29 October, 2020

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Politics Post-Pāda Yātrā: From Here To 2020

By Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

When the formula of a “national government” or “grand coalition” as it was then termed, between the UNP and the SLFP, was first mooted in the early 1970s by JR Jayewardene and Anura Bandaranaike, the established Left was horrified, with LSSP theoretician Hector Abhayawardena denouncing the project as that of a “government of capitalist concentration”. The radical Left thought it would result in a most welcome polarization, eliminating the middle ground in a decisive leftward displacement by default when the wheel of public opinion inevitably turned.

It was my father, at the time Editor Daily News and Editor-in-Chief of Lake House, who drolly editorialized that a UNP-SLFP convergence would not come about because “the leaders of the power-elite are unlikely to be quite so conveniently myopic”. He was right. Mrs. Bandaranaike and Felix spurned the JRJ-Anura project of convergence.

Over four decades later, the leaders of the bourgeoisie have become quite so conveniently myopic, with the official SLFP (propelled by Anura’s sister) hurling itself into the arms of the UNP (led by JRJ’s distant nephew) precisely at a time when the UNP is embarking on harsh economic cutbacks and is locked in a group hug with the West and the Tamil diaspora.

I have a French friend who is an expert on crowds. He’s an expert on crowds because he was a leader of the legendary, huge French trade union confederation the CGT and has participated in more mass demonstrations all over the world than I probably have hairs on my head. Coming from Katunayaka airport he was caught up all the way to Colombo, in the Pāda Yātrā crowd. He says it was “very impressive, several hundred thousand strong, consisting mainly of persons of modest means, but marching with great determination rather than ambling or shuffling.”

When I match his guesstimate of several hundred thousand with the number of two hundred thousand mentioned in the report on the morning after in Colombo’s leading newspaper for the blue chip corporate entrepreneurial and managerial classes, the Daily FT, I know we’re looking at a bigger crowd than has ever marched into Colombo in a single political demonstration.

In terms of political importance the last such would have been in the years 1963-1964, namely the United Left Front (ULF) demonstration of 1963 and the United Front (i.e. SLFP-LSSP) May Day of 1964 and the Maoist CCP march also of May Day ’64.

As my French friend whose new book entitled ‘Comrades, I request the floor!’ is about to be launched in Paris says, the demonstration showed that as in many other countries, a significant section of the population has said “enough” and that the conditions are ripening for “a new political force” to emerge.

The official SLFP is wriggling on the VAT hook with internal divisions over whether or not to vote for it and if so on which conditions. If the SLFP thinks it is uncomfortable over VAT, its discomfiture is only going to get worse over ETCA, the Special Courts with Special Counsel, and the re-merger of the Northern and Eastern provinces in a non-unitary scheme of autonomy.

What will the SLFP do on these gut issues which are also and at the same time, the SLFP’s traditional ones and cut deeply into their tradition? These issues are so emotive and so much part of the SLFP’s basket of issues and organic discourse, that they cannot be finessed; there is hardly any middle ground to occupy.

All these issues will crop up and (to switch the metaphor) this entire minefield will probably have to be traversed between now (VAT) and the September 2016 and March 2017 sessions of the UN Human Rights Council. That’s a matter of months, not years.

Of course it does have to be this way. Given the realities of global and national politics, it was always a trade-off between devolution and accountability but neither this present government nor the previous one understood it. In our most conspicuously successful diplomatic moment in recent decades, at the UNHRC in Geneva in May 2009, when we won 29 votes out of 47, we adhered to the language of the joint communiques between the UN Secretary General and President Rajapaksa, promised to implement the 13th amendment and staved off the accountability challenge.

The previous government then thought it was possible to hold off on both devolution and accountability. It hadn’t understood the external realities.

The new government thought it could deliver on both accountability and devolution. It hasn’t understood the domestic realities.

Not only are devolution and accountability almost antinomian, they work in reverse direction. The more you concede on autonomy the less you can concede on accountability and vice versa.

Add to this the economic factor. The more you resort to economic cut backs the less you can concede on either accountability or ethnic autonomy, because you are dealing with growing numbers of disaffected people from the majority community.

Indeed the more you push economic shock therapy together with ethnic devolution, the more you risk a backlash. The more you combine economic shock therapy, ethnic devolution and wartime accountability into a cocktail and shake it, the more likely it is to become incendiary.

That is why no other country has done it the way that Sri Lanka is trying to. That is because the current crop of Sri Lankan government politicians and policy planners are, as the old English phrase goes, “either knaves or fools”, or more knavish and foolish, and arrogant to boot, than those in other societies.

