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Whitewashing Saffron Fascism

By Dayan Jayatilleka –

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

What is the role of the regime and state in a multiethnic, multilingual, multi-religious, multicultural i.e. pluralist setting and in a fraught, conflicted, actually or potentially violent situation? How should and how do the regime and state function?

Are the UPFA regime and the State a neutral umpire –as it should be– between the constituent communities of Sri Lanka where all citizens are constitutionally equal, or are they a biased (“hora”) umpire? If the case is the latter do the rulers and state managers not know or care that there is an ‘action replay’ at work in the international system in the 21st century?

Do the regime and the state apparatuses under its command, including the security services, regard violent Sinhala Buddhist extremism as a threat to the stability of the state—as it should? Or are the regime and state benignly neutral towards it?

Do the regime and state regard only non-Sinhalese Buddhists or politically dissenting Sinhala Buddhists (such as the JVP, FSP, elements of the UNP and human rights activists) as foes or potential threats, however non-violent they may be? As the JR Jayewardene regime did with regard to Cyril Mathew and his JSS goon squads in the early 1980s, do elements of the regime regard the BBS and its Sangha Parivar as potential allies against the JVP, FSP and student unions and trade unions led by them?

Is it that the BBS is sought to be coddled so as to prevent its social constituency from shifting to its more natural leader Sarath Fonseka or peeling off a segment of the regime’s voter base?

Contrary to the published assertion of my old friend Gen Ashok Mehta, Mr. Gotabaya Rapajaksa is not the most powerful man in postwar Sri Lanka. However, he may well be the most important and is certainly the most influential, most especially within the state structure.  Therefore what he says on important subjects must not only be read, but given its due weight. When he speaks about the BBS in the aftermath of Aluthgama, it indicates the perspective of the state or that which will soon be adopted by it, insofar as the security and law and order apparatuses take their cue from him. What he says about the BBS and Aluthgama is what the state will do and will not do. What he says also sheds light on what the state may or may not have done or left undone—and why.

In a newspaper interview, Secretary of Defence Gotabaya Rajapaksa denies allegations of any links with the BBS. He may be telling the truth. However, his interview itself constitutes an excuse of sorts for the BBS, by virtue of twin facts. (1) He fails to make a single criticism of it, what it stands for and what its most prominent personality has said even in Aluthgama – he has no criticism of Galagodaatte Gnanasara’s “Yes We Are Racists!” Aluthgama speech. (2) He goes on to equate or associate the BBS with Bishop Rayappu Joseph and Muslim extremists; places them in the same category.

However, even the most cursory listening to the You Tube videos of Galagodaatte Gnanasara, most especially his Aluthgama speech would confirm the hate speech and explicit threats towards another religious community. Neither Bishop Rayappu Joseph – who utters dangerously nonsensical falsehoods about civilian casualty figures of over 150,000!–nor the ‘Muslim extremists’ have ever once uttered hate speech and threats, on the record, in public, towards the Sinhalese or Tamils. Still less have their utterances been immediately followed by violent attacks on the properties and lives of another community.

Even in Aluthgama and its immediate aftermath, with all the allegations of Muslim extremists, the dead were all Muslim and Tamil. Obviously the ‘jihadis’ aren’t targeting the Sinhalese or are not very effective in doing so. Or it is the Muslims who killed – cut or shot—the Muslims and the Tamil!

The BBS may or may not have been directly involved in the Aluthgama violence and an organization, as an individual, should be regarded as innocent until proven guilty. But I don’t even have to be a former Chairperson of the Intergovernmental working Group of the Effective implementation of the UN Durban Declaration and programme of Action against Racism, Racial Discrimination and Xenophobia (as I happen to be), to recognize Gnanasaara’s speech in Aluthgama  and on earlier occasions as constituting incitement.

