23 October, 2017

Single Issue Or Single Purpose With Many Issues?

By Laksiri Fernando

Dr. Laksiri Fernando

Dr. Laksiri Fernando

In respect of the impending presidential election, the purpose of the opposition should be to defeat the incumbent President, in case that he contests which is almost sure given the present political dynamics. He should be defeated not merely as Mahinda Rajapaksa but as the presidential candidate of the UPFA, who is primarily responsible for the mess and mismanagement since 2010.

This is undoubtedly not an easy task particularly given the disunity and weaknesses within the opposition forces. While this remains the organizational situation within the opposition, there are so many issues why the incumbent President should be defeated or not allowed to run a third term. It would be a disaster for democracy and the country. One reason that can be utilized of course is his broken promise to abolish the executive presidency. However, the Sri Lankan voters do not seem to have much awareness or time to be concerned about ‘broken promises.’

EP and Other Issues

Apart from the broken promise, the executive presidential system undoubtedly is one of the root causes of the disintegration of democracy in the country. However, it is not the only root cause. Institutionally speaking, the deterioration started with the first republican constitution in 1972 while even the previous constitution was not completely satisfactory in terms of democracy or human rights protection. There are of course, non-institutional or extra-constitutional reasons for the deterioration of democracy. Some of them are within the party system and some others relate to the policy sphere. The purpose of this article however is not to deliberate on all those reasons. If we can identify a fundamental key area, it is sufficient to attack or address that concern in a practical manner.

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Under the prevailing circumstances, if I were to pick a possible common candidate, I would pick Karu Jayasuriya on the proviso he resigns from the UNP

The abolition of the executive presidential system undoubtedly can bring a momentum for the resurrection of democracy in the country. However, whether that could constitute a single issue which can defeat the incumbent president is wholly doubtful. As a political science student, I have learned and observed that people vote at national elections on multitude of issues. These issues could be identified through events and socio political analysis. Sri Lanka do not have reliable opinion polls unfortunately.

Economic issues undoubtedly constitute one of the major strands where people could be moved and mobilized. Irrespective of the much propagated economic progress, economic disparities have enlarged and people are not satisfied with only some sections reap the benefits. It is a known fact that ‘relative deprivation’ occurs not when an economy is stagnant but when it moves forward. Economic management is at the heart of the situation with issues such as corruption, mismanagement, favoritism that people easily understand. Political factors may be more profound such as the family rule, military interventions, breakdown of the rule of law, independence of the judiciary, human rights and minority rights etc.

The above is not an exhaustive list of issues but a gist of it. Apart from issues, people vote on the basis of the candidate/s. Undoubtedly the incumbent President has an established or rather an overblown charisma. It might be difficult to find a fitting competitor. That does not matter very much as that disadvantage can be countered through other factors or mobilizations.

There is largely a constant factor in voting behavior and that is the voting on party lines. The parties in the opposition have different support bases and if they can be put together the confidence of these supporters might be undoubtedly enhanced. That is the natural strength of a Common Candidate and a United Front. If that can be achieved, the government campaign can effectively be countered through socio-economic and political issues, however keeping in mind that any miss-adventures in respect of religious or ethnic issues could completely derail the campaign trail and even might split the opposition unity. There can be spoilers coming in.

I have never been enthusiastic about a SI candidate for the presidential election. The single issue campaigns or elections can be effective in smaller constituencies like local government or trade union/professional organizations but not in national elections where naturally a host of issues are involved. In rare circumstances, single issues take prominence in defending particular interest i.e. Block Quebecois in Canada. Otherwise, to the best of my knowledge, those are related to caucuses or interest groups.

When the National Movement for Social Justice (NMSJ) came up with a 15 point program for constitutional reform it appeared as an admirable ‘single issue’ organization but with a broad framework including the objective of recognition of the ‘multicultural, multilingual and multireligious nature of the people that constitute the Sri Lankan nation.’ However, that program is insufficient for a presidential campaign. What might be more important is the unity and mobilization of the oppositional forces, obviously on multiple issues, but without neglecting the single purpose of abolition of the presidential system.

Plan of a Strategy

However, a strategy for the presidential election cannot be isolated from a strategy for the parliamentary election thereafter. After all, abolition or changing of the presidential system is a matter for the Parliament than for the President. It is wholly unrealistic for a presidential candidate to promise that he or she could abolish the presidential system let alone within six months. What an elected President can do is to call for immediate parliamentary election hoping that a two thirds would be obtained for the abolition of the constitution and framing of a new one. This also would mean defeating of the incumbent government at the parliamentary election for which undoubtedly require a multiple issue campaign.

