5 August, 2021

Blog

Premadasa’s Development Vision & Model: Work, Economic Progress, Social Security, People’s Participation 

By Dayan Jayatilleka 

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

“The root cause of unrest among our people is that we have reduced them to mere voting machines operating once in five years. This system must change; and change completely to make the people the real masters.”~ R. Premadasa, April 4th 1973 (republished Ceylon Daily News, Nov. 21, 1991)

In an interesting synchronicity, the 95th birth anniversary of Ranasinghe Premadasa falls in the 30th anniversary year of the zenith of his political career, his assumption of the Presidency in January 1989—a landmark occasion strangely ignored by the political formation he returned to power against all odds. It was a silence made all the more deafening and surreal because that political entity never assumed the highest political office in the land and the leadership of the country through popular election, since that day three decades ago.

Premadasa was a nationalist and a patriot who at age 18 had launched a monthly magazine called ‘Swadeshaya’. But that was not all he was. He was a patriot and a social democrat, with the two aspects being inseparably, organically, fused. 

Premadasa

As a young politician Premadasa toured Russia and China in 1957, and upon return, published a sympathetic booklet about their respective development experiments, entitled “Athi Thathu” (‘Facts as They Are’).

As a Deputy Minister in the Dudley Senanayake administration of 1965-70, Premadasa had been the second Lankan politician ever, to reach out to Western Social Democracy– the first such being his erstwhile leader A. E. Goonesinghe who, as Prof K. M. de Silva documents, sought to link up with the British Labour Party. Premadasa returned from a visit to West Germany and close interaction with Willy Brandt. He sought the assistance specifically of the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), the foundation officially affiliated with the German Social Democratic Party (SPD), to set up the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute (SLFI) for the task of labour education. 

The distinctive perspective of Premadasa was sharpened by the April 1971 Insurrection. He attended every single sitting of the CJC main trial. His development paradigm was best exemplified in an April 4th 1973 speech to a Colombo Rotary Club, a speech he was so proud of and committed to, that he had it reproduced in 1991 in the ‘SAARC Summit special supplement’ of the Daily News during his Presidency, accompanied by an introduction in bold type which read: ‘The seeds of today’s concepts were sown years ago…President Ranasinghe Premadasa, then First Member of Parliament for Colombo Central was invited by the Colombo West Rotary Club to deliver an address on the topic ‘A Plan For Sri Lanka’ at a luncheon meeting of the Club. The speech was delivered when President Ranasinghe Premadasa was only an opposition member of Parliament and portrays the vision of a young politician of what he thought was the best for Sri Lanka.’ (CDN Nov. 21, 1991). 

In April 1973, there was no one who would have bothered to ghost-write a speech in English for this lone wolf in the enfeebled opposition who had launched the Samastha Lanka Puravasi Peramuna in ’72, and unless they thought he had what it took to speak on a serious topic of this nature, the audience at the Rotary Club of Colombo West would hardly have indulged him. That speech takes as a desirable goal “Socialism without ulterior motivations and external interferences”. It is a short exposition of and platform for a ‘democratic socialist’ or some may say ‘social democratic’ Third Way, and a good quarter century before Prof Anthony Giddens! Though dating from the tail-end of his Puravesi Peramuna period, before he rejoined the UNP mainstream at JR Jayewardene’s invitation ( which was sometime after the latter succeeded to the leadership in late April 1973) its reproduction decades later under his Presidency — with the word ‘Socialism’ significantly retained, undeleted — underscores the continuity of his thinking and gives the lie to those who would cunningly dilute and distort the content of his economic philosophy. That he chose to reproduce it in the SAARC Special Supplement in 1991 indicates that this perspective is one he wanted the outside world to know about, and which he hoped to radiate in the region. 

A lengthy excerpt from Premadasa’s crucial April 4th 1973 text is needed to comprehend the core of his development philosophy:

“Political power has been diffused among the people through the exercise of the franchise. In like manner the economic wealth of the country should also be diffused among the people. We should evolve a scheme under which the public sector, the co-operative sector, the private sector and a combination of all these three sectors – a joint sector – could function in competition with each other. Such competition will bring the maximum benefit to the people who need not become slaves of either a public or private monopoly. The government should ensure through its legislative and planning processes that the people participate in all aspects of development without allowing monopolies — state or individual.

The people’s participation should be enlisted in all matters relating to policy decisions and their implementation. The common people should be made to share the responsibility of finding solutions to their problems. That burden must not be presumed to be monopolized by a few. The common people should have a voice in making decisions and share in their implementation. It should be possible for employees and the people to own shares in any venture thus enabling them to participate in the management and even in profits. What is necessary to retrieve the economy of the country is a nationalization of this nature.