In his interview Gotabaya Rajapaksa repeatedly urges that when discussing Aluthgama one should remember the origins of the incident which he claims was the assault on a Buddhist monk on a Poya day. Even if that rendition of the incident were strictly accurate, what is the implication of his assertion? That the logical and understandable consequence of such an assault in a civilized democracy would be a riot, days later against the community to which the perpetrator belongs? This is exactly the kind of quasi-justification of Black July ’83 we heard: it was because 13 soldiers were killed by the Tigers!  If that is the kind of argument we hear from the country’s top security official about Aluthgama, what guarantees do we have about the clarity and commitment of the state in preventing a repetition of July ’83 and a pre-emptive crackdown on its possible perpetrators?

The morning after Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s whitewash interview comes the BBS media conference with its implicit threats.  The BBS is clearly trying to gain immunity for itself by ingratiating itself with the regime’s paranoid ideology by accusing the UNP and DPL missions of perpetrating/being behind the Aluthgama violence.  By the way, what raises my eyebrows is not the USA’s cancellation of the five year multiple entry visa granted in 2011 to Galagodaatte Gnanasara but the fact that such a visa was granted to him in the first place, and his 2013 US tour permitted, despite his clearly racist and anti-Christian hate speech and activism since 2012!

I do not advocate the proscription or the immediate arrest of the BBS leadership. What I do advocate is a clear and powerful statement of demarcation by the President and his brothers that they reject and repudiate the message and activism of the BBS and caution the country against it. However, insofar as neither President Rajapaksa nor his powerful brothers stand up to the BBS and give the country and the world a clear signal that they are opposed to the ideas and ferocious rhetoric of this and other similar organizations, they will continue to risk another July ’83 being triggered by these extremists, with far worse international and regional consequences for the country, the government and the President himself, than July ’83 gave rise to.

In the meantime, Opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe who is clearly poised to be the UNP’s presidential candidate has scored some points on Aluthgama and other issues recently. He has fired some darts accurately and they have hit the regime. He will doubtless be supported and cheered on by the pro-West civil society types. None of this will prevent him and the UNP from being blown clean away by the electoral triple whammy that President Rajapaksa has in mind: Uva, the presidential and parliamentary elections. What the UNP leadership, its ideologues, strategists and its civil society chorus fail to recall or are ignorant of is that for  over half a century the UNP and the English language media always took a better stance on minority questions than did the  SLFP (except under CBK’s presidency). There is nothing that the UNP is saying or doing today that Dudley Senanayake, Sir John Kotelawela and the English language Lake House press managed by Ranil’s father Esmond Wickremesinghe did not do decades ago, while his mother Nalini, the daughter D.R. Wijewardena and Helena Wijewardena’s daughter was managing the Sinhala Buddhist ‘Kelaniya’ flank, just as the TNL gave a platform to Ven Soma.  The point is that the SLFP and its allies are hugely accustomed to this stance and utilize it to turn the UNP into a target—the paradigm being the ‘Mara Yuddha’ cartoon in the 1956 campaign.

What the UNP is doing on Aluthgama is not wrong but it is wholly inadequate. The UNP succeeded electorally when it combined a pro-minority stance with ironclad Sinhala populist/pro-peasant credentials and profile: DS Senanayake (before the SLFP was formed of course), JR Jayewardene (who moved the Sinhala Only motion at the UNP’s Kelaniya sessions in the 1940s) and of course Ranasinghe Premadasa whose populist patriotism enabled the UNP to fend off a challenge from the archetypal Sinhala Buddhist matriarchal monarch, Sirimavo Bandaranaike.

At least until the elections are over, the Rajapaksa regime is positioning itself to do a Netanyahu, i.e. ally itself with the religious Right or tilt to it, and take up a posture of resisting external pressure. However ‘politically correct’ the stance of Ranil Wickremesinghe, Mangala Samaraweera, Ravi Karunanayake and Lakshman Kiriella, and however laudable the dissenting stance of the English language media including the social media, the present day UNP remains vulnerable to the perception that it is on the wrong side of the Mara Yuddha; that its leadership is not even like the strongman Sir John Kotelawela, but much more like Zu Zu Mohamed. Facing the appeal of an opponent like Mahinda Rajapaksa who combines warm affability with macho patriotism, in a country in which almost two thirds of the population is Sinhalese, the UNP is on the road to triple electoral disaster with collateral consequences even for the correct positions it adopts on minority issues.

