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Sirisena-Mahinda Putsch: A Step To Dictatorship

By Kumar David

Prof. Kumar David

Political coup trashes the Constitution and undercuts Parliament: Sirisena-Mahinda putsch: A step to dictatorship

For a lucid account of the constitutional positon by Dr Jayampathy Wickramaratne click here and here.

There is no denying Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s economic agenda has failed. There is no denying he will have an uphill battle at the next elections. However, far more important at this moment is that there is no denying President Maithripala Sirisena has launched a political coup in brazen violation of the Constitution – specifically 19A – and deserves to be impeached. (Jayampathy Wickramaratne’s video gives a full account of the constitutional position). 

This column, from the inception of yahapalana, rejected its rightist economic programme and called for a different state-directed mixed (public-private) strategy, an appeal that fell on deaf ears, or more likely, was never read by those in power. Even the Left, till recently, ignored my clamour. However, Sirisena’s flagrant violation of the Constitution and his barefaced falsehoods have pushed aside debate on the economy. 

NM, Colvin and Pieter demonstrated that there are core values and institutions that Leftists (and Marxists) do not dismiss as empty liberalism or disparage as bourgeois niceties; standing against dictatorship is one. In the dark days of 1959 following SWRD’s assassination it was the LSSP and CP that steadied the ship and prevented a slide to lawless government – do you recall the brief, repugnant Dahanayake premiership? NM’s critique of JR’s constitution is not a revolutionary tract; it’s grounded on liberal principles and good old bourgeois-democratic norms. The same is true of the Left’s commitment from its origins till 1972 to justice as the answer to the national question. (Textbook Marxists call unification of the nation ‘a task of the democratic revolution’, not a socialist task).

Any left party that fails to denounce Sirisena for trashing the Constitution in cahoots with Mahinda Rajapaksa, the real puppet master, is on the slippery road to damnation. The LSSP and CP by failing, as yet, to decry this power grab have crossed a Rubicon; they walk in the shadow of a Lankan version of Mussolini’s March on Rome. They are smallish parties but the moral impact of denouncing the coup would have been valuable. Will they be able to wash the blood of future repression off their hands? Recall Macbeth’s lament that the oceans could not cleanse his blood-stained hand but would instead stain red. “This my hand will rather the multitudinous seas incarnadine, making the green one red”. Oh and Mussolini did not forget to execute his erstwhile leftish hangers-on.

In October 1922 the Partito Nazionale Fascistica plotted an insurrection; a march on Rome by squads known as Black Shirts who captured strategic local positions throughout Italy. King Victor Emmanuel III, weak and effete, did not have the courage to throw back the menace. Unlike Sirisena however, the King did not collude with the fascists nor was he an active co-conspirator. In Lanka, the President instigates his mobs to neutralise institutions – state-TV and the Daily News have been neutered; SLFP wolf-packs have driven away the Daily News editorial staff and state-TV has been sized Mussolini style. Reports of electricity cuts to Temple Trees echo the question: Why is the once proud CEB Engineers’ Union abetting an illegitimate plot?

The police and military will be subjugated to illegal presidential directives. Media reports claim that Gota has been (or will be) made Defence Secretary. If true the IGP and service chiefs will be replaced or detained. Make no bones about it, a coup political or physical, is a fight to the death. Parliament is holding out at the time of writing; it is shut, next will it be shot?

The JVP, wrapped in its own petty ambitions, is ignorant of history and bereft of Marxist perceptions.  Large parts of Anura Kumara’s videoed press conference were good but he flopped on the critical issue.  He refused to call Sirisena’s plot unconstitutional but only condemned Sirisena personally; the point is that if he said “unconstitutional” the JVP would have had to vote against Ranil’s removal in parliament. It is keeping its options hidden! More hilarious, in answer to a question he alleged: “Oh they all violated the constitution so what if it happens again?” Wijeweera and Gamanayake were shot by the state in bouts of extra-judicial killing. Is Anura Kumara telling us; “Oh, no problem if it happens again and they shoot the current leader too?” Funny fool!

