23 July, 2024

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Reply To Mangala Samaraweera & Sarath De Alwis: Sinhala Tiger Or Smart Patriot?

By Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

I must be doing something right because I have been the subject of critiques from at least three sources in just over a single week. Since I have engaged in a polemic with US-based Hafeel Farisz, I shall limit myself to a brief reply to the other two. One is, incredibly enough, the Minister of External Affairs of Sri Lanka, Mangala Samaraweera and the other, freelance columnist Sarath de Alwis. The latter I read unfailingly and treat with intellectual respect and a degree of fondness while the former I do not, but I shall commence with the former, if only because he holds high and responsible public office.

15 minutes into a lengthy media briefing at the Ministry of External Affairs on March 16th, Mangala Samaraweera declared that he would shift focus to two “main personalities”, Dayan Jayatilleka and Maj Gen Kamal Gunaratne. He accused me, in the main, of having been (a) a “Sinhala Tiger” who (b) obtained weapons training from Douglas Devananda and (c) chased away/deprived Sri Lanka of international support when I was a diplomat.

Mangala Samaraweera is lucky that my father, Mervyn de Silva, told me never to waste time and still less money, on mediocrities, or else I would have joined my former colleague Ambassador Tamara Kunanayakam whom he falsely called a member of the LTTE, in suing him for an enormous sum. Instead, let me hold up to the light the nonsense he uttered on the record, in his capacity as Foreign Minister.

In a recent article on Anton Balasingham, the respected columnist DBS Jeyaraj put on the record what many of us already knew, namely that Balasingham used the pseudonym Brahmagnani. It is none other and no less than Balasingham who described me as “standing out” as “a unique character” among all those Sri Lankan analysts who opposed the Tigers, because of my “ruthless criticism” of the LTTE.

Over two decades ago, writing as Brahmagnani in the paper published by the LTTE until its retreat from Jaffna in late 1995, and devoting a full page to a critique of my first book (“Sri Lanka, the Travails of a Democracy: Unfinished War, Protracted Crisis”, Vikas, New Delhi 1995) Anton Balasingham pronounced on me as follows:

“Sri Lankan political discourse, in recent times, has produced an amazing variety of political theorists and analysts whose main vocation seems to be to produce denunciatory criticisms of the politico-military strategy of the LTTE and offer ideas or solutions as to how to end the so-called terrorist menace. Among these political theorists Dayan Jayatilleka stands out as a unique character in his irrational and ruthless criticism of the LTTE.” (Inside Report – Tamil Eelam News Review, June 30, 1995).

So who is better suited to provide evidence of my attitude to the Tigers? Mangala Samaraweera or Anton Balasingham?

Most certainly I was indicted, as Mangala Samaraweera said in his March 16th media briefing, under the Prevention of Terrorism Act and the Emergency regulations, and that too as the first accused among 23 persons, on 14 counts, in the mid-late 1980s. Whether any of the 14 charges came even remotely close to being a “Sinhala Tiger”, that is to say, a supporter of separatism and the LTTE, Mangala Samaraweera should inquire from an old associate of his, one of the ideologues of the Yahapalana regime and advisor to President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, Dr. Ram Manikkalingam, who was a member of our political organization known as the Vikalpa Kandayama (“Alternatives Group”) and one of those accused together with me in the same trial in the Colombo High Courts.

Ram will enlighten his old friend Mangala, that in those years (the 1980s) in which separatism was a deadly serious indictable offense, none of the 14 charges leveled against us remotely included that of separatism/secessionism or any contact whatsoever with the LTTE!

The charges all related to our alleged effort to “overthrow the state through violence” and one of the accused was K. Pathmanabha, Palestinian trained founder-leader of the Marxist EPRLF, and later a victim of a Tiger assassination squad. The 14 charges related to our idealistic, perhaps Utopian project, as a multiethnic, multilingual, multi-religious group of largely urban, educated young men and women, to make a Socialist Revolution cutting across ethnic and regionalist barriers and uniting Southern and Northern leftists.

In short, ours was a socialist alternative to both the Tigers’ separatism and the JVP’s xenophobia and chauvinism—which is precisely why Vijaya Kumaratunga authored and signed a letter to President JR Jayewardene in 1987 calling for our amnesty; a call that was taken up by DEW Gunasekara in Parliament!

Samaraweera’s other charge at his long media briefing of March 16th, is that I was militarily trained by Douglas Devananda. Douglas was most certainly a comrade and I continue to regard him as one, but even if the allegation of receiving weapons training from him were true, (which it isn’t), that not only does not make me a “Sinhala Tiger”, it is further evidence of exactly the opposite, because Devananda was never once a Tiger, always fought against the Tigers, and was the target even according to US reports (revealed by WikiLeaks) of no less than eleven assassination attempts against him by the Tigers!

Mangala Samaraweera’s third major charge against me, to wit, that I lost support for Sri Lanka in the diplomatic arena, not only shows that Sri Lanka cannot count on him but that he simply cannot count. It was precisely when I was Sri Lanka’s Ambassador/Permanent Representative to Geneva that Sri Lanka won, in May 2009 a near two-thirds majority of votes in the UN Human Rights Council obtaining 29 votes to 12; a number of votes that even the world’s sole superpower the USA could not secure for any of the three resolutions it brought against Sri Lanka in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Samaraweera should also note that while every single resolution against/on Sri Lanka, including the notorious 30/1 of 2015 and the impending one of 2017, expressly mention, invoke and base themselves upon the previous resolutions of 2012, 2013 and 2014, not a single one mentions the Resolution of May 2009! That is because the May 2009 Resolution gives no traction for any subsequent resolution critical of Sri Lanka. In May 2009 in Geneva, on my watch, Sri Lanka won a clear victory, hands down, with no “hook” for the future.

