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Presidential Election 2015: Deliberating On Our Decision

By Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

Sri Lanka appears to face an easy choice: continuity or change; stay where we are and the way we are or turn a new page. That, however, is an illusion.

The truth is that Sri Lanka faces two ghastly choices: death by continuity and stagnation or death by uncontrollable radical reform; death by claustrophobic, even suffocating centralization or death by centrifugal downward spiral.

The uncritical supporters of the Rajapaksa status quo do not see the first danger. They see a linear progression in material modernization, which either does not require an accompanying political, educational and cultural modernization or they assume that modernization of the material base will inevitably, inexorably bring the other desired modernizations in their wake.

The uncritical supporters of the Combined Opposition see no benefit from the material modernization. For them it is all a sham and a financial shakedown. For this school of thought, any kind of change is better than none, and this upcoming Presidential election is the last chance for democratic change possibly in our lifetime, so any risk is worth taking.

I cannot agree with the main assumptions of either camp. The uncritical supporters of the Rajapaksa regime are wrong in assuming that it is right to resist political change. They are wrong in thinking that security is best achieved by pure stability and that stability is best assured by complete continuity. They are wrong because their kind of stability leads to stagnation which in turn results in putrefaction, which, given the external and internal ethnic pressures we have to contend with, may culminate in the crackup or diminution of the Sri Lankan State itself.

Simply put, if the present attempt at democratic change fails, the West will almost certainly commence the escalation to harder options, with the ground being prepared in Geneva, March 2015.

To me however, this is not a sufficient argument to make a decision to vote for change at the upcoming Presidential election. Given what we know of the Opposition’s declared strategy and policy at this stage, I am unconvinced that we should vote Mahinda Rajapaksa out.

Change is necessary; even imperative. But what kind of change, where, when and to whom? For the ultimate figure of the fusion of the cold and hot streams of human thought—Realism and revolutionary zeal—we must look to Lenin. For him the crucial decision making criterion was expressed in the Russian phrase “Kto Kogo”, which meant, “Who–Whom?” It is explained as ‘who is displaced from State power and who gets the power instead? Who wins and who loses? Who benefits?’

When applied to the current choices in Sri Lanka, the answer to those crucial questions is excruciatingly simple. On December 10th, International Human Rights Day, Mr. Sirisena addressed a civil society coalition and assured it (and the nationwide television audience) that he “was seeking to occupy the chair of the presidency not for the purpose of remaining in it but precisely for the purpose of abolishing its power and going home”.

Now this was during the same television newscasts that showed the true nature of the place and the persons he was pledging to transfer the power of the Presidential chair to, namely the parliamentarians who before our very eyes, and at that very time, were engaging in a game of musical chairs! So, if we are to trust Mr. Sirisena’s pledge, we can expect the disempowerment of the Presidential chair (and its occupant, to wit, Mr. Sirisena), which is anchored in the democratic consent of the majority of our citizenry (50.1% of the vote), and the empowerment of an institution susceptible to musical chairs.

The counterargument that stability will be assured by the abolition of the electoral system of proportional representation and a (quasi) return to a predominantly first-past-the post system is cold comfort, because JR Jayewardene argued for a strong and stable executive free from the whims and fancies of the legislature, precisely after decades of experience with the Westminster system.

Who is to say that in a hung parliament barely topped by a self-enfeebled presidency with residual executive powers, a concerted infusion of cash by the secessionist network of the Tamil Diaspora will be unable to engineer a government of its choice which will pledge the withdrawal of troops from the North?

In the new configuration as designed by the Opposition’s strategists, domestic and external, the residual presidency of Mr. Sirisena will not and structurally cannot be the decisively pre-eminent power center. It will be the PM and the Cabinet. The dominant political poles of attraction are more than likely to be Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe and Mrs. Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga.

I have never had a clash or even a problem of a personal nature with them and have indeed supported them openly, albeit critically, at different times (Ranil in 1994-1996, CBK in 1999-2004). My problem is as a political scientist, which is my vocation. One doesn’t have to be Hobbesian (though it helps) to concur that the primary duty of the state towards its citizenry is not good governance so much as the more basic existential one of the protection of life and limb from a violent, determined, ruthlessly marauding enemy. Chandrika and (more so) Ranil miserably failed that most crucial test while Mahinda Rajapaksa passed it with flying colors. He protected this country and its people, liberating us from Prabhakaran’s reign of terror. Therefore as a student of politics, I cannot recommend an outcome that sends Mahinda Rajapaksa packing while restoring Ranil and Chandrika to prominent positions of power and influence–equal to, if not surpassing that of Mr. Sirisena. After all, Mr. Mangala Samaraweera did solemnly declare that it is Mr. Wickremesinghe who will be “the first among equals”.

The type of change we opt for depends on the period of history we are living through. Sri Lanka is still a mere five years after a war. We are in a post-war period. The Rajapaksas fail to recognize that it is POST-war and that we cannot and must not remain trapped in the tunnel vision of wartime. The Joint Opposition fails to understand that we are post-WAR; that the war remains the defining historical and psychological watershed.