The TNA wants to extract concessions for the Tamils from the pervading confusion. That’s fair; the only time a few crumbs fall from the table are when the big Sinhalese parties are drowning and clutch at every Tamil straw, thala-thel gathiya notwithstanding. So far the TNA has not called the plot unconstitutional; it too is not painting itself into a corner where it is compelled to vote against Ranil’s removal. It is throwing the Tamils into the fire by prioritising its squabbles with Wigneswaran and Gajan and leaving unsaid whether it is reconciled to a Mahinda-Got state. To be fair Sampanthan has demanded recall of parliament but he has not yet declared the TNA’s stand on the coup.

Is the left justified in denouncing the Ranil-UNP failed economic programme and its manner of execution – of course, welcome, join me. Should the left expose the pro-rich social policy stance of the UNP? Absolutely! But should the left for this reason soil itself by partaking in a political putsch in violation of the Constitution and open the road to would be dictators? The prorogation of parliament to circumvent rejection of the choices foisted by Sirisena exposes the putsch for what it is. Rajapaksa has promised to dissolve parliament and go to the polls. I do not believe a word of it; the white-vans will be back before the elections, and specifically for the elections! 

It is dark days; Sri Lanka is a new recruit to the ranks of banana republics. I am aware that nothing will make a difference to those who have decided to throw in their lot with the junta. It is a disturbing feature of modern politics throughout the world (Trump’s Base is the best-known) that partisanship has become ironclad whatever the merits or demerits of any conjuncture. Mahinda supporters have told me without a blush “So what if it’s unconstitutional or anything else; we don’t care, we want it”. In this world of irreconcilable partisanship where values count for naught and power speaks out loud, Lanka is humming her way to de facto dictatorship. This, let us grant, cannot happen in the worst Trumpian nightmares in America because traditions of democracy have matured for longer and institutions, despite assaults upon them, are somewht more deeply rooted.

Mobilisation commenced on Tuesday with a rousing and angry rally of 25,000 at Colpetty. Bahu, Champika, Sajith and Ravi exhorted the gathering to enter battle in defence of freedom. Surely, recollection that Mussolini ended his life dangling from a lamppost could not have been far from Bahu’s Marxist mind-set. Now mobilisation must be taken all over the country and to workplaces. The downside is that people have been discouraged by the UNP’s liberal-bourgeois economics; what unmitigated idiots Charitha, Malik, Eran, Harsha and Mangala have been! But what needs protection now is democracy, not Ranil; what needs to be defeated is an attempt to subvert the constitution and deliver the country to despots. The people must stop this rot or pay a high price in the coming years. A mass movement can force the regime to retreat; otherwise the future is bleak. I do not have great confidence in the judiciary (the Supreme Court is likely to do a Pontius Pilate if asked to intervene); and regarding parliament, my inclination is to wait and see.

The US State Department (presumably at Delhi’s urging) and the House of Commons in Westminster have stepped in and demanded that Lanka’s parliament be recalled and democratic norms safeguarded. Petitions bearing in sum thousands of signatures have been issued by Lankans at home, abroad, students and intellectuals. Resistance to the Sirisena-Rajapaksa counter-revolution is manifest among intellectuals and swelling among the people at mass mobilisations. 

Eventually power will count. The Rajapaksa cabal is more adept at seizing and wielding power than Ranil and his callow liberals; Sirisena’s machinations add the advantage of manipulating the organs of executive power. In this scenario illegitimate ‘black shirts’ are at an advantage over parliamentary legitimacy. Mass intervention can reverse this equation but the people of Lanka, the intellectual classes aside, are not much moved by democratic propriety – hence my remark about the difference with America. Foreign pressure may help but in the absence of mass engagement the dice will be weighted in favour of the ‘black shirts’. If the TNA and JVP explicitly declare they will use their votes to crush the coup it will transform the scene. That they have not done so up to now shows that petty advantage-seeking rather than the national interest sets the tone in Lankan politics.

As the alleged (it’s true) soul who kicked-off the Single-Issue Common-Candidate concept (executed by Ranil, Chandrika and the Serpent) I will be rebuked, again, that the Serpent’s venom has proved me wrong. Once more I repeat I was spot-on right. The goal of defeating a despotic MR third-term was achieved. The country is freer and legislation to strengthen transparency has been enacted. Unfortunately the criminals of the old regime have not been convicted and economic policy has been plain wrong. Worst and unanticipated, the Serpent has moulted into His Master’s toilet paper. So granted, apart from the crucial restoration of democracy not much else has been achieved.