As General Charles de Gaulle famously said “après moi, le deluge”. After me, after my removal by the Rajapaksa administration a mere six weeks after our victory, we lost three times in a row whenever the West actually tabled a resolution in 2012, 2013 and 2014, functioning at the UNHRC Geneva under the stellar leadership of Mohan Pieris, who had unmasked himself as a pompous stooge and woefully inadequate for the task, and Sajin Vaas Gunawardena, the Rajapaksa nuclear family’s poster boy of “Thug Diplomacy”.

The Rajapaksa administration did not have the common sense to send me back in to Geneva to reverse the situation after the 2012 defeat, though I had finished my stint in France by January 2013 and could easily have been deployed in the Geneva arena. The resulting “deluge” continues to this day, sinking Sri Lanka deeper by the UNHRC session.

Sarath De Alwis

I remember Sarath with some affection in the 1970s during his Lake House days and later as top columnist “Narada” of the Sunday Times. In that decade my father Mervyn de Silva was editor of the Ceylon Daily News, the Sunday Observer and later the Sunday Times. I was a teenager and then an undergrad in his freshman year. Sarath writes:

“I do not have a ‘never-ending quarrel’ with Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka. I have known him as precocious child of mercurial father, a brilliant student and arguably the brightest student of Political Science of Peradeniya since Bishop Lakshman. He could have got the same academic distinction that Bishop Lakshman Wickremesinghe achieved in the same discipline, if not for his father Mervyn’s ebb-and-flow relations with the then academic elite of Peradeniya. Sins of the father visiting on sons.” 

Sarath is mostly right but slightly wrong here, so let me set the record straight. I did in fact get “the same academic distinction that Bishop Lakshman Wickremesinghe achieved in the same discipline”. I not only obtained a First Class Honors degree in Political Science as did Bishop Lakshman, I won the award for the best results in Political Science that year; an award instituted precisely by Bishop Lakshman Wickremesinghe (my father’s friend and university batch-mate), in the name of his (and his brother Esmond’s) father, CL Wickremesinghe, the grandfather of the present Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. That award had not been granted for well over a decade and was not to be granted again for quite a few years after I had won it. This is borne out by eminent educationist, Emeritus Professor Carlo Fonseka’s definition of my university degree as a “first class of unsurpassed excellence” in Political Science (Prof. Emeritus Carlo Fonseka, ‘13th Amendment, Dayan & Malinda’, The Island, July 15, 2009)

However, though I did get “the same academic distinction that Bishop Lakshman obtained in the same discipline”, I was not recruited to the Peradeniya staff upon graduation in 1981, and in 1982 after I was unanimously selected at an interview for the Peradeniya post, it was suppressed!

Sarath’s informed speculation is probably quite accurate and the issues that those dull, grey academics—unimpressive personalities and intellectual mediocrities– had with the charismatic, iconic Mervyn de Silva whom they dared not take on socially or in print, were visited upon me. Later I was given a visiting lecturership at Colombo which was not renewed after the two year contract expired despite the excellent results my students had obtained and a petition signed by them to open a special degree program with me as the lecturer. When I returned from my stints as Ambassador I was not given my seniority, my promotions or increments, and in disgust I handed in my resignation. All these depredations from the year of my graduation in 1981 to my return in 2013, were at the hands of pro-Ranil UNPers (known in the ’80s as the UNP “junta”) or, this time around, the Yahapalana-NGO mafia on campus.

Sarath balances off his pat on the back, with this: “Dayan was a good envoy abroad. It is my personal and continuing regret that Dr. Dayan J did not get summarily slapped by Sajin Vass, Mahinda’s enforcer, when preaching politics of the realist school seated on a barstool in a Geneva Brasserie or a Paris bistro. I have not seen Sajin Vass Gunawardene since 1994 and I count his father too as a dear friend.”

I was once asked by an interviewer on one of Sirasa’s open air ‘stroll about’ interviews, as to what might have happened had I been assaulted by Sajin Vaas. The camera—and the evening’s newscast– caught me in of those rare moments in which I was rendered speechless, and that was because I was in a fit of uncontrollable laughter, causing the interviewer also to join in. Sarath would appreciate that slapping the genteel Dr. Chris Nonis is one thing and attempting to slap someone (even a neighbor of JRJ’s from Ward Place) who has been indicted – but not apprehended—on charges of attempting to “overthrow the state through violence”, could be quite something else, at least as far as instant responses to such thuggish actions as Sajin’s go.    

Mr. De Alwis goes on to say: “Dr. D. J. says that he criticized Gota then while others were silent. I do not know what he wrote about Gota.” Now that’s a statement I shall have to excuse as a lamentable lapse of memory due to age, because it was he, Sarath, who in an article just days ago, quoted at some length, a critique I had made of Gota in 2014. Sarath’s reminiscence was followed up by more quotes resurrected by Uvindu Kurukulasuriya. Anyway, if Sarath or anyone else wants to know what I wrote critically about Gota and the Deep State when others were silent, please refer the petition on Rathupaswela that Rajiva, Tamara and I signed, and still more substantively, portions of my 2013 book ‘Long War, Cold Peace’ (Vijitha Yapa) which was sold out that year and was republished in an updated edition in 2014. 

Sarath writes that: “Smart patriotism of the Viyath Maga ideologue Dr. D.J., is banal nationalism. It is a clever political project. This idea of smart patriotism fosters a duty towards the State in contrast to the civic nation which is a post-independence imperative of a plural multicultural democracy. Smart patriotism is a very learned and profoundly academic subterfuge to restrict civil liberties and to overcome opposition.”