It is true that Gen Sarath Fonseka was perhaps the main driver of the victory insofar as the ground war was innovatively designed and determinedly driven by him. It is no less true that this administration treated him disgracefully. However, Generals Fonseka, Janaka Perera and Gamini Hettiaarachchi were in Chandrika’s army for her two Presidential terms and she failed to win the war—because she didn’t believe it could be won; that Prabhakaran could be militarily defeated.  Mahinda Rajapaksa won the war for us because he had political will and clarity and he had a brother, Gotabaya, who could manage the war effort with zealous dedication and knowledge. Together, Mahinda and Gotabaya were able to mitigate the bitter inter-service and intra-service rivalries (Waidyaratne-Kobbekaduwe) that damaged the war effort on President Premadasa’s tenure.

What was the crucial moment of the war? It was a replay of that moment in 1987, when the Sri Lankan armed forces were about to prevail over Prabhakaran in Operation Liberation but President Jayewardene received a deterring warning from High Commissioner JN Dixit. In 2009, President Rajapaksa had two fairly similar moments about which I heard, not only from him, but far more credibly and at first hand, from the Norwegian Ambassador Torre Hattrem and the French Foreign Minister of that time, Bernard Kouchner. It is Mahinda Rajapaksa who sought India’s backing and overruled the US evacuation attempt which had been facilitated by the Norwegians. More crucially, it is he who curtly told  an arrogant, blustering David Miliband that Sri Lanka was no longer a British colony when pressure was put on him for a ‘humanitarian pause’ in the fighting and a resumption of negotiations, a few weeks before our soldiers achieved final victory. (Kouchner’s story, related to me and my wife at lunch in Paris, came as no surprise since I was part of the discussion in early 2007 when President Rajapaksa told US Assistant Secretary of State Richard Boucher “I am sorry Mr. Boucher, but what can I do if my terrorists are not Islamic?”)

Champika Ranawaka, who claims credit for the drive to finish the war, was not even a peripheral figure in those discussions. Gen Sarath Fonseka was not present in the room. Gotabaya Rajapaksa was in the loop but not on center stage. The decision not to blink and to take the war to a finish whatever the consequences was a political and existential one, and it was made by President Rajapaksa. In the final analysis, it wasn’t Gota’s war; it was Mahinda’s, and he must not be made to pay a price at our very hands, for his resolve and his defiance of the West. The Tamil Diaspora wants revenge for the defeat of their Tigers and the death of Prabhakaran. The West wants to make an example of Mahinda for far higher stakes: he opted for China and Russia over the West. The two compulsions converge (most overtly in Geneva).

Consider this carefully: are we ready to risk the possibility that Rajapaksa could be a 21st century Rajasinha (the last king of Kandy), carted off by the West to be made an example of i.e. legally lynched, for his defiance? Do we want that on our collective conscience? Is that how we want future generations to view us? I rather doubt that History will absolve us.

In our present time of transition, we must make prudent choices in the matter of change. The Presidential election is not the occasion on which one elects a new Government: that takes place at a parliamentary election. I certainly think we need a new Government which will push for reform, but that is most appropriately done at the inevitable parliamentary election.

The Joint Opposition’s current program combines the prospects of radical politico-constitutional change and no less radical economic change, given that Ranil Wickremesinghe is an ideologically Conservative, neoliberal privatizer and freezer of public expenditure (as proven during his mercifully brief tenure as PM).  If the contrasting fates of Gorbachev/Yeltsin’s Russia and Deng Hsiao Peng’s China demonstrate anything, it is that political and economic reform must not proceed simultaneously, if one is not to risk meltdown. The scenario of a self-diminished Sirisena Presidency, a shift of power to a volatile parliament, an economically neoliberal Wickremesinghe Prime Ministership, a CBK as Sonia Gandhi factor, an assertive Northern Provincial Council, cosmopolitan civil society-NGO-Western pressures on “cooperation and compliance” with the UN probe on international law and accountability issues, and radical privatization fill me with foreboding because the centrifugal factors outnumber the centripetal ones.

Are we ready for a Western dominated, semi-colonial Sri Lanka of the sort we lived in during the Ranil–Chandrika-Solheim years; that disgraceful decade of diminished and retrenched national sovereignty? Are we ready for the inevitable blowback, polarization and radicalization?

There is a case for peaceful democratic regime change, but what has the current Rajapaksa regime to do with the decades older Executive Presidential system, which is a form of state?

In its narrow judgment in favor of the 13th amendment in 1987, Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court ruled that this structural reform which made for provincial autonomy remained within the framework of the unitary state because of the executive Presidency and its powers over the council as vested in the Governor. Without the magnet or ‘maypole’ as it were, of the elected executive Presidency, the centripetal potential of the provincial councils would be greater than their centrifugal potential. This is yet another, doubtless unwitting, danger posed by the joint Opposition’s stated project.