This conspiracy has gone beyond a point of no return; the plotters will not accept defeat in parliament nor will they retreat. Mussolini methods come next; buying MPs (five pimped so far) or throwing a few behind bars; a mob blockade of parliament; whatever it takes. The last resort is that periods of instability are a pretext for instigating communal pogroms. Since 1956 the pattern has been anti-Tamil, but fashions have changed. The apex of the Joint Opposition, politicians and monks, is fired by Muslim-hatred. If the JO, facing defeat in parliament and growing domestic and international condemnation, rakes up racial unrest there will be reason to fear for the safety of both communities. 

[Dispatched on Wednesday 31 October in the midst of the storm].

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  • 14
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    A Clear cut coup and they must be punished for treason.
    Will they do it ..?.

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      Which side to be punished for treason?

      Soma

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        somass

        “Which side to be punished for treason?”

        Obviously you do not have the faculties to know it.
        However many in this forum believe both should be exiled to Siberia along with two smart patriotic asses Dayan and Somass to be appointed as being their b***s carriers.

        On second thought, I prefer to exile all of you to your mutant homeland ghetto.

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        There are many commentators on this forum and others who push the myth that this is a “great hydraulic civilization”, etc . Some keep sneering at Tamilnadu for having no toilets. It is about time these idiots with a superiority complex realized how the outside world sees us now, as a banana republic boasting the most contradictory constitution in the world, which is taken advantage of by the most corrupt who are voted in by the most gullible electorate in the world.
        Tamilnadu may be short of toilets, but are we better off with no pants?
        The international community will not forget this for a long time.

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          old codger

          “Some keep sneering at Tamilnadu for having no toilets.”

          I take it you are referring to Eagle Tamil Nadu Bum Watching Blind Eye.
          I agree.
          Even without toilets Tamil Nadu has produced World Class CEOs, Mathematicians, Physicists, Super Stars, World Class Maestros, ………………….. Imagine if all of them had access to toilets, …………………… While the ignoramus of this island watch Tamil Nadu bums, those bums are moving ahead with or without toilets. Here s**ts are bogged down in their own toilets, moving nowhere, suffering constipation.

          According to last census (2011) 95,000 of Sri Lankans do not have access to toilets.

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            There is an anecdote about open air toilets.
            One morning Nehru and Kennedy were travelling along a beach in India where they saw numerous people defecating on the beach. Kennedy pointed it out to Nehru and laughed. Some times later Nehru visited USA and was driving along side a beach with Kennedy. Suddenly, they saw a person defecating on the beach. Nehru was quick to point it out to Kennedy in a sarcastic manner. Kennedy was rather embarrassed and stopped the car to apprehend the man concerned.. Both walked up to the man and on inquiries it was revealed that the person was non other than the Indian High Commissioner. Habits are hard to get rid of.

    • 1
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      Your Prof. Colleague – Laksiri Liyanage has jumped up to call it as CONSTITUTIONAL.

      “This conspiracy has gone beyond a point of no return; the plotters will not accept defeat in parliament nor will they retreat. Mussolini methods come next; buying MPs (five pimped so far) or throwing a few behind bars “

      They have gone an extra mile in terms of buying MPs.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21-XbdR4r0A&t=127s

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      Critique,
      There is no doubt that is a clear cut coup. I don’t understand what is the role of supreme court at this juncture. Is the supreme court dumped?

  • 2
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    KUMAR DAVID thinks Sri lanka is still a colony of the west. Earlier it was the UK. Now it is mostly a USA Colony, Neo liberalization is the key word. , secondly EU and there after every western country including australia. What happening is earlier politicians came with the help of the HAND or the ELEPHANT. Now they do it with UNF or UPFA. so, the major party presentatice whi only can become the president are supported by three wheller parties who are supporting only they themselves. I heard Even though SB DISSANAYAKE should (That is what Ranil implied) have distributed Rs 6.5 billion via SAMRDHI. Now it says, he has taken the All Rs 13 billion for himself and that is to represent the group of 16. Anyway, for them the national govt is when they hire more from the other group. FOR YOU,the constitution is crooked 19th amendment. THREE AND HALF years ago, Ranil should been arrested and kept in the jail without letting him legislation relating to the bond scam delayed indefinitely. Ravi KArunanayka got acquitted from his GALLEON RAJARATHNAM case when the govt changed by changing the judge who retired just after it and the court building. This time he with the knowledge of Ranil changed the EXchange control act.