Take for instance the TNA. If it had traded in accountability for devolution it could have accumulated enough goodwill across the political spectrum, to improve upon (“build on”) the 13th amendment. Instead, with its strident nonsense, especially on the part of Mr. Sumanthiran, on accountability, combined with the optics of the implementation of the Geneva Resolution being handled by Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu, Southern opinion will be rather less generously inclined on devolution.

If the PM’s Office, CBK’s ONUR and Mangala’s Foreign Ministry had stuck to a purely local accountability process through the existing laws, prosecutorial institutions and judicial system, i.e. selective, “low intensity accountability” instead of exceptional procedures, the coming blowback could have been pre-empted. Similarly, were the Constitutional changes limited to a bypass operation unclogging the dysfunctions in the 13th Amendment, it would not be a sitting duck for hostile petitioners. However, neither is the case: on both accountability and constitutional change the government’s attitude is evangelical and the agenda is of drastic discontinuity.

The Joint Opposition, newly invigorated by the Pāda Yātrā, has a clear roadmap before it. Actually its roadmap is the same as the Government’s except that it has to study the Government’s roadmap and plan some really devastating ambushes along the way. That’s quite easy.

It can be fairly safely assumed that the Constitutional changes will be attempted before the accountability process because it may need a Constitutional change to bring the Special Courts and an office of the Special Counsel into being. Translated, this means the Constitutional package will emerge as a visible target by March 2017 the latest. Moreover, all this will happen during or after harsh economic cutbacks which will be implemented as part of the November 2016 Budget. This mix of the ethnic and the economic can make for an anti-Government electoral tsunami at local elections and a referendum (or referenda).

Between now and 2020 the Joint Opposition and patriotic civic associations must not drop the ball (as with the Office of Missing Persons Bill) on ETCA, the Hanuman Bridge, the Special Courts and Special Counsel’s office, the North and East re-merger and federalization. Instead it must greatly tighten its ‘fielding’ skills at least to 19th amendment (2015) levels. It must flood the courts with petitions. It must launch public campaigns of protest on the streets and in the social media on these issues, bearing in mind that the decisive battle will be the Referendum on the Constitution.

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    Wishful thinking of a derailed pro-Rajapaksha propagandist.

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      why DJ seems to have nothing better to do ?

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      I think now DJ has made his mind up.

      He has not been seen with Joint oppostiion rabid dogs.

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      [Edited out]

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      The Editor of CT

      I do not read Dayan (De Siva) Jayatilleka’s articles now. When I see his photo with his article my blood boils.

      My response is to discharge my anger on seeing his face.

      Editor, why are you doing this to me. If I suddenly die of heart attack on seeing his photo in the CT you will be held responsible for my death.

      I appeal to you to disregard him in the future.

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        Manike,

        it is typical lanken audience. Most still read his even if the man is obviously standing on his head. Just becaause his articles contain world wide refrences, I never foudn his has been unbiased analyses regardless of the topics.

        We perfectly know the journos should bring much more about the reasons behind the allegations being levelled at Rajakashes. In a society, the upperhand of abusive Journos still cover the truths from the easy targets, what cant happen:
        If these press men are genuine they should long have interviewed

        1) Mahinda Rajapkshes as minister of finance – after each allegations or paper article attacking them…

        …………………not yet a single man has done the job in that line

        2) Gotabaya Rajakshe as former defence secretary – after each allegations levelled at hims,
        …………………not yet a single man has done the job in that line

        3) Namal Or Yoshita – after each of their allegations – have they the alleged given any kind of interviews clearing their stands … NEVER…
        yet to happen… we have so called powerful MEDIA institutions…

        4) Sirasa goes to Gamtaa- to attck the current men in power – but it is no means moral or ethical since it is just 1 year passed since new regime…

        who are behind those programms… – why Sirara limits their questions only to Satana and few other programs… why cant grow beyond their margins ?

    • 0
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      From here to Eternity

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    Rabbble Rouser just shut up.DJ [Edited out]

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      [Edited out]

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      MUDSON SILVA

      “Rabbble Rouser just shut up.DJ [Edited out]”

      Please let him type so that readers can ponder whether to send their children to the same university that awarded him his PhD.

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    This Gootapaya/BBS advisor of Buddhist Sinhala Fundamentlists is now nowhere to land. He is now trying to dance to the left/right song. He is the number one capitalist and he wants his master Mahinda to come to suck the blood of working people to build palace to enjoy western drinks.

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    Rajapaksha haters and lackeys can take or leave out what is said about Pada Yatra as per their own Preferences. But the following are quite illuminating:

    “previous government then thought it was possible to hold off on both devolution and accountability. It hadn’t understood the external realities.