A Presidential election is not about Constitutional change. It is about picking a leader for the country, the state– or more fundamentally, the collective, the community, the tribe (if you prefer an anthropological existentialism). I am reluctant to dispense with the services of the leader who passed the crucial test of the responsibility to protect his people and country from the enemy. Mahinda Rajapaksa is not the main enemy of the Sri Lankan people, and Ranil and Chandrika are certainly no greater friends of the Sri Lankan citizenry than he is. I hesitate to ditch a strong leader and proven success in the most important matter, and replace him with an unproven if courageous, decent man who will cede much of his power to two proven failures. Transitions are tricky and this is certainly not the kind of change we must experiment with at a time of postwar transition, at the level of national leadership. As my father Mervyn de Silva, the acknowledged doyen of commentators on national and international politics until his death fifteen years ago, once cautioned prophetically about a similar situation: “far too iffy; far too many variables”.

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    He goes round and round and comes to the same point to convince that he supports Mahinda Rajapakse dictator better than Maithri. He wants the people should suffer and Mahinda should continue his dictatorship and his kingdom and eliminating all other communities from this island.

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      This DJ bugger is a [Edited out]
      He is been put in a intellectual cage where he sees in the four walls and the ceiling the same writings…OR Else, he is master mind funded by the enemies of the Rajapakse rule to keep on fool the MaRa gangs believing in his pseudo analysis of portraying Mahinda as a Great Political leader but it is otherwise as known to even a small 10th grade student in a far away village school.

      By keep on falsely praising Mahinda, he closed Mahinda vision to see any traps which might crop up by his own faults. MaRa relied on these stupid a—-les for intellectual backing for his Great Robbery and the Great Acting in showing off as our local Abraham Lincoln….He is after all Hey-bara-Gam Bunkum…

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      I HAVE A GOOD ADVICE TO DJ.

      Dont make us laugh.

      We are all aware what nation need is a change.
      Any new govt get elected will have to rely on senior diplomats. As we are well aware you have been in the field for the last two decades – even if your nature has been chamelian from time to time. Anyway, the knowledge you have gained in the areas should be made accessed to the junior diplomats could learn it from you and the other seniors.

      So please make a link so that new comers can make advatageous of it. Even if you call yourself a poltical analyst, we are clear your analyses are biased. You cough constantly either Rajano or Premadasa. Latter will though have a place in the new governance but former will be isolated from the scene for all the crimes and abuses deliberately being cariried out by him even today.
      Champika Ranahaka has revealed a lot – as one who had been an insider of the current viruent outfit – I respect the man today that much than had been in the past because he has balls to come forward and take the side of the right side acccordingly.

      You guys – cant do a better job than give your knowlwedge further to new comers. In that way only you can serve the nation. Please think of what I have suggested here. This is becoming clear to the many in this country. YOU ARE NO MEANS A TOP ANALYST to us.

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        As usual i didn’t bother to read this useless essay , let me guess , has it got

        1) 2009 Geneva victory
        2) How brave MR and GR were
        3) Tamil diaspora wants a regime change to have their Elam
        4) telling indirectly vote for MR
        5) constantly reminding the readers the fact that him being a political scientist , so please take me seriously .

        is there any thing new other than the above , please let me know

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          Srilal, you have done a better analysis than this stupid DJ bugger.

          You know, all along in so many articles this guy confirms that HE IS OKAY WITH MAHINDA’S DDAILY ROBBERY OF 25 million as expenses….That’s what it means for this anti-people smutt.

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            Dubai Sheikh ,

            My only wish , MY3 would keep this selfish Serpent far away from him , DJ mustn’t be accommodated under no circumstances , period !

            PS: i was shocked to read that MY3 had spent some time with this low life creature . MY3 mustn’t spend time talking to these type of third grade scumbags as it may have negative impact.

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      I have never seen a person like Dayan Jayathilake changing colours so often like a chameleon. In Sinhala language, we call “Katussa – highly dangerous Chameleon nature”. It is built in his genes. Always, says “mama thamai miniha ” – I am the one who defended the nation before IC in 2009 “. Now the tune is modified to say, my boss Mahinda Rajapakshe – the one and only that got rid of terrorism and saved the nation. Mahinda Rajapakshe never trusted this man, he used him to do all his dirty work in Paris and Geneva and then threw him out like a used condom.

      Now, this selfish and opportunist Dayan Jayathilake suddenly playing the Mahinda tune very clearly indicates that he has gone completely bankrupt in many aspects. I am sure Mahinda Rajapakshe must have promised this guy another post if he wins. If Mahinda thinks that by engaging this guy on CHEAP politics he may get some extra votes from the majority Sinhala community he is must be out of his mind to fool himself because everybody knows who Dayan is and what he is up to.