I was an invited speaker at the ‘Viyath Maga’ convention and am not its ideologue. If I am ideologically associated or identified, and that too informally, with any formation or collective, it is the Joint Opposition (JO). Secondly, if Smart Patriotism as articulated by me is “banal nationalism”, Mr. de Alwis must please explain why it has been subject to savage denunciation on his website ‘Kalaya’ not once but twice, by the Godfather of “banal nationalism”, Prof Nalin de Silva, on the charge of being anti/non-nationalist! 

Closely paraphrasing Gramsci, Sarath de Alwis writes that “We are trapped between a world that is dying but not yet dead and a new world that cannot yet be born. In this interregnum, a variety of morbid symptoms can appear. Viyath Maga is one such morbid symptom of an infantile disease that Dr. D.J. describes variously as Smart Patriotism, Gota as President, Gota Project…”

As a modest student of Gramsci myself, I view the current crisis of the Yahapalana regime, bond scam, mangled Mangaloid Geneva rhetoric and all, as precisely those symptoms of an interregnum between the dying and that which cannot yet be born. I regard Smart Patriotism as the ideology of the new world that cannot yet be born, at least until the national elections of 2019-2020 and I see the “Gota Presidency/Gota project” as precisely the road to the new world that can be born; the new, strong, developed Sri Lanka that we can be; the Sri Lanka that President Ranasinghe Premadasa and President Mahinda Rajapaksa laid the foundations for and dreamt of; a “shining city on the hill” as Ronald Reagan once described America. Gota supported by Mahinda can get us there.

Gotabaya can build a new urbanized technocratic civilization which is the 21st century equivalent of the magnificent civilizations that this island once built; civilizations that put us ahead of the rest of South Asia, until the Tamil invaders drove us downward and the Western invaders finished what they started.

For this, we need a new form of state, but one that does not need a new Constitution. We need a modified version of the existing state, by a large infusion of technocrats and retired military top brass into the cabinet and the para-statal/quasi-statal sectors. The Cabinets of Cuba, Israel and China have many who hold or held high military rank. These strata can be the engine of expertise, the generators of “Smart Power” (Prof Joe Nye) and “Smart Patriotism” in our next stage of rapid development. That is where Viyath Maga can come in.

Let the next generation, in the form of Sunil Handunetti-Bimal Ratnayaka, or Kumara Gunaratnam-Duminda Nagamuwa, or indeed Namal Rajapaksa and Dr. Ramesh Pathirana, take our society forward, from that point.   

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    DJ… “until the Tamil invaders drove us downward and the Western invaders finished what they started.”…
    DO you know how Western invaders finished it…. by bringing in Cinnamon coolies and settle them in DownSouth.. so the country could never go forward…

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      Tamil Invaders drove you where. It is the present day Sinhalese who are largely descended from Tamil and other India nvaders and immigrants not the indigenous Tamil. This is why the present day Sinhalese share 70% DNA with Indian Tamils and indigenous Sri Lankan Tamils only 14-16%

      There is no where in the recorded history of Sri Lanka and the epigraphic evidence found till today, nowhere it mentioned that there was a mass influx/settlement of Tamils from South India to the North & East of Sri Lanka or there was a mass exodus of Sinhalese from the North and East to the South. In other words, that all the Sinhalese living in the North & East simply pack their bags and went to the South leaving all their lands to the newly arrived Tamils without any protest? Most of the Sinhalese have their ancestral native place name also as a part of their name, known as Vasagama. Is there any Sinhalese person from any part of Sri Lanka who can come out and say that his Vasagama is a name from any part of North or East? Even those Sinhalese who are living in the North and East today were colonized after 1948 by DS Senanayake.
      The so called Sinhala history scholars will never fail to say that the East was under the Kandyan Kingdom. It is true that some parts of the Eastern province came under the Kandyan Kingdom from time to time but it makes no difference to the Tamil position in regard to the inhabitancy of the Eastern province. The Tamils would have had and yet have no objection what so ever to the benevolent and accommodating rule of the kandyan kings whether they were Kalinga or Nayakkar, and see no inconsistency in the Tamil claim to the Eastern province even under the Kandyan rule.
      I

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        See what I am saying..there is no minority issue in Sri Lanka. Tamils want Sinhalese to become Tamil and act as if SL is a tamil country.

        There is no minority issue, just an issue in minority..

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          If you have guts build a Buddhist Vihare in Katankudi or at least put up a Buddha statue in Katankudi town center. If you cannot do it please get lost.

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            “Smart patriot”

            Once in Dayan’s life he got something right!

            Sri Lanka has a lot of patriots but all of them are not in SL but outside.

            There are a million or so toiling-away in Arabia/Middle-East. Their contribution to the SL foreign-reserves is more than the traditional exports. In times when everyone is keen to categorize patriots, I’ll categorize them as honest-patriots because they are doing a honest day’s work and contributing to SL’s economy.

            Then in SL, there are many patriots who live off the hard-work, blood and sweat of the honest-patriots. And it’s true they are smart-patriots because they have found ways to avoid a honest day’s work!

            For once, Dayan got this one right!

            He is one of Sri Lanka’s smartest patriots. :)))

            Who are we trying to fool? Ourselves?

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        Who checked the DNA of Sinhalese and Sri Lankan Tamils and how was it done to get these figures?