    The new government thought it could deliver on both accountability and devolution. It hasn’t understood the domestic realities.

    Not only are devolution and accountability almost antinomian, they work in reverse direction. The more you concede on autonomy the less you can concede on accountability and vice versa.

    Add to this the economic factor. The more you resort to economic cut backs the less you can concede on either accountability or ethnic autonomy, because you are dealing with growing numbers of disaffected people from the majority community.

    Indeed the more you push economic shock therapy together with ethnic devolution, the more you risk a backlash. The more you combine economic shock therapy, ethnic devolution and wartime accountability into a cocktail and shake it, the more likely it is to become incendiary.

    That is why no other country has done it the way that Sri Lanka is trying to. That is because the current crop of Sri Lankan government politicians and policy planners are, as the old English phrase goes, “either knaves or fools”, or more knavish and foolish, and arrogant to boot, than those in other societies.”

    Save these words of DJ for future reference.

    Soma

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      soma,

      A man who called Weerawansa a rising star tells one all about the calibre of this fake political scientist! We know all about his attempts to ruble rouse in order to create a Sinhala Buddhist nationalistic uprising; it did not work. In fact it will never work; this is because the majority of the Sinhala have accepted that there will be a solution for the Tamil question. It is about educating the Sinhala masses of democracy in diversity.

      The issue about the Accountability is extremely critical in finding a lasting peace; it is about finding the truth and nothing but the Truth. It is also about setting examples for the future that no regime can get away with committing war crimes and crimes against humanity. Sri Lanka have jointly endorsed the last UN resolution and she is accountable to realise her own commitment. However, by advancing both Accountability and a Political Solution with the Tamils, Sri Lanka can come to a consensus on all fronts. This is where I would expect the Tamil politicians to be pragmatic and accommodative, which they will!

      Dayan De Silva bragged interminably that he single handedly defeated the big players in Geneva in 2009. In reality, it was his pathetic and myopic performance that has come to roost! If SL had been complying and accommodating to the international expectations at that time, she would be in a favourable position to deal with such contentious issues better!

      You are neither for democracy nor for treating the Tamils equally. You are simply an insidious Sinhala Buddhist Chauvinist! There Is a conceivable solution to the Tamil question; it is about recognising their collective Right and empower them politically just like what the Scottish and Welsh people have got. Where people prefer to live is matter of personal choice and it must not be used as inhibition to deny the fundamental right of the Tamils.

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        Burning Issue

        “A man who called Weerawansa a rising star tells one all about the calibre of this fake political scientist!”

        Remember this self-confessed war monger and war crime denier wrote:

        “So Wimal was probably right when he said to rapturous applause “Mahinda is not a name, Mahinda is a country!”

        The Rising: Nugegoda Feb 18th
        Dayan Jayatilleka
        COLOMBO TELEGRAPH
        February 19, 2015

        He was proud of his fellow lackey for Mahinda being called the country. This doesn’t say much about Wimal but says a lot about the former diplomat who represented this country.

        By the way, I am told Wimal Weerawansa’s father’s name is

        SANKILI KARUPPAN.

        Is it true?

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        B.I.

        “Where people prefer to live is matter of personal choice and it must not be used as inhibition to deny the fundamental right of the Tamils.”

        Precisely Burning Issue any Tamil (Tamil language user) must have the fundamental right to live anywhere in this island and must enjoy the democratic right of being equal in every respect. Obviously that Tamil won’t demand any exclusive area for himself!

        There are only two distinct groups – Sinhala speaking people and Tamil speaking people. We are not concerned with caste, religious and date-of-arrival differences among the Tamils. Hindu Tamil, Christian Tamil, Islamic Tamil and Tamils arrived during the British are all one ‘Tamil speaking people’. Your political leaders have been telling us for decades that they are representing all ‘Tamil speaking people’ or the ‘Tamil Nation’ which to us implied the same thing. Up to you to sort these differences among yourselves. We can’t find political solutions to each group separately. Form a common front and propose a devolution model which can satisfy at least 95% of Tamil speaking people. I am one Sinhalese who agree for a separate country for all Tamil speaking people.(I am also concerned with the difficulties of Tamil speaking people when they have to interact with the state machinery so long as they are prepared to share the same political entity.) Please don’t try to fool us with this “North AND East for us and the rest for all of us” nonsense. That is undialuted hypocrisy as well as naked aggression. In short you can’t have a Ealam in the north elusively for Hindu and Christian Tamils while majority of Tamil speaking people or ‘Tamil Nation’ occupy South – simple as that.

        I am totally opposed any ‘federal units’ for North and East as that is the beginning of balkanisation of Sri Lanka in no time, a
        process which will see inconceivable bloodshed.

