16 October, 2021

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Red Alert: Is A Black July Being Threatened Through The State Media?

By Dayan Jayatilleka –

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

“Now intolerance is the badge of the tribe and the scribe. A papier-mâché patriotism is the last refuge of a petrified elite that has lost its nerve, and is alarmed at the prospect of losing its power, its privilege and whatever else it has accumulated. In the name of keeping faith with the past, our undoubtedly fine heritage, this self-centred and nervous elite is now capable of betraying the future, the ultimate treason” – Mervyn de Silva, (‘The Roots of Violence’, Crisis Commentaries, p.104)

A spectre is haunting Sri Lanka: the spectre of Cyril Mathew.  Are the Tamils of the Western Province regarded as potential hostages in the event of a TNA victory in the Northern Provincial Council and a legitimate assertion of Constitutional rights by that Council?  Is a veiled threat being issued through the state media that Tamils in the Western Province will be targeted if the TNA and the Northern Provincial Council do not behave with due obsequiousness?

A shocking article to that effect appears in the Features page of the Daily News this morning (Tuesday, August 13th, 2013) under the caption ‘TNA! POLICE POWERS A WAY TO HURT WESTERN PROVINCE TAMILS’ and bearing the subheading ‘Catering to LTTE Diaspora’. The purported author is Jayantha Gunasekera (a name which, incidentally, rings no bells in me as decades-long reader of the Sri Lankan English language press). If this threatening diatribe had appeared on a website of the Sinhala racist lunatic fringe, it could be ignored. When it appears in the pages of the flagship newspaper of the State, it takes on a quite different dimension.  Though it is billed as Point of View, no respectable newspaper carries ‘points of view’ which clearly amount to incitement and hate speech. Still less should the (sole) State-run (English-language) daily do so; a paper whose sense of responsibility should be far greater, since the implications of hate speech appearing in its pages are far more serious.

What does the article say? Here are a few extracts:

“Many Colombo Tamils have voiced concern about the TNA drawing hatred towards their community by playing communal politics. Everyone of them feels secure now, to engage in their businesses and their professions unlike when the LTTE held sway killing innocent people at random.

Police and Land Powers bestowed on the Western Provincial Council can endanger the businesses, properties and liberty of over one million Tamils living in Colombo and the suburbs. ..

…Tamils who live in the Western province will have to exert pressure on the TNA, not to endanger their businesses, their properties and their liberty by the TNA catering to the LTTE diaspora agenda, for a mess of pottage.

It is common knowledge that the TNA do not represent the Sri Lanka Tamils, but act foolishly against them, in their haste to cater to the LTTE Diaspora agenda. It is also common knowledge that the TNA are given free trips to any part of the world, particularly to the UK, Canada, France, US and other Western countries.

It is common knowledge also that handsome allowances are doled out by the LTTE Diaspora. Lured by these handouts they are obliged to adhere to the instructions given to them. They are instructed as to the manner in which they should act, to achieve a SEPARATE STATE OF TAMIL EELAM, through Police and Land Powers. This is High Treason.

Does the TNA want the Army withdrawn or drastically reduced from the North to facilitate them to start violence in order to create a separate state?

Do they think the present government is so gullible as to fall into their trap? If Police Powers are given to the Northern PC, police officers who will be under the Chief Minister will be legally carrying weapons, which is now illegal. Most policemen could be drawn from the LTTE “boys”, who have escaped the long arm of the Law. The LTTE Diaspora will nominate the police force, from the LTTE loyalists in the North.

Actually, the TNA should be asking for a Separate State in India, the historical homeland of the Tamils. They should be asking for a separate state in Canada, UK or France, where they are residing for generations in very large numbers among politicians who are so sympathetic to them and their cause. They should be asking forthwith for Police and Land powers in these countries, in areas where they live in large numbers. Let them not endanger the lives of and property of Colombo Tamils and the peace-loving Northern Tamils, who have heaved a sigh of relief, that at long last they have been released from under the jackboots of the LTTE, with the end of the war in 2009.

Statistics indicate that of the 11 per cent Tamils of Sri Lankan origin, 4 per cent are scattered mainly in the Western countries. Of the balance 7 per cent, one half are living in Colombo and the WP. Only a MINISCULAR live in the North and East!

Among those who live in the South are professionals – lawyers, doctors, engineers, accountants. Many are in the corporate sector occupying high positions as chairmen of conglomerates. Quite a number are in business. Most of the imports such as sugar, potatoes, dhal, onions etc are in the hands of Tamil businessmen. All these Tamils function without any hindrance from the Central Government or the majority community. We wish to tell the TNA, do not draw hatred towards all Tamils by your communal minded attitude.

Ask anyone of them whether there is any impediment to their engaging in their professions or in their businesses. Some of them have plush residences in Colombo 3, 5 and 7. Many live in their own residences in Wellawatte, Kotahena and the suburbs. During the 30 year war, they were adequately protected by the State and the majority community, which has been conveniently forgotten.