The current, post-Aluthgama surge notwithstanding, the UNP is electorally foredoomed not only because of the profile of its leadership but because the party’s electoral weakening over the past two decades under that leadership has created an unprecedented situation: a truly multipolar opposition in the form of Sarath Fonseka and Anura Kumara Dissanayake who will take away at least as many votes that may otherwise have accrued to the UNP as they will the votes of the UPFA. Finally, it is the multi-polarity of the Opposition, caused by the implosive collapse of the UNP under Ranil Wickremesinghe that prevents the restoration of a healthy bi-polar balance in Sri Lanka’s politics.

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    Dear Dayan,
    I used to read your articles occasionally and I thought that you are a man with a western biased mind. However, I agree with you on the following argument.
    “At least until the elections are over, the Rajapaksa regime is positioning itself to do a Netanyahu, i.e. ally itself with the religious Right or tilt to it, and take up a posture of resisting external pressure. However ‘politically correct’ the stance of Ranil Wickremesinghe, Mangala Samaraweera, Ravi Karunanayake and Lakshman Kiriella, and however laudable the dissenting stance of the English language media including the social media, the present day UNP remains vulnerable to the perception that it is on the wrong side of the Mara Yuddha; that its leadership is not even like the strongman Sir John Kotelawela, but much more like Zu Zu Mohamed. Facing the appeal of an opponent like Mahinda Rajapaksa who combines warm affability with macho patriotism, in a country in which almost two thirds of the population is Sinhalese, the UNP is on the road to triple electoral disaster with collateral consequences even for the correct positions it adopts on minority issues.”
    I suggest that the UNP thinks that they can win the national elections (Presidential and Parliament) by supporting the minority ethnic groups and delivering “Gon Buru” speeches all over the island. This will definitely alienate the Sinhalese Buddhist population from the UNP.

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      In other words, Sunil, are you saying that the UNP and the SLFP should compete to be in the good books of BBS? Possibly the competition may be as to how best to wrap Sinhala Buddhist Chauvinism to make a successful sale of same?

      Sengodan. M

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        Sinhala Buddhist chauvinism: Old wine in new bottles!

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          DJ
          Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge is the ONLY person who can cream the Jarapassa brothers and win the Presidential elections with a landslide.

          Mangala Samaraweera will need to make the shameless loser Ranil who by the way only went to Aluthgama only 2 weeks later and hid when the events were unfolding (as JRJ did in July 1983), see sense and nominate here as Joint opposition candidate. CBK will be acceptible to all – the Sinhala modayas, the SLFP, minorities and left.
          But all your hot air “analysis”, rhetoric and grand standing completely overlooks CBK .. Is it because you know that you do not have a place in her retinue?!

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            You are dead right. DJ is selfish by all means to cough only for his personal gains. Anyone with a bird brain would get it but some yet to get.
            This man DJ would not utter a single world even if Raja goons would manhandle him to the very same manner UNP decent MPs faced in Hambantota lately.
            I did not waste my time reading DJ^s article but I do read COMMENTS ADDED BY valuble CT commentators.
            DJ s choice is either Sajith or Rajano.
            Both have much in common from top to the bottom, though latter is the most dangerous if would get elected for his 3 rd term
            as one who live on the west, I feel, need commit suicide killing Rajano leaving peace atleast for the future generations. I am so desperate when thinking about the way Rajas have been ruining our country. Born sinhalese, but I would call myself srialnken today. I have no doubt, both RW and CBK would never go to this abysmal levles of abusive politics as the many pulse today.

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        Like the way the two parties traditionally competed against each other with the anti-tamil campaigns to win power.

        The Sinhala parties need an ethnic conflict to win power and the present anti-muslim campaign amply proves this fact.

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      Earlier Dayan came up with the theory that BBS is funded by jewsih lobby.

      Then after hearing BBS speach on Aluthgama he try to scare MR saying BBS is trying come politics and grab power.

      Now after hearing Gota’s interview now only he thinks Gota and MaRa behind BBS and the riots.