        Soma

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          soma,

          please stop taking us for fools. You are not genuine and you know it too! You Sinhala have had over 60 years to build a nation and failed miserably. Top to bottom of the Sinhala society is riddled with chronic insecurity. It is this intangible phenomena that is behind your objection to advancing democratic recognition of the Tamils. The Tamils have a clearly demarcated boundary and it is right and proper for the Sinhala to recognise this empowering them within a united Sri Lanka. This is what is required and it is well overdue. We cannot wait for your sense insecurity to subside.

          What bloodshed you talk about? With centralised power for over 60 years that caused untold misery, deaths and human sufferings comparable to biblical proportions. What new are you proposing? The fact is that you are not capable of treating all citizens equal and govern justly. This you have demonstrated in uncertain terms on many occasions. Please, give the tamils a break and allow them to have a greater say in aspects that affect them. Be a grownup and a democrat. It is not too much to ask; is it?

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            Burning Issue

            You are demanding a separate enclave for Tamils (Tamil speaking people) AND the freedom to live anywhere.

            I am campaigning for a separate enclave for Tamils (Tamil speaking people) OR the freedom to live anywhere.

            You are asking “what are you proposing?”. What I am proposing is IF Tamils(Tamil speaking people) want a separate enclave for themselves all Tamils(Tamil speaking people) should be relocated to that enclave. IF YOU WANT YOUR AREAS FOR YOURSELVES WE WANT OUR AREAS FOR OURSELVES. Honestly I am surprised how you can’t see your hypocritical position for yourself when you demand the freedom to live anywhere while complaining of severe discrimination. Read your fellow racists here on CT who describe in graphic detail how discriminatory and genocidal Sinhala Buddhists are.

            The day I observe of any tendency among the Tamils(Tamils speaking people) who are presently living in areas outside North and East to relocate themselves into North and East I will feel ashamed as a Sinhalese and will actively campaign for a separate country for Tamils(Tamil speaking people).

            Soma

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              soma,

              Are you thick? It is more like you want to be a pigheaded or what? Democracy means recognising diversity and regional decentralisation of power. In the case of Sri Lanka, there is a clear need of such a power-sharing model because, the country is an amalgamated unit.

              Take the countries like Switzerland, Belgium and India; there are ample examples littered around the world projecting federal governances are success stories. Such models do not bother with individual choices, but grant grater freedom of movements of peoples. Such models instil peace and economic prosperity for all to enjoy.

              Face it man, you guys are not capable of treating all equally; you are still stuck in the Mahavamsa mythology and cannot look beyond. Just get a grip and start to learn about the benefits of empowering the Tamils. Learn the difference between separatism and federalism. Accept the inevitable change and be a good democrat for goodness sake. Finally be truthful to yourself.

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                Burning Issue

                “Are you thick?”

                Soma is a bigoted Sinhala/Buddhists ghetto builder.

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                B.I.
                The difference between federalism and separatism is a gap of two weeks. Ask Prime Minister Rudrakumar for more details.

                Sri Lanka will need huge military resources to keep it federal.

                Soma

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                  soma,

                  This is your real fear; I feel very sorry for you. You also show your real lack of understanding of the Tamils. The TNA wasted no time as soon as the LTTE was defeated to denounce violence and unambiguously expressed a solution within united Sri Lanka. They reinforced this with many gestures including participating in the independence day celebrations and also accepting the position of the opposition leader. Moreover, TNA is endeavouring with the government to workout a modality for the constitution that will be acceptable to all parties. The machine is set in motion and it is gathering momentum. But you on the other hand is stuck in the past! There is Dayan who is urging the JO to agitate and create a Sinhala Buddhist uprising against a political settlement. This reckless individual is a educated bigot and unscrupulous! You are not far behind!

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                    B.I.

                    “The TNA wasted no time as soon as the LTTE was defeated to denounce violence and unambiguously expressed a solution within united Sri Lanka”

                    They waited 30 long years to renounce violence until their military wing was defeated. 30 years of agony and bloodshed could have been avoided if TNA renounced violence before instead of asking the Tamil people and the world to accept Tigers as the sole representative of Tamils. When Wingeshwaran asks Tamil people to accept Prabakaran as a hero we can sense the way the next generation will be programmed.

                    Those who adhere to Vadukkodai resolution and outright separation are in a way more honest in their purpose than these ‘federal’ crooks.

                    I don’t see any proposal which includes the the majority of Tamil speaking people who are living outside North and East.

                    Soma

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                  somaaaass

                  “The difference between federalism and separatism is a gap of two weeks.”

                  Have the Hindians in New Delhi authorised such a move?