If Police and Land Powers are given for instance to PCs in the WP, these Tamils (who are now living in peace and harmony) may have their peace and tranquillity disturbed by Provincial Councillors, who will be in full control of these powers.

It is good for the Tamils in the Western Province to think seriously of this factor and pressurize the TNA to give up their demand for Police and Land Powers. In a crisis brought about by the use of these powers, even the Central Government can say, “you clamoured for Police and Land Powers, and now you yourself are affected by the monster you created”.

The Tamils in the Western Province should realize that they cannot have a tranquil life, engage in their professions and businesses, and at the same time have a separate state in the North. If they think they can have the cake and eat it as well, they are greatly mistaken.

…The Northern Tamils are bereft of intelligence to see the true nature of the TNA and would be made to vote on communal lines. Therefore victory of the TNA they think is assured. The Tamils in the North are so ungrateful that all the improvements – all the money spent on them, will be lost.

They are people who lived in absolute terror and squalor for over 30 years, without a hum, under that madman Prabhakaran, and ran over to the government controlled arrears in the last days of the war, for a better life. Yet their mental capacity is so low, they will vote on communal lines. The sooner the government realizes this, the better.

…Building macadamized roads, railways, hospitals with modern equipment in the North, with the money of mainly the Sinhalese, is lost on the Tamils there. They will vote on communal lines, on the basis that blood is thicker than water, although they can see that their representatives couldn’t care less about their well being. They haven’t the brains to understand that if the government stops all improvements in the North, the TNA is unable to improve their lot.

The LTTE Diaspora will not see to their comfort and happiness. If the government ceases to develop the North, it will soon revert to the pre-2009 era, and resemble a bombed out country, with no facilities whatsoever. The whole world saw what the LTTE had NOT DONE for the North during the 30 years they held this area under their sway.

…As to how long the Tamils living in the South, along with the Sinhalese and the Muslims of this country, will tolerate the TNA from arousing communal passions, is to seen. For how long the TNA will escape the long arm of the Law for committing acts of High Treason, is also yet to be seen. How long they will continue to draw salaries from the Sri Lankan government, get vehicle permits (worth twenty million rupees), and other perks, and also act as traitors, is to be seen soon.”

(All emphases mine-DJ)

Click here for the full DN report.

The message is clear and it is a two pronged threat. The TNA is The Enemy, hell-bent on Tamil Eelam with the support or at the behest of external elements.  The Tamils of the North are low IQ ingrates who will vote for them. If the Govt pulls the plug on development those Tamils will see a sharp drop in their living standards.  Translated, this is the threat of a Gaza type economic blockade, or the type of economic blockade that Lalith Athulathmudali imposed on the North during the war in the mid 1980s. The second part of the treat is far more explicit and deadly. Far more Tamils live outside the North. Their “lives and property” stand in jeopardy and are actually or potentially hostage to good behaviour as perceived by the most militaristic and chauvinistic elements of state and Sinhala society. This is nothing less than the threat of another July ’83.

This is an early warning sign and must be taken with utmost seriousness. For years before July ’83, the then Minister of Industries and Scientific Affairs was making speeches and sending printed material reeking with animosity towards Tamils. Devanesan Nesiah recently revealed that President Jayewardene had disclosed to the TULF well before 1983 that there were elements planning violence against the Tamils.

30 years after July ’83, when an English language newspaper owned and run by the State can feature as a legitimate ‘Point of View’, inflammatory and toxic writing such as that of ‘Jayantha Gunasekara’, it reveals not merely an abysmal plummeting of journalistic and editorial standards. It is evidence of what is now seen as legitimate discourse. Worse still it arguably affords a glimpse of the ideology that may lie beneath the lid of some apparatuses, auxiliaries and proxies of the state. It is an early warning that the Northern Provincial Council election, instead of constituting a portal to a better future, may trigger a reaction from the dark underside of the Sinhala psyche and the more totalitarian elements of the State itself. This reaction would not only entail a de facto ‘state of siege’, sabotage, provocation, economic strangulation, subversion and de-stabilisation amounting to a coup against the Council, but also the holding of the Tamils outside the North as a human shield and hostage for coercive collective punishment.

This after all, was the demented logic that led to July 83. Of course in 1983, there had been no unanimous agreement at a World Leaders Summit of the UN, as there was in 2005, enshrining the concept that when and if the national state is unwilling or unable to protect its own citizens, that responsibility to protect, following endorsement by the Security Council,  devolves on the international community.

*Dr Dayan Jayatilleka was Chairperson/Rapporteur of the Intergovernmental Working Group on the Effective Implementation of the United Nations’ Durban Declaration & Programme of Action against Racism, Racial Intolerance, Xenophobia and Related Forms of Intolerance.