With the risk of simplification and leaving some questions unanswered, let me explain what I would think a feasible strategy to unite and contest the elections. All opposition parties, including the UNP, have agreed and promised to abolish the presidential system. Under such conditions, there is no point in leaders of the UNP (Ranil Wickremesinghe) or the JVP (Anura Kumara Dissanayake) or any other party contesting the presidential election. They should prepare for the parliamentary election that could form a firm and alternative government jointly or separately.

The best strategy for the opposition is to have a Common Candidate. The common candidate should not be a party candidate when he or she contests. After selection of such a candidate through consensus by the parties in the opposition he or she should effectively resign from that party. The main purpose of that candidate should be to defeat the incumbent and move towards abolishing the presidential system. As a proviso of this strategy, she or he should not use any executive powers of the president from day one, except to preserve the national unity and ethnic peace in the country if any need arises. His or her promise should be to function as a nominal president/executive allowing a parliamentary system to operate whatever the party wins the majority in parliament.

Let me give you a scenario. Under the prevailing circumstances, if I were to pick a possible common candidate, I would pick Karu Jayasuriya on the proviso he resigns from the UNP. It is best that he contests with two vice presidential candidates informally though, one from the Tamil community and the other from the Muslim community. This is without additional or minimal expenses to the public coffers. The presidential candidate can reveal drastic cuts to his maintenance from the present budget that the incumbent president uses. This promise in itself will be an attraction to the voters.

I would also suggest that the Tamil vice presidential candidate should be selected with special consultation with the TNA (and possibly CWC), or through such mechanism, from the hill country community and the Muslim vice presidential candidate with special consultation with the JVP (and possibly SLMC). These nominal candidates also should resign from their respective parties if they belong to any. I would consider the proposal to have two nominal vice presidential candidates is important to symbolize national unity within the presidential campaign.

After the parliamentary elections what could preferably be constituted is a National Unity Government for five years. That is the best. Otherwise the parties can go their own way and see who gets the majority. I completely understand and even appreciate that the policies of the respective political parties are diverse in respect of the economy as well as on the national question. That is the very reason why it should be a national unity government. There can be difficult negotiations, however those should be conducted in possible good faith.

It is possible that different political parties or different individuals may have different proposals. My proposals are not at all hard and fast. Most important would be to make a move towards having a Common Candidate and take initiatives to convene discussions between parties and civil society and professional organizations towards that end. I would suggest that Ven. Maduluwawe Sobtha Thero and the National Movement for Social Justice (NMSJ) or any such organization could play an important role as an intermediary or mediator in such a process and negotiations. It is already late.

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    It is waste of time trying to figure out ways and means of defeating Mahinda in the next presidential election:

    His winning is a foregone conclusion in view of how the Sinhalese people have voted for 66 years for a person who upholds Sinhala Buddhist hegemony.

    What the opposition will be doing is churning in impotent political activity just like Brownian motion in physics.

    Sri Lanka is a basket case, and the society will remain largely poor, ignorant and emotional for a long time.

    We will all be dead and gone in another hundred years time, but if you were to visit Sri Lanka it will still be a third world country but you will find imported hand phones and whatever other gizmos at the time invented, designed and made by the first world.

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    As far as I know, there isn’t a Vice President role in the constitution.

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    if Karu J comes to power how many Tamils will be killed and raped. How about other minorities lives? Will Army go back to barracks in the north and east and Tamils kids don’t have to see armed aliens/babarians occupying their lands and grabbing everything they have now?

    Sinhas want better life just for them? are you vouching for equality for all in the Island?

    Skinhead followers just want a anti-tamil/minority to rule. Period. whoever comes to power, the end result is the same. It is why minorities want to stay away from the sinhas.

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    The chances are the blue blooded, virile and dynamic Rajapaskes are still the preferred option compared to the pacifist, homosexual and cowards in UNP.

    The largely perceived demography of UNP should not make them loose this many times however. The raison d’etre they keep loosing is because of another more insidious element within the ranks of UNP. They give the impression of a pacifist but they really aren’t. What appears to be a veritable coconut is really a shell with stinking sesame flesh.

    At first glance Ravi Karunanayake appears normal Sinhala politician who works for Sri Lankan interests. Although he really isn’t. He is in fact a closet Tamil Nazi who really should be part of the TNA. He made few overt attempts to stop the war efforts. I am pretty certain he did the same covertly as well.