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          You don’t have to check the DNA. It is well known and recorded fact that the vast majority of the so called present day Sinhalese, many of whom are now baying for Tamil blood, are purely descended from South Indian immigrants largely from the then Tamil country , modern day Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
          From the 10Th century onwards immigration from South Indian to the Tamil parts of the island was just a trickle, however it was the opposite in the Sinhalese areas. Hundreds of thousands started to migrate and settle along the western and southern littorals. especially during the Portuguese and Dutch era, when they imported thousands of low caste South Indians 1) To increase the percentage of Catholics( during the Portuguese era. Therefore lots of converted Catholic Tamil Karaiyans,(Karawa) Paravans ( Bharatha) Mukkuva fisher castes wereimported from then Tamil Kerala and Tamil Nadu and parts of southern Andhra ( that was then Tamil, this is the reason for the Karawa name Waduge/Baduge, as Vadugu(The land to the north) means Telugu country and Vadugan means a Telugu person in Tamil and insulting we call them Vaduva). All these later became the Buddhist/Catholic Sinhalese Karawa. During the Dutch era they imported thousands of impoverished low castes from the Corammandel coast of Tamil Nadu to work as slave labour in the Cinnammon estates and these became the Salagama. Other South Indian immigrant castes are the Durawa, Hunu, Hali, Berewa, Demalagatara( now part of the Govigamma). All these people are purely descended from immigrant South Indian Tamils who migrated to the island from the 13tH century to the early 20th Century and became Sinhalese. They make up around 50% of the present Sinhalese population. A very high percentage of the Kandyan upper castes , as well the low country Govigamma are descended from South Indian immigrant invaders,rulers etc. What about all the migration from South India that happened from ancient to medieval times. All these immigrants and invaders were largely assimilated as Sinhalese. Due to the strict Hindu caste system the largely upper and middle castes never accepted or assimilated them. Moreover they settled in the Sinhalese areas.
          It is this recently Sinhalised largely Tamil South Indian immigrants who made the Sinhalese a huge majority in the island. Now they are their descendants are also the biggest anti Tamils

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          Either Mr. Unreal would have cooked up the figures or a Tamil would have done with a bias sample.

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        There were several studies. According to the Genetic admixture study by Dr. Gautam K. Kshatriya in 1995:
        Sinhalese – https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/54/Genetic_admixture_of_Sinhalese.PNG

        Tamils – https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c5/Sri_Lankan_Tamil_Admixture.PNG

        But that is an older study. Other studies paint a very different picture –

        http://research.omicsgroup.org/index.php/Genetic_studies_on_Sinhalese
        http://indianexpress.com/article/research/yes-the-sinhalese-have-their-origins-in-bengal-odisha/

        Sinhalese are predominantly Bengali.

        “An Alu polymorphism analysis of Sinhalese from Colombo by Dr Sarabjit Mastanain in 2007 using Tamil, Bengali, Gujarati (Patel), and Punjabi as parental populations found different proportions of genetic contribution” – http://www.krepublishers.com/06-Special%20Volume-Journal/T-Anth-00-Special%20Volumes/T-Anth-SI-03-Anth-Today-Web/Anth-SI-03-29-Mastana-S/Anth-SI-03-29-Mastana-S-Tt.pdf

        The nonsense in the Mahavamsa about the father of Vijaya (Sinhabahu) being half lion can simply be explained by the Asiatic lion. The Asiatic lion would have roamed in present-day Bengal and Odisha. It possible Sinhabahu hunted some them and kept them as trophies and/or captives, hence the name Sinhabahu would have evolved. Mahavamsa is not a historical fact but more like historical metaphor that at times is consistent with genetic and archaeological evidence.

        So I guess Amarasiri and Native Veddha are right that this is the land of the Veddha and not the Modern Sinhalese or anyone else. The original inhabitants of Lanka were Yakkha, Nagha, Deva and Gothra. Veddha’s are probably direct descendants from the Gothras while other tribes/castes died out or go severely diluted.

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      Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

      “I must be doing something right because I have been the subject of critiques from at least three sources in just over a single week”

      Yes, you have been showing your crony-ism of MaRa MaRa Chatui MaRa and Mini MaRa GoTa.

      It is very obvious.

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        Marakkalamarasiri.

        Shu””””””””’t the f*** up you imbecile.

        You are not impressing any one.

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          Point Blank

          Blank Brain,

          The average IQ of the Land occupied by the Paras is 79. Thanks for your Blank contribution.

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      DJ;

      WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN YOUR NATURE AND LTTE DIASPHORA ?

      If you are that hearted with lankens, please visit the president and share your thoughts directly on the thorny situation.

      Just being aside, continue the way as Wimal Buruwa did, harm to you and the educated folks in this country.

      Else, shut up and leave from your so called self proclaimed analyses. Nobody would listen to you. You are no means the best analyst. That is just self made analysis following your mediations in UNHRC sessions:

      Thank you.

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    Dear DJ,

    “Let Namal Rajapaksa, take our society forward, from that point.”

    Holy Cow man! What the hell has happened to your brain? How can you utter this kind of nonsense?

    Cheers!

    PS: BTW Namal Raja is bound for jail for economic criminality.

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      well look what Ranil wickaramasinghe did with CB bonds…and still you support him……..you cry so called death squads of Gota but you have no problem with RW who had torture chambers in Batalanda…

      See..why are you mocking others?

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    DJ has some good points. The problem is his efforts to bring back Rajapakses, which this country should never allow. DJ is under Rajapakse spell

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      It’s because that is the ONLY way he could flourish!! :)

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        Precisely

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    You really love yourself, don’t you. Get over it, you aren’t that relevant. A failed marxist, now a sinhala chauvinist.

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    Despite his self proclaimed academic glory and intelligence, DJ has become nothing more than an irrational mouthpiece of the Joint Opposition ideology. Sarath De Alwis makes a very valid point (reproduced below) about the type of State and future Jayatilleke seems to be endorsing. (Which is the idea that SL should go back to the archaic idea of being a strong nation State in which patriotism trumps civil liberties. Unfortunately we are no longer living in the time of Bismarck or Mussolini Doctor J!)
    Jayatilleke’s response to De Alwis, is the typical joint opposition approach to tackling rational arguments – not reply with any rationality, but try and gloss over the issue through mindless rhetoric! See the exchange below!(He never addresses the argument but throws back another question)

    Sarath writes that: “Smart patriotism of the Viyath Maga ideologue Dr. D.J., is banal nationalism. It is a clever political project. This idea of smart patriotism fosters a duty towards the State in contrast to the civic nation which is a post-independence imperative of a plural multicultural democracy. Smart patriotism is a very learned and profoundly academic subterfuge to restrict civil liberties and to overcome opposition.”