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    Absolute rubbish by DJ… Nobody reads the Daily News other than the Sinhala racist-chauvinist. They might take the DN seriously as DJ.

    There is no Red Alert for a Black July for the Tamils.
    The Tamils stand strong with their chest forward in Colombo if DJ has not noticed. It is not the same scared Tamils of 1983, being threatened by Lalith Athulathmudali, Premadasa and Gamini Dissanayake. They put the blame on the fool Cyril Mathew.

    May be there is a Red Alert of a Black July 2013 for the Muslims after 30 years. Too bad. They can enjoy the “Taste of Paradise” and read the Neimoller Poem, “Then they came for me”. LMAO.

    the insurance companies and GOSL (Taxpayers) will have to cough out for billions of rupees if there are massive damages. Good luck. Muslims will skin both of them and will have huge homes, office buildings and Mosques. ha ha ha.

    Donald Gnanakone.
    Tamils For Justice.

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      Donald J Gnanakone,

      “Absolute rubbish by DJ… Nobody reads the Daily News other than the Sinhala racist-chauvinist. They might take the DN seriously as DJ.”

      Do you know what is the circulation of the Daily News? Say it’s 1 million, then 3 million people may be reading the copies. If 20% of them absorb the venomous propaganda seriously, what Dayan says has a high probability of occurring.

      So don’t dismiss it: If I were living in Colombo or the South I wouldn’t.

      It is a historical fact that fascist states use such articles to inflame peoples’ minds before they embark on horrendous actions.

      Let’s pray that it doesn’t happen as the world will be indifferent as they did during the 2009 massacre of over 70,000 innocent Tamils in Mullivaaikkaal.

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      Another idiotic comment from Gnanakone.Instead of forming a “Tamils for Justice” he should start a group called “How to Read”!
      Dayan’s essay is about the INTENETIONS and PROGRAMS of the Regime insofar as the Daily News is its offical voice and the author seems to be fictitous.It is not how many read the CDN, but who in the regime is sponsoring this threat …

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      The ground reality is quite different from that claimed by Donald. A friend of mine on a visit spoke to some 300 Tamils in Colombo and Wellawatte. Answers were in whispers and they look around before even expressing, particularly on issues affecting the Tamils.

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    Both the Daily Mirror and Daily News
    which is a bit worse than the Daily Mirror
    are a bunch of trash
    good to wipe Rajapassa’s Ass!

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    “Daily News” is a state run media. It clearly reflects the policy of the government that is “Tamils and Muslims have no right to live in this country and it is a land for only “Buddhist Sinhala”. The Nothern Provincial Council drama will only go until Commonwealth Conference and in 2014 we will see that 13th amendment and Provinces will be a history.

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      This is not the policy of the government. This is the opinion of every True and honest Sinhala Buddhist. There are some sinhala buddhists who pretend otherwise because of where they are employed or because of whom they are married to. But honest sinhala buddhists maintain loudly and clearly that this is a sinhalese buddhist country and the minorities can go to hell if they do not like that.

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        “and the minorities can go to hell if they do not like that.”

        How can they tell 25% to go to hell.If it was less than 10% maybe they could.That is what the sinhalese are missing today,a look at the numbers.When you say minorities,it is a broad term.40% also is a minority,5 % also is a minority.If it is 5% it is easy to say that this is a sinhala country and the minorities can continue to live here as well behaved guests.If it is 10% it gets a little bit harder and when it becomes 15,20,25,30,35,40 becomes progressively harder to instill into the thick skulls of the minorities that the country belongs to the sinhalese only and they are merely guests.

        So far the sinhalese have managed to deal with the minorities because their divide and rule policy of tamils and muslim has worked beautifully with the muslims siding with the majority.

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        @crazyoldmansl. You are not a Sinhala Buddhist, you are a RACIST! If you want to be a Sri Lankan then you should obey country’s constitution. That mean there is religious freedom in this country and Sri Lanka belongs to all Sri Lankans NOT for you kind of RACISTS! We are Sri Lankans.

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    Good stuff Dayan – keep it coming!
    Glad you’ve woken up from sleep walking in the Rajapassa induced night mare DEEP STATE.. in the Debacle of Asia!

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      Agreed at last Dyan was AWOKEN ! The question is can you resist the next offer for a Diplomatic posting that will surely come from the Rajapaksas’.

      Remember every man has his price !

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    Tamils are very clear and vote TNA , IF its free and fair election. No matter what sinhala people think. Its tamils choice who they want, nobody can force them. Tamils live in western province mostly beleive TNA must win. If its another july 83, separation will be the answer.

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    Where is the Dead Leftist Minister of National Languages and Social Integration – Vasudeva Nanayakkara?
    Why has doddering Vasu NOT tabled a Bill Against Hate Speech to criminalize the Incitement to Racial and Religious Intolerance?