                  You haven’t learnt anything in the past 30 years and no doubt there isn’t any hope you will ever learn anything from the future.

                  Burning Issue is wasting his/her time educating a paranoid ghetto building Sinhala/Buddhist.

                  In case if you have changed your mind and cured of Paranoia, please get authorisation from Hindians before you grant separate state to your Tamil brothers. Failing to do so would cost you another round of bloodshed.

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                    Native,

                    I think that this guy needs to be countered at every opportunity as he seems insidious as opposed to the known bigots.

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      This government does understand economic and political realities. That is why some of its policies don’t seem to make sense. They are not making the radical economic cuts needed in subsidies and public sector employment. that is why the debt burden is rising on top pf the Rajapaksa debts.

      cutting these is logically the most important thing to do to fix out economy.

      however, they cannot do this until the political and ethnic issues can be resolved.

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    Dayan,

    In October 2010, you were accusing Nihal Jayawickrama of being a born-again proselytizer for International Humanitarian Law and R2P.

    In August 2013, you called for a permanent office of UN High Commissioner For Human Rights in Sri Lanka. Referring to Navi Pillay, you stated that she is a human rights fundamentalist and that the world needs such people.

    Scott Fitzgerald said that the “test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.”

    I guess you must be first-rate intelligence, huh?

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    Well, one must concede that Dr. DJ has a way with words, as his father before him (of whom he makes mention in a lot of his pieces).
    Several hundred thousand people marched from Kandy to Colombo, according to Dr.DJ’s expert French friend. Did not over 5 million people vote for MR? Even 10% of that is 500,000. So is “several hundred thousand” a big deal? What is concealed here is that most of the crowd marched from Kiribathgoda. I personally saw how many marched into Kiribathgoda in the night , how many marched out in the morning, and how many buses were parked in the town.
    Rather like the “Nugegoda Uprising” of not so long ago, don’t you think?

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      While counting the number of hairs on his head DJ should also audit and declare the diminishing hairs around his posterior orifice. The Mara Clan might be persuaded ‘the less hair, the better’.

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      Yes, DJ does have a way with words; granted. So now, it is only the thinking processes to sort out. As for comparison with Daddy, NO! not in a million years.
      One must always be on guard against mistaking geese for swans.

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    These are the same advisors who destroyed any opportunity the country had to move forward after the war by taking MR on a road of deception. Sad to see them continue the same tactics for their own gain, in the pretext of saving the motherland. Shame on you.

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    There should not be another Yahapalana govt If CBK is still behind the same govt.

    Yahapalanaya is also better off with Mangala Samraweera even though he may change once Mahinda Rajapakse is out.

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      Yahapalanaya is better without Mangala Samaraweera. He is not capable of doing that job for the benefit of Sri lanka.

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    SIR, YOUR STRATEGY IS GOOD.BUT, WHAT IS THE ACTION PLAN AND WHAT ARE THE IMPLEMENTATION COMMITTEES.

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    The southern leaders have tried their best to take the country forward for the last 60+ years and failed miserably and are hell bent on taking us with them,they are forcibly keeping the unwilling with them,let us go at least part of the island can march towards a modern world.BUT YOU WON’T WOULD YOU

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    Poor Dayan has to sing for his supper in this manner

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    Once Dayan was day dreaming about the Nugegoda rally. Now he is day dreaming about the Pada Yatra. When he wakes up the bus has gone. No more DPL postings for the man.

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      Dj is a born rabbel rouser, Man is unemployed and a loose cannon.

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      He has still been day dreaming.

      Even today being caught to that 4 walls, he spends in his world.

      His is not practical, but some believe him to have that muc hknowledge in lanken external politics.

      Like we believe the saviour of lanka was MR… it was also because Artiste painted the picture him as Dutugamunu the king born…

      Looking back had the artiste been using other terms to hype up the wonders of MR, he could stay as had been before.
      The mans was manipulated by Jackson Anthony the kind of doby men for their survivial…
      how come a man of the current era become kings ?

      Gulliable targets thought he is the made king.
      There Rajakashes abused them further. to the core.

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    This fellow must be dreaming to see Rajapaksas back in power in 2020. Dream on fellow, that is all left for you. Corruption breeds corruption but at the same time I must say One corrupt gang can destroy the other corrupt gang. It is like mafia gang war right now in Colombo(for power to rule). Have another drink and sit back and dream.

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    Please please Do non stop pada yatra until 2020. Go round and round Sri Lanka on foot till 2020.
    Problem solved

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    Dayan, how pathetic. Trying to veil your slavish often spurned loyalty to the MARA Mafia in write ups that are so transparent. Get a life DJ. MARA Mafia dropped you a long time ago and still show no sign of letting you into their inner world. Like I often say, the ‘wakutuveyang’ culture of Sri Lanka is all pervading.