    His latest project is BBS. He knows Gnanasara quite well. Ravi arranges Gnansara to visit Norway to meet Tamil nationalists. What transpired there is still speculation. Although the campaign to attack Moslems whilst UNHCR is focused on SL takes place soon after.

    During CHOGOM, Ravi Karunanayake et al arranges ‘war crimes victims’ to be present in Colombo. Then BBS raids the conference. Ravi comes out in what appears to be an effort to reason with Gnanasara as if he does not know him already.

    The CHOGOM raid by BBS was no doubt staged by BBS directed by Ravi Karunanayake along with overseas Tamil help. Every other incidences involving BBS was most probably staged by these three parties. They hit the nail right in the head destroying the image of Buddhists, Sinhala people and Rajapaske with BBS.

    UNP needs to ditch these insidious Tamil homeland activists from their ranks before coming before Sri Lankan electorate if they have any hope of winning again.

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      Exactly! vermin from poor beginnings you need a better life courtesy BBS the sexy as opposed to the deaf and dumb pedophiles.

      Alternatively NaMo IAF bombs to release the buru folk from terrorist regime.

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    A first requirement to defeat MR and his government would be the establishment of a truly independent Election Commission,with powers to annul polls in any electorate if election laws were violated.
    We have NEVER had a fully free and fair election since independence.
    If a truly Free and Fair election is not possible, even the best candidate will lose.
    The opposition should demand the establishment of such a commission.
    The commission should consist of persons of known integrity,and be an independent body outside the public service.
    Once this happens,persons of national stature and known integrity will come forward as candidates.

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    The only person who can obtain more than 5 million votes is Mahinda Rajapakshe. I can safely predict that no one other than him can obtain more than 4 million votes. He will be the president of Sri Lanka until 2022

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    It looks there is no opposition to the President. The way things are moving there cannot be any change happenings. At least they should try to built up a strong opposition.

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    Two third majority means nothing when MP’s are induced to cross over for perks and money. There should be a amendment to bar this activity which betrays the people who elected them in the first place.

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    I agree with most of the proposals except Karu Jayasooriya as the common candidate.We need a candidate with a fighting spirit. Karu has no qualities that can attract voters.
    Defeating MR is getting more and more difficult by the day as there is no common front nor programme nor a challenging common candidate. To pose a real challenge to MR a massive campaign should be carried out at least for 6 months. Now time is running out.
    Forming a common front at the eleventh hour will not have much impact on the voters.What common Sinhala man appreciates is the role played by Mahinda in ending the war. Hence to get his vote for the common candidate the common front should have begun a massive campaign by this time.
    My belief is there will be no common candidate to challenge Mahinda as Ranil is getting ready to contest.Hence leftists will vote leftists.JVPers will vote their man .UNPers will vote Ranil.Definitely there will be a Muslim candidate too this time. Maybe Tamils will vote him too. And MR will be the next president again thanks to stupidity of the Opposition.

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    if Karu J comes to power how many Tamils will be killed and raped. How about other minorities lives? Will Army go back to barracks in the north and east and Tamils kids don’t have to see armed aliens/babarians occupying their lands and grabbing everything they have?

    Sinhas want better life JUST for them? OR are you vouching for equality for all in the Island?

    Skinhead followers just want a anti-tamil/minority rule. Period. whoever comes to power, the end result is the same. It is why minorities want to stay away from the babarians.

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    SL has once tasted the flavor of the CC in SF. He won the battle but ended up in jail. If he did not actually win regime would not jail him. And towards the end of the campaign SF could not be reached even by the UNP leader because all the henchmen, opportunists, just born politicians, family members, friends and foes in cover etc. had grabbed and shielded the campaign! There was no space for the operation of real political measures leading up to the governance of a country but only a newly break opened passage to the powers and treasures and royal pleasures!

    This CC business is not going to work. The proof is that even battlefield hardened SF could not withstand the pressures, temptations and dangers in it. Rajapakshas will scare away the CC like a mouse. The presidential candidate has to be an experienced old warrior. And it has to come from the largest constituent political party in the country which is UNP. Ideally it would present an outline of what they would do in the country after obtaining power in addition to the abolition of EP. Just doing an election campaign for abolition of EP is sheer wastage and nonsense in the context of governance of a country.

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    It is obvious that the presidential candidate from UPFA is Mahinda Rajapake. what is the strategy he is going to use to win this election? It is simply patriotism, nationalism, heroism. The presidential election will be held in coincide with next UNHCR session where the findings of the international investigation will be published. The MR propaganda will focus on electric chair, western coup, anti Americanism and collaboration of opposition to put our nation and our military into the dock. Is there any opposition candidate able to convince Sinhala masses on this single factor?