    Why has the opposition and the MUSLIM and TAMIL Parties not drafted and presented such a bill as a private members motion?

    Most or the Politicians are brain dead lot..

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      He can’t even get a street with a Tamil name in Colombo, what can he do?

      Even if you pass a law so what? So many laws are not implemented anyway!

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    One Ting is clear as glass,

    Only RAJAPASSA, his family and his Henchmen are Patriots,

    Others, who do not support him to cheat, abduct to get ransom, kill and objecting his looting clans are Traitors.

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    THIS IS THE TARGET HAVE TO ACHIEVE BY BLOOD SUCKERS OF BUDDHIST IN SL

    **FIRST ——–>TAMILS ERADICATED FROM THE ISLAND

    **SECOND—–> MUSLIMS NOW ONGOING WAR UNDER THE SUPPORT OF DEFENSE SECRETARY

    **THIRD—–> MY DEAR CHRISTIAN BROTHERS YOU ARE THE NEXT TARGET FOR SURE

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    Dr Dayan Jayatilleka was Chairperson/Rapporteur of the Intergovernmental Working Group on the Effective Implementation of the United Nations’ Durban Declaration & Programme of Action against Racism, Racial Intolerance, Xenophobia and Related Forms of Intolerance.

    We see how well he did his job.

    If the Tamils in the western province are hit the first rat who will have to be trapped is you because you are the one who is spreading the doctrine that hitting the tamils who are outside the north and east is the answer to any rebellious uprising of the Tamils in the north and east and hitting the Tamils in the hill country is the answer to any rumblings from India and an uprising based in Uva is the answer to any western foreign intervention.

    Your role in this matter is very well known. Your ‘deep state’ stories are simply an attempt to cover your own dirty trail.

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      You truly ARE crazy, old man.

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        Ya sure. Don’t you know that yet? You will surely join me one day. Its one way to get away from a war tribunal what old chap? Asylums are all the fashion.

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      Well, the Rajapaksas will welcome you with open arms for their “hanging ceremony”. as the saying goes “digging your own grave”. If such “good luck” comes to the Rajapaksas through the likes of you, who are we to stop that?

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      crazy,Dr.dayan is merely giving extracts from the daily news.These are not his views but that of a government media organ.That is why he is alarmed as to the way of thinking of the GOSL.Can’t you read a bit the article by him and see that most of it is extracts from the daily news.

      You need a pair of specs as well as the pills it seems.

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    Dear Dayan thank you for the quick warning of a repeat of July 83.
    I wish that your art. be given in Sinhala media.
    sjemmanuel

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      My dear father,
      Do you really think ordinary Sinhalas take DJ’s writing seriously except of cause for the WOGs?

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        You are right in a way but every intelligent Sri Lankans who truly love the motherland, I mean PATRIOTS (not name sake patriots) would take this WARNING very seriously.
        Don J. Gnanakone’s surprised me with his comment.

        Thank you Dr. Dayan. Keep up your good work.

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        patriot-(aka Leela)
        Herold- please don’t be patronising to the ordinary Sinhalese or even village folk.
        You think most of them are village idiots.
        Think they are well averse to what exactly is happening.

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      He was just drawing attention to what he had got written. He knows that all the mad people are watching him and so he did not dare do it himself this time. But then words and the thinking are his own and those things are very carefully tracked. Even the maddest of our madmen and madwomen can track down the DJ Doctrine anywhere it is published. He leaves a wide trail where ever he goes because of his massive ego. He shall be brought to task one day and exposed by the law unless he joins his friends and goes the Quhaddhafi way. But that’s not what I want for him. I want to see him charged by a war tribunal for supporting the genocide. So we shall keep his neck above water till the time is right.

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      Father Emmanuel has no clue on the Colombo Tamils matters. I doubt whether Fr. E would really make such a comment Mr. Editor. Anybody can comment on CT with fictitious names.

      Mr. CrazyoldmanSL, you are correct about your comments about DJ. This is typical Sinhala tactics of scarring the Tamils Islandwide. To hell with them. “Bring it on” is what I say, to such fear mongers and scare tacticians, and see the repercussions this time.

      It is 2013 today, and not 1983…..
      30 years later and after the civil war, Tamils are a different bunch of people not only in “Our Island and land” but internationally.

      Sri Lanka will officially become a combined state like, Iran, Sudan and Zimbabwe… There is no USA backing like Israel has against the Arab states.

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    TNA MP Sivajilingam told the international media that the Govt is settling 100,000 Sinhala Soldiers and their families on his Tamil lands in the North.

    And the TNA Leader and his Colombo deputy were in Toroto collecting money from the same sources which funded the LTTE for three decades.

    Where did Jayantha say that the inhabitants in the North are low IQ ingrates?.