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    “The previous government then thought it was possible to hold off on both devolution and accountability. It hadn’t understood the external realities.”

    Thero Dayan De Silva is telling that “the previous government thought it was possible to hold on both devolution and accountability”. If anybody has a doubt, please let me clear it; by “previous government” our Thero is meaning his most respectable god, the Old King’s administration. Before we get into that, let see why he said it. He just wanted to fool the Sinhala Intellectuals, in the real sense the Modayas, that he is a sincere, balanced and genuine analyzer. Here I have to honestly tell you all how I came out with my Newton-Einstein Invention of why the Thero is gimmicking like this. One time I happened to read a statement released by Berkeley College professor George Hart. In that he had said a lot him as he knows this he knows that … and so forth. I was a little bit uneasy and embarrassed to read it. Then he came to the subject, clearing the cloud, said he had to establish his capacity to express an opinion of the classical status of the Tamil language, which he wanted the Indian government to accept without questioning. Here it is. http://southasia.berkeley.edu/tamil-classes. In the same way, Thero is establishing his (dis)honesty in analyzing the political issues.

    Here is a need for our Thero to establish his cunning and crooked nature to the Modayas, to obtain their approval and blessing before he hit his arch enemy Ranil on the back. Here it comes “the new government thought it could deliver on both accountability and devolution. It hasn’t understood the domestic realities.” Now you may get why in the eyes of the Thero, his god, the Old King refused give neither. It is because then only Thero can blame that Ranil has given both. You can compare the patriotic Thero’s god whp did not give anything with Ranil the traitor who has given everything! You all might have seen how a seasoned Long Jump player starts to jump. First he would stand on the line. Then one or two times he would do brisk back up. Then with very swift sprint he goes and jumps to beat others. Thero took one or two steps backward on body of his god, the Old King only to easily run over Ranil, in the eyes of the Modayas. (At least, that is what our Thero is thinking that what he is doing)

    This is crook fooled the members of the UNHRC that the Lankawe’s rapist army only carried out the most pious operation, that Humanitarian Operation liberation with zero casualty. He never dreamed of when his god had deported NGOs and conducted a war without witnesses and claimed zero casualties that UNSG’s expert Panel will come and tell 40,000 deaths. He never advised his god that war without witness is not viable concept as his god was thinking. But on the instruction of the Old King, his god Thero lied to the UNHRC members. That is how Thero thought he had permanently made the Canadian Resolution back off. Now he is saying it was Old King thought that he can hold both forever. Thero cheated Old King that he can keep fooling the IC continuously so that Old King can be always on the throne. He never negotiated in the UN a resolution like the one resolved in the September 2015. Thero Dayan De Silva’s 100% intention on that occasion was to fool the IC, without taking any action the UNHRC was expecting. The 2015 resolution tilted toward s the IC inquiry, though it has asked Lankawe to go for reconciliation, one method is devolving power by changing the constitution. On the floor of the good office of UNHRC in Geneva, and in the year of our Lord 2015, Thero de Silva had not mentioned to IC members who were his audience, that Lankawe had committed a war crime by killing 145,000 Tamils in five months and the successive constitution and laws enacted from Indian Pakistani citizenship act are only meant to hurt Tamils. He had not given guarantee to the nations listening to him that he will take personal responsibility to relinquish the pain Tamils are ending by these two. Thero’s position is split North-East with limited 13A without police and land. Thero never advocated a 13A with Police and Land, with unified the North-East, which is the 13A as JR agreed to India. Basically it is not devolution; it is a decentralized administration with appointing GAs as the direct servants of EP. This is not a constitutional change to devolve power. And, further, it is not just Thero, Not just one Single Modaya, one Sinhala Intellectual, if one is there, a Sinhala Gentleman is ready to come forward and demand the Yahapalanaya Royal government to investigate the Rapist army. The promise with the Yahapalanaya won the election is “not one leader, Commander, or a soldier will be investigated”. This is what makes the Tamils to resolve to go alone. And the truth is Thero, Rajiva and Thamara like crooks covered the Old King from realizing the UNHRC’s ability to press Old Royal Government to act on human rights and international humanitarian laws. The mask was torn off surprisingly, without ever these crooks foreseeing, when the American State Secretary John Kerry prematurely chased the Old King out of the Temple Tree House. It is laughable when Thero says that it was Old King refused to give anything not knowing external power. If that is ever coming out of the Thero’s mouth sincerely, then he will have to first apologize to the Modayas that he made a mistake by not resigning from the government right after he had misguided the Old Royal government right in the 2009 May resolution. He is still having hope and begging for a position from the Joint Comedian club.