If the problems of foreign exchange, development and unemployment are to be satisfactorily tackled, a massive development venture has to be launched to provide the necessary infra-structure such as a network of roads, a network of electricity, a network of irrigation and a network of domestic water supply. With the launching of such a scheme large numbers of people could be gainfully employed. Together with development of the infrastructure the country’s agricultural and industrial ventures will automatically improve. As a result, foreign exchange could be conserved. People will get more money into their hands thus enabling them to purchase their requirements. The question of subsidies will eventually be eliminated. We can solve our problems. Scarcity of foreign exchange is no obstacle. To earn foreign exchange, we must increase production; to increase production we must develop our national resources, and if we are to develop our national resources, we must harness the human potential that we have in abundance. It is futile to go on bended knees to foreign countries begging for assistance.

We must trust our people who have placed their confidence in us. Going to them for the vote alone is not sufficient. In order to formulate and implement policies from the village level to the national level we must get the active participation of our people including the new generation. The root cause of unrest among our people is that we have reduced them to mere voting machines operating once in five years. This system must change; and change completely to make the people the real masters”. (People’s Participation in Government-April 4th 1973, republished Ceylon Daily News, Nov. 21, 1991.)

Noteworthy too in establishing continuity of thought, is the fact that one of his last acts as Prime Minister was to pen and publish an introduction to the Sinhala translation (by Janadasa Pieris) of Gorbachev’s Perestroika, a work in which Gorbachev defined his project as a ‘reformed, democratic Socialism’. 

There was no learning curve necessary for Premadasa who displayed remarkable lucidity and far sightedness even at the moment of greatest hubris of Sri Lanka’s capitalist class. The quote that follows is from the cover story of the Far Eastern Economic Review (Hongkong) of May ’77, where Mervyn de Silva, my father—who died 20 years ago this week– comments on what would be the last days of the Bandaranaike-led United Front administration, providing a snapshot of the various May Day rallies and of the Opposition UNP’s campaign. Interestingly Mervyn de Silva’s quote from Premadasa is the only quote from any UNP leader and indeed from any politician other than Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike, in his report: 

‘R. Premadasa, Jayewardene’s newly appointed deputy and the party’s rising star, smartly spotted the mixed blessings of the vast influx into the party’s ranks of jobless, disaffected and alienated youth. In an obvious reference to the 1971 insurrection which came only 11 months after Mrs. Bandaranaike’s United Front Government came to power, Premadasa said: “Those young hands applauding us now may manufacture the bombs that will kill us if we, too do not change our ways of living and leadership”. (Mervyn de Silva, Far Eastern Economic Review, Hongkong, 20.5.’77. p17-19.) 

This is proof of Premadasa’s perspicacity and prophetic vision, his far from complacent state of mind about the triumphantly ascendant administration of 1977, and the alternative course which he thought the party and the incoming administration must take after victory. For Premadasa, the 1977 victory was and remained an unfinished revolution. In his Feb 23rd 1978 Parliamentary speech assuming the Prime Ministership, an occasion which any other individual would have regarded with smug satisfaction and chosen not to strike a discordant note on, he spurned conformity and etiquette, and rang the alarm bells loudly: 

“Our people are facing untold hardships. The efforts of our youth to obtain opportunities for work, economic progress and social security have been unsuccessful. The forbearance and fortitude of our people who are shouldering great burdens of the cost of living, must not be mistaken for weakness. This atmosphere of poverty is about to overwhelm the limits of their patience. If so, none can tell what might transpire. Policies must be formulated, implemented… bearing this in mind.’’ (‘Prabuddha Shakthiya’, p170, published by B. Sirisena Cooray, June 1978, MD Gunasena & Co.) 

1978 was the ‘moment of hegemony’ when the center-right governed with a greater degree of popular consent than any Lankan administration had or would. Premadasa was no conformist who went with the herd instinct and the commonest denominator. He was no ‘free market fundamentalist’ who shared the hubris of the ‘Open Economy’, even at the time the marketplace was working its magic the most! But the administration chose to collectively ignore his warning and did exactly that which he cautioned against. 

The Feb 1978 parliamentary speech reveals the distance between what Premadasa envisaged and that which was actually implemented after 1977. By 1977 the economy was stagnant, even sinking, but there were two projects, two possible and alternative political economies, to unleash the necessary growth of the productive forces: the path of the dominant elite, i.e. of dependent and unequal growth, and the path of Premadasa i.e. that of national, people-oriented and democratic development. We know which path was taken and with what results. 