    I was an invited speaker at the ‘Viyath Maga’ convention and am not its ideologue. If I am ideologically associated or identified, and that too informally, with any formation or collective, it is the Joint Opposition (JO). Secondly, if Smart Patriotism as articulated by me is “banal nationalism”, Mr. de Alwis must please explain why it has been subject to savage denunciation on his website ‘Kalaya’ not once but twice, by the Godfather of “banal nationalism”, Prof Nalin de Silva, on the charge of being anti/non-nationalist!

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    This guy is drowning in a cesspit of Rajapakse slime and crime. No hope whatsoever and the cry of a loser desperate to remain alive.

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    Dont you accept the fact that we(Indian Tamils,Singhalese and Ceylon Tamils) were all Dravidians 10,000 years ago..

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      we do not care whether we are dravidians or not…what we care is Sinhala is the civilisational product of SL

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    Dr.DJ,
    I have been a regular reader of your writings for some time now. But what I noticed is you never analyse any issue from the Buddha, Dhamma, Sangha perspective. All you do most of the time is self praise and claim that you are intellectually superior over the people you choose to hate.
    I would like to know from you whether you are intellectually superior to both GR & MR or in par with them. Are you working overtime from behind the scene to bring back Rajas so that you can be political advisor to them ?

    As a layman my view is by supporting the idea of bringing back Rajapakses to power you are further destroying the real Buddhism in SL.

    It is still not too late for you to do a correction and promote peace and harmony in SL.
    Why not you become a priest of a religion of your choice in SL and promote peace and harmony ?

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    Dayan Jayatileke

    Are you trying to hide your sins and guilt trying plant Eelamist label on others. What were you doing when you were a member of the EPRLF. What does the letter ‘E’ mean in EPRLF.?

    You fool,

    You may fool some people all the time. You may fool all the people for some time. But you cannot fool ALL the people for ALL the time.

    You were an EPRLF member and you are the Sinhala tiger. You should be arrested by the police. I can understand your ploy and you are trying your best to discard your shady past by blaming and accusing the others having done what you did without a shred of doubt .

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    “I must be doing something right because I have been the subject of critiques from at least three sources in just over a single week”

    If that is true, I must have been always right.
    DJ, please do not flatter yourself. People do not always respond because you say something important.

    It is not brilliant scholarship that matters in a person but basic intellectual honesty.

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    Why is it that whenever I read Dayan Jayatilleka’s writing I am reminded of Mervyn Silva crawling on his knees to touch MR’s feet at a past public rally? The cringe-worthy show of toadying is no different from Mervyn’s.

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    This article is just a piece of garbage. DJ does three things in this worthless piece of writing:
    1. bragging of his academic and social background promoting his image

    2. Applying the dirty tactic of “divide and rule” to denigrate Mangala and appreciate Sarath de Alwis.

    What else you can do with a political science degree other than just babbling nonsensical things. it is ok in Sri Lanka; but I highly doubt you can achieve anything in a developed country like US where probably you can work in a grocery store to make your living. Remember you were expelled from a university in New York for babbling nonsense

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    After the Nugegoda meeting DJ was highly euphoric that MR would reverse the situation at the General Election that followed. But sadly for him it was not to be. Now he is fantasizing that ‘Smart Patriotism’ will take over at the next GE and will emancipate the country. What wishful thinking! Only time will tell what will happen to DJ is what has happened to GL. Both are educated Fools.

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    We the Sinhalese! They the Tamils!

    Dayan’s essay shrieks out as though the Sinhalese and Tamils were a given since antiquity. The possibility that these identities were fluid is discounted with the Tamils being branded as invaders. How, then, does he explain the following:

    – Denis N. Fernando’s claim that a 13th Century earthquake led to a change of course of the Mahaweli River and the eventual abandonment of Polonnaruwa as a capital and the shifting further south of the populace.

    – The acceptance of the Nayakkar Dynasty as legitimate kings of Kandy despite their Tamil-Telugu origins.

    – Ratnajeevan Hoole has pointed out in a recent essay that the Salagamas would have been Tamil as recently as 1983.

    What caste do Dayan and his ancestors belong to?

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      Salagama purely descended from Tamil indentured/slave labour that was imported into the island by the Dutch to work in the Cinnamon Estates down south.

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    Let the next generation, in the form of Sunil Handunetti-Bimal Ratnayaka, or Kumara Gunaratnam-Duminda Nagamuwa, or indeed Namal Rajapaksa and Dr. Ramesh Pathirana, take our society forward, from that point.

    Why the new allience can not be more socialist. Then there is no need of bankrupt socialists to support the party ?

    Progressive – JVPers are well known for sabotaging and destroying the Univeristy while the leader very well knows how the university system in australia works. but, Dayan Jayathilake wants them as a part. It looks Dayan Jayathilake is writing for someone else’s strategy here. YOu said you were successful in coutering the big piwers in UN. Why don’t you write an article using that mind ?

    Why Namal Rajapakse is the only most suitable man in the parliament when when only 94 have not passed O/L ?

    Anyway, it looks political – strategists in the new party is bankrupt. UPFA, UNF and even this party can not win the country on their own and they all want alliences.

    Sinhale is politically bankrupt. Why ?

