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President Anura Kumara Dissanayake?

By Jagath Asoka

Dr. Jagath Asoka

Dr. Jagath Asoka

What is JVP’s ultimate goal, Presidency? Do you think that Sri Lankans would elect comrade Anura Kumara Dissanayake as our president? Things that seem impossible and politically unpalatable today, with time, can turn into things that are real and politically palatable. What are Anura’s barriers? Has the JVP already dug Anura’s grave because the blood of our brothers and sisters that the JVP has killed continually cries out to us?

It seems like most Sri Lankans think that Anura Kumara is not only an honest, intelligent, educated, hard-working, sincere leader, but also an intrepid orator and skilled-politician; he is an out-of-the-box thinker, who has the ability to stir the spirit of our nation, because he approaches burning topics like corruption, murder, freedom of speech, from a unique point of view, without fear, which makes Sri Lankans redefine and rediscover their own deep-rooted values. Juxtapose Anura and our educated dhobis who have served as ambassadors, VCs, judges, and even some newly appointed Janus-faced educated dhobi-ministers who were sycophants of Rajapaksas, who claims that Impeaching CJ was a hasty and inappropriate move, and I Did Not Sign; but I wonder what this Janus-faced educated dhobi did when they impeached Shirani Bandaranayake? Compare and juxtapose!

Anura’s criticisms of Rajapaksas were so heated and bitter; his denouncing of Rajapaksas was Philippic and convinced most Sri Lankans to defeat Rajapaksas in order to avoid sinking our nation into the abyss of a new Dark Age. Remember, there was a time, not a single cartoon of Gota the gonibilla was published in Sri Lanka; there were no Charlie Hebdos in Colombo. But now, the mad dogs and their fleas are dancing and singing to Bruce Springsteen’s music. What a progress! Even the educated dhobis of our nation—the bloodsucking fleas of our nation—disguised as intelligentsia, political pundits, and some newly appointed ministers, are ecstatic and euphoric with this newfound freedom of speech. It seems like our educated dhobis keep writing their convoluted essays as they whirl to the music of Bruce Springsteen. How fortunate are you to live in a time like this in our edenic paradise, intoxicated without liquor, transfixed by the political dervishes of our educated dhobis?

Anura Kumar DAll Sri Lankans know that the JVP is a communist party based on Marxist-Leninist ideology. In a nutshell, here is its history: It was formed in 1965; was involved in two armed uprisings against the ruling governments in 1971 and 1987. After 1989, it entered democratic politics in the 1994 parliamentary election; now they have become the watch dogs of our country.

In 1965, why did we need another leftist party, when we already had four in our country—the LSSP, the Communist Party of Sri Lanka (CP), the Mahajana Eksath Peramuna (MEP), and the Ceylon Communist Party (Maoist). Now, is the JVP the only leftist party left in Sri Lanka that has not betrayed the aspirations of our proletariats? The JVP continues to claim that neither the United National Party (UNP) nor the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), who have governed the country since independence, have not been able to implement even a single measure to resolve the major economic, political, and ethnic crises that Sri Lanka has been facing since independence. If that is true, why don’t Sri Lankans elect the JVP? How can Sri Lankans erase from their memories all the brutal killings of thousands of hapless Sri Lankans?

Now, most Sri Lankans think that the JVP members are doing a commendable job that is worthy of accolades: the watch-dogs of our society, the invigorating voice of justice and skepticism. Sri Lankans admire the choices that the JVP have made—to name a few: to live ordinary lives, donate their salaries, stick to their messages, fight against corruption and injustice, commitment, passion, and dedication to help the working class, or in other words doing everything that is essential for good governance; it seems like the JVP has a well-established team to investigate corruption and has placed informers who would provide information in government departments and other institutions in Sri Lanka; yet, do you think Sri Lankans are ready to elect them as our top-dogs? Do you think the majority of Tamils and Muslims would support the JVP? Do you think that they will never enter the mainstream because they are just a bunch of jobless young Sinhalese university and high school graduates from the south, who would drop their Marxist-Leninist proletariat ideology once they establish themselves as bourgeoisie?

Is it possible to explain what is happening to JVP by using enantiodromia? When things get to their extreme, they transmogrify into their opposite; the superabundance of any force inevitably produces its opposite; we can never know that evil may not be necessary in order to produce good by enantiodromia, and that good may very possibly lead to evil.