Premadasa’s Presidential election-winning manifesto of 1988, ‘A New Vision and a New Deal’, was authored while he was returning from China having witnessed Chairman Deng Xiaoping’s new policy in action and grilled Ambassador Charlie Mahendran about how Deng was able to turn Mao’s model around while retaining aspects of Mao’s achievement. The election manifesto was written in adjacent hotel rooms in Hong Kong, where candidate Premadasa paced up and down, expressing his thoughts on development and Susil Siriwardana who had been requested to join him, produced seven consecutive drafts before Premadasa, ever the perfectionist, finally approved the eighth.

The Chief Guest at the ruling UNP’s Convention during the short Premadasa Presidency was a high-ranking delegate of the Communist Party of China. The entire stock of textiles that made the free school uniforms program of President Premadasa possible, was a gift from the government of the People’s Republic of China. 

At no stage of his career did Premadasa ever confuse mere high growth with genuine development, nor did he make the opposite error and confuse welfarist equity and low growth with authentic development. Neither high growth rates alone nor decent welfarist equity figures alone amounted to real development, in Premadasa’s understanding. He neither opted for growth first and equity later nor equity first and growth later. Only the combination, simultaneity, parallelism, fusion, synthesis, of high growth and increasing social equity (or rapid growth and rapidly narrowing social inequity, which is to say the same thing), was worthy of the term ‘development’ in Premadasa’s consistent understanding.

During his Presidency, Premadasa would commend and implement a ‘people-ized development’ through a ‘carefully regulated market economy’, to use his own terminology. Hardly the credo of a ‘commoner’ admiringly wedded to conventional liberal democracy and a free market economy! It is irrefutably clear that from the outset and at its root, Premadasa’s development model was neither derived, determined or driven by external agencies nor top-down, technocratic and corporate-centric. Indeed, it was the very opposite: “The people’s participation should be enlisted in all matters relating to policy decisions and their implementation…The common people should have a voice in making decisions and share in their implementation.” (People’s Participation in Government-April 4th 1973, reproduced in Ceylon Daily News, Nov. 21, 1991.)

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Latest comments

  • 8
    15

    In the same way Sirisena is being vilified Premadasa was also ridiculed by the old royalists types.

    They say Srisena should be hanged.

    These Colombo gang of Ranil worshippers forget that if not for Sirisena , Rajapakses would still be ruling us.

    Sirisena’s main crime is that he did not sit quietly and let Ranil/Mahendran do what ever they wanted to do.

    Sirisena also didn’t just ignore the common factor in Ranil, Malik, Mangala, Sagala types.

    So Sirisena is being attacked. So was the case with Premadasa , he was attacked because he loved the country.

    • 12
      4

      Wrong!
      First of all, I think that, with this essay, Dayan Jayathilake is trying to kill two birds with throw of a stone: To rehabilitate the badly damaged image of MY 3 and to save his job through Sajith.
      I think that Dayan is intelligent enough to know that there is no big difference between the development philosophy of Ranil & R P & that, if there is any difference, it was in the tactics dictated by the time of history and, to a lesser degree, the difference between social & political background the two were brought up & work with. R P discussed about participation of masses in politics b’cos he was influenced both by JVP & LITTE wars as well as the enormous power of the executive presidency (which he never criticized). However, it is also well known that when progressive elements in the party tried to force him to be more democratic, instead of of engaging in dialogue, he forced them out. On the contrary, Ranil has opened up the Gvt almost to the US level that causing Dayan & others accuse Ranil for being too weak!
      I don’t think that we can bring back R P era back again b’cos time has changed so much. Any effort to do so will will destroy not only the whole fabric of society but also the development path of SL economy. The reason: Nationalism, even though it is an easy/popular political strategy, no longer can be sustained in the globalized system of economy.
      My take on Sajith is that he has the charisma to win public support politically but, for the Gvt under him to be successful, he also need to follow Ranil’s vision & the style of managing various personalities!

      • 6
        0

        Premadasa was a serial-killer …….. and the son Sajith is an idiot.

        No lengthy essay.

        The solely needed simple truth simply put.

  • 13
    2

    Sensing a slight possibility of the younger Prema coming to the fore, crafty DJ is getting ready.

    • 10
      4

      Aelajo

      Have you noticed as usual Dayan the warmonger has dropped names. In this occasion he dropped a Jungian concept “synchronicity”.
      Could you help me understand how Jungian “synchronicity” is related to his recycled Praise Sajith Premadasa through his father Ranasinghe.