    Mangala is attempting to cheat the IC and pretending that the Yahapalanaya government is solving the Tamils problem by changing the constitution and in March, 2017 they would ask the UNHRC to officially scrap off 2015, September resolution to enable them to go ahead with the constitutional change. They may seek some kind of written agreement on that, as the current American team that has worked with Lankawe is going out of office. Then as usual they are sure they can find some “Foreign and Commonwealth Lawyers and Judges” wording in the posed constitutional change too.

    The best kept secret in the SinhaLE land of Wildlife Sanctuary is not how many Tamils died in the Thero De Silva and Brother Prince’s zero casualty war, but the Yahapalanaya New Royal Government is changing the constitution without the Joint Comedian knowing it. That is the secret the Joint Comedian’s agent Thero de Silva has brought to discuss here. This is a stunning effort Mangala is trying on UNHRC. Thero Dayan de Silva is alarmed that his fraudulent record of 2009 May be broken if Mangala have a success. Thero has no hold outside. So he wants to sabotage Mangala internally. Mangala’s victory or defeat or Thero victory over Mangala or losing will not have any effect on the plight of the Tamils. Any change they can expect is to agitate IC for coming many years and get them to conduct an investigation and follow up on that for solution for the Tamils’ problem is the one will bring any change.

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      Mallayuran

      Why did you decide to take the option of loosing the war? You should have won the war instead.

      Soma

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    Your article is interesting and indeed thought provoking. Particularly helpful is your analysis of the dualism between accountabilty and costitutional change. Whatever the color of your banner, I hope the call to political realism instead of political idealism and evasive maneouvering around the issues at hand. Is diplomacy only for use abroad, like Global Roaming? I think not.

    You talk about 2020. Why not go beyond 2020? What about 2030, 2050, 2070? To ask the same questions in 1947 we would have asked “what about 1970? 1980? 1990? “If we had the foresight to look ahead and plan ahead, we may not have seen the storm clouds of ethnic conflict, and insurrection gathering, however a policy of “peace at any cost” and “communal harmony at any cost” and “peaceful resolution of social issues” may have been a better guiding policy. Maybe that was beyond us.

    Of course there can be and will be political changes, but these must take place peacefully, possibly following the exemplary “Paada Yathra” of the joint opposition. Apart for some carefully planned hooting, no lives were lost.

    So for the future: any realistic planning for the future by the Joint Opposition or any other group should include many decades ahead and the unpalatable but inevitible change in government and power sharing, and non-violent methods.It may lead to a craftier, more successful plan in the end.

    There must be no violence. This country cannot afford any more violence in fact violence plunges us into a unpayable debt of lives lost to future generations, a debt that we cannot pay – only default. I know of your book the ethics of violence, well I believe violence is unethical.

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    Indeed Dr. Dayan, from one intellectual to another (not myself) the following abstract captures in essence what I have to say and what I hope for. I am not sure you agree, however, since your approach is confrontational.

    In short “a virtue-based approach that centers around three traits as the political virtues of a democratic subject: courage, civility, and care”

    “The dissertation concentrates on understanding the dynamics and sources of, and the ways to theorize as well as respond to the problem of peaceful political action, namely, the presence of violent conflict and lack of civil conversation within the space of democratic politics. In order to understand the problem, I turn to two different theories of participatory democracy – deliberative and agonistic. I argue that the agonistic political ontology, which centers around permanence of conflict, difference, and the ever-present possibility of antagonism inherent in politics, provides a better theoretical framework for recognizing—though not for responding to—the problem. The problem with agonistic democratic theory is that it not only recognizes the agonistic dimension of politics, but it also prioritizes expressive, disruptive political action, which threatens the very existence of the political space given the already agonistic description of politics. I point out that agonistic theories either tell us little about how to respond to the problem of peaceful politics or offer idealistic recipes. As a possible response to contain agonism inherent in politics, I turn to virtue liberalism. I argue that liberal virtue accounts are too thick and aim at securing a specific version of liberal democracy endorsed by the theorists. I suggest that one way to respond to the potential violence of political action and to establish politics as a civil political engagement without eliminating agonistic politics is to accompany political action with a realistic ethos of democracy that is not beyond the capacities of ordinary persons. Thus, to support agonistic yet cooperative democratic politics, I develop a virtue-based approach that centers around three traits as the political virtues of a democratic subject: courage, civility, and care.”