      Is he a tube light ?

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      Dayan asks “Are the UPFA regime and the State a neutral umpire –as it should be– between the constituent communities of Sri Lanka where all citizens are constitutionally equal, or are they a biased (“hora”) umpire? “

      Dear Dayan what the hell are you talking.
      The State and the regime are the major players. in this game and they are playing foul. They put the umpires hat after the game and award a penalty to the BBS .You know this very well.

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      Dayan Jayatilleka –

      RE: Whitewashing Saffron Fascism

      Whitewashing Para-Sinhalese Buddhist lies and Imaginations on the land of Native Veddah.

      Monk Mahanama taught how to lie.

      Bow BBS Lies

      The Maanayakas lie

      The president Lies

      The Min sisters Lie…

      The Lying para-Sinhalese in the land of Native Veddah.

      Oh Para. Para, Oh Lying Para, Para..

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        Amarasiri, stop… your most favourite term ” PARA”. You are bitterd with that.
        Just to put the blame only on Mahanama cant bring us nowhere. It is the blunders of all the seniors in Buddhist clergy since then paved the way Mahanwansa to stay rotten – no updates in a form of doctoral dissertations is a great failure. Knowing all these, to attack it in your way is not right man. If you sick with Para word, for your own reasons, please search for appropriate medication. That can help us and the society it future.

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    A correct analysis of the current political situation.
    If Ranil contests and loses half of the UNP will desert it and join the SLFP and the General’s party.
    The BBS will attack the UNP meetings,perhaps with petrol bombs, and also Muslim and Tamil election rallies in the Southern parts of the country .

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    ” What he says about the BBS and Aluthgama is what the state will do and will not do. What he says also sheds light on what the state may or may not have done or left undone—and why.”

    Has this man Dayan gone mad?

    They – the regime – are habitual liars, including Gota, the mass murderer.

    If this mad man thinks what Gota says, or Mahinda says they will do, his head has to be examined by Angoda doctors.

    Milliband is to have said, as leaked by Wikileaks, that they are all liars.

    Dyan lied in Geneva about the mass murder of Tamils, so we have to include him with the lot.

    Ah, no wonder he defends them and trying to find a ‘leader’ in Sarath Fonseka. Didn’t Fonseka carry out the genocidal orders by the commander in chief? SF may get away in a plea bargain, that doesn’t mean that he is morally fit to be leader. Tamils supported him in the last election because they had no choice but to support the lesser of the devils!

    Dayan, who are you trying to fool, Instead go and enjoy your retirement sipping Scotch with your buddies instead of getting your face mask ripped off.

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      OH BLOODY politics of Wonder land!!!!!!!!

      could one of you guys give me tot,
      Better from Dankotuwa Game Badu;

      This is a Big question to Have a shot with Gandasssara. Not with Sr Jarapassa.

      That Hothambaya F@#~£%^&&$^/*?><&%$+#?(=$£.

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    Our friend dismisses UNP as minority-friendly and doesn’t command popularity among Sinhalese, and goes on to praise Mara junta indirectly.

    He has the Sinhala ruling elite’s mind set of only concerned about winning elections using Sinhala votes.

    Now the Sri Lankan state and the regime are in a critical juncture when the international community is poised to take action for the atrocities committed, and being committed on minority communities by the state and the regime. DJ is more concerned about who will be the next king rather than finding ways as how to treat the minority communities fairly and equally.

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    DJ you are “Koheda Yanne Malle POL”

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      Dr Jayatilleka, please don’t beat around the bush. You twist and turn and make this current debacle sound what it is not. What we have today is a thoroughly odious bunch of racists bastards running around targeting and terrorising sections of our community and, the government, from President Rajapakse, his brother Gotabaya and his despicable band of sycophantic supporters are playing apologists. Further, it has been demoralising to witness the IGP and his police force totally unable to maintain law and order, without fear or favour, throughout our land. Weasel words are not what is wanted now; this is a time, better late than never, for the riot act to be shouted out loud and clear, and for our streets to rid of this evil infestation.