Recently, the underdog became the top dog, because the top dog was so smug and arrogant that he thought he was going to have a sciamachy, literally. The watch dogs have been barking over the last ten years, and like a mantra, we have been hearing that Percy, his brothers, and his cronies are just a bunch of corrupt thugs, who have stolen billions from us, misused and abused public funds, killed journalists, supported drug dealers, taken bribes, broken the laws of the land, appointed sycophants as VCs, judges, and ambassadors, who also have openly violated the laws of the land; now, we are hearing that this gang of thugs want to come back and rule our country again? If Sirisena and Ranil reprieve, what are these watch dogs going to do? If the watch dogs were to find a way to establish the laws of the land, would they become heroes of the impatient public who are demanding justice, not tomorrow, but now?

It seems like Percy is not ready to retire. What is the impetus for him to contest as our PM? Is he greedy and conceited, or is he like a mad dog infested with fleas, and these blood-sucking fleas want him alive for their own survival? If the JVP made their mission to prosecute Percy, would that make them an incorruptible, formidable force that deserves peoples’ mandate to establish real, lasting good governance in Sri Lanka, which people seem to crave?

What is the best way to deal with your past? Take the bull by the horns? Sin and atonement is a recurring theme, a leitmotif in politics. What have theythe JVPdone to atone for their sins? Is Rohana Wijeweera, a hero, or was he a bloodthirsty rebel, the southern counterpart of Prabakaran? Can they afford to ignore their sins, hoping that with time people would forget and forgive? If that is what they think, I recommend that they read the Buddhist, Biblical, and Hindu scriptures to find out about the plight of murderers and bloodthirsty rebels.

I am a lover of Sri Lankan music and movies; when the JVP started killing pacifists and poets like Vijaya Kumaratunga and Premakeerthi de Alwis, most Sri Lankans became indignant; if the JVP did not kill Premakeerthi, why cannot they repudiate such allegations vehemently and find the real culprits?

Do you think, the JVP is somewhat gullible and outdated with their economic and social policies?   In a nutshell, the goal of Marxism–Leninism is to establish a socialist state—a “dictatorship of the proletariat”—through revolutionaries, who come to socialist consciousness—to each according to his contribution—as a result of their class struggle. The socialist state is governed by the revolutionaries through the process of democratic centralism—diversity in discussion, unity in action—to establish socialism, first, and then to develop socialism into communism: a classless society with full social equality, with common ownership, and abolition of private property. Neither a state nor money would be necessary in a communist country; so far we do not have a single country that has established communism through socialism. In the Marxist view, from each according to his ability, to each according to his need will be possible because a developed communist society will produce enough to satisfy everyone’s needs. Is it gullible to think that the JVP can establish communism in Sri Lanka?

Forget about communism, but if the JVP can be our watch dogs would that be more than enough for you?

The time has come to take the bull by the horns; perhaps, Anura Kumar can write a book and tell us what he thinks about the JVP’s indelible, heinous murders. How are you going to atone for your predecessors’ sins? This generation of JVP members, are they culpable?

If Anura Kumara had been a member of a different party, would you elect him as our president?

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    It is not that matters whether it is JVP, UNP, Anura or Rajapaksha we have fell into a rut and directed towards hell we critically need a strong and clever person with necessary support, who can make this vulnerable situation correct. We have good resources and oppurtunity. We should think of our children’s future seriously. I feel JVP works for common good and bOld enough to disclose bitter truth. They have changed for better.They are not wealthy therefore could feel the grieved people’s aspirations.

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      “But now, the mad dogs and their fleas are dancing and singing to Bruce Springsteen’s music. ” .. I couldn’t stop laughing…

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        There is TeleDrama going on with the name GiniKeli Saha GiniAvi, it is about insurgences happened in 1988~90s.. I haven’t lived in SL in late 80s, but number of my friends told me those characters, especially underworld thugs (Thummulle Padme, etc) were real. And they believe most of killing were Gov manipulations and true too. In SL, it is not easy to find what is true and lie.. But this TeleDrama tells lot of stories about how Gov used underworld thugs to do lot of murders and plant them as JVP to make JVP unpopular among public.. This is just drama and possible fiction, but the way things happening in SL, nobody knows what is true or not.
        Even my mother hate JVP for what had happened in 88~90, but she may be wrong too. In the drama, JVP people were called DeshaPremin….