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    I think we should elect Dr DJ and watch him follow his own advice.

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    You fools are quarreling over nothing like cocks in the cage while the Chinese are extracting all wealth of the country. MARA has sold this country to China. There is no hope at all for you now. Sri Lanka is now a pawn and a victim of global geo-political warfare. Chinese have installed EMP weapons in the part of the Colombo harbor which MARA sold to them. They can now instantly take over this country. It could instantly send this country to stone age if they want. And if they want they could temporarily paralyze or kill all the people in the country without destroying the buildings and valuables on the land. This is Arthur C Clerk’s Star Wars materializing on this land! The nincompoops in the country are just dancing on their grave. What a tragedy! They deserve it anyhow!

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      ha ha!! all while the most sophisticated nuclear base with 50k personnel at Diego Garcia are listening and the americans are actively training the sl forces.
      olay pachabahu konde kuttu.

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        Javi,

        Do maggots know anything beyond muck and dung?

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          whoopee, rationalist the half maggot of the apple corps with a bad attitude.

          What is a nice girl like you doing in a joint like this??

          Worm your way out of that one then!

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    There is no other candidate other than RW to run from the opposition. Any other candidate winning, there would be chaos like what happened in Arab Spring countries. Only RW has the capacity to form a working government that will root in democratic grounds.

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    Dr.Fernando:

    In a healthy democracy Elections are usually won or lost on bread and butter issues and somtimes on other issues such as percieved external threats. But in Sri Lanka the most potent is potent issues is the Race Card and no one plays it better than MR. You cant blame the electorate for sticking with MR despite all the shortcomings as they see him as the only man who can make their dream come true.
    So I dont think we have an opposition which can appeal to the Racist electorate as effectively as MR. Untill the Chicken comes home roost after sanction are imposed the electorate will swap horses. I am not a visionary but the 64 year old Sri Lankan history bears testimony to this.
    This is how I think the events are going to span out.

    1) The UN inquiry to complete its work
    2) I do not think the outcome is in any doubte as there is overwhelming evidence of Genocide. MR will be found Guilty.
    3) What follows after that will depend very much on the suffering inflicted on the ordinary Sinhalese to have any Regime Change from inside .
    4) But with India on board this time it should be easy to make that happen from outside .

    Once MR is out of the picture we can then begin the process of Reconciliation and healing the wound and bring Sri Lanka back into the League of Nations where she belongs.

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      Kali,

      I wouldn’t think MR is the only obstacle for reconciliation or genuine democracy in the country. The reasons are much deeper. However, ousting him/his regime at this stage is a necessary step/element in a process of democratization and reconciliation. I usually emphasize three processes in democratization and human rights development. The same applies more or less for reconciliation. They are (1) internal political mobilization (2) international influence/pressure and (3) state making and nation building. I wouldn’t place too much or sole trust on the international factor. From a long term and sustainable perspective, internal democratic mobilization is the more profound factor. At least that is our task. Let’s not wait for Manna to fall from Heaven.

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        Dr.Fernando:

        Unfortunately I dont share your optimism as for things to take a turn for the better in a democracy we must have an electorate willing to listen and able to make the change. But that is in short supply and people like you are a rare commodity. The poor masses are overwhelmingly racist and even intellctuals and if you want proof just listen to Dyan.
        We have tried to reason out with our Sinhalese brothers that Tamils also have ASPIRATIONS and an IDENTITY for the last 64 years and that failed and that is why Prabakaran turned to Guns. Can you put your hand on heart and tell me whether it is possible to change the minds of the Sinhalese masses.
        The international factor is a potent one and that will certainly change the thinking of ordinary Sinhalese. Once they have tasted affluence they wouldnt want to lose it and when they see MR as a liabilty people will turn up to vote in droves to dislodge him and we are not there yet but we are heading in that direction. Just look at what happened to the Garment Industry when EU withdrew the concession.