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    Well if the silly majority keeps voting for the MR, UPFA, JHU, BBS nexus, it will prove to the world that a majority of the majority are either racists or closet racists and the world will also know that the majority lacks enough brain cells in their heads to understand that voting over and over again for one candidate and one party is the death knell for democracy.

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    The common denominator across Mervin De Silva, Duminda Silva, Gnanasara is that they all have committed various crimes at one time or another. Another common thing is that people expected their crimes to be condemned and at least seemed to be punished by law.

    Although the expectation was dashed with the stoic silence of all Rajapaksas and these criminals kept enjoying impunity. Not only was there silence they audaciously kept them in their positions despite peoples expectations.

    It does not appear to be religion. Duminda Silva is a Catholic I believe. Mervin Silva is also a closet Christian. Rajapaskes do not interfere with people that can undermine their rule. They especially do not like to make thugs their enemy.

    It all about power and cheap politics. Rajapaske is mostly a politician – not a statesman. People should not expect systematic or high order changes as long as he is in power. What people can expect is perhaps economic changes.

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    Dayan, you are obviously scared about Ranil Wickremasinghe’s possible return. In every piece you write you cross the line to attack him. This is in line with the Rajapakse regime’s strategy. It is ironical that the governing regime and its cronies like you attack Ranil endlessly while at the same time maintaining the latter is not a winner. You do the same, brother. Other opposition people don’t do that. Only government leaders. Why attack a man who, according to you cannot win? Not logical eh?
    I urge you to listen and watch the video of Ranil’s interview with Sirasa onhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXEJ3j-IaF4. Sirasa which was for over 8 years attacking Ranil has at last given him an interview and the whole nation watched and saw a clear and powerful winner. What amazing self-confidence and coolness he displayed before a chess board that was placed in front as interior décor. Ranil concluded inviting the interviewer for a chess game.
    You can play chess with Mahinda but not with Ranil!

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      For someone who is going to lose to Mahinda and that is what DJ wants, you are absolutely right, why so much worry about a loser?

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      Well Said Dr. CCDR W.
      Its time for Dr. DJ to patch up with RW.

      Dr. DJ – Mara & Gota both are Mentally Sick.
      Cut the crap and tell the world that they finished.
      Their tactics aren’t going to work anymore.
      Sajith and Sirasa have changed their stance, so why not you too?

      Don’t beat a dead horse DJ, Mara is dead, almost.

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    Dayan is dishonest. Gothabaya was correct to equate the BBS with Bishop Rayappu Joseph. The Bishop may have been linked to the LTTE’s expulsion of Muslims from the Mannar district in 1990. He was certainly linked to the purchase of Muslim properties in that district at give-away cheap prices – a form of ethnic cleansing in its own regard. And he did not help with the return of Muslim IDPs to that district. He has touted an extremist Tamil line. Dayan is quick to attack Sinhalese Buddhism but fails to attack the racism and separatism of the church to which he belongs. That’s deliberate dishonesty.

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      IM,

      Please do not smear people without evidence.

      “He was certainly linked to the purchase of Muslim properties in that district at give-away cheap prices – a form of ethnic cleansing in its own regard.”

      Can you substantiate your claims with deeds? in 2008, I came across him at the Frankfurt airport, where he was with many Buddhist Monks returning from a peace conference. I do not know the man. but I will not accuse anyone with such malice without giving evidence.

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      It is how he is brought up.

      He attacks only RW and few others for his survival. But MR has not appointed him sofar for any posts either. licking qualities similar to that of Mervin (NOT HIS FATHER) but Kelaniya culprit have made him a joker of the day sofar.

      As many would do, I dont read his articles but comments only – comments are more interesting and there we can exchange a lot about what we think.. this man and other seniors sitting in the ruling coalition have driven this land to a clown’s island to this day.
      People on the west laugh at us from their backsides. But who care, Mati buruwa the president has no brains to get anything.

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    “multiethnic, multilingual, multi-religious, multicultural i.e. pluralist setting “

    Native Vedda , look suddenly Dayan is talking of multi ethnic, multi this multi that !!