    Isn’ t it the TNA who imported Vellala candidates to look after the ex captives?.

    Isn’t Jayantha whom you imply to be a a nobody expressing his personal views and fears?.

    How can a “nobody” organize a pogrom, if that is what you are implying?.

    BTW, how many BBS members read the Daily News?

    If you think “nobody’ Jayantha’s fears are plausible , shouldn’t you be suggesting a course of action to your potential Vellala CM mate and his handlers to difuse any issues that bother the general inhabitant population with regards to the current peace and harmony that they enjoy?.

    Would’t that be more beneficial and more inhabitant friendly than trying to build a rapport with Ms Pillai and give free kicks to the Diaspora IC?.

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      An illiterate who clearly hasn’t bothered to read the article in question, sitting at home talking about Vellalas and Christian plots.

      It’s a shame we dont provide proper care to the mentally unstable in this country xD

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    Dayan,

    Lee Kuan Yew, the living Confucius has said that the president Mahinda Rajapakse is a Sinhala extremist, and he cannot be corrected. This is wisdom from an elder statesman in Asia.

    I will not surprised if the state headed by this dictator lets loose his goons and henchmen in an anti-Tamil pogrom orders of magnitude higher than 1983 all over Sri Lanka.

    He has already exterminated over 70,000 innocent Tamils in Mullivaaikkaal, and it won’t be anything new for him.

    Only god can save Tamils while the world may look the other side as they did during the latter part of the war.

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    I agree that Buddhism is supposed to be peaceful but some people have different interpretations of Gauthama Buddha’s teachings which is used to defend Sinhala Buddhism. We should look at the problem from all angles. If President is quiet, then we must think because any president will always do what is best for the country. Maybe he is interpreting Buddha’s teachings differently to defend people.

    The president and BBS surely also know buddhism so if Buddhism is peaceful, why is he allowing it? Gauthama Buddha preached peace, which is how one group interprets but others interpret differently. Some monks say Buddha if alive would have allowed BBS actions but again its an interpretation. Saying Gauthama was a ma of peace is one interpretation of Buddhism as a scholar said. Its confusing though. Lets just practise restraint. We should work for peace.

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      TrueSinhala:

      Religion has ALWAYS been held captive by politics. Religion is easily the weakest link to sensationalise race and politics. When the Bamiyan Buddha statue was blown off by the Talibans, was there anything that you or SL could do? Even the huge outcry could not stop the race tainted Hindus razing the Babri mosque. There are so many matters and issues where we feel very angry but incapacitated. You know TrueSinhala what helps to ease such pain – the thought and feeling that we have or could have mattered when there is something within our reach and we made the difference. Doesn’t that make us a better person – beyond what any religion can confer us?

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    I agree with Dayan and also reader Thiru’s comments. The Daily Noise is nothing but the shameful mouthpiece of the regime, but its for that very reason that particular pieces like the one in question should be taken seriously, because in some way it is letting the cat out of the bag with regard to the fascist plans being made. Also the scheming Goat could use Weliweriya as an excuse to withhold the army in case of another riot and then what happens?. Can the police be trusted to enforce the law from what we have seen? The people of this country have every right to feel alarmist and despondent at the present turn of events.

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    Dayan:
    Are you not aware that Rajpal Abeynayake, consequent to his abominablly boorish behaviour in Geneva in defence of a government which, if I remember right, you represented in that very same city, suddenly was reinstated in the good books of the Rajapaksa government and, shortly thereafter, was installed as the head honcho at the Daily Noise?
    (Someone please correct me in the event that I have got these facts wrong)
    Don’t you think there is some significance in this and other pieces of outright government propaganda that are now regularly published in this piece of the gutter press?
    But with reference to you and him and your friendships (with the Rajapassas and with each other), I’d like to suggest that “Tell me who your friends are and I’ll tell you who you are,” would be appropriate in this determination.

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    Dr Jayatilleka, you, as usual, are quick on the draw. But in this instance I fear you are giving oxygen to some incediary claptrap. Lake House once, once upon a time, had gravitas; not anymore. Nowadays that haunted shell of former days is a den of vipers and sycophants who are constantly mindful that their shrivelled cojones rest in the hands of those in power. Observers of the SL situation will look at their organs, but with distaste, only to see what the lowest common denominator among us thinks.

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      Dayan is the architect of this tit for tat doctrine. He spewed it at the UN as well, when there was a threat of what he then derisively called the Right To Pee during the last days of the war. You will find his writings on this with DBS Jeyarajs blogs. This time however I suspect that the game will not play. Whatever happens if and when it does I shall be greatly pleased and shall do all that is possible to expose the good doctors ownership of this doctrine and shall do all that is possible to expose his Goebbelsian role.

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      sycophants don’t require gravitas to report along the lines of what theyr paymasters think and/or want the public to think. The DN’s reputation and staffing are irrelevant- it’s what they publish with the higher-ups’ approval that matters.