    The problem of peaceful political action within democratic politics

    by Gursozlu, Fuat, Ph.D., STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK AT BINGHAMTON, 2010,

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    You mentioned “The UNP is embarking on harsh economic cutbacks and is locked in a group hug with the West and the Tamil diaspora”

    Why do you have a problem with the Sinhalese and Tamil people embraceing and treating each other as equals!? Why are you still stuck in this Sinhala only/ Sinhala domination over all others frame of mind!?

    The world is moving towards equality and protecting the rights of all human beings. Pleases stop this hatred towards the minorities of our nation.

    We do not want anyone to turn this nation into a den of thrives who transform it into a criminal state. Your Rajapaksa lot have both stirred up hate, bitterness and bigotry whilst turning the nation into a criminal state sending it towards failed state status and far worse if given the chance.

    Let Sri Lanka take the path towards realizing its fullest potential. We want to be an example to the world. Let’s show it’s possible for us to get our act together instead of the Rajapaksa method of let’s be the biggest/ best criminal state. This attitude that we too want to be like the criminals of the past is a rubish argument!

    The world has learnt from the mistakes of the past and learnt it is important to avoid making the same mistakes.
    Sri Lanka was saved from assured destruction and the collapse of the state. Time to set things right. No more of this nonsense!

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    Of course The author forgot to mention to his French friend that in Sri Lanka, one can easily and cheaply go about hiring a “Rent A Crowd” at short notice . Bottles of arrack and lunch packets are all you need to fill up the space.

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    “very impressive, several hundred thousand strong, consisting mainly of persons of modest means, but marching with great determination rather than ambling or shuffling”

    In a country where there is no dearth of regular sycophancy/sycophants, he can stoop so low to make such declaration.

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    “It can be fairly safely assumed that the Constitutional changes will be attempted before the accountability process because it may need a Constitutional change to bring the Special Courts and an office of the Special Counsel into being.”

    Will this Government get rid of the Executive Presidency? That is the only viable solution to ensure accountability and a system of checks-and-balances. EP is necessary for a wartime government. In peacetime, the focus should be on economic reform. We need to get back to JR’s economic policies and that means devolving power from the Centre.

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      Will this Government get rid of the Executive Presidency? The task of the government is to stay in power and feed its own stakeholders. So they will only do it if it benefits them. It would be foolish to do otherwise.

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    The UNP is embarking on harsh economic cutbacks

    USA prints dollars and make it there people spend, and ask all over the world cut spending.

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    Dayan Jayathilake:

    When we consider your proposals, and this whole scenario of present political situation, it does not work for the country. but, it will go with your ideology one which you always preach. It works with politicians that you like but not the majority in the country.

    Pada Yathra was for dumb voters. For politicians it is yathra by luxury SUVs. Joint opposition is another ploy to bring back the theives who lost and struggling to come back.

    It looks pada yathra was not that successful as JO is boasting about, that made the yahapalan govt scared because, yahapalana govt bribed some politicians, they are theives, who joined the padayathra.

    You seem to be simply a selfish person who is working as your own agenda fits with the Mahinda Rajapakse’s attempt to come back.

    Unfortunaltely, no one is talking about bringing in a good bunch of people into the parliament, a smaller parliament and not this top heavy parliament which is out of control.

    I don’t think as a mature individual, an educated and experienced individual you are doing anything for the country at least to pay for the free education you got. You are just a scoundrel.

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    Dayan rightly states that “… the current crop of Sri Lankan government politicians and policy planners are, as the old English phrase goes, “either knaves or fools”, or more knavish and foolish, and arrogant to boot, than those in other societies.”

    But then wasn’t he being “conveniently myopic” (to use his phrase) when he had his head up the Rajapakse posterior and missed “the more knavish and foolish, and arrogant to boot, than those in other societies” when he was (and remains) chief apologist for the Rajapakse gang of criminals?

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    Devolusion is a definite no..no. and accountability through parties nominated and agreed by both parties,otherwise go fly a kite!
    A grave mistake was done in 2009 by trying to promote devolution and now we are stuck to it like to the ‘koholle baba’
    By the way how come no one speaks about the six acres of land in Collupitiya acquired by the by the US embassy?

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      Six acres us too small for what they have given us. Then again maybe that is the cost of propaganda for the current government locally and abroad. Best foreign PR for Sri Lanka. Not cheap.

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    The beauty of Dayan Silva’s articles is that you can reply him without reading him!

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    Mr DJ, as an erudite English scholar what does Pada Yathra really mean? Is it a form of Fart powered Vehicle, that elite politicians transport themselves while the rest of the herd walk?

    Soon we may find a similar claim to that of the Sri Lankans inventing the first ever aircraft, the Dandu-Monara Yathra.

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