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    I like that dude Prince Gune.

    Gune could have had a decent life and stirred the pot while on the Dole ,like a lot of ouri self claimed intellectual Political analysts do.

    Instead Gune even ate Prison Food in Welikada because of his dedication and determination to do something better for his motherland.

    In contrast other Prince who has taken over the JVP , which was one time bastion of the poor working and non rural Sinhalese is now a UNP Prince.

    After he was initiated with a gift of LKR 25 Lakhs from the UNP in front of UNP Wije.

    Now the JVP Prince is totally financed by other Samare in the UNP . according to the latest media reports in Colombo.

    By the way did FM Samare go to Peradeniya to learn his craft?.

    Because I have never heard anything intellectual or politically inspiring from him , other than the sound of him rimming the British, Americans , Norwegians , the UN and the ex LTTE Diaspora Tamils in London.

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      Did you go to peredeniya ?

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    Dr DJ: Let the next generation, in the form of Sunil Handunetti-Bimal Ratnayaka, or Kumara Gunaratnam-Duminda Nagamuwa, or indeed Namal Rajapaksa and Dr. Ramesh Pathirana, take our society forward, from that point.

    shows how this country is bankrupt of leaders…

    60 years since independence the country went no where and worse… the country produced future leaders like Namal….another 60 years not only Bangladesh will beat Sri Lanka in cricket but may over take Sri Lanka economically as well …with young leaders like Namal combined with Muslim and Buddhist extreme elements Sri Lanka will turn from Tourist Paradise to mayhem Hell

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    Sarath de Alwis was right in asking why DJ was not slapped by Sajin. DJ would have known very well what would have been the fate, if he ever met Sajin at a “Hoppers Party” in New York. Dr. Nonis could not fathom what was waiting and very well planned by the ex Secretary to the Ministry of External Affairs and the Envoy of Sri Lanka in Geneva. This “eminent” DJ of the Viyath Maga would have been careful to address “SIR” to Sajin just like the then Minister of Foreign Relations Prof. GL.Perirs and most probably GLP would have advised him (DJ) to salute Sajin in that manner. Dear Sarath: I hope your questioned in your article to DJ is answered by me with a situational and circumstantial description.

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      I wish to quote three sections from Dayan’s articles, this and from the previous, related to Gotabhaya and the Rajapaksa clan.

      (1) Quote: “Gotabhaya can build a new urbanized technocratic civilization which is the 21st century equivalent of the magnificent civilizations that this island once built; ………..” Unquote:

      When you talk about a technocratic “civilization” Dayan, you should be more specific. Are you talking about an industrial technocratic civilization or an agricultural technocratic civilization? As you think Gotabhaya is the builder for this civilization, I assume that you are talking about the former.

      Building a new urbanized ‘industrial’ technocratic civilization is NOT what Sri Lanka wants. How many of people want that? Only less than 5%, I would say. The magnificent civilization you talk about was built on agriculture and Buddhism. Being an agricultural country what we need is sophisticated irrigation systems, a wide stretch of farmlands with cash crops, an increase in exports, etc. Gotabhaya is not capable of playing any role in building an agricultural technocratic civilization! It is not his line.

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      2. Quote: “…. a large infusion of technocrats and retired military top brass into cabinet…”. Unquote:

      Don’t we already have a Cabinet with technocrats? There are two technocrats/Economists in the Cabinet who know nothing about the economy let alone saving the massive crisis. There are/were engineers, lawyers, doctors and other technocrats in the present/previous governments. A government led by technocrats, not politicians in Sri Lanka is hypothetical which perhaps be useful for Greece.

      How many technocrats in the previous regime adopted National Policies in their respective fields?

      Being a ‘non-technocrat’, only Wimal introduced a National Policy on Housing which is even followed by this government. Did your ‘’technocrat’, Gotabhaya adopt a National Policy on Defence or Urban Development? Did your ‘technocrat’- a lawyer, Mahinda adopt a National Policy on Justice or at least on Criminal Justice? Or being the former Finance Minister, did he introduce a National Economic Policy? They developed the country on irregular basis. They didn’t have any policy other than building infrastructure. They have already failed in their fields. Rather than promoting these failed “technocrats” we need to give opportunity for new leaders.
       
      In order to build the country, we want principled, genuine politicians with tender hearts who have the sole desire to serve people. Gotabhaya knows absolutely nothing about the 82% of population concentrated in rural areas and the 35% who are on or below the OPL ! What are his strategies to upgrade the lives of absolute poor or low income people? Even Mahinda didn’t have any such vision. Moreover, Gotabhaya can’t mobilize people like Wimal. If those 82% including the 35% is given an opportunity to make a choice between Gotabhaya and Wimal, the supermajority will undoubtedly choose Wimal who is more closer to their hearts than Gotabhaya.

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      And do you want to add military men to the Cabinet too, with Gotabhaya?

      About our beloved Ranaviruvo, when Gotabhaya had the power, no action was taken to protect Tri Forces from being subject to war crimes. Same as in USA, Gotabhaya and Mahinda could have easily passed a “Service-Members’ Protection Act” to protect our Servicemen from the International Criminal Court. But they didn’t which only shows their sheer negligence of our Tri Forces once the battle was won. In his own admission, that he was fully aware of a special unit to carry out killings being existed during his tenure as the “powerful” Defence Secretary, Gotabhaya is directly responsible for the imprisonment of Army Intelligence Officers. His revelation doesn’t help those Intelligence Officers but only confirms that the Army was responsible for those killings and abductions. His revelation about the Army Commander was only to justify his own failed responsibility.