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          Not only the very successful operation to eliminate the JVP and it’s leaders, also the attempt, which succeeded, to eliminate the Tamils was by the Govt of the day.

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        direct swipe taken at DJ… the scum.. nice work… BUT the political pundit has no shame, he would dance to the muzik of Brute Rajapaksa..

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        Alahakoone, you will have to continue laughing through the rear end.Anura is better than all Rajapakses kept together.

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      Dr. Jagath Asoka,

      “What is JVP’s ultimate goal, Presidency? Do you think that Sri Lankans would elect comrade Anura Kumara Dissanayake as our president? Things that seem impossible and politically unpalatable today, with time, can turn into things that are real and politically palatable. What are Anura’s barriers? Has the JVP already dug Anura’s grave because the blood of our brothers and sisters that the JVP has killed continually cries out to us?”

      Remember, when the 1971 Insurrection, or the “Infantile Revolution” as the then Left called it, took place, Anura Kumara Dissanayaka was only 3 years old. Please don’t accuse a 3-year old child for the errors of their elders. When the 1958 Sinhala Only Act Sinhala Riots Against the Innocent Tamils took place, Anura Kumara Dissanayaka was not even born. It took another 11 years for the baby Anura Kumara Dissanayaka to be born.

      Sriyani Mangalika says: “It is not that matters whether it is JVP, UNP, Anura or Rajapaksha we have fell into a rut and directed towards hell we critically need a strong and clever person with necessary support, who can make this vulnerable situation correct”.

      I may add, with guts. Only JVP has the guts.

      Anura Kumara Dissanayaka certainly qualified with ” a strong and clever person with guts”.

      Sri Lanka is a country with an average IQ of 79, a kind of measure of National Intelligence. However, based on the Standard Deviation of 12 or 15, one can find sufficiently clever people and politicians among the populace, and among the politicians. Anura Kumara Dissanayaka, is one among the politicians in the current parliament, whose IQ is probably over 125, based on his Physics Degree and the way he articulates the problems and issues. I saw somewhere, can’t remember where, that more than 50% of the politicians in the current parliament failed the GCE OL. Much higher percentage for those who did NOT pass the GCE AL.

      “Anura Kumara Dissanayake made his entry into politics with his participation in student political activities associated with the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) in 1988 at the Peradeniya University at a time of great ferment in student politics. He later moved to the University of Kelaniya where he graduated with a B.Sc degree in physics.”

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anura_Kumara_Dissanayaka

      http://www.photius.com/rankings/national_iq_scores_country_ranks.html

      Time to get rid of the idiots in parliament, who were elected by idiots, fools, Modayas ands Mootals,[Edited out]

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      Hey guys,

      Most of them among the cabinet and state ministers apponited to the current admniistraton are with heart and soul.

      But when loooking at the greater deficiency in the provisions of the laws in act- there is a lag – that keep even anyone be away – sending the message across the nation that taking actions are becoming delayed.

      So as FUTA former president – CLEARLY explains – we dont have systems to punish them accordingly. Situation has become comparably the sizes of fishes are bigger than the using net to catch them. He also says, that Rohita, Mahindananada, and the like can still get on to stage and make statements lying further…. these men and their behavours are more than metastaized cancer situation.

      All these the new adminsitration needs to go through when finding solutions specialyl giving higher punishments against anyone who abused people funds or any other means.

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      Jagath Asoka –

      Only Anura Kumara Dissanayaka will expose and let the people know.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=2WGsztRRZQ4

  • 8
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    First MaRa and his followers should die.

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    Frankly it won’t be a bad idea to break free from the SLFP-UNP shackles and try something new for a change one day, perhaps sooner than later. So far Anura Kumara has done a good job of keeping the interest of the common man in focus.

    The truth is, it won’t be easy because he will have to fight a well established political heavy weights as well as the entire bourgeois population who are entrenched into almost every aspect of making money.

    While the bourgeois have plenty of money to splash around when a push comes to a shove, the common masses are either deluded with irrelevant issues or are incapable of realizing their plight due to lack of exposure.

    At this time it is important that we have a leader who is not afraid to tell the truth, only the truth shall set us free and will put everyone at ease and turn this country into one nation.

    I think Anura Kumara is on the right track. I think its time to put aside sentiment and get practical!