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      kali,

      I completely agree with you. SL’s fate is going to be decided on the UN inquiry and the resultant sanctions. If no sanctions are imposed we are doomed, the dimwits in the country would not learn any lessons but live in their own racial and blank dreams. As has been the case historically, the JVP is again on the path of destroying the country, disseminating seeds of ignorance, hate, confusion and conflicts in opinions. They know they can never come to power by selling their communist policies in this country hence they play political games aimed at destroying the democratic institutions so painfully built over the years. They did this by being the crusaders of bringing MR to power and they have almost completed decimating the country’s democracy using MR! Next round they would do everything to make sure that RW does not become the President even to abolish same. Their calculations are that if MR wins the country would plunge further into the inferno of unsolved problems; and if somehow a CC comes and if they could not manipulate it according to their agenda they would cause the whole system run into chaos like they did during Sirima and PR eras. The only path open for them to come to power is through blood, death, chaos and anarchy because they think the confused voters will ultimately choose them! Communism can never be planted in a country like Sri Lanka where majority of people are very lazy, dishonest, kleptomaniacs, racist and superstitious. That is why the British had to import labourers from India to work on tea estates.

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    Karu would be a viable candidate, but should not abandon the UNP. He is more likely to bring out the UNP’s base vote, than is Ranil.

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      Dayan:

      I have a lot of respect for you eventhough I consider you as a Sinhalese Nationalist. In Sri Lanka what matters is the Race Card and no one plays it better than MR. So MR is not going to be dislodged from within.
      MR is a president for life left unchecked but things are begining to take shape and he will bite the dust.

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      This racist bugger DJ with blood in his hands, duplicity, low life and the sin of inflaming flames in UNP unintelligent voters and who was instrumental in clashing KJ with RW and chasing KJ away in order to promote that dimwit Sajith has now come forward to promote KJ! What an [Edited out]!

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      Dr DJ!
      What base vote are you talking of sir? In villages where we live the UNPers are thoroughly demoralized as they have not being organized by their so called organizers who are only active during election periods. Only hard core UNPers do this and that when there is an election.Once the election is over they including organizers go back to sleep. All the top level UNP leaders have failed in resurrecting the UNP. A lot of UNPers are now with the government as their leaders have crossed to the government side.
      So the UNP voter base has eroded and diluted.
      It is JR’s constitution that has dug the grave of the UNP. It is JR who began to bribe MPs by giving so many things such as duty free cars to remain in power and now today we can see it is being implemented better than JR did. So all the robber barons of the UNP are with MR.
      We cannot see any improvement in the UNP after Karu becoming the deputy leader there. UNP MP for Mathugama who was assaulted by BBS thugs is doing a better service for the UNP than Karu Jayasooriya

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    “He should be defeated not merely as Mahinda Rajapaksa but as the presidential candidate of the UPFA, who is primarily responsible for the mess and mismanagement since 2010”

    The UN Expert Panel Report and the latest resolution is all about the end stages of the Tamil civilian massacre and war crime inquiry in 2009. Writer is not an average Sinhalese but a Sinhalese intellectual. Is it rocket science for him not just to understand but even to feel that the Tamils, fellow citizens of Sri Lanka, his brethren have suffered immensely and are still in agony under the military occupation since 2009 under the same regime? Isn’t it time, based on the Global resolution at-least, to acknowledge that grievous crime has been committed against the Tamil population and it is extremely insensitive and very brutal to mention even Tamil participation in the election while claiming that before 2010 everything was perfect in the “land like no other”? Will Dr Laksiri Fernando respond please?

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      Daya.thevi,

      I do understand and feel what the Tamil community had gone through both under the GoSL and may I add the LTTE before 2009/10. My main concern however is after the end of the war. Mismanagement that I refer to includes the failure of accountability on which I have written I believe substantially before. In respect of a common candidate, I don’t see much reason why the TNA cannot agree/support if they are involved in the process of selection as they supported (!) even Gen. Sarath Fonseka at the 2010 election. The benefit for the Tamil community from the scheme that I have outlined is not only having a Tamil informal vice president for further reconciliation etc. but also releasing the Northern and Eastern provincial councils from the grip of the Executive President including demilitarization. This would make a lot of difference in practical terms to begin with.