      At a time the country was in need of tough leaders to save the country from LTTE, people elected Mahinda in 2000. When he fulfilled his promise to eradicate the scourge of terrorism which was the most prominent and attractive of all his promises, people voted in his favour in 2010. He ruled the country for two terms already. Every Statesman and his kith and kin should know that there is a time for them to give up power or accept defeat and retire. The “Senior Rajapaksa clan” is not exempted.

      People have move forward since 2015. What the forward thinking people in Sri Lanka need is principled politicians with vision, mission, strategies and plans of action to build the country based on concrete National Policies on Economy, Defence, Justice, Foreign Affairs, Agriculture, Education, National & International Trade, Health, Housing, Tourism, Aviation, Urban Development, etc.

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      3. Quote: “Gotabaya as President or a Gotabaya-Mahinda-Sirisena triangle, is our best bet..” Unquote: (from previous article).

      This is an extremely unrealistic proposition by Dayan. Unbelievable.

      Why do we need Gotabhaya and Mahinda again? They had already ruled the country for 10 years. That is more than enough. How about Dinesh-Wimal combination? They are true patriots. Or is their any barrier for President Sirisena to run for a re-election? Perhaps Sirisena can form an Alliance, a Sirisena-Wimal-Dinesh triangle which will outsmart self-centered Rajapaksa clan.

      Mahinda and Gotabhaya will never be “heroes” if not for Wimal. In 2007, Wimal led the 39 of his JVP Parliamentary Team to abstain from voting at the Budget in order to save Mahinda’s government. If it was not for Wimal, Mahinda’s government will never be survived to end the war in 2009. Not only that, in 2015 Wimal carried out an admirably strong campaign to bring Mahinda back. Wimal built a fortress of masses covering all parts of the country. It was Mahinda’s stupidity that led to the defeat and wasted Wimal’s blood, tears and toll.

      Moreover, it was Wimal who was instrumental for retaining the unitary status NOT Mahinda or Gotabhaya. Wimal filed Cases against Ranil’s Ceasefire Agreement with Prabhakaran, P-TOMS and De-merging the North and the East, in Supreme Courts on behalf of the country and relentlessly fought until he won. The people of this country are forever indebted to Wimal for his long time noble service rendered to our motherland – more than 17 years – without even being a Prime Minister or a President.
       
      Let’s get back to the topic. What are you proposing? After having Mahinda for 10 years, again him? Or Gotabhaya. (Basil?) And their sons, then grandsons? What the ….. man.

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        The nepotism should be denounced. The nepotists shouldn’t be given another chance to blocking other citizens’ opportunities. People should come forward to change this egocentric, self-obsessed irritating tendency in our politics.

        Both Mahinda and Gotabhaya should retire allowing President Sirisena to take the country forward according to his own vision. He will re-contest for Presidency if he so desires and the Rajapaksas should understand and acknowledge their limits and respect the rights of the President. Their endless desiring for power is disgusting. Their low-grade conduct by having secret deals with the government for their own survival is disgraceful.

        Their effort to come back to power by hanging onto Dayan aka intellectuals, or I forgot smart patriots, is hilarious! The Rajapaksas will never succeed and I am one of them who will definitely see to that. They blocked my freedom of expression and intimidated people to prevent me from writing in support of Wimal.
         
        My bitterness has a reason. They conspired to imprison Wimal due to a personal (political) grudge by using their secret alliance. Both Wimal’s bail applications were rejected confirming that there has definitely been a hidden hand to influence those judgements as Gotabhaya, Basil and many others granted bail on the very first day of their hearings or one week after. Although Wimal is a political opponent, I would never believe that Sirisena and Ranil have such a vicious grudge against Wimal to imprison him without bail. And to my deep sorrow, Wimal has started a hunger strike. I never ever forgive them. They should suffer too.
         
        Mahinda, Gotabhaya and Basil, should also be sent to jail without bail, for the heinous crimes committed, engaging in massive frauds and colossal amount of money they said to have stolen from public coffer!

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    Just noticed an interesting contradiction in DJ’s article, about his brilliant academic record, given in his own words.

    He first says that “I not only obtained a First Class Honors degree in Political Science as did Bishop Lakshman, I won the award for the best results in Political Science that year…”

    And then he says, “the issues that those dull, grey academics—unimpressive personalities and intellectual mediocrities– …”

    As a former Don, I am perplexed as to what to think of DJ’s “first class of unsurpassed excellence”( he so humbly refers to as Prof Carlo Fonseka’s description).

    What is a first class (of unsurpassed excellence or not) granted by a group of “dull, grey academics — unimpressive personalities and intellectual mediocrities” (in his own words) worth?

    Was the first class a premature recognition of the glaring inconsistencies in DJ’s behaviour as a political scientist later in life?

    Listening to the sound of one’s own trumpet is always painful, but the pain of ‘reading’ this was excruciating!

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    Dayan don’t you see. What you could not achieve even after telling lies, Mangala Samaraweera achieved it without any lies and effort. At least now shut your mouth.

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    As usual complete rubbish.
    Bala Annai treated Thero as a terrorist. It is the same way Mangala also treating. They both view Thero as terrorist, trained by Dougie. But, Thero attempts to differentiate Bala Annai and Mangala. Of cause they are/were on the opposite directions. But why Thero is doing that? He wants to twist that they did not tell him as a terrorist but they called him as separatist. Come on man! What a game.

    Tamils’ armed struggle is about liberation. As LTTEs were mainly Tamils, Sinhala government calls them terrorists, because Tamils are terrorists for Sinhala government. So for Mangala, the Team “Dougie, Varadhar, Thero”, LTTE and Tamils are one the same, Terrorist. But for Tamils, LTTE freedom fighters, Dougie Gang were terrorist – served army as Paramilitary – Traitors. In other words, Mangala looks for terrorist through a different glass, even uses UN resolution 1373, but not Bala Annai. So, if Thero wants to feel proud of to be called as separatist that will be better by Mangala, because he has a wider angle than Bala Annai.