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      “I think AKD is right on track and it is time to put aside sentiment and get practical”.
      That is agreed, but there can be no repetition to mimicking the 1971 infantile adventurism.
      Patience and political sagacity coupled with timing and opportunity with relentless groundwork is necessary to achieve results.
      The problem here is to face up to the .unpredictable circumstances and events which spring up sudden traps which have to be surmounted.
      Success and failure of the task ahead is dependant on those such aspects.

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    Most of my friends and me admire AKD. We digest every word.

    He likes being in the opposition as it gives him the opportunity to criticise. He does not have to act. Come elections they will be heroes. Do they only want that or are they seeking justice.

    As intelligent committed to good governance I wish he would engage in bringing this culprit to face charges. Culprits would have covered their path very well and they presumably have support in the police and AG’s department. There are lawyers, accountants and bankers who would support them. If we need to bring charges it must be fool proof. Now we are told that Tissa Attanayaka’s case is on shaky grounds.

    JVP should involve themselves more than just filing cases and talking about corruption. They need to do bring about and support mechanism to eradicate corruption.

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      But the thing is how practical AKD s theories into practice.

      I also respect their energies but I think you also need to go through with patience not falling to the tracks of commanders:

      My I believe only Social democrats can givea life to island nation. My favourite is Germany SPD and their political ideology.

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        In Politics, you can add your theories easily, but when it comes to practise them, you need to go through all the problems of unthinkable sorts.
        Today, I believe, most in the current regime are whole hearted ones they even would sacrifice their lives turning the society in favours of people s long awaited expectations becoming fruitful, but when listening to Arjuna and the like politicians – I truly belive it is really mammoth tasks before them, since they have to do all these without harming the masses.
        Masses are corrupted, over corrupted, so that people in general cant make any distincition. They dont even commend the price reduction that the regime made within few weeks. No rewards at all, but searching for other sides to bring the culprits back to tracks. That is the mentality of the PEOPLE in general.
        I think withotu a paradigm shift with the mentality of the masses, nothing would be easy to achieve.
        Sadly, those genuine politicians would have been blamed for that.

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        Perhaps theory can be turned in practice with 100% mode is only possible in first world countries.
        Our countries you will find no consensus towards betterment.
        See alone the fact, I myself tanked using 157rps /liter during my short vist paid to the coutnry in November, today, it has become 33 rps less, but people are not happy. Their mind sets are not easy turnable to say….. yes they made it..

        That is the nature of kuhaka, pirihunu, thirisannuge samajaya, made by Mahinda Rajaapkshe et al.
        I have spoken to many i THOUGHT could have brains, among them I also found guys would go on licking the asses of Raja – for single reason his termput stop to the war. ::: BUT how can we sing the same song all along ? :::
        wHY CANT the people make their mind beyond the victory of war ? Was that a victory… were not the tamil Srilankens that faced it brutally than any average sinhalese ?
        I hate to see it the people s mind sets being stagnated as if they are filled with GOMA cowdung.
        This woudl cause a paradigm shift if the many (voters) to changee their mindsets

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    “an intrepid orator” yes he is.? However, he should not have changed his style of speaking after he became the leader of JVP. He was better before but looks artificial after.

    What people should bear in mind is that the common concern of all politicians is their own future rather than the countrymen.

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    We Muslims have no qualms about the JVP. During the last Southern Provincial Council elections a large portion of the Muslim votes were cast for the JVP. It will be even more island wide in the coming Parliamentary elections. Muslims are fed up with the Muslim Congress and other small muslim communal parties as well as the UNP and SLFP.
    Muslims see in Mr. Anura Kumara a person who is honest and simple. Muslims in large numbers flock to his meetings everywhere and are spoken about in their Masjids and circles as a person who can erase corruption from this island. We wish him well and why not, he will be our ‘Brother’ President soon.

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    As a Muslim I am a big fan of Anura Kumara. He fights corruption, nepotism, a and denounces wasting public funds for selfish reasons. These are all what our religion wants us to do. Moreover, with the election of Anura Kumara as JVP leader last year, there is a paradigm shift in JVP policy with regard to ethnic issue and JVP is surely and steadily regaining its lost image. He has become the fan of large number of Muslim when he took the BBS by the scruff of their neck after Aluthgama incident. He made a brilliant speech and demanded justice for the affected Muslims. He minced no words in accusing the BBS for this pogrom. When he was making this famous speech in Parliament somewhere in June last year, it was disgusting and disappointing to note that not a single Muslim Parliamentarian was present. Nevertheless he single handedly carried on and after few days he met with an accident and I personally know that several Muslims prayed for his immediate recovery during the time of break fast in that month of Ramazan. Under his leadership, JVP is effetively playing its role as a public audit and watchdog of the nation. Although we may not like him to be the President, we would still love if at least 25 JVPers are elected in the next Parliament to strengthen his hand

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    Jagath what a fantastic piece.