    What next ? Pigs will start flying?

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      Dayan is nothing but a bloody opportunist who is looking for his next job in a nice western city!

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    What is implicit in this article is that, there is no clear coherent strategy on the party of the Civil Society in terms how to neutralise the religious tension and bigotry in Sri Lanka! People like Dayan J talks about religious tolerance and equality etc, but fails miserably to go to the heart of the matter. In all seriousness, the Sinhala Buddhist Fundamentalism is embedded in the psyche of the governance as a whole. Sri Lanka is duty bound to protect and foster Buddhism; there is no ambiguity in this quest. Given that Sinhala and Buddhism are inextricably linked, a question arises as to how can Equality and tolerance be fostered and protected constitutionally? All along, the concept of religious freedom in Sri Lanka is obscured in clouds of mystery.

    The other important point that transpires in this article is that, if a mainstream party were to deviate from the Sinhala Buddhist agenda, it will have hope in hell to win elections! Many Sinhala Buddhist Chauvinists on these forums insidiously accuse the Tamils that, Tamils only vote for Tamils parties. But, they conveniently shroud their majority hegemonic nationalism within mainstream parties. Basically, this is why MR and gang in the process of creating racial tension in order to galvanise the Sinhala Buddhist voting block. So in this light, RW is doomed because he stands on the correct path calling for harmony and tolerance! Dayan J condescendingly suggests that RW is a fool and a looser, when he as a self-proclaimed political scientist has never endeavoured to educate the Sinhala public of the merits democracy, diversity and pluralism! This is why, Dayan J cannot shake of the label that he also falls into the category of Sinhala Chauvinists!

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      Burning issue
      Spot on.

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    Whitewashing Jihad fascism.

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    All are careful NOT to blame the STF & Police for inaction at the beginning of the attacks on mosques,looting & arson and shooting deaths of three muslims.
    A “baton charge” like in the old days on the stone throwers,looters and arsonists when trouble commenced,would have prevented the further progress.
    Even Dayan J ignores this simple fact – he is the man who justified the militarisation of the north.
    Rayappu’s figures are “dangerous” according to DJ – as they are factual.
    We now have a “militant” version of Buddhism which was NOT preached by the Buddha – this is ignored by all the “devout” Buddhists.

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    Tamodaya (aka Fathima Fukshima aka Lorenzo)
    Nice try!!!!

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    If the UNP has become so bad under RW, why have’nt the honest, capable and duty-conscious complainers gone on to start UNP(New) party and show him, instead of grovelling for crumbs to fall off his table!

    Yes, RW is so past the sell by date that it is not worth wasting words. However, with no real substitutes in sight, the UNP will go no-where!

    Naturally the Rajapakses being survivors are not interested in helping Ranil along. On the contrary they have made sure the Leader of the Opposition has received all his perks even when the Cabinet has had to make do with much less, in budgetary allocations. Ranil has had an extended Christmas for the duration of the Rajapakse govt. From his perspective, its as good as it will ever get.

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    “But I don’t even have to be a former Chairperson of the Intergovernmental working Group of the Effective implementation of the UN Durban Declaration and programme of Action against Racism, Racial Discrimination and Xenophobia (as I happen to be), …..”

    In our village there lived a man who used to start any story by saying things like – It was the day / the day before / or the day after / I went to Kandy in my uncle’s new Humber..”.

    People in the village laughed at him.

    One is amazed at how this gas bag managed to become a diplomat with this weakness for sneaking into every tale his greatness as a one time saviour of Sri Lanka and even of the universe.