      This nasty and arrogant Dayan Jayathilake, the self-proclaimed “know-it-all political scientist/analyst” or rather a bogus/pseudo-scholar popularly known as the spin doctor who thinks no end of himself has completely lost his credibility. A shameless disgusting personality who keeps contradicting himself. Once someone loses their integrity he/she should never be trusted. No wonder even after being a lapdog to Mahinda Rajapakshe, he understood this guy well and kicked him out of his job. Now, due to a panicky situation, not sure of winning, Mahinda Rajapakshe is trying to get the support from every dick, tom and harry these days. Everybody knows that this man should never ever be trusted and should be kept at a distance. Mahinda Rajapakshe will only lose votes by engaging this guy to support him.

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      Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

      RE: Presidential Election 2015: Deliberating On Our Decision,

      That is your PAID OPINION as a SHILL and WHITE WASHER of the MaRa Aafia.

      “Sri Lanka appears to face an easy choice:” Yes EASY CHOICE.

      There is nothing to deliberate. It is Clear. MaRa Family dictatorship Vs. Peoples Democracy.

      The days of the SHILLS and WHITE WASHERS of the MaRa Aafia are numbered.

      Tick, Tick, Tick, …..

      PS. Why is Shaymon Jayasingha getting distracted with Sheep, Cattle ans Dayan J, in Australia? Just for Fun?

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      Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

      RE: Presidential Election 2015: Deliberating On Our Decision

      You can fool people some of the time, but not all the time, shill or not.

      The decision is clear. Get rid of Medamulana MaRa.

      More proof to show Mahinda’s defeat

      http://www.lankatruth.com/home/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=7984:more-proof-to-show-mahindas-defeat-&catid=42:smartphones&Itemid=74

      A video showing election campaign of the presidential election Mahinda Rajapaksa being carried out in broad day light blatantly violating election laws has been received by ‘lankatruth’.

      The violators have mounted a mega screen on a lorry parked at the bus stand in Matara town and are screening video films that are intended to boost the image of Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa. Large photographs of Mr. Rajapaksa too are displayed in the vicinity. Despite a journalist making asst. election commissioners aware of the incident, they had not taken any measures to stop the illegal act.

      However, the people go about their affairs without paying any attention to the display while a few who had organized the show and several ardent supporters of Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa in the town are loitering around the show.

      Political analysts say Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa’s popularity is plunging down daily and this type of shows by Mahinda faction proves it to the people.

      The failure to attract people for the display indicates that people have lost faith in Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa and his image is breaking down rapidly.

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      40 comments by now

      But all these are against the most chamelian nature of the nation -DJ

      That proves the credibility of the many towards this man.
      He is just spent source but being dreamt of a new post even Minister of External Affairs if the bugger would be relected by the stupid folks.

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      Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

      No Need to Ponder with MaRa.

      Medamulana MaRa is a liar..He Bought Tissa for money.. Not everybody is for sale

      Story of the modern Hitler…
      View this highly creative and widely viewed video clip that has been released to the internet!

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=IKHJG5ztL68%5BEdited out]

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      there is a news that all government ministers got a bonus of Rs500 million each.
      Did Dayan got his bonus as well?

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        Do they know how many zeros have 500 million? Is it just a promise like the 13++?

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      This self promoting political scientist is still unable to comprehend the political reality. He is slowly and surely wavering from his ardent stand, knowing very well the outcome at the Presidential election.

      He should have gone to Tirupathi with Mahinda and done his patha pooja for Mahinda to give something for him when he wins the election.

      This man will be a diabolical crusader against Mithiri if he wins as he so anti-Ranil.

      How can we call him a political scientist? He is a political pandankaraya seriously suffering from dehydration.

      His intellectual capacity is so limited that he releases toxic methane gas endlessly.

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      Ajit,

      https://cpasl.typeform.com/to/OPk3sn

      Let’s defeat Dictatorial Governance

      Let’s line up for Democracy

      National Liberation Front

      JVP

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      [Edited out]

  • 19
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    We are aware of the agenda of DJ he is trying his best to run down MS by using nice phrases and expressions. Ths readers understand this and do not take seriously his comments. He criticises
    and potrays him as a weak leader and loser. Please remember his two year old government was dissolved without any reason in 2004. If he was allowed to carry on the full term till 2007 he would bave made Srilanka A real wonder of Asia. Again in 2005, he nearly won the Presidential election if not for the actions of V.Pirapagaran who banned his people from voting fearing return of Ranil in the Presidential chair would be dangerous for him plus whatever benefits he wouldhave derived by doinv so.

    Ranil is a gentleman politician and would complelment MS in achieving good governance As he would not resort to cheap political actiins

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    Jayatilleka, you hyperintelligent idiot, why do you always have to complicate things. When you want to have sex just remove and do. Cant you get that? Or don’t you do anything at all, only talk? Idiot.

    What the people of Sri Lanka want to do NOW is to dump Mahinda Rajapakse in the garbage. Why – because he treated the people of Sri Lanka with total disrespect, as if they were idiots, like you. He thought they were blind to his atrocities. He thought they were oblivious to his stealing billions and billions of their wealth. Now they want to throw him out.