    Anura should start dancing to Bruce Springstien DJed by our most educated Dobhi till it occurs in his dumb head that there are Tamils and Muslims in this island that the Dobhi is trying so hard to wash away.

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    Yes the JVP has blood on its hand. So does the UPFA, UNP, TNA or any other party in SL. It does not matter if you killed a hundred thousand or just one person, the fact remains that you are a murderer. Unfortunately this is so. The JVP however is a reformed party. I would never ever in my wildest dreams thought I would say this ever but of recent I have looked at the party favourably only because of Anura Kumara Dissanayake. I comment on him before in one of the CT columns if he belonged to another party like the UNP he would be president today. He would have been a superb common candidate if he only gave-up his narrow differences with the other parties and begins to think broadly.

    Mr Anura Kumara Dissanayake, if you are reading my comment, here is my advice to you. Your party’s actions have affected me in the past so have they affected many thousands. But like the way we have changed are views about you and your party leaving the past behind , I hope you will also broadly change your views of other parties like the UNP. You have more than a good chance of being President one day of this country if you change your outlook and be more inclusive in your approach. Always think of being part of a National Government. Thanks to you it has never ever looked this close for you ever before. But if you change the people of Sri Lanka will make you President one day. Thank you for your passion and inspiration. I think you we found a true patriot in you. So don’t let us down.

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    Do you think the majority of Tamils and Muslims would support the JVP? The answer for your question is. . . Yes now the Muslims too.are turning towards JVP. I voted for it in the last election when they contested and even in future. My naphews who were first time voters had decided on their own to vote for JVP. Coz they found some attraction and justification in voting for JVP… when our so calked representatives in two major parties are dumbfound when Muslims are facing injustice, it is JVP who raised their voice against it even as a token of gesture. So they deserve tobe honored.

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    First of all before everyone “ignores” the answer to the question of the writer and requesting the JVP to find out the killer/killers of my well deserved honour and respected poet, Late Mr. Premakirthi de Alwis, let me take your memories to the very “recent” past. There was a ceremony held to name a road near the SLBC in the name of Late Mr. Premakirithi de Alwis and it was to be done by the Ex President Mr. Mahinda Rajapakse. The surviving spouse of Premakirithi was also among the “dignitaries” invited. Do you all remember what happened when Mrs.Premakirithi was introduced to the ex President. Here is what she said:

    ” THIS IS THE MAN WHO KILLED MY HUSBAND”. She directly pointed out to Mr. Hudson Samarasinghe, the then Chairman of SLBC and not only that she also handed over a letter/document to Mr. Mahinda Rajapakse in the presence of everyone present.

    So do you need any more answers or want JVP or Anura Kumara to explain the brutal killing of that great son of Sri Lanka – Premakirithi?. Can anyone “locate” that letter/document handed over to the ex President Mr. Mahinda Rajapakse or conduct an interview with Premakirthi’s spouse and find out who did that cirime? Of course, I know, the CID officers visited her immediately after that incident, but what happened? No one knows? Simple as that. Period.

    I am a victim of 1989 “uprising” by JVP. Yet, I have no “qualms’ in my nature to “forget and forgive” in the larger interests. I don’t know where Anura Kumara was in 1989 and that too doesn’t interest me. Now I look at from the present day perspective and assess that JVP led by this young man “Anura” is a “worthy alternative” to erect that most wanted “STOP” sign on the cross road of “stagnating” dirty political system and get rid of the “vultures” who are “feasting” on the country’s resources. I also know by association, that a large majority of those who have entered the “Young Voting Club” have started thinking in a very positive way of finding an “Alternative” to, first, clear the stinking “MESS” and “PROVIDE” a way out to a HOPEFUL & BETTER FUTURE. I hope, therefore this young man “Anura” leading the “Present Day” JVP along with the equally talented faces around him will get a fell of the pulses of the people and provide that alternative that is a crying need of the country as at date.

