2 June, 2020

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Reconciliation: Looking Forward xi – Pursuing Universal Values

By Rajiva Wijesinha –

Prof Rajiva Wijesinha

I used to find it most entertaining, I once told Bob Blake, that the main hopes of the West with regard to Sri Lanka rested on a Stalinist and a Trotskyist. This was in the days when some elements in the West were trying to stop us destroying the Tigers, while others, whilst appreciating our need to escape the threat that had bedeviled life here for so long, were anxious that we also moved towards greater pluralism. I used to place Blake in the latter category, and though it seems that he condoned the games that some Embassy staff such as Paul Carter played later on, I had no objection to his support of pluralism.

I was also glad that he appreciated DEW Gunasekara and what he had achieved in a couple of years for language policy, which no government had bothered about in the nigh twenty years previously after Tamil had been made an official language. This was because the foreigners who welcomed the measures DEW had introduced could not claim that these were done to keep them happy.

We know that there are elements in Sri Lanka, as represented most obviously by the egregious Dharisha Bastians, who nine months ago declared, in conformity with the views of her patrons in the Ministry of External Affairs, that Sri Lanka had finally decided who her real friends were, and would therefore obsequiously follow the West. That particular act of dancing on the graves of Tamara Kunanayagam and Dayan Jayatilleka and myself has since given way to virulent attacks on the government, with similar sanctimoniousness. These have become more shrill recently following the drama of the impeachment, and contribute to the view that everything has to be seen in black and white, with any opposition to the impeachment of the Chief Justice constituting an attack on the government.

This is why the approach DEW Gunasekara adopted, along with fellow party member Chandrasiri Gajadeera and former Trotskyist associate Tissa Vitarna is so refreshing. Coming from a standpoint that has never seen following Western predilections as desirable, their principled stand about the absence of due process is a refreshing reminder that dissent based on principles is acceptable, and not necessarily seen as threatening.

This is the more satisfying because it shows the universality of the principles to which the Liberal Party too tries to subscribe. We of course can be accused of following Western ideologies, though ‘Liberal Perspectives for South Asia’, which Cambridge University Press in India published a few years back, makes clear, in some seminal articles by Chanaka Amaratunga and Nirgunan Tiruchelvam, that Liberalism has roots also in Eastern thought and in some teachings of the Buddha. But our point is that these values are neither Eastern nor Western, they are simply human, and it is good that we find others, whose political ideas can be very different from ours in other respects, sharing these.

I recall something of the sort a quarter of a century ago when we were engaged in forming the Democratic People’s Alliance under which Mrs Bandaranaike was to contest the 1988 Presidential Election. The discussions were initiated by Dinesh Gunawardena and the MEP, which had a much more inclusive view of the way we should proceed than I had associated with that party previously.

I did not attend many meetings but Chanaka would keep me informed, and found that, though they argued over many matters, he got on well with the JVP Politbureau called Dhammika who represented the party. They alone supported Chanaka in his effort to make English also an official language, which surprised us given that the Inter-University Student Federation, which we had seen as a stalking horse for them, opposed this. But the JVP turned out to be much more cosmopolitan, and said they were all in favour of English, provided it were not confined to a few – which is why making it an official language made sense.

When the JVP left the alliance, they had told Chanaka that, though they had disagreed with him often, they appreciated the fact that he understood political principles, whereas they felt none of the other constituent parties was serious about these. I have often thought of that comment, in bewailing the fact that we are not likely now to ever prepare a new Constitution, which we so sorely need, on the basis of a coherent philosophy.

But it is good to see the old Stalinists and Trotskyists affirming similar principles to ours from a different perspective. And I hope that, when the dust settles, this approach will be appreciated, since it commands understanding and trust, with obviously no connection to the confrontational opposition of so many others.