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      Dumb Jimmy,
      “KUMAR DAVID thinks Sri lanka is still a colony of the west. “
      But you are a toilet operative in the West. Does suddha s**t smell better?

  • 7
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    What dictatorship so long as free and fair elections are held on time? Who held all elections well ahead of time and who postponed all elections as far back as possible?

    Soma

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      somass

      “Who held all elections well ahead of time and who postponed all elections as far back as possible?”

      The crook, cronies and the clan underestimated the anger and frustration felt by the people. They calculated their share of war crimes would keep them on top of all the parties and make them the natural party of government, forgetting their large scale looting of the treasury, human rights violations, nepotism, the white vans, Welikada, …………….. were still fresh in voters mind.

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      Soma
      Ask this question to your President Sirisena? He did not give that reason? Do you think he has no powers to call for elections.

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    Kumar David who once said we should merge with India now writes about Fascists in Italy of 1922 but doesn’t say word how his Yahapals sneaked in August 2018 an Amendment to the Land act 38 of 2014, making it a piece of cake to sell off the island stock, barrel and then some to the foreigners, if that is not fascism I do not know what it is, on the other hand, KD and the likes are just soapboxing snake oil dispatchers who don’t or cannot read any of the three languages in which these Acts are written,

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      wannihami

      It does not matter what Kumar David thinks, writes, reads, eats, ………………….. it matters what Hindians are thinking.
      Go find out from them.
      A Sinhala state of Hindia perhaps.

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      Dear brilliant Wanni,
      “Kumar David who once said we should merge with India now writes about Fascists in Italy of 1922 “
      Have you forgotten that it was JR who came up with the idea in 1936?
      I believe that was one of the few good ideas that he had, and if he was not vetoed by the racist majority, we would have been saved 70 years of mis-governance.
      Interesting that your idea of fascism is selling off the country. So the Aussies who sold Darwin port to the Chinese must be Fascists?

  • 11
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    Ranil is the only hope for mother Lanka

  • 10
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    Hello Professor
    Step 1
    Go to Supreme Court
    Step 2
    Hold a general election (with International observers)
    If you are not confident of the outcome of any of the above , forget it.
    -Soma

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      somasssssssssssssssss

      Step 1
      Round up all those mutant fascists.
      Step 2
      Put them in their Sinhala/buddhist mutant ghetto.
      Step 3
      Seal the borders.
      step 4
      Airdrop chapati floor, …….. on a regular basis.

  • 9
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    Good analysis. Everything said is true and appreciated except for the deliberate avoidance to add to the list of failures of the UNP that only the suit of Mr. Clean is clean. He has not respected the constitution or democracy, neither has he kept his hand off the money.
    Nilame

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    “Former Chief Tormentor, Mahinda Rajapakse, said that he is having a subdued Halloween this year as people are no longer as frightened as they used to be under his regime.
    Speaking from his house in the south of the country, Mr Rajapakse said, “This Government has not got into the spirit (pardon the pun) of celebrating Halloween. When I was in power, we didn’t even have to dress up to make people feel scared – we just played a few games with certain people and threatened them. And rather than find white sheets and go out paraded as ghosts, we just sent out a few white vans on patrol. It wasn’t just the kids but even adults would run away screaming for their life – so much fun.”
    “This government have failed to celebrate this unique day, although we are going to haunt them for trying to bring in a new constitution that will carve up the old one like a pumpkin and remove clauses that were meant to keep me in power forever. I still walk around like I am alive, although my political career was buried in 2015,” he added.”

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      forgot to add courtesy NewsCurry

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        Rajash

        Is it possible for you to procure former colonial masters Naseby’s services to arbitrate among various interested parties in Sri Lanka?

        Lankies do not listen to their own wise people’s counsel.

  • 1
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    Prof! You are quite good in putting out volumes of words. You have missed one item. What made MY3 to do this brazen act? That part is missing. You hint that the mismanagement of the economy was a possible reason. What is required is the majority in Parliament or a way to dissolve it. Both of them can be a difficulty in legal and real terms. The crux if the matter is how come MY3 became more comfortable with MR than RW? Can the Prof be kind enough to provide an explanation?