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    AKD has my vote.
    He has emerged as the conscience of the Nation.
    He is the voice that allowed our people to rise above the fear of the ” gonibillas “.
    Go forward brother, we march with you.

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    Is Rohana Wijeweera, a hero, or was he a bloodthirsty rebel, the southern counterpart of Prabakaran?, Dr. Jagath Asoka asks.

    He is a knowledgeable man. He should help with the answer, not just pose the question.

    Let me try.

    By definition, a counterpart is a copy. Who was a copy of who … ?

    Rebels usually end up having to spill blood. That is the general nature of rebellions. This is not the fault of the rebels. It is the fault of the systems – governments, societies – in place. When the systems are outdated, and stubbornly resist changes, rebellions result in spilling up of blood.

    I would like to stand corrected.

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    Mohamed.

    We Muslims have no qualms about the JVP.

    We Muslims have no qualms about the UNP.

    wE Muslims have no qualms about the SLFP.

    So,what are your qualms?

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      Pygmallioj!

      Mohammed said what the qualm is about! The BBS thugs!

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    Five feet no inches.

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    The subject of “1971” has come up.

    This is first hand info I got from my parents who were teachers at a school down south at that time.

    It seems that most of the JVPer’s were young girls and boys, many of them were between 16 and 17, some happened to be in my parents classes.

    During the crisis the captured JVPers had their limbs broken by the police. This was in fact spectacle at the local police station for people to watch and enjoy. There was no investigation, no trial, no evidence needed, no judge or jury. The captured boys and girls were simply tortured to death. This is how our government and the police treated those who were even rumored to have been seen at a JVP lecture.

    It gets worst, even after JVP surrendered and schools resumed, the police jeep would come every time and the officers would come inside class rooms and call out names and drag students out of classes.

    These students were never to be seen or heard from again. The rest of the students and the staff of that school had to carry on like nothing had happened.

    It was common knowledge that they were taken and summarily executed and their bodies were disposed of either in the river or somewhere else.

    The boys and girls simply denied their fundamental human rights by the SLFP government in power.

    This is what happened to the JVP in the late 1980s under the Premadasa UNP government too.

    In a democratic country it is unacceptable that such inhuman treatment can be given to its citizens without even the slightest consideration of their human rights.

    Most of us know this as they too have witnessed some of these gruesome things first hand if not in 1971 at least in the late 1980s. Yet we choose not to care or wonder about these things as they don’t directly concern us so why bother if some poor JVPer got massacred or not after all the government has the right to treat the citizens the way they see fit, right?

    Sadly this is the reality on ground, the sooner we started paying attention and began reasoning and looking at the bigger picture it would be better for all of us.

    Lets embrace the truth no matter what.

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      I am totally with you Lalith! Eveybody who remember the 1971 and 1988 JVP uprising and the killings know this! UNP even had a “Guantanamo Bay’ in Kelaniya, Batalanda to execute the arrested.
      I noted an interesting fact among the comments to this article!
      It is obvious the comments are made by people who are well versed in English,for unlike in others here one finds perfect written English. This makes me assume that those who commented here are educated. I found only a couple of comments negative about the current JVP and most of them even approve AKD as a possible leader in the future. That is encouraging as in the past the JVP was indeed branded as a poor masses party. I too had bad opinion about the JVP up to the end of Somawansa leadership as he was directly involved with the killings. However I now think AKD is a good leader if not for his communistic economic policies which has never been proved anywhere. But I would vote for him in the next election.

      The second thing I noted here is that although most of these comments agreed with AKD and his leadership qualities and had given thumbs ups for the comments of the others only a handful has done so for your comment! This makes me wonder why? Is it because they did not know about these JVP periods or because they do not care of what happened at that time?