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    Dr Wijesinghe mention DEW Gunasekara of ‘Stalinist’ so-called
    “Communist”He was member of SLCP Moscow wing-cotta Rd, benfited by Soviet orinted ‘Socilaist’,DEW was poor in theory,not well verse in Stalnism or Leninsim,he just oridinaty member of party , Tax office jump into higher level Party Politican in Cotta Rd,become spoken of ‘Communism’. What was the(CPSU) Cottd Rd Politics.?
    He was follower(DEW) of CPSU policy was Against Stalin as well as Leninism.
    The ” Khrushchov’s report to the 20th Congress of CPSU says it is possible to seize state power by te Parlimentary Road,that is to say,it is no longer necessary for all countries to LEARN from the October Revolutaion.Once this gate is OPENED,by and large Leninism is THROWN AWAY.”( Mao 18 January 1957 CPC- party Regional Meeting)
    The Dr Tissa Withrana Belongs to LSSP leadership who had been betray working Class demnd in PUBLE 1964 by Dr N.M Perera of LSSP Trostkist join SLFP under Srimovo R.D. Banakarake of Coliation Govt for compensate for few Ministerial Position. The agition of capmaign of 21 demnd had PUBLIC RALLY at Galle Face Green , OVER MORE THAN 500,00 TO 70,000 JOIN incuding TRADE UNIONS MEMBER AND GENARL PUBLIC BEEN ATTENTED.
    After few day later ,Leader of LSSP DR N M Perera leader join SLFP goverment back door and betray 21 demnds of WORKS and for so-called “SOCILISM” under-leadership of SLFP of Sirimavo in 1964.
    That is how THEY BETRAY PEOPLE OF WORKING CLASS AND MASSES of Sri lanka BY Trostkist act on Politcis of our an Island.
    Needless to say taking advantage of old anti-colonial and anti-imperalist and movement for Democartic Rights of actvities by LSSP and SLCP, this so-called Satlinist and Trostkist,penetrating Parliment State and Governemnt appartues in general ,the masse media and powerful economic appartus of Ruling Bourgeoisie in our counrty, the SERVICING FOR HEGEMONY OF IMPERLALISM LEADESHIP.
    Now this two guyes are follow line of Universal Pariciple of liberal Party of Capitalism is failing to produce what was promised, but is delivering on WHAT WAS NOT PROMISED.
    Liberal policy of Western democary of capitalism of Economy system that is less stable, less effcient with less growth and a democracy that has been put into peril.
    Dr Wijesinghe… Liberial policy you Universal Principle and Values market economy is seen to be FAIL, for most people and as democracy of liberailsm political system seems to be CAPTURED BY MONEYED INTEREST;the trust and confidence our ongoing demaocray and its market Economy fast erode alone in Globle scale.In reality Liberial policy sinks in that we are no longer a Sri lanka of oppournity and even we cannot compromised your system of Justice and Rule of law is NOT serve for NATIOANL INTEREST of our Natioanl Democratic Sovergenity and Terrorial Intergerity and indepandence of Sri Lanka.

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    Just get off the air!, Professorr Wijesinghe, until you stop contributing to the terror being unleashed. So long as you keep company with those who are doing it you are part of it, for all your intellectual umbrella whirling on the tighrope high above all of us who you pontificate. If do not cut loose soon you will not find a safety net when you fall into the ring. Maybe the lions down there will gobble you up. Or the scantilydressed maidens gather you into their arms\s, which could be a fate worse than death, perhaps.

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    kumi,
    You are correct.The south is getting a taste of the terror in the north and east.
    The Terror Regime is strengthened by people like Rajiva.

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    how did Prfoessor vote on this occassion? did he abstain or against?

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    Rajiva, you were against the impeachment of the Chief Justice, you are against the appointment of the new Cheap Justice, and you are not an elected member of the parliament. You are the leader of the Liberal Party of Sri Lanka and the Article 1 of your Liberal Party Constitution reads: “The Liberal Party shall be a Sri Lankan political party dedicated to the preservation, promotion and development of Liberalism and to the maintenance of Sri Lanka as a liberal democracy.” When the UPFA and above all the President is not preserving, promoting or developing Liberalism, and above all not maintaining the Sri Lankan liberal democracy, why are you still a member of the UPFA? Please be honest in your answer.

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      If Rajiva does not answer the questions asked in the comments section of this news item, this website should not publish any of his articles hereafter.

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    Rajiva this is verbal diahorrea.If your conscience tells you that the Medamulana thug used all the despicable methods starting with using leeches to do his bidding.GET OUT WITH HONOUR
    The whole world knows that this whole drama was executed fom RAJAPASA’s office and the security officer whom he planted for this purpose only did what he was asked to do.He abused the state controlled media and the other used the services to the full.Never in the history of Hulftsdorf did we see armed soldiers and checking vehicles of judges and lawyers.This is a dictator who abused the mandate and if you have self respect QUIT so the world will know that you are a man of principles.