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    Plateau State, Nigeria (CNN) — Gunmen attacked a mosque in the Nigerian town of Konduga with automatic weapons, killing at least 44 people, a local police official said.

    The mosque is in Konduga town, about 30 kilometers (almost 19 miles) southeast of Maiduguri, the capital of Nigeria’s northern Borno state.

    The Islamic militant group Boko Haram has carried out attacks in this area before, though police are still investigating this incident.

    Nigeria’s Daily Trust newspaper quotes him as saying: “By Allah, we have come of age; we now have the capability to face the United States, not to talk of Nigeria.”

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      Idiot this has nothing to do with Muslims!

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      ..and the relevance of this comment to the article?

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      Muliyawakkal aka abhaya aka Sumana Sekera aka Jim Softly you really make me laugh. This write up by DJ does not discuss Muslim issues in far off lands. This is about what is happening in Sri Lanka and now.

      What is your agenda and who is paying you???

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      CT Moderator – Muliyawaikal or Whoever he is, most probably Leela, Patriot, K.A.S Sumanasekera, Jim Sifty and with 100 other Pseudonym/Stage names, always makes racial comments or do not stick to the subject. Why publish such comments which is totally irrelevant to the topic.
      Please do monitor his fabricated, fictious or Conjured racial comments that he wtites daily basis. He wirtes lies after lies with one motive.
      Thank you.
      RS

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        Actually Muliyawaikkal is also known as Lorenzo at LW who likes in North West US.(not come to SL for nearly 6 years)
        He is a well disguised “plant” by the LTTE. You ought to read his (calls himself a Christian Tamil)comments in LW far fetched racist comments against all non-sinhala buddhist. It’s amusing to read and equally amusing find fellow commentators agreeing with it all including the moderator at LW.
        Entertaining but rather sick.

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    @ Dayan,good article and yes DN is trying just to do that

    @ Donald,what DJ says holds water as even if 500 000 people read the rag sheet DN and out of that just 5000 absorb the venomous propaganda then there is a danger as those 5000 can maniulate via word of mouth to another 5000 at least!

    @ K A Sumansekera (Leela of Lee Potter ) go use the DN as a toilet paper mate!

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      Daily News circulation should not be misread for political opinions and views. DN has the circulation no doubt due to decades of habit, and newsagents in every nook and corner around the Island.

      Good for the “Obituaries and local advertisements”.

      Anyway, the fact remains that 75% of the people in the country are Sinhalese and the Sinhala-Buddhist opinion are different to the Tamils. Afterall, the UNP created the 1983 Black July and then Mahinda Rajapakse was not even in Parliament. (1977-1989)….

      Many in the UNP also have the same opinion as DJ, and arrogantly think Tamils :”Have to Vote for them” enthusiastically since Rajapakses are a worse poison than the UNP.

      This is also why the UNP narrowly lost the Presidential election in 2005.

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    “Lynn Ockersz, who took over as editor of the Daily News early in April 2011, was unceremoniously sacked a few days ago for refusing to follow the orders of the Lake House management to print a front-page story adverse to human rights lawyer J. C. Weliamuna.

    Rajpal Abeynayake, a peripatetic journalist who has previously worked on the editorial staff of the Sunday Tmes and the Sunday Observer, is the new editor of the Daily News. He served as the editor of the Lakbima News, a weekly rag he founded after his dismissal as the editor of the Sunday Observer.”

    The DN functions as the rear end of the Rajapakse tutelage emmiting a daily noise and foul stench. It is the editorial policy of this rag as it plays to the gallery of ethno religous facists and extremist. Their daily appetite for such horrendus fantasy and titillation needs to be satiated.

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      Hats off to Lynn. He is a burgher not one of these backboneless sinhalese who did not dare oppose the genocide of the Tamils and now cry when the guns are turned against them.

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    There can never be a repeat of Black July. Iif it happens, it will end up with the North East of Sri Lanka becoming an Indian protectorate. That is sure to happen!

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      There should be an administrative set up ready for the ‘District of Thamileelam’of the State of Thamilnadu. Also a special north Indian cadre of police officers who will head the police force deployed there under the Tamilnadu police force. There must be a Sikh contingent stationed there in the current Sri Lankan army camps. The governor of Thamilnadu can be relocated to thamileelam. Maybe the capital of Thamilnadu can be thamileelam. Will the Sri Lankan Tamils like that or will they launch another war against the Indians. If they do then we can sit back and laugh and make some movies of this war.

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        Tamils will never again wage a war with India! Tamils want to live as Tamils preserving their linguistic and cultural identity. If that is not possible under a united Sri Lanka but with sufficient devolved autonomy for the Tamils, their only option will be to become an Indian protectorate under which their identity will be preserved for ever!. But the first option mind you is a united Sri Lanka with a fully devolved power for Tamils!