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    The people, including the Tamils of N/E and TNA too, are watching the new JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake with great interest. He is a
    born leader and has the leadership qualities and a fierce fighter against corruption and nepotism and his ideas are to shun away from the current way of governing and introduce a new method of governing, keeping utmost trust in the people,which will satisfy all communities, sans communalism and concentrate on the economy and the well being of the country.None of his speeches,these days had any communal lining in it and spoke more of developments than cutting each other’s throats, but he needs time to gather more educated, experienced & knowledgeable people with good integrity to his party to form a formidable and stable
    govt. which should not be a one man rule, like the last regime where even the ministers did not have a say in their own ministries allocated
    to them ,and each minister of Anura’s govt.should be able to handle their allotted ministries, efficiently and keep corruption away and keep their leader’s dreams , alive.
    Although this govt. promises to eliminate it,they cannot do it as some of them are in it.It is only Anura who can do it. If he continues his present form and position and develop good relationships with other countries, irrespective of what their ways of governing are, he has a good chance of winning the presidential election in 2020s.and meantime he should weed out bad elements, who think they can thrive only on communalism,from his party. He also should visit India, China,USA and
    E.U. countries to learn more about administrating a country without corruption and nepotism and he needs to learn what is practised in other countries too. He should also see that the image of Wimal Weerawanse as a JVP leader is erased from the minds of the people as an ordinary man still thinks that he is still in the party. He made the nation believe that Marxism is the way to plunder people’s money and people are now frightened to deal with such people with such policies

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    Dr. Jagath Asoka

    enantiodromia?……sciamachy? ………..codewords??

    Are you part of some kind of imperialist conspiracy to take away AKD’s critical edge and destroy his mystique by tying him down to a mundane day job like the ‘President of Sri Lanka’ – and that too after stripping its executive powers – where he wouldn’t be able to continue making his blazingly heart-stirring and hair-raising speeches but would be compelled to settle down to the mediocre task of making everyday decisions which would inevitably involve jettisoning his grand theories and the seductive rhetoric, and doing the unthinkable: making compromises – that would by definition piss off many of his admirers, believers and supporters – to be able to act in the real world of political and economic contingencies?

    Wouldn’t that be the worst nightmare if ever there was one for a starry-eyed socialist JVP Sahotharaya?

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    If it is an all party govt, all the capable people can get together, corrupt politicians in every party can be eliminated. Then Tamils and muslims who want to over power others can be kept in their right place.

    But they should keep the country first and not they themselves first.

    It should not be one leader who govern the country. It should be a polity bureau that governs the country.

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    Anura Kumara Dissanayake is a good candidate without any doubt, as it is. But all the rising stars fade when they get the power in their hands. Not that he’s untrustworthy but always power corrupts anyone, but he will be a better candidate than MR, RW, MS or any one of today’s corrupted top politicians in every party.

    Criticizing the governments with all vigor and vitality alone is not sufficient, but Anura is doing that well now. Even Wimal, the fake ‘patriot’ did that well until he quit and joined the MR thugs for his own benefits.
    Anyway, Anura is not Wimal by any chance.

    Anura must develop a strong base of supporters and build up his party to challenge anyone. UPFA/SLFP and UNP have strong base support already and it’s not easy to break their hold. People still want to bring back the Mara goon & co. Sirisena, RW group is still in an infant stage and shaky. You never know what will happen next, after the 100 days ! It looks like all strange bed fellows are sharing the pie and it can get dismantled or go awry anytime.
    Specially if they hold the parliamentary elections in April as promised.

    Anura should tackle the so called fake ‘nationalists, fake patriots, fake Buddhist monks, build up his base, convince and get all the support from honest Sinhala Buddhists, Christians, Tamils and Muslims without discrimination, if he wants to have a real democratic government. Then of course he can be sure of getting enough support and becoming the President or Prime Minister of our battered country. Majority of the people do not trust any of the other major parties of bringing Lanka back to it’s own glorious past or solve any septic problems prevailing today.

    People are sick of Mara govt. and they may get sick if the rainbow coalition too in a short time. Anura has a better chance and people will give him a chance.

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    A very well thought out question Dr Asoka. Thank you for that , Sir !
    You always think differently and creatively. Bravo !

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    In my personal belief, I think people will elect AKD one day. Most of the populace are warming up to them beyond their class, and race. Slowly forgiving their past. Cause under AKD’s leadership, the party has reformed for better, with a better world view. Yes he needs to make his appeal bit more broader. His anti-American bashing when China does most harm to the country is bit obsolete. He claims the have connections to the Chinese communist party( Vis-a-vis Chinese government). He doesn’t accept the support of Slns reside in US but happily travel to UK another imperialistic nation. By doing so they block( stupidly) the support of lot of intelligent people who are willing to support their campaign. As far as I know many past University graduates living in US are their supporters. But JVP doesn’t want their support, not even interested in establishing a branch in US to collect their support simply because of their public Anti-American stance. They should start to represent a just causes for all the Sri Lankans, not one social layer of the society. That is why they can’t come to power some of them are restrictions they have put upon them by themselves. They need to evolve beyond anti-capitalism(which I believe they have) but they can’t get out of anti-Amreicaness. He understands Right now that they need to go beyond communist ideals. He is the most appealing political leader of our country But why it doesn’t translate to votes is a question, as a party JVP has to address. One reason being they chose to represent the people of one economically/sociall deprived class of the society. Instead they should try to represent middle class as well. When they do they will come to power.