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    Wisdom comes to some early and many late. For the JVP to accept the usefulness of English, the Kaduwa, is to accept the hard reality without this vital tool – that we destroyed at the altar of pseudo-patriotism in 1956 and thereafter – our growing army of youth churned out from school annually on a poor quality of education where none is “failed” finding a paying job locally is virtually impossible. To go outside the country and get accepted in the job market, the much-hated Kaduwa is the basic passport. Those nationalists who scorned English then are forced to get their grandchildren to study the less known Korean now – merely to get a measly job. It will soon be Hindi, Arabic and Mandarin as well, thanks to our political leaders who promised our youth the sun and the moon at every political husting. It is in Yankee land a sucker is born every minute. Here it is a dozen or more.

    Senguttuvan

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    When you say UNIVERSAL values, you are talking about Christian values.

    In the christian countries, those values are only for a selected bunch. Every other time, their god is the Dollar, Frans or the British pound.

    The east had a better set of values than that.

    The Christian west it imposing their values all over the world, that is why so much legally accepted violence in the world.

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    Jim Softy – Though not a Christian, I have a different take on this great religion. They do not “impose” it on others as you suggest in today’s world although that description would have been valid in the 16th century here – when the Portugese decided to visit.

    In post-Deng China millions have rushed to Christian churches to convert and re-convert. In Black America, if the term is not offensive, there was an epidemic – post-Vietnam War – to become Black Muslims. The equation has changed there so much, in the past few decades, many have converted and re-converted. It is a gentle religion whose places of worship are peaceful, serene and generating hope and love. Some close relatives, emigrating to North America in the mid-1980s – could not raise $10,000 as a pre-payment for a house. The girl, my cousin, gathered all her jewellery and went to a Church as another Lankan friend said they may help. The priest there said there was no need for the jewellery as mortgage and merely
    asked for a signed letter. No question of religion entered the scene. Both of them worked to relative prosperity in the interim. Their two boys are now on their own – one a millionaire on IT. That to me is Christian charity.

    Senguttuvan

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    Dear Dr Rajiva W,

    I would like to know why you should be the spokesperson to the interviews in terms of Rizanna´s beheading.

    I mean Minister Dilan is responsible to have failed his part in the particular case – he was not even aware of the beheading on very hour – instead had provided wrong information to the parliament, as reports revealed.

    However following video makes clear about what information you added to the press in the aftermath of beheading…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lf3lesXzlnE

    As far as my information prove that the RULING GOV has failed to do the least what they could have done in terms of saving the life of the poor girl.

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    [Edited out] you laundry man! It is morons like you who descended this country to destruction by aiding and abetting with MACHABAGOs. You all have carved out an entry point for international interventions to invade this country. You buffalos harangue about sovereignty but it is the self same thing you have destroyed. There is something wrong with you all from breeding itself otherwise no patriot would do the things you have done to the motherland. “..Stalinist, Trotskyist..”! What fucking bullshit are you talking about? People are suffocating, starving, dying and you are writing jokes!!! Get lost you stupid man! You don’t have any role to play in this country. The only thing you did was to [Edited out] of MACHBAGOs and got paid by the tax payers sweat and blood! The MACHABAGO devil you contributed to create is now severing its links and roots that pumped oxygen to it as evidenced by you being rebuked by them at parliament. You are now just junk and condom! The enjoyed all the pleasure and you were rolled off the “jewel rod”! Now you have only two options: either commit suicide or seek political asylum abroad and work with UN to effect an international intervention into this MACHABAGO dystopia so that its people can be salvaged!

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    Why isn’t this man answering a single question. And why is he using the term Professor? Is he still teaching in a university? Has he got the Chair as a professor in any university? He is a professor of what? In which university. To my knowledge, unless you are an Emeritus professor or have the Chair – you cant use the term professor after retirement. Just like the lying , cheating , shameless, spinless Professor TV this guy is also a scam. Professor is a distingushed, honourable title given to academics. These useless shameless men use this title like a ancestral titles to propage their pitiful, pathetic , shameful political careers.

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