  • 19
    2

    There are things about Premadasa we Sri Lankans ought to be pleased with, even be proud of: his consistent anti-Indian stance, and his rise to the top from Banana, not Cinnamon, Gardens. But his performance in power has to be judged in the way he addressed the two rebellions: that of JVP#2 which pretty much started during RP’s time in office, and the Tiger war he inherited. He was brutal in suppressing the JVP. The army he unleashed were no heroes; they tortured, terrorised and murdered on large scale. There was no understanding — nor any attempt to understand — why our youth rebelled. With the Tiger war, RP was either plain stupid, or given poor advice. Tigers were at their weakest when RP gave them truck loads of guns to engage the Indians. He ordered hundreds of policemen to surrender without firing a single shot only to be massacred later by Karuna’s gang. Again, RP failed to understand Tamil youth and why they rebelled.
    A leader who failed to ask “why?” A leader who failed.

  • 5
    1

    Dr Dayan.. This is a Ripper , mate..
    Did Preme really make that Speech to the Colombo West Rotary Club Dudes..
    Unbelievable..

    A Man from Keselwatta who hasn’t seen inside of a Tech College, let alone a Paradeniya or even Vidyodaya to write something like that even in Sinhalae, is remarkable.
    Poor Preme , Wonder who bumped him off….

    In contrast, The Kid I believe went to Oxford,
    But he is no Chip off the Old Block for sure,

    And I am afraid that those Perspicacity and Prophetic Vision are no where near him to be seen..
    Otherwise the Kid won’t be living next to 10,000 Acres of our Mahavamsa Land which the Chinese now own, courtesy of Dr Dr Ranil who gave them a 200 year lease.

    But then Old Preme not only was good in writing and talking, but he also knew how to stick it up to the Elite and the Anglicans and the money bags and come out unscathed..
    And not leaving Colombo West at anytime .
    But then it was a different era and different UNP.

    When the the new era dawned ,Dr Ranil not only banished the Kid from the Old man’s Turf in Colombo West to Old Dutugamini’s Territory in the South..
    But Dr Ranil also bludgeoned him every time the Kid tried to emulate the old Man..

    Dr Ranil is now even stronger after Easter Sunday,
    Today I read Ranil telling the Media that Duttu Gamini can learn a few tricks about Developing the Nation from Him.

    Wonder whether this is just side swipe to Keselwatta kid, who recently said that he will give free nutritious means and free Uniforms to Yahapalana Kids while building houses for their parents to go to after assembling Volks Wagons and unloading Chinese Containers….
    After announcing his candidacy for the Presidency..

    • 7
      5

      KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

      “Did Preme really make that Speech to the Colombo West Rotary Club Dudes..
      Unbelievable..”

      My Elders tell me he had some knowledgeable people who could say/write impressive reports/speeches for him.

      “In contrast, The Kid I believe went to Oxford,”

      My friend the old codger also went to Oxford on a day trip and he confirms he never studied there. His friend lives in Oxford but never been to Oxford campuses nor studied anything.

      Keselwatta kid appeared to have spent some time at London School of Economics (LSE) where Dr N M Perera also studied. In 2013 CT was investigating his educational qualifications at LSE. We are still awaiting to hear from CT.

      ” he also knew how to stick it up to the Elite and the Anglicans and the money bags and come out unscathed”

      Where is former Colombo Mayor and Premadasas bag man Ganeshalingam?

      • 1
        3

        Dear Native,

        I don’t know much about this ex UNP President .Keselwatta Preme except what I have heard from my Elders.

        They tell me Keselwatta Preme became the UNP Hero after Preme said something about the ex SLFP Lady President’s Mom’s Sanitary Pads in Parliament..
        Do you know anything about it Native?-

        That is probably what made the Keselwatta Man the Second and the Last UNP President of Lankawe-

        Tell me something else also Native..
        Was this Preme in charge when your Man . Dr Ranil was “taking care” of JVP Anura Kumara’s boys in Batalanda??…

        • 5
          1

          KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

          “Was this Preme in charge when your Man . Dr Ranil was “taking care” of JVP Anura Kumara’s boys in Batalanda??…”

          It was straight forward case of arbitrary arrest, interrogation, torture, more torture, …. shot on sight, dump the body in near by ditch, river, … tyre pyre, …. its free for all, … read Batalanda commission report ….