    So they want to use Sirisena to do that for them. Nothing is wrong with.

    Why can’t you understand that, you idiot?

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      Navin,

      THIS PARTICULAR [Edited out] – DJ has become the number one joker these days. Calling himself a political analyst, he seesm to have not the least idea about the danger before us. Current looters have abused the nation not taking 10% or 40% commissions but by 500 – 5000% from so called devellopement projects being carried out in the name of the infrastructure of the country.

      Lately, I stayed in the country for 3 weeks. I wondered myslef how much I had to spend to cover my stay there. We the ones vistin the country yearly have never faced the situation PREVIOUSLY with the cost of living as it is the case for now. How can an average man face it today ?
      They are drawn not to raise the question but to struggle and survive… most of them are far out of from the facts and figurs. I spoke to every tuk tuk driver and nano and Kangaroo driver to get an unbiased view about ground reality – a larger majority was against Maharajano. They the drivers and average ones feel that they have been abused as no other rulers did.
      Some ask why to elect Mahinda again.
      Of course some are there that are overawelmed by roads and highways – but many of them have no knowledge to see the levels of corruption and as to why the sky rockets price hikes are there also for daily essentials.
      University students and schoolers know nothing but surface development figures of the current day. The summary I can make out of my tour is.. majority of the people struggle to survive today than had been no times before.

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    You are talking about the issue but knowing not the least about the importance of chasing away the bugger in power.

    Having listened to what Prof. Laksiri Fernando has added to Boston lanka, I thought people must vote for Maithree this time – else, this man in power with his goons will take us to even more crime state.

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    Earlier I thought Chamipika Ranawaka was a radical politicians. But now today, haveing listend to what he revealed lately about POWER STATIONS and the dealings – I feel, he isa great man that has a greater vision about the country s future. JHU is a valuble party with principles.
    Debidiyasa like DJ cant know all these because he has been monkeied searching for new posts. But in the future govts he will have no place for sure.

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      Careful, a wolf can hide behind a sheep’s clothing.

      Hitler managed to fool almost the entire German nation.

      A dangerous man, especially for the minorities, after 30 years of war, do we want another one?

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        You dont need to tell me about Hitler. I am writing this being in Germany.
        I think it is time for a change for the sake of country and the nation. FOr the sake of Rajapakashes, this govt must not be changed.

        Not anyone with a birds brains would feel that Rajapakshe deserves a 3rd term. No any leader is given more than 2 terms to govern is my opnion: Besides, we hve enough candidates to lead the 93% literate nation. Those who abuse the country by 1000% telling something else to the nation must be punished by investigating all the deals.

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          I was speaking to Samuel.

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        Robert.R

        Medamulana MaRa is a liar..

        Will maRa hitker be able to fool… please share this video..

        He Bought Tissa for money.. Not everybody is for sale

        Story of the modern Hitler… View this highly creative and widely viewed video clip that has been released to the internet!

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=IKHJG5ztL68

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      “Debidiyasa like DJ cant know all these because he has been monkeied searching for new posts. But in the future govt. he will have no place for sure.”

      This is is completely true. He has Ranil phobia and with the addition of the like of Champika he has to sing these rhymes for his supper. A confirmed opportunist

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    Thanks Dayan.

    Now we know for sure whom you will vote for.

    No surprises there!!

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      Here is a challenge to Dayan:

      I will vote for MR for all the reasons you give plus one more from me: IF MAHINDA FILES A DECLARATION OF ASSETS with the EC, for his
      3rd term only.!! I can assure you of 10 mores Votes – namely that of the famous 10 Judges with whom you too agree!

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    DJ, you are not a political scientist. You are are a politician and a cheap one at that.

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    Dr. DJ

    We get it. The last few posts by you are making the point that YOU support MR and want him to win. It has become very predictable. Hence very uninteresting and boring. Frankly your posts have become a looooong yawn!

    Please write something that befits a learned man. Otherwise shame on you!!

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    This is in fact a repeat of the 1977 election.

    The Jaffna Tamil nazi were caged by the SLFP. After 77 election JRJ let them loose. That left a trail of violence and mayhem.

    The Tamil Nazi have been caged again. Ranil will uncage the Tamil nazi. Although what can these animals do after freedom?

    Just to go back and remind ourselves what happened then. TULF had promised Tamil Eelam in their Tamil speeches. Their ‘Prince of Eelam’, Amirthalinagam however only manage to get the District thing, DDC.

    The DDC elections are held. Although those who expected Tamil Eelam are highly disappointed begins to run-riot. They shot dead 10 cops on that day. That was how it all began then.

    Today its the same form. TNA in their Tamil speeches have suggested creating a Tamil Nadu in Ceylon. Ranil comes along and tries to give them something. Although it will never measure up.

    So now, what will the Tamil Nazi do? They will again begin another round of deception and trying to con diplomats, the foreign press et al that Sinhalese are ‘chauvinists’?

    So you could be right. It can quite well be a mistake to hand over to anything that has Ranil W involved.