    So why did Thero convulsed to that extent? Mangala talked about PTA. PTA deals with terrorist. There is no freedom fighter that is the separators under it. It is simply categories that all Tamils as terrorists. Neither Bala Annai nor Mangala sees Dougie as a separatist. They see him as terrorist only. The same way Lankawe has PTA for common, it has the 6th amendment to the Parliamentarians. So Mangala did not accuse Dougie or Thero under 6A. Though Thero pretends to show that is proud of being called separatist, actually feeling shy when Mangala calls him a terrorist. That is what Mangala did. That is why he is hiding under Bala Annai. Shame for him.

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    What a ego this man has !” Don’t waste time on mediocrities my father told me !”

    What is he and his father ? Does the rest of the world think this journalist hack and his self-promoting son in tiny little Sri Lanka are anything but mediocre ?

    Did any one ask them to write to the Time magazine?Is his PhD thesis considered a gem, a much quoted authority ? What nonsense is all this.

    Carlo Fonseka has praised every one and anyone at one time or the other. Once he praised NM,Colvin, Chandrika, Vijaya then Mahinda , the list is endless.Carlo is like Nalin de Silva who was caught on camera worshiping Namal Rajapakse ! He really has no stature in intellectual integrity

    I ask one question from Dayan de Silva(Jayatilleka), when were you right-when following Castro,Premadasa, Uma maheswaran, MR or Gota ? Or are you always right( you and your father as you so repetedely claim are never wrong!)

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    dear dj
    after reading your last para would not a coup like in Thailand with someone akin to Oliver Cromwell leading it and sending all our politicians home and saving the taxpayer a great deal of money be a better solution.
    You might even be appointed foreign minister in a 30 member cabinet of technocrats and professionals.
    One word of advice you dont have to reply to every one who criticizes you as that is why you lost your job.
    Just ignore them instead of making matters worse by getting more criticism.

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    Dayan, I have a question for you .Please do not go around the bush but answer directly.

    Has he (Gota) passed OL or AL exam.? Other than the Pinacharya degree he received from Colombo Uni. are there any other certificates he received from a recognized institution (Birth certificate is not counted ?)

    Waiting for you urgent reply.Thanks.

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    Upon reading this article, a long-time acquaintance and critic of Dayan’s politics, confirmed his brilliance and observed with surprised irony that Peradeniya and Colombo universities too were in the same boat as Jaffna University, in their shared war against academic merit.

    This critic also believes strongly that Dayan would have been far more effective in the UNHRC than Mangala’s attempted appeasement of the West with weak promises, while the West’s human rights record is in practice highly questionable. Being far more astute and erudite than the average Western diplomat, Dayan was good at taking them to task. He too was effective in deflecting human rights pressure by making strategic concessions for which the Sinhalese lobby attacked him.

    The critic observed that the failure of the West in most theatres of conflict is that they are slow to offer the security and economic viability that the victims seek. If they offer these, he felt, human rights norms are easier to enforce. An example he cited was Afghanistan, where the war-lords could have been controlled at an early stage by deploying sufficient UN troops. They came too late and spent a lot of money on trying to enforce human rights. Now the war lords are back in business with the Government trying to use them to control the Taliban.

    Where the critic faulted Dayan is in his obsession with tactics with little regard to principles. He went after putatively strong men with populist appeal like Premadasa, Mahinda and now Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, who appeared effective doers, while being blind to where their disregard for human rights would trip them up.

    The critic affirmed that Dayan and Tamara Kunanayakam were never even remotely sympathetic to the LTTE.

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    Dayan is a talented writer backed up by academic degrees, but [Edited out]
    Look at his history.

    He was supposed to be scholar in Marxism who got his Phd by writing about Fidel Castro. But, he had no qualms in selling his services to UNP Prime Minister and President Ranasinghe Premadasa who made him his Advisor.

    Dayan demonstrates himself as a staunch Sinhala nationalist who does not want to give in to the demands of the Tamils. But he had no qualms in becoming a Minister in Eelamist Varatharaja Perumal’s North-East Provincial Cabinet. He sided with Karuna and even wrote that the Sri Lankan government should hand over the security function to an Eastern Council headed by Karuna and allow Karuna to raise a Tamil Army against the LTTE.

    He went behind the Rajapakses and got appointed as Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative at the UN in Geneva. The fact that he got booted out from his Geneva posting by Mahinda is another matter. But that did not deter him from going back to the Rajapakses.

    Now he is back again in the Rajapakse camp and writes that Mahinda and
    Gota are like Raul and Fidel Castro. Perhaps, Dayan is hoping to land a plumb post again if Mahinda comes back to power.
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      Can’t agree with you any more.DJ is a suck artist who disapear from the scene when the going get tough and always look for freebies.Ask him a hard question and DJ is no where to be seen. A card board hero.

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        Very True Saman.

        Only third grade media coolies like seerasa bring him for discussions to bash the Prime Ministe.

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          Annesley Dias

          “Only third grade media coolies like seerasa bring him for discussions to bash the Prime Ministe.”

          It means Sirasa is working on its own cunning plan to destroy Dayan.

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    How did Dayan miss.Akila, Sagala,, Ammata Didital Harin, and Dr Ranil’s God Son Rajitha Jr.

    And the real Sinhala Buddhist Kolla’s ‘s brother Car Permit Sujeeva?..

    Specially the last two who have mastered the art of Politics in telling pokies.

    What about the smart patriot Bodhi Sira’s own Chathuri and Daham and the traditional owners the hyphenated Kumaratunges?.

    No wonder Yahapalana suckers are up in arms..

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