          Report of the 1998 All-Island Disappearances Commission, Sessional Paper No. 1, 2001, at p. 16. and three other reports which can be accessed at National Archive.
          This was not published nor the public had access to it.

          Commissions of inquiry in Sri Lanka
          By Kishali Pinto
          https://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/
          files/resources/04234216454178AFC12576B20038FF61-Full_Report.pdf

          There were too many senior police and security forces men and in one or two cases female officers also were involved in torture, a monk was tortured while he was in his birthday suit.

          • 0
            2

            Dear Native,

            I know about Batalanada even without reading the Report.
            One of my best mate’s Uncle, an Old man in Lanakawe terms was on a Tyre Pyre in a country road off Kurunegala.

            But you still sing Hosannas to Dr Ranil and his UNP Crooked Team..

            What do you reckon mate, Will it be Gota Vs Dr Ranil?..
            If it is, I will put 10,000 on Gota with a Bombay Bookie if I can get even 2 to 1…

            • 2
              0

              KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

              As a child I came across many victims of torture under the weeping widow’s iron first and stupid head. One of uncles close friend a young strong, handsome intelligent man was arrested for being present at the wrong place at wrong time, and was released after a year and half, came back as crippled man, a collection of bones and skull in his leather outer skin, within few months he started suffering respiratory problems with aches in every millimetres of bones, …..

              Don’t tell me it was only under UNP the people suffered. Irrespective of race religion region gender, …… Tamils, Sinhalese, Muslims suffered under both UNP as well as SLFP.

              The armed forces are in perpetual existence.

              Gota, Fonseka, …………… hunted down innocent civilians under UNP as well as SLFP. I come from South I know what I am talking about.

              “What do you reckon mate, Will it be Gota Vs Dr Ranil?..”

              Who cares?
              Who is whiter than white?
              Perhaps people voted Ranil because of Gota’s whiter than white vans.

              My close Sinhalese speaking friend told me every time he saw Ranil he looked like an old accountant in his parana coat still using dusty old ledgers and unaware of Cloud Accounting, Artificial Intelligence and Machine learning Algorithms, ….. Blockchain technology, ….. whereas Gota looked like a professional Butcher with Bone saw, Caribou Boning knife, Butchers Steak Knife, Kitchen Cleaver, …….

              He also of the opinion he get the feeling that Rajapaksa’s hands are always in the pockets of men standing next to him.

            • 1
              0

              KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

              As a child I came across many victims of torture under the weeping widow’s iron first and stupid head. One of uncles close friend a young strong, handsome intelligent man was arrested for being present at the wrong place at wrong time, and was released after a year and half, came back as crippled man, a collection of bones and skull in his leather outer skin, within few months he started suffering respiratory problems with aches in every millimetres of bones, …..

              Don’t tell me it was only under UNP the people suffered. Irrespective of race religion region gender, …… Tamils, Sinhalese, Muslims suffered under both UNP as well as SLFP.

              The armed forces are in perpetual existence.

              Gota, Fonseka, …………… hunted down innocent civilians under UNP as well as SLFP. I come from South I know what I am talking about.

              “What do you reckon mate, Will it be Gota Vs Dr Ranil?..”

              Who cares?
              Who is whiter than white?
              Perhaps people voted Ranil because of Gota’s whiter than white vans.

              My close Sinhalese speaking friend told me every time he saw Ranil he looked like an old accountant in his parana coat still using dusty old ledgers and unaware of Cloud Accounting, Artificial Intelligence and Machine learning Algorithms, ….. Blockchain technology, ….. whereas Gota looked like a professional Butcher with Bone saw, Caribou Boning knife, Butchers Steak Knife, Kitchen Cleaver, …….

              He also of the opinion he get the feeling that Rajapaksa’s hands are always in the pockets of men standing next to him.

        • 1
          0

          K A Sumanasekera,
          Probably sanitary pad story will cancel off with Sirimao’s Jungi mahana garment factories comment. The huge difference is while it was a joke for Sirimao there are 100000 vacancies today at any given time in the garment sector.

          • 0
            0

            Upali nice one , Mate.

            So Dr Ranil just repeated what the Dear Aunt said about our poor Village women who work in Muslim Owned Junji Factories…..

    • 5
      0

      I wonder how would you try to blow air into the empty sack called NaRa after MaRa also becomes history. I never heard of any such so-called memorable speeches made by the “old man” except for occasional deceptions on which he built his whole political career. may be one or two exist among records in Geneva where he frequented during Preme’s rule. Ironically, the man of Geneva became worse than the accused once came to power with the 18 A that allowed his own brother to test the stamina of a few journalists from whom 44 of them never recovered!
      Come on KAS, are you an “Abiththaya” of Siam Nikaya?