    They can run around trying to con and deceive India yet again.

    What is very often conveniently forgotten is that hyphenated North-East is strictly a fiction. It is stranger than fiction in many ways simply because such usage has NO DEMOCRATIC consensus nor does it have the approval of the inhabitants of the EAST. The East has got its own Catholic bishop. He does not play any part in this, WHY? The manipulative surreptiousness of
    the battered North sadly hasn’t changed one iota. I’m sure this comment will wait the moderation of Sangam as it doesn’t fit in with their scope.

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      Vibu, are you out of your mind?

      “yanne koheda malle pol”

      Are you alright?
      What you have written here has nothing to do with this article.

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    This man is a supporter of MR and he does not care about the country and he is a selfish man. He talks too much without evidence

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    “Mahinda Rajapaksa won the war for us because he had political will and clarity and he had a brother, Gotabaya, who could manage the war effort with zealous dedication and knowledge.”

    DAYAN

    What you have said here is pure nonsense!

    Twenty years of war proved that none of the SL government was capablae of winning the war!

    What happened in 2003 was the mistake of the LTTE and international community, especially India helped SL to bring the war to an end.

    The same India helped you in 2009 to have a resolution in favor of SL, which has no value anymore.

    DAYAN, being a learned person, never hides a “dead with a handkerchief”.

    International community, especially India fought and won the war, NOT YOUR old and future boss Rajapaksa.

    THERE IS NOTHING TO BOAST ABOUT GOTABAYA. HE WAS A MAN WHO GOT CAUGHT IN THE JAFFNA FORT AND IT WAS GENERAL SARATH FONSEKA WHO RESCUED HIM. IF YOU DON’T KNOW THIS STORY, YOU ARE NOT FIT TO WRITE;

    Are you hunting for another diplomatic post during the 3rd term of Rajapaksa? THEN YOU ARE A SHAMLESS PERSON.

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      Machang Silva ,

      can you elaborate little bit more about Gota/Gen fonseka story please !

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        Read it here.

        Read how the “BRAVE” Gotabaya stupidly got himself and a whole battalion into the Tigers jaws, how Fonseka saved his ass, how the much touted veeraya in cowardly fashion resigned from the army and ran away to America.

        http://www.sundaytimes.lk/110529/News/nws_17.html

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          Cheers Navin , appreciated.

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      “DAYAN, being a learned person, never hides a “dead with a handkerchief””

      Are you sure that DJ is a learnt person ?

      Even 10 year old would feel it today that MR and the thugs are abusing the nation to the core – and so we have no other option than say good bye to the man. How come DJ stay playing housana him to stay in power further ?

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      Desperate Dayan is writing all these in preparation of a top post in case Rajapakasa wins the election.

      Dayan knows well that neirth Chandrika nor Ranil nor Sirisena will trust him. Dayan holds handle everyone but it doesnt work in his favour.

      He looks for a top post at least as Secretary to a Ministry.

      I was told that IF Rajapaksa wins the election for the 3rd time, he is going to create a Ministry, “Ministry of Lies”. It is a new ministry which will deal with all sort of lies on behalf of Rajapaksa government.

      I think Dayan is suitable for this post. Then Dayan will become the Minister of Lies. Now he writes lies.

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        but his guess this time will not be the reality.

        No doubt – MS will be the winner. Latest opinion polls say over 60% are pro Maithree

        Wait and see MR will declare his assets as challenged by UNP:::
        I have no doubt the bugger will even make the people even more fools telling someting else instead of declaring his belongings.

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      GOT CAUGHT IN THE JAFFNA FORT AND IT WAS GENERAL SARATH FONSEKA

      Not only in the Jaffna Fort, Gota failed in most of his military operation. That was the reason, he left the country.

      General Fonseka has volume of stories to relate about Gota’s military activities.

      But Gota is good in killing innocents. During JVP time, he killed not the real JVPs, the innocents. The same killing took place in Matale where site has been discovered very recently.

      IF Fonseka becomes the Minister of Defence, we are going to see how Gota and his gang is going to end up in the Prison.

      Gota you prepare for your day.

      Then DAYAN will change his writing and star boasting about Fonseka.
      Dayn is an opportunist.

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      Silva, I agree 100 percent.

      If India wished, Rajapaksa, his brothers, his sons, his cohorts, his pimps, and his cocksuckers, would have been sqashed like the flies they are.

      India wanted to annihilitate the Tigers and Pirabaharan for killing Rajiv Ghandi. India did it. The Sri Lanka Army and Rajapaksa were merely their tools.

      Facts cannot be denied. Mahavirayas of Sri Lanka are just a myth. They don’t exist. For example Gotabaya the much touted war hero, ran away to the USA, when soldiers were being massacred by the Tigers. Need to say more?

      Hear the story of the stupid and shameless war hero Gotabaya from the horse’s mouth here:
      http://www.sundaytimes.lk/110529/News/nws_17.html

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    Dayan j is a fool and a hypocrite

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      You are dead right.
      I have no idea where he will be by 9th of January.
      Be pants down or jocky down again ?