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    Regime is armed with “Lin medi chintanaya”. Does not understand issues in Sri Lankan politics. Does not understand a,band c of international politics

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    Dayan is quite correct.
    The writing is on the wall.
    The extremists will love another ’83 pogrom.

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    I’m beginning to wonder if this diabolical article and even some of the recent editorials are generated outside Lake House, but within the (deep) state apparatus.

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      DJ, I don’t know about Jayantha, but I see you have your own sting operation to tag 13A to N&E.

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        patriot (aka Leela….)
        Herold- you keep forgetting MR’s own sting from his pronouncements from 23 May 2009.
        ps- Thought you looked well at Otters a few weeks back-
        Best

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      Actually, the DN Editorials are getting rather hilarious at the moment.

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      Ha, ha, ha, yes of course they are now dont we all know that? And we also know who the president of that deep state is right?

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      where ever it is generated it is the prerogative and right of the editor to decide what goes on a newspaper. We can’t expect much from the current occupant of that esteemed seat of editor of the Daily News can we? It saddens me he was at one time such a good journalist be fore the Rajapaksas and the bottle ruined him.

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      Ask your friend Rajiva !

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    Daily noise is a disgrace to journalism. But the threat of anti Tamil riots is an ever present evil the Tamils all over the island face. Now the Muslims too live under the same threat. The majority never understands that by alienating the minorities, the majority doesn’t prosper. Will they ever learn?

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      Get it right Linage, Muslims are working overtime to become the majority.

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    The Peoples Force Should be Formed.

    There should be civil disobedience.

    It should be like the 1953 Hartal.

    http://www.colombopage.com/archive_13B/Aug13_1376374291JV.php

    Aug 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s main opposition United National Party (UNP) said it will take part in a mass protest organized by a people’s movement called The Force for Unity to protest the government’s military crackdown on a protest in Weliweriya and demand justice for the persons killed and injured in the attack.

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    It is pretty obvious the MR regime will not hold the NCP Elections with the 13th Amendment, although preparations are allowed at the moment. At the last moment the CJ Mohan Peries will get the Elections postponed till the determination of the case, reference the 13th Amendment is sorted. CHOGM will be held as scheduled and next year MR will refer the 13th to the Parliament and will be defeated by a 2/3 majority. Then MR hopes to hold the NCP without the 13th next year to follow with the Presidential Election. Believe me there is something DRASTIC will happen before that.

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    The Daily News has always been the mouthpiece and propaganda organ of the ruling party from JRJ, Premadasa, CBK etc.
    However, more recently under MR it has “notched” up the defamatory, incitement, hate speeches and down right lies and missed headline news covered by the other dailies.

    I buy it for my early morning chuckle at the Editorials (you know it has hurt the regime if the Editorial is scathing), Obituaries, Tenders and thereafter shredded and pulped with egg shells and orange peel for my rose and banana plants.

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    Dayan Jayathilake’s Chicken little stories.

    These articles are for cheap publicity.

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      Do you know what cheap publicity is?
      Listen to Nimal Siriplala de silva’s Video/news today in an other media. He says he is proud that people call him a Laundryman.
      That’s cheap publicity and that’s called boot licking.
      Doctor Dayan is doing his duties.

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    Dear Dr. Dayan,
    I have read the original article in the ‘Daily News’ and do not perceive any threat to the Tamil community as indicated by you. The article merely pleads with the professional class Tamils and the Tamil business community in the south to influence the TNA in not asking for police and land powers not only for the Northern Province but for all provincial councils.

    It surmises the dangers that lurk when such powers are entrusted to Provincial Councils and warns of the megalomaniacal attitudes prevalent with some current Provincial leaders whose judgement in many issues have been left wanting.

    If all Provincial council police forces were armed to the teeth as prescribed by India then imagine the danger that would ensue if a civil disturbance did warrant armed intervention as in Weliweeriya. Then the responsibility would lie within the Provincial council not the central government – an unsatisfactory set of affairs that has the making of becoming a political football between the Government and the respective Provincial council.

    Just also cogitate what could happen if for example a Sinhala supremacist Provincial leader in the south decided to utilise a tit for tat measure if the northern provincial police force shot a Sinhala villager in the north. The repercussions are too disastrous to contemplate. The writer of this article is attempting to highlight such issues and your interpretation of his concerns is making a ‘mountain of a molehill’.

    I am also of the opinion that it is disingenuous of you to equate this as credence being given tacitly to this article by central government. This article is in the features section of the newspaper and not in its editorial and as such it is not the opinion of the leader writer or the editor.

    Finally the granting of police powers to provincial councils is a matter for the people of Sri Lanka and their representatives in Parliament not an external power such as India that is oblivious to the dangerous situations on the ground and the repercussions that ensue when such powers are misused.