      • 1
        4

        What are you Talking Dee Pee ?.

        Siam Nikaya I am told controls both Malwatta and Asgiriya the Holy Temples of your buddy Dr Ranil’s and his UNP. where even the UNP Muslim Contingent of all Nikayas take Atapirikara now ,after 2019 Easter..

        Dr Dayan was talking about the UNP Great from Keselwatta for whom even Dr Dayan worked for a Quid, I am told..
        Not the Man from Medumulana who saved the Nation from the Tamil Terrorists and the TNA ‘s friend Mr Pirahaparan-

        BTW, , You wern’t an Alter Boy with Dr Ranil at the Anglican Church in Colombo?..

        • 3
          0

          KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

          “Not the Man from Medumulana who saved the Nation from the Tamil Terrorists and the TNA ‘s friend Mr Pirahaparan-“

          One shouldn’t pick one person from the clan for political expediency.
          While Mahinda was playing human rights activist/campaigner/friends with JVP the Sinhala Buddhist terrorists, went to Geneva …………….. his sibling Gota and his hit squad mates were hunting down innocent people, and killing and burying their bodies either in pits or dumbing them in the rivers while some were being burned in tyre pyre.

          • 1
            0

            Dear Native,

            I thought you have read the Batalanda Report back to front.
            Where is the Reference to Gota killing Aunura Kumar.s Cousins and burying them in pits?.

            Now that your Diaspora has failed to nail Gota for those Mannar Mummies , are you trying say they could be Anura Kumara’s JVP Cousins?..

            • 1
              0

              KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

              “I thought you have read the Batalanda Report back to front.”

              I thought you are Batalanda expert who could take the report to the next stage. Any how tell me if Ranil did commit any serious crimes in Batalanda or elsewhere why didn’t your extremely honest Clan, the Sinhala/Buddhist state institutions, …… Defense secretary take to to task during their rule?

              It would take many many years for us to know the truth.
              Therefore you should remember:

              “Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.”
              The Awakened one.

              “The Truth Will Set You Free, But First It Will Piss You Off”
              -Unknown however attributed to Gloria Steinem, Anne Kristine Stuart, Bill Cosby, Erin Brockovich and others

  • 0
    0

    This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our Comment policy.For more detail see our Comment policy https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/comments-policy-2

  • 1
    1

    –When I read the Article, what I read R Pemadasa had incorporated his own socialism into the development program, because he came from a poverty stricken background, amnd he incorporated some of JRJ’s Neo-liberal values also into the program. Anyway, R Pemadasa was not thought about sinhalization of the development. that is Srilanka, has unique water management system all over the country. We have an ancient WEWA, Dagoba, Village-Temple culture in which the water management was part of it and was unique. Anyway, when he gave a talk to the rotary club which is western, I strongly think some one was asking his views about the country’s development because, already JRJ had begun the Neo-liberal Needs. Even in this UNP govt, neo-liberals have talked to Champiaka Ranawaka I am pretty sure. Because of all these R Peamadasa was removed because he was not the Icon, just like JRJ, Ranil, KaruJ or Mangala that they wanted.
    right now Rajitha Senarathne looks backed highly by the WHO which is a very political organization supporting the western pharma industry. I think all the Rewards from including the money came to celebrate his achievements in the Health sector (I think Rajitha spent a few billions for Vaccines, when Western ‘Vaccine industry want to become another one like Multi billion dollar worth small Molecule Pharmaceutical industry.
    Anyway, at present, earlier there were rumours even the President was advised by the International community Embassies saying this is how you should run the country. Now, we find why Karu Jayasuriya became who he was during the October Scandle. Why Judiciary, Lawyers became, among many others, who they were at that time. Now the govt says, Not only the former Sri lankan Diplomat who is now working as the Adviser to the SPEAKER (Why speaker needs the american govt to advice him (Is karUJ the Guaido of Venezuela) is a USAID or USA federal govt employee.

  • 3
    3

    Sagith Premadasa shoud be the next President .

    • 3
      3

      jamuna

      “Sagith Premadasa shoud be the next President .”

      Why?

    • 0
      1

      Fathima, Can you second it please !!!!

  • 5
    0

    Come out in desperation, to fulfil the contractual obligation towards the traitors, fraudsters & gangsters of the SLFP, Pohottuwa and the JO ?. You will be history very soon. The majority of the population know SP is ‘Gamarala’s’ cat’s paw.
    Where were you hiding all this time DJ?. Did you wait until you had the orders from ‘Gamarala’, during his recent trip to Tajikistan ?.