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    DJ, you should be commendable only in one aspect of this article that you seem to be reading the readers criticisms and rearranged your position to fit the populist stance of your viewership-little better compared to your totally biased last one. How many articles you wrote after Aluthgama, and this is the first time I see you were agreeing that the present gov has not fully denied the violence preceded by Buddisht Bull..Sh..t’s bigots Xenophobia.
    You were perhaps hoping that they would act like statesmen in a civilized society. GR forgets that the responsibility of a government is to protect all of its law abiding citizens alike. This government failed miserably at that. Though it is UNP’s doing, 83 is not under Ranil’s Karma list. But Aluthgama is directly in MR’s mishap, his inaction, his brothers abetting, and his extended BBS in directly upon him. People can see the difference. If Ranil lose votes that will only because he is not taking on BBS hard enough, for the fact he is not resonating with the psyche of the decent educated Sri Lankans. UNP has traditioanlly been the party that got most of the minority votes, and SLFP had been the Sinhala bigotory party. If Anura Dissanayake gets more votes or carved away UNP votes, IMO should be welcomed. Because, there should be a third party that people can go to when both the main parties take the common man for rides, and insult our common intelligence. It is a dangerous thing for the democracy to have only two main parties that are equally corrupt. It is a shame as a civilized, educated person to read the GR interview, that veiled in threats to anyone who oppose their ideology- and everywhere he was justifying these rabid dogs. How can a decent politician with clothes on stay like eunuchs when this corrupt thug in robes, is hurling threats at them. It is high time they(leaveing the party lines aside)all unite against this hooligan and teach him a good lesson, while they still can. If this goons let to establish more in the society it will put a dangerous precedence like in 89, right now people are not afraid.
    DJ, you are dreaming, the new regime is not gonna do a 360 and realize the right path, now they are so full of themselves, and have pass the point of reason. I think they have come to the invincible mentality. Someone must be reading the work of Cheney. The latest interview in daily mirror reminds me of Dick Cheney meets Judith Miller as government mouth piece to control the news cycle. As a diplomatic anchor you should have been ashamed when you see the bravado, and swagger, and threats hurled at a top government official-who is facing international investigation. You know had he shown a balanced view it would have looked good on their standing with the people of the country and on pending international investigation too. I think we are giving too much credit for their intelligence, which actually looks like something they don’t have. Nothing but political expedience. They have bad PR, so arrogant, doesn’t listen to reason and we as a Nation paying for it. It is not fair on the citizens, because they are bringing these investigations on the nation totally on their own based on their utter stupidity, and lack of statesmen skills. We all will pay dearly for it soon enough. They treat the people as enemies right now. Bush’s policy with us or against us. If the latter you are not a patriot. I hope the rest of the citizenry will wake up and catch upto the reality that is dawned upon them. So if you can take on that job of educating the rest of the clueless people. leaving aside your selfish diplomatic perk seeking ambitions aside and be a true patriot even if you lose everything.

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    Actually DJ, there are some inaccurate facts in your article(and the previous when it comes to Soma Thera. CBK actually cancelled his hate mongering program on Rupavahini, and then TNL took it(that is a business strategy not a political one, because any media outlet would like to have hands on better rating program. Capitalizing on disgruntled Buddhist was only a side effect. But to their dismay they were only able to grab very small increase in viewership, proving that most viewers are not on to this racial, supremacist Buddhist BS at the time. But upon his untimely death which looked like a conspiracy only he got his (Buddhist Matyr)status and people started to believe that Buddhism under threat. Ranil is basically derided for his seemingly lack of backbone. I remember many of the educate crowds, youths were not happy after the lack of knowledge he showed during the famous Soma thero-Ashroff on air debate. To latter’s credit he was quoting Buddhism better than Soma Thero, and that was the end of his legacy, which showed to the people that he is just a farce and not that well versed in Buddhism as we believed him to be. I think average Sri Lankan(young and old alike) is smarter than anyone give him credit for. They(despite the religion) cannot be fooled for too long. But now the dangerous trait in SL is that, young Buddhist generation is being collectively brain washed (at their Buddhist schools)- and parents have no control over it- just like the LTTE did to their youth.

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    Multi-every thing arguments are just crap.

    In a mixed society every one should live and let live.

    when two religions are busy in expanding and another religion is not so. that is not beneficial to one.

    It is the govt’s responsibility protect the Sinhala -buddhist culture.

    It is insincerity and selfishness when some one talks only one side of the issue.

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      ” It is the govt’s responsibility protect the Sinhala -buddhist culture. “

      Why should the government protect Sinhala Buddhist culture only? Can you explain then how can all be equal?