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    A man on the fence. Through his writing he wants to be assured whichever way the election goes he wants to be recognised. If I am reading his intentions correctly he is now favouring Mahinda, As days go by like a chameleon he will change his colour.

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    Its simple Dayan.You are unemployed and My3 is not dumb to hire you even if your dumb prof friend wants him to.Mahinda is the only real choice for you. so hang on there.He msy kick you in your face once in a while but you will put up with it for the benifit of the Sinhala budhist nation- wont you?

    But you role here dont forget is to clown. And you are doing a poorer job of it in evrey article. you are beggining to bore us.A clown who causes boredom has no future.

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    I always wonder how someone can support MR while writing an article on a website that is blocked by the same MR.

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    DJ

    “We should vote Mahinda Rajapaksa out.”

    We respect your decision. However, we do not agree with you for the continuity of MR’s authority to allow the plunder of nation by his clan, manipulating the judiciary for his benefits, complete break down of the law & order in the country and maintaining a police/army state where the nation lives under fear of the state hooliganism. (You can see for yourself what is happening now to those people who express their opinion against him even at this time of democratic election and his blatant violations of the law of the country).

    The immediate priority is to remove MR from the authority and the rest of the matters we will decide after we achieve our main objective. We need the democratic space for us to conduct a free and fair parliamentary election.

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    Churchill won the war but Atlee won the peace. Perhaps we need different leaders at different times. I think DJ is really tying himself up in terrible knots. Ranil/Chandrika coukd not develop country because they were not ruthless enough to destroy the LTTE. Now that the LTTE is gone perhaps we need their far more sophisticated understanding of the world, held in check by Champika and Sarath Fonseka on the one side and the minorities on the other, to win the peace

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    Dayan de Silva, You are pathetic. You are fear mongering people saying that there will not be law and order in Sri Lanka if MR is not there. You are still greedy for that lunch you have from Temple Trees with our money. Even Mervyn Silva has more brains and ethics that you Dayan de Silva.

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      This could well be.

      I heard most that cant afford their meals these days have no other option than going to such dansalas. As far as my knowledge is concerend since DJ was recalled from France, he is a jobless man in the country. From the TV shows only he could earn a bit – by dropping some cow dung kind of talks to them fulfling those interviewers agendas.

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    Dear Prof. DJ: You tried all the while to “change” this present administrative set up and in your own admission, you were “kicked out” by the “goons” who are holding the President hostage. In your last article, you stated how you had a “one-to-one luncheon” with the President and an “informal” meeting with the Common Candidate. For long years, you have been giving that “critical support” to the present regime and have you seen any change for better or worse? Like you so many, specially after the war in 2009, have been trying to communicate the “URGENT NEED” to re-structure the governing style and set up an administration RESPONSIBLE, ACCOUNTABLE, and TRANSPARENT. What happened? Those who gave that “critical support” like you, were “kicked out” and branded as “TRAITORS”. Who did that? You answered that question very correctly, through your own “experience” in your last article published in CT. To make a long story short; over the last five years, since 2009, this country has been “INCORPORATED” as a “NO LIABILITY”, “CONGLOMERATE”, owned by a “FAMILY” and operated through a well organized “MAFIA”. You got it, isn’t it?

    So Dear Prof DJ, with your own life experiences,(incidentally that is the best education one can have) don’t you see the truth of the above description? Don’t you agree that this has to CHANGE and that CHANGE cannot be achieved through this present regime? As another Professor of a University in S/L stated recently, the HEAD of this regime cannot give up, because, for the simple reason that “HE” cannot lead a life of a SIMPLE MAN any more. That too will explain that simple TRUTH.

    So don’t you see the reasonableness of the claim to CHANGE to usher in that SIMPLICITY to the lives of all the people filled with values. I believe, you too need to CHANGE.

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      Please dont call him a Prof. He is not even a real Dr.
      How come you call him a Prof ?

      Does he behave as if he is an academic ?

      Ticks are always with dogs- so from his behaivour you could better call him a tick living with dogs (Rajapakshes)

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    This joker named DJ is changing his opinion faster than I change my underwear. Disgusting. Nobody should take him seriously as he has no real opinion on anything.

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      Roshan

      “This joker named DJ is changing his opinion faster than I change my underwear.”

      On average the time gap between Dayan’s two articles are about 4 to five days.

      I assume you change your underwear on a weekly basis. It is very unhygienic to wear dirty underpants for more than 12 hours.

      Do you have a partner?

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    “primary duty of the state towards its citizenry is not good governance so much as the more basic existential one of the protection of life and limb from a violent, determined, ruthlessly marauding enemy.”

    Where is the enemy today Dec 13 2014,Didn’t MR claim that he is the one who vanquished the LTTE?

    If he stands by his statement then who is the new enemy?