  • 7
    6

    All I remember is 3/4 of the country lighted fire crackers on the news of his death – only time the Sinhalese thanked Prabhakaran. If kid Premadasa is thinking of a campaign platform on “bring back Premadasa Yugayak” forget it. He has no idea of what memories are there in store for those parents who had a young child at home in 1989.

    Soma.

    • 8
      1

      somass

      “He has no idea of what memories are there in store for those parents who had a young child at home in 1989.”

      Of course they have no reason to know the death squads were under the control of a closely knit secretive team of six Lt Colonels and a brigadier under the direction of British Colonel. The team included Gota who was rewarded by the Americans with green card, Fonseka, ……….. DIG Premadasa, …..

      “All I remember is 3/4 of the country lighted fire crackers on the news of his death – only time the Sinhalese thanked Prabhakaran.”

      However the Sri Lankan armed forces were also thankful to VP for fighting the invading army and protecting the sovereignty (whatever that maybe) of this island while they were hiding behind their women folks and VP’s bum.

      Please note they too supported terrorists.
      The Jury is still out on the the subject of who did it?
      You should investigate into the gang which knew how to make explosives and worked for Lalith Athulath Dirty Bomb Mudali.

      We know why people voted for pappa Premadasa however do you think Baby Premadasa is qualified to be the next Prime Minister or the President?

      • 0
        0

        NV
        I know you hate Rajapaksa more than your father. Even you will be bored to death to listen to his anti Rajapaksa venom. Your question is not worth an attemp to answer.

        Soma

        • 2
          0

          somass

          “Your question is not worth an attemp to answer.”

          So you have finally decided to listen to Mark Twain for a change “Better to Remain Silent and Be Thought a Fool than to Speak and Remove All Doubt”.

          You should practice it often and begin to earn respect in this forum and elsewhere.
          Thanks
          Good day.

  • 7
    0

    “Dr. DJ”: You are a real “DJ” in the “Political Hosanna” show. I think, you are trying your best to make this political brat, Sajith, on that “King’s Chair” his dad RP got made resembling the “Raja Putuwa” used by the last King of Sri Lanka. Have you or attempting to forget and make the PEOPLE forget how the “Madam Hema” and her “Son-in-Law” , Jayakody behaved in the political and business arena? Some comments say here that RP did not come from “Royal” but from the slums of “Keselwatte”. Yes….Yes… admitted; but have all of them, including this “DJ” forgotten the “Statue” made of his father resembling a “Mudlyer” with that “Konda Panawa” and installed in Balapitiya with the commemorative name “Piya Gama”. A “Horse Cart” used by his father was also “suddenly” found and displayed for the “Public Eye”. That was more than enough to tell the people of his “Royalty”. “DJ”: Please check with Mr. Paskaralingam, who is an “Adviser” to the Ministry of Finance how he signed a cheque for Rs. 200 million “Donation” of “Public Money” to LTTE . You also, by choice, forgot to mention of the “Colossal Waste” of Public Money “Dumped” on the “Gam Udawa” programmes”, Did you not know the “Environmental” disaster brought about in clearing the jungle areas to build those “Replicas” of buildings in concrete and left to be used by the stray cows. In Mihintale alone, well grown up Teak Plantation of sixteen acres was cleared and his son-in-law and his goons “Pocketed” the loot. Much more to say; but is a short comment restricted by space. “DJ” think of these few things and his “Administrative” traits displayed as “President”.

  • 0
    0

    If Dayan Jayathilake writes about Lalith Athulathmudali or Gamini dissanayake, you wpuld write similar stories.

  • 4
    0

    Poor Richard de Zoyza’s mother would disagree over the celebration of a man who launched terror on hundreds of youth, shaved his eyebrows at the behest of Malayali astrologers, and was their captive. MR followed his path carrying his stupid orb of power around.

    No wonder the country is in such a mess.

  • 4
    0

    Dr Dayan Jayatilleka reiterates here “In the nontoxic atmosphere of corruption/nepotism/impunity progress is possible”.
    Trotfucius say “Have SriLankan Airlines. Will fly. Nut Good”.
    And add “WhiteVan come”.

    • 3
      0

      K.Pillai

      Does Mahinda still believe Dayan worked for the NGO?