      You said:

      “In a mixed society every one should live and let live”

      How can you reconcile this statement with government’s responsibility to protect the Sinhala Buddhists exclusively? Don’t you think that you have contradicted yourself? Basically according to your lopsided logic, the Sinhala Buddhists are at the top of the pile; then, how can one expects a just society?

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    I also ask the same questions. On what grounds did the US grant Gnanasara a five year multiple entry visa knowing very well that he is a racist and behind many of the attacks on minorities.

    Another pertinent question that many writers fail to ask is where the funds to finance BBS activities come from – certainly not from US dayakayas. Just ask the questions how can BBS buy the most expensive real estate in Sri Lanka? How could they build modern multi story buildings? How could BBS maintain a fleet of modern petrol guzzling vehicles? How can BBS maintain hundreds on their fulltime payroll? How can BBS members fly in and out of the country at will? How can a Buddhist monk with his pinna- pattharay take along a retinue of retainers when flying overseas? The US should find out the source of the finances of BBS if they haven’t done so already. It will be in the interest of the people of Sri Lanka and the US for such information to be made public.

    Another question that keeps popping up is who are the white men who keep appearing whenever the BBS host a function?

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    If you get a top psychologist he will definitely confirm that Gota is the main man behind this. You don’t even need a psychologist if you gather all the news with the Gota and Gnana put in sequence,it will prove this.
    Anyhow Gota’s latest strategy is to get the Police to question the culprit Gnanasara and prove him innocent to show the world.
    One fine day the fox will be hooked.

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    It would be good if our politicians and crooks like DJ learn a bit of lessson from this Japanese politician.

    http://www.itv.com/news/update/2014-07-02/japanese-politicians-hysterical-apology-becomes-viral-hit/

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    “But I don’t even have to be a former Chairperson of the Intergovernmental working Group of the Effective implementation of the UN Durban Declaration and programme of Action against Racism, Racial Discrimination and Xenophobia (as I happen to be), to recognize Gnanasaara’s speech in Aluthgama and on earlier occasions as constituting incitement.”

    Sadhu, Sadhu, Sadhu, Saaaaaaadhuuuuu, hooooo!

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    Dayan, Please cut out the verbal crap you spew out every few days. Never mind the Saffron Whitewash it is the disgraceful unabashed subtle [Edited out] of MARA and his disgusting dictatorship that irks us.You are no bloody Diplomat you lied to the UNHRC in 2009, got fleeting plaudits from your bosses and now the whole world sees that you who represented this rotten Government and the present Reps in Geneva are a bunch of liars.Never keep to their promises. Any self respecting Government will never trust you now or in the future. The political predictions you make to suit you ambitions are just a waste of time. Go to Cuba and have a happy retirement in your Castro , Gueverra paradise.

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    Why does anybody have to “align themselves” with anybody else and to be “seen” to be doing something ?

    Why can’t somebody stand up straight and say that this Country belongs to all of us and it will be those who respect the law, live within it’s boundaries and work hard and honestly who will do better than others ?

    No body gets any favors and no body has any other advantages.

    What in the name of all that is holy, is wrong with that ?

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    Gentlemen,as a sri lankan patriot as u all r , i worry where we as sri lankans will end up. i do not support any party but will be willing to be behind anyone who can bring sri lanka to it’s past glory where we lived united no matter what religion we were from. we sri lankans are currently in danger as this government (besides winning a war) have taken us to isolation. besides, have left a precedent for racism, hate speech. murder, corruption and thuggery in addition to all other evil. we are now like mexico,columbia or south africa where crime ,corruption,murder has increased.no matter what, justice and law and order must prevail and we cannot let racist or gangsters such as BBS /hela urumaya and others continue and and they must be brought to justice and we must all stand with a genuine politician who can wipe all these with a sincere heart and take our country forward.Also we must make sure that this current government and all responsible people including all the rajapakses and goonies pay for the crimes they have commited against humanity.

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      salla

      “Gentlemen,as a sri lankan patriot as u all r”

      Please count me out.

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