killinochi? which is the closest administrative point for the victims in the eastern coast?

    if so this is crime against Humanity. !

    .

    This is a

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    Dayan, what are you talking about a negotiated settlement with armed insurgents is a desirable option. knock on your head and try to remember that the war against the LTTE ended in May-2009, and we now live in the 2H of Yr 2020.
    I usually don’t read thru your papers, since your ideologies are extreme, and not worth the time.

    BTW, many in my circle of friends have stated that they simply delete/ not click on any article that has your name stamp. You may take note of that fact as well in your future publications.

    Cheers mate!

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    “The former top brass saw in the Yahapalanaya UNP, those like Mangala Samaraweera who had launched the Sudu Nelum movement under President Chandrika Kumaratunga and according to Anuruddha Ratwatte himself, had thereby undermined the military effort, unwittingly helping the Tigers by demotivating potential recruits to the armed forces, creating a shortage of troops. “
    Yahapalanaya includes New King too. When Thero is starting to talk about his Majoritarianism, Sinhala Chauvinism, Stratocracy, and khakistocracy theories, he faces amnesia of real populism. Mangala and CBK launched the Sudu Nelum. After Vaalaiththodam Sr. Totalitarianism, people of Lankawe welcomed CBK’s rule. By Vijay’s influence, beyond Sinhala Lankawe, CBK received extensive support in North East from Tamils and Muslims. She still stands outs in Ceylon history as Most Popular president. No one went near to match her support base in any time of Lankawe history. Old King stands as a defeated person once became as president (in 2006), in Lankawe history. In 2006 he lost Island wide. Unless had he paid to Leader Pirapaharan, everybody in the world knows there was no way he wins the election. CBK established that populism can bear fruit of vote in Lankawe only if it embraces plurality. CBK never lost but Old King lost and ran out of TTH.

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    Then as a defeated person, he used thuggery to steal prime-minister-ship (in 2018) by coup, the methods Thero propagate to Sinhala Buddhist Modayas as true democracy. To win her elections, CBK did not go for populism, but allured Mahajan into Chandrikaism. Though she went War for Peace, she didn’t complain that changing constitution may affect her or party’s victory, because she knows what the Thero’s gimmick, called populism. It was Ranil who burned her constitution, but it is he who has gone out without a seat. CBK remained as true queen by getting Mahajan listen to her, rather than she washing Mahajan’s backs for votes, under the Thero’s theory of Populism and then washing them off, the Royal’s political way. Even after Chandrika left, SLFP couldn’t be defeated. First time a ruling president in SLFP skipped election, like Ranil was only after New King. It was CBK used Clinton’s friendship to bring arms & Rice’s friendship to ban LTTE in EU.

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    “Operations of the CIA, told Chandrika’s pro-PTOMS negotiator Jayantha Dhanapala (and me) at dinner at the US ambassador’s that the USA was legally prohibited from funding because of the privileged place it accorded a proscribed terrorist organization. PTOMS give-away which was finally shot-down by the Supreme Court. “
    Thero is hiding the whole pumpkin in the rice plate. In reality it was not the Court, it was only Buffoon De Silva did that. Buffoon is a JVP terrorist. Buffoon blocked Nallaratnam bringing his case verdict from ICC into Lankawe. PTOMS was about Chandrika agreeing to share the donation money with Tamils. But Old King and gang blocked it and channeled to “Hambantota Help”. “Hambantota Help” was Old King’s fake NGO. That is why still Old King & King don’t believe in NGOs because Lankawe NGOs are fake ones, only there to money embezzlements. Old King later swindled the Money. There was case blocking Old standing for contesting EP. Then Buffoon de Silva said he dismissed the case to help Old King stand in the case. The Thero Crook is calling it as court. Anyway Thero group blocked payments to Tamils through PTOM. But, later paid to Pirapaharan using, Mangala’s friend Sooriyachchari. He was later murdered by an orchestrated car accident.

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