    The Tamils,The Tamil speaking muslims or is it Sinhala Buddhist Nationalist/Drug dealers/Rapist or is it the plunderers of the state coffers , who are against nation building and reconciliation.

    Or is it KP, Karuna, Pillayan, Thaya Master etc the remnants of LTTE who are MR/GR’s Henchmen today.

    You have to find new enemies all the time for the Despot to continue in power isn’t it DJ.

    Why is it you are so comfortable with Despots and Autocratic Presidents/Rulers such as RP and MR?

    May be you some affinity for Sado-Masochism.

    ( the sadomasochist generally desires that the pain be inflicted or received in love, not in abuse, for the pleasure of either one or both participants.)

    You claim you are political scientist,

    but fail to acknowledge that sovereignty is with people collectively not in individual units or tribe as you may want to interpret.

    This is the fundamental mistake since independance of Ceylon, Which lead to where we are today as a nation.

    Will lead in future to Division of the Island (not some international conspiracy as you want to put it,).

    The home grown solution the majority community is steadfast about.

    Correct it now or be prepared for Referendum in North East and division of the Island.

    Minority community deserve a better leaders than MR and VP.

    Majority community need better advisers than DJ and Rajiva.

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    DJ in his writing concludes as follows:

    Quote

    “A Presidential election is not about Constitutional change. It is about picking a leader for the country, the state– or more fundamentally, the collective, the community, the tribe (if you prefer an anthropological existentialism)”

    Unquote

    I agree to disagree with DJ. This Presidential Election in particular is for “Constitutional Change”. The Common Opposition candidate has come from the same camp. Why? Almost all the opposition parties have grouped directly or indirectly to defeat the system which is in place now. The think tank behind this common candidate are academics and educated lot who wanted to see the country protected from moving towards to dictatorial or in a less harsh word “One man show” rule. There is 100 days program has been promised to the Nation to bring these changes. Hence, this presidential election is no doubt for a constitutional change and not just electing MY3.

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    DJ you keep harping that MR beat the Tigers. MR as Commmander in Chief would never have beaten them if not for the support India ( Malayalee Mafia and Sonia Gandhi), Pakistan, the US and UK and also due to to Bush’s doctrine of beat the Terrorists at any cost. There was this perfect storm to beat the Tigers..
    Any way this is old story why keep harping on what happened five years ago.
    Let’s talk about the current situation. Are you for a culture of impunity, wide scale nepotism, thuggery rampant corruption at all level, a politized Judiciary, politized army, navy and the airforce, not forgetting the police who take orders from your brother, a haven for drug leaders, an under educated younger people as MR as Finance Miniter allotted more money for the Defence Academy than for all the Universites, lack of the rule of law and free expression. a self censored media, blocking websites that are critical of the regime thuggery.?.You can go on and on.
    DJ is this what you want?

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    The opening statement of Dayan made me think of a “Lunatic Professor”. His view of equating change to death by uncontrollable reform and death by centrifugal downward spiral made me wonder on what principles does he analyzes these ideas? Just because he has the command of the languages does not mean he has the common sense or balanced approach. His eagerness to some or other get on to the lap of Rajapakse and become the next Foreign Minister or at least the High Commissioner for UK has blinded his analytical senses.

    When he comments “the uncritical supporters of the Combined Opposition see no benefit from the material modernization. For them it is all a sham and a financial shakedown”, he has clearly missed the bus. The supporters of the opposition candidate and even supporters of Rajapakse are not against modernization but they are definitely against the “commission syndrome” and the exorbitant interest rates paid by the regime which is more than the rate of interest paid by a western country business that is in the bad books of the bank. When the most Central Bank rate is around 1% p.a. paying 6 to 7% per annum is a crime. May be our Pandit Dayan does not understand the economic aspect of development. It is the people who pay the interest in the form of taxes.

    Reading Dayan’s other comments I feel that he has been bought over by the Chinese who want Rajapakse to remain in his seat. Dayan being a communist supporter his entire life could have been easily purchased by the Rajapakse-China cartel.

    I truly feel sorry that educated fools like him who are the spin doctors who are creating fear among masses bringing the concept of “western intervention in local matters”. He very well knows that when Maithree -Ranil -Champika -Chandrika coalition comes to power he will not even find a peon’s position and his gravy train will stop. That is the main reason why he is writing these unbalanced articles.

    I have a question for you Dayan, when are you going to retire from writing these stupid articles thinking we readers are all fools?

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    Hi Political scientist or a political crafter? never heard any thing like this from an educated fool or dumbass.

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    Both Dayan Jayathilake and Rajiv Wijesinghe are selling themselves here in order to get more lucrative deals next time, in case it arrives.

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    This spindocter asking for a another half naked run.

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    Dayan Jayathilake had been extremely dishonest in discussing issues here.

    He showed that he is another 3rd grade politician.

    Dayan Jayathilake is not the only person who discussed these issues. So it is up to the reader to accept what Jayathilake says as it is without weighing the facts.

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    Why do I get a sneaky feeling that the Court of St James’s awaits your arrival?

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