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    Dr laksiri Fernando
    Thank you for the response. It is true the Tamil population voted for the common candidate Sarath Fonseka in the 2010 election not out of will but out of desperation – A Hobson’s choice indeed. How many Sinhalese commentators commented very insensitively that Tamils had become the ‘Kingmakers’ again? I wish to remind you the widely quoted comments Sarath Fonseka made during the war that soon the Tamil men will be fed to the fish in the sea and the Tamil women will satisfy the lust of the Sinhalese soldiers. Tamil voters continuously asserted that they were voting for him with the hope of regime change. They responded positively for Mano Ganesan’s call for the above as the Tamil population consider him as an honest politician. It was only a ‘Protest Vote’ to express the loathing they had towards the Government in Power. Nothing else should be read from their response. Didn’t they vote for TNA very courageously amidst the military & paramilitary intimidation in the 2012 election although they were acutely aware that the elected council will be powerless unless structural changes, miracle of sorts, take place in the constitution of Sri Lanka? Where is the practicality in the above choice? Again it was only an available means to express their total lack of confidence in the Sinhala majority Government. They have no other choice. That is the Truth. Any bleeding Tamil heart will tell you that. The ceremonial position of a Vice President for minority is a white wash only for the Government to paint a rosy picture to the outside world. In my opinion it is not a Candidate with the Single Issue or Single purpose with many issues that matter but the basic mind-set of the Sinhalese Intellectuals that can perceive the agony of the minority in its entirety is the fundamental issue that should be addressed.
    Thank you

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      Daya.Thevi: have you heard that Mahinda won in 2005 because the Kilinochchi Taliban threatened to cut off the hands of Tamils who voted? The rest is history, isn’t it?

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    No Sigma. I never heard of it. But even after Kilinochchi Taliban electoral history in the North reveals a definite “NO” vote for the Sinhala Government. History is not over yet. Sri Lanka is under scrutiny by the Global body. Let us wait until March 2015 to claim rest is history.

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    “Sarath Fonseka made during the war that soon the Tamil men will be fed to the fish in the sea and the Tamil women will satisfy the lust of the Sinhalese soldiers” Was it Sarath who made this statement or Was it Gotabaya who made this statement after the war? That Tamil men’s blood to stain the Palk-straight sea into red, and soldiers to enjoy the Tamil women!

    If I do remember and have comprehended well enough on what I heard some 50 years ago at a literary meeting in Colombo. A Tamil scholar said, that there was a stone inscription in Trinco near the Sivan Temple long before the Portuguese had come to rule this Island. That this Island would be ruled by ‘glass eyed’ people in succession, then by ‘Vadukan’ local Sinhala people and then by ‘fish eyed’ which means the Chinese? Can we change this fate? As we understand that Mahinda had already sold part of the Island to Chinese and had received his share on of his palm, Basil got his 10% on all deals from Chinese. So has Gota with his facelift programme for Colombo sold the Galle face to Chinese. Which means Chinese have got a foot hold, The country cannot pay back its debt. That means this family of M.R has sold the country to Chinese.

    At the UN security council China would help to veto UNHRC findings/ sanctions. Thus all the efforts by UNHRC coming to zero-nothing. Geo-politics will be carefully played by US/India like the ‘cat and mouse game’ with Chinese. It would be the Tamils who would lose at the end and would suffer for further more years to come.

    Whether KJ or RW be the CC they too have to play the race card and anti- Muslim -Jihad to convince the Sinhala vote bank. Dr.DJ under his Marxist cloak also plays subtly using this cheap card . Only a very few Sinhala brethren’s have and will understand the predicament of the Tamils and acknowledge the past 66 years of miserable history. Even DR.LF talks about the LTTE how they were a curse to Tamils. Does he know how much of anti-LTTE propaganda, demonising spin by the SL Government and its Army Intelligence used to tarnish its image on the International arena and to have hate on LTTE/Tamils by Sinhalese masses. This malicious propaganda has also changed the perception of some Tamils. I am not an apologist for LTTE,But there are many unexplained issues and events that are still casting a shadow over it. However, during 1990-1995 the Tamil population in Jaffna had thanked LTTE for the peace and freedom they provided[ Young women could walk the streets and lanes at any time of the day or night without fear of being molested. This was during LTTE’S governance, same was said during 1996-2006 in Vanni. In spite of the heavy embargo placed by SL government on all basic items to make the people suffer.[Food & medicine as well]

    Mahinda bought his first period of presidency in November 2005 by Paying the LTTE supremo very handsomely- in millions. Second period by cheating out SF chance of wining by ballots cast for him, by destroying some and taking the Election Commissioner hostage in to Temple trees. Then putting SF in prison to shut him up.For the third time he has now set the scene with the Anti- Muslim violence and excuse that he is protecting the Buddhist Sinhalese from the Possible Muslim Jihad. Secondly the ‘spectre of LTTE revival’ Four young men murdered, over 50 youths in prison. Malaysia, and Australia are playing the fiddle for SL government. When will these countries wake up to find them been deceived by GoSL.
    The Sinhala masses should remove their blinkers and their ear plugs to find out the truth and understand the deceit by MR clan. Time to wake up and not be buried under the Mahavamsa mind set.

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