    In the past I detested JVP due to personal experiences during 89 period. Never thought I would come around to say anything positive about them, yet alone becoming an ardent fan of AKD. People do understand the gravity of their mistakes in the past, simultaneously, AKD is not responsible for the previous leadership blunders. In 71 he must be 3 years old, and in 89 he was no where near the top brass. mostly would have been in charge of poster campaigning foot soldiers. But Kumar Gunaratnam?Duminda Nagamuwa faction still wants to go in the same gruesome path if they had to. It broke JVP into peaces but AKD is in the right side. They understand the pure socialism or communism has lost its cause, and they have to adopt.

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    He as the leader has already apologized for their mistakes in 89. But yet he maintains that was the only solution they had, after the party being suspended by JR. They should accept the armed struggle was a mistake, and they put normal people stuck between a rock and a hard place. He has to cut some slack for his previous leadership without blindly supporting Wijeweera’s vision. Self criticism is important. Most regular people who remembers 89, holds the grudge because they punished normal people for not following their orders. They made life miserable for regular people by herding them to follow the JVP at the gun point and people still remember that. We as youth remember how scary were the nights during 88-89. They didn’t understand by not letting them study, they were depriving rights the kids of the underprivileged class they trying to represent. They were oppressed while the rich were able will go abroad and finish their studies. The only place we could study was closed thanks to deshapremi, JVP. That is lot of bad blood between average person and JVP.
    Now that they have turned towards fighting for people’s rights within democratic paths, many people supports them. With new young generations in SL AKD will have a better luck. They should bring Premakeerthi’s real killer to justice. It will bring justice to that beautiful human being and JVP at the same time.

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    They are good at criticizing. When it comes to
    Real work they act like idiots. We can still
    Remember how they performed being the
    Ministers during Chandriks government

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    I wish people would not call Anura Kumara Dissanayake AKD because there is another AKD – A Kumar David, a self proclaimed saviour of SL like Vickramabahu and from the same faculty.

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    Edwin Rodrigo.

    Both Kumar David and Bahu have First Class Honours in Electrical Engineering from the earlier University of Ceylon. KD has his PhD in Power Systems from London University and Bahu has his PhD in Mathematics from Cambridge.Both were brilliant students of Prof:R.H.Paul.

    Both are over 70 but still remain dedicated Leftists,quite unlike VASU!

    I salute AKD and BAHU.

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    No, Anura kumara is not good enough to be the leader of our coubntry. He is may be good to be a politician but not the leader of our country. Look at how he downplay other political parties and people. A man with No integrity.

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    JVP will always play an important part in Sri-Lankan politics but can never become a major player in it. Hundreds of educated youth sacrificed their lives for the ideals that the party espoused. Now the JVP is working with the UNP to divide the country in guise of uniting the country. Where are those leaders who were guardians of the united Sinhalese/Buddhists? Where are the monks, who were there to protects the interests of the Buddhists?
    Henry

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    If JVP comes to power by mishap nation will be ruin and rule by gang of Gun Rule of politics.
    That is end of democracy governance in Sri lanka. An Island nation of Sri Lankan cannot rule by South terrorist outfits like JVP.

    We were witness of ruthless rule of JVP 1971 April and 1988/89.
    Still majority people memories remain in their mind that have not forget past incidents by JVP leader act of Terror.
    Not that 2020,during this century JVP will never come to power
    Sri lanka.

    They are politically corrupted, higher rank of JVP leaders become Rich of large scale of Bank robberies, business and money swelling.
    And become rich that received foreign funds.
    No body knows their(JVP) secret operations and political gambling of money sources.

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    Both Kumar David and Bahu are in their 70s! So their Electrical Engineering degrees must by now have SHORT CIRCUITted!
    VASU of course no more a leftist! He has been sucking the SLFP for perks!

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