  • 0
    3

    Premadasa and Social Democracy. Good thing. Unfortunately he was also working with the entrepreneurship class, and this was impossible to implement with the Lankan egoistical sense . For our Lankans go mad with power (far worse than other countries) when they see their banks accounts rising in the US millions by selling all kinds of and knick-knacks to the Lankan masses. Like the guy who disappeared in his billion dollar private aircraft in the 1980’s. Premadasa had him shot down I hear. And they bomb-blasted Premadasa in return.
    *
    No! Stop! Social Democracy must indeed be Social Democracy for all. We have to do it the hard way for 2 decades at least. The Elite class needs to be severely taxed. Assets need to be devalued. There needs to be a cap on money and activities of the Entrepreneur class, and only essential and sustainable commodities dealt with, that will benefit the Masses.
    *
    All the entrepreneuring in the world won’t do, when the actual worth of money gets stuck at the top for further entrepreneuring, and it doesn’t flow down to the masses. Indeed, if it starts flowing down in a place like Sri Lanka, the Elite will immediately lose their privilege and status. Hence the need to borrow from outside sources and sell our country left, right and center.
    *
    No more of individuals taking country money to entrepreneur-fy, and creating their own court of loyalists in their mini governing circles, such that they are exempt from contributing to the greater cause.

  • 2
    0

    The expression used to be, “Another day, another dollar.”
    After Dayan’s acrobatics, it will read, “Another President, another ruble.”

  • 1
    1

    “In April 1973… is a short exposition of and platform for a ‘democratic socialist’ or some may say ‘social democratic’ Third Way, and a good quarter century before Prof Anthony Giddens! “

    Harold Macmillan wrote The Middle Way in 1938. So, stop fooling us.

    Premadasa this and Premadasa that. Every damn thing to Dayan Jayatilleka reminds him of Premadasa. As for me, I think of sex all the time, but try and keep it out of my writing.

    What does Dayan Jayatilleka think of when he’s having sex? Sajith Premadasa?

  • 1
    0

    ‘He was a patriot and a social democrat, with the two aspects being inseparably, organically, fused’

    Thank you Dayan for the article reminding us of one of our leaders who ‘died on duty’ serving us all so mindfully thinking out of the box for the poor. Most appreciated.

  • 0
    1

    R.Premadasa was UNP arch- recitionarty politician of during 1988 to 1993 May 1st . He lost life of political personality by acciandiatl death in 1993 May 1st. The death of R.Per….. was surprised to public at that day people of Majority overall in an Island ignated crackers by rejoice that reflected of mind of his sudden passed away was that accepted by citizens of Island. That was well come by a reputation won by R.Premadasa among majority people in our land as success of JRJ -UNP. of 17 years of rule of that posteriority came an end.
    Since 1948 that UNP as a political Party , that leadership and its class of which that its illicit conversion of shape of colonial politics.
    The UNP ever-never cannot assume even for one second that hypothetical proposition as “Social democratic” outlet even under R.Premadasa during 1988 to 93.
    Meanwhile under that the R.P of UNP was operated or their function were that working on as ruthless killer or killed over hundred thousands of youth of south and forced to surrender 600 policemen to Tamil terrorist of that LTTE by order from President the R.Premadasa.
    Is a model of UNP that ‘ social democracy’ advocated by DJ? Therefor modern politics and policies Sri lankan depend on not by count or account not by their writing or speech by but their deeds and practice. This is political philosophy teaching that Dr DJ has forget learn lesson of last 71 years oldest democracy in developing nation like of Island.
    During his rule of as name that “social democracy”, R.Premadasa nation has shifted rule by LTTE Tamil Terrorism playing leading role anti-establishment got upper-hand.

  • 1
    0

    Dayan:

    Have you turned a Hat Flipper. Premadasa was a UNPer and you are an SLPPer . MR is not going to like you for singing the songs of praise Premadasa.

    The root cause of unrest among our people is that we have reduced them to mere voting machines operating once in five years. This system must change; and change completely to make the people the real masters.

    *** No Premadasa was utterly wrong. Sadly the unrest among the people of Sri Lanka is not because you have reduced them to mere voting machines operating once in five years. That is what democracy is about but in Sinhala Lanka it is an opportunity given to a Racist Electorate ( I mean Sinhalese as Tamils have no influence) to cast their votes to a party who plays the Race Card just like your BOSS. Nothing else will do. Be honest.

Leave A Comment

Comments should not exceed 200 words. Embedding external links and writing in capital letters are discouraged. Commenting is automatically disabled after 7 days and approval may take up to 24 hours. Please read our Comments Policy for further details. Your email address will not be published.