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      Merlin,
      I also read the article and i found it rather distasteful but its the norm at DN whether its Editorial or Points of View(sub editorial)or Features. (are we reading the same DN?)

      Why would the author Jayantha Gunesekera (JG) ask the Professional & Business Tamils living in the south to influence the TNA not asking for such powers that is in the Constitution for the Northern or any other Province. It’s in the Constitution and its not for the job of Tamils living elsewhere to influence any party. Should it not be the lawmakers?
      I smelt an ulterior motive in the authors analysis and you spun the way you wanted it.
      You refer to megalomaniacal attitudes prevalent with some current Provincial leaders, whose fault would that be? If MR had a back-bone he could and should have nipped it in the bud.
      Are presuming that if Wigneswaran is elected to the North Province he would act in a similar manner. It’s been a long time since a NPC election is to be held and the Northerners have a democratic right to chose their Provincial Council leader without the shenanigans that we have witnessed else where.
      Perhaps, if Wigneswaran is elected and appointed, he may set an example to the megalomaniac provincial leaders elsewhere in the country.

      With regards shooting people whether it is tamil, sinhala or burgher,
      the best example is Duminda vs Bharatha – Does it not give you a sour taste?

      Lets get to the chase- Why dont you just admit that the NPC elections should not be held, the Northerners should not be able to exercise their rights, and powers granted by the Constitution should be with held from the Northerners. – It’s that simple instead of the hog wash.

      Think one would respect you for being honest (one may disagree with ones views)and not disingenuous in your assumptions and analysis.

      ps- I’m one on those Sinhala-Tamil Professionals (semi retired) who the author is appealing to
      be disingenuous

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        Chandra,
        I believe that the NPC elections should be held and I hold the erudite Wigneswaran in high esteem compared to some of the rabble that poses as Provincial leaders elsewhere.

        As for the granting of police powers holistically to all Provinces I see inherent dangers. If such police powers are to be granted then an amendment must be made where the police representative will be accountable to the Provincial Council’s leader but operational issues must be sacrosanct and be the responsibility of the independent governor appointed by the central government.

        I have always held that the provincial system of government is not suitable for a small country such as Sri Lanka unlike in India where ethnic and linguistic boundaries are well defined. Moreover this is an extra burden of administration that Sri Lanka could do without. Sri Lanka and India are very different demographically and politically, hence aping an Indian system that was imposed and reluctantly agreed is not in the best interests of Sri Lanka.

        However be that it may the Provincial system is here to stay and it must be adopted for the betterment of all of Sri Lankan citizens. The political dynamics have also changed from the inception of the provincial councils. The bargain that JRJ struck with Rajiv Gandhi and JN Dixit was incumbent on the fact that the proposal of Provincial Councils and various amendments to the constitution would be implemented on the proviso that the LTTE was disarmed by the IPKF. As we now know that the IPKF failed miserably and Sri Lankans from all communities suffered interminably until defeat of the LTTE by the Sri Lankan forces. Hence in my opinion India failed to keep its side of the bargain and Sri Lanka is within its inalienable right to change the constitution and the system of Provincial councils. Also internationally even though India is still a regional power its clout is somewhat subdued with the rising power of the other Asian giant China. China’s economic influence in Sri Lanka is growing rapidly to the detriment of India this is another important factor in Asian and Sri Lankan political dynamics.

        I would prefer elected district councils and for larger conurbations such as cities an elected strategic authority with an elected Mayor as head, similar to the elected London Assembly in Britain where the assembly is responsible for strategy and implementation across the city. It should be funded by central government and a levy from the taxes of the adjoining district councils.

        As for your assertion that it is in the constitution and hence it must be implemented is hollow as slavishly implementing unsuitable provisions especially imposed by a foreign power would be counterproductive. Hence I believe MR has made the right decision in appointing a PSC for discussion among all parties and agreeing on a suitable system instead of the alien onerous provincial system imposed by a foreign power when Sri Lanka was weak and vulnerable due to the LTTE.

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    I personally do not believe a second ‘Black July’ is in the offing. I agree with many commentators here,if that scenario is to replay that the north and east will become Indian Protectorates. No country in the world will interfere with such an arrangement. VP who took on the Indian Army is no more. So the Indians have no axe to grind with the likes of LTTE. They have no choice but to intervene given the mood in South India in recent times.

    But I know the stage is set for a new black month – but ala Muslims. From all the evidence available it is to take place when the last of the CHOGM party goers have left the country. So don’t brace for another ‘Black July’ despite the rantings of madmen who write in DN. But brace yourself and be ready for a pogrom against Muslims. The days of the Muslims in Sri Lanka are numbered. Unfortunate for the Muslims in Sri Lanka, they can expect support or sympathy from the world where their esteem is held so low. I personally believe that it is in the best interest of the Muslims to convert to Budhism

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