  • 0
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    The mention of.MR’s toilet paper really is funny. Prof Kumar also forgot Hitler’s Putsch!

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    Sir, what else can Bahu do? He gets his daily bread and free shelter from Ranil. The man is like a pet dog kept by Ranil. Being a good dog, he barks loudest for Ranil.
    .
    No one should take his battle cries seriously. He will sacrifice anyone except his canine self to get his daily meal.

  • 0
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    President Sirisena has said he will not stay in power for one if Ranil Wickremesinghe wins the confidence vote in Parliament. Indications are that Ranil will stay as Prime Minister which means President will quit. Let SLPP of Mahinda Rajapakse and Ranil of UNP get together and form a govt.Ranil becomes President and appoint Mahinda Rajapakse as Prime. Minister. Majority Sinhalese are with Mahinda. Mahinda can address the nation and tell the Sinhalese people to help him solve the North East problems. The Sinhala people trust Mahinda and they will listen to him. Mahinda must tell TNA not to ask for impossible demands.Let Mahinda and Ranil run the country for 3 months.. after this let Ranil step down and hand over Presidency to Karu Jayasuriya on a temporary basis. Karu and Mahinda should be able to run the country till next elections. Stop all legal proceedings against Rajapakse temporarily. We have seen hundreds of thousands killed in 1971 insurgency, kiliings of Sinhalese, tamils and Muslims interrorist acts. About 100,000 killed in 1989/ 1991 insurgency. Let us all forget old doings and start afresh. It is now never. Hold election at the correct time. Don’t give nominations to rogue politicians who switch sides. Ranil and Sirisena have let down Sri Lanka.

    • 0
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      Tiffany, there is a sound reason for this. Here it is. MS due to his meritorious acts committed in all parts of SL has elevated himself to the status of a Deva. Sakra has approved the new promotion and his heavenly abode will be in Thavathinsa Divya Loka.
      .
      One day in Thavathinsa is equivalent to hundreds of Earth years. When MS Deva said he will not wait even one day, he meant a day in Thavathinsa, which is equivalent to hundreds of Earth years.
      .
      So his statement becomes ‘I shall stay with Ranil for all his life.” In other words, Till Death Do Us Part.

  • 0
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    Mr. Sirisena ultimately determined to save his Motherland by appointing His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa as a Prime Minister, because no other option but to stick to the constitution.

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    People in this country do not have much faith on their representatives. After they get elected most of them think about themselves. Therefore, instead of checking the majority in Parliament, if President has power under the constitution, please go for a referendum and find out whether people in the country who are above even the President approve his decision to remove Ranil Wickramasinghe and appoint Mahinda Rajapakse as PM.
    —————————
    Do not forget that 58 lakh voters wanted Mahinda Rajapakse as the leader of this country.

  • 2
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    A realistic picture of what is happening and where we are heading. Now that TNA and the Muslim parties are supporting reconvening the Parliament your speculation that riots against Tamils and Muslims become a reality. If it happens, India will not be a bystander. We are in for rough and tragic times. MR and Co including Srisena and their crowd base will not abide by decision of Parliament on Nov 7th or whenever.
    Sri Lanka is in the brink of collapse as a democratic state. It may not stay as a constitutional coup.

  • 1
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    What is a dictatorship? A cabal who hold on to power after a great show of peoples’ dislike, without holding provincial council elections, or a president who sacks the PM behind such dictatorial behaviour?

    David must be standing on his head (or his ass) while writing this kind of crap.

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      Major General Mad Mano

      “What is a dictatorship?”

      In a democracy, you believe it or not; in a dictatorship, you believe it or else.
      – EVAN ESAR

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        Lansi Vedda, Your response shows who is mad.
        =
        By any chance, did ARLE write it for you? She can send any old man mad!
        =
        Try a higher dose of Whyagra….

  • 2
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    A large number of people in the country will be happy if Mahinda Rajapakse becomes a Dictator and bring the economy of the country out of the mess created by the Economic Hitmen of the Royal Gang (Aranil, Acharith, Amalik, Apashkaralingam, Amahendran).
    —————————————-
    Sri Lanka could not economically develop because of adopting Democracy introduced by colonial parasites who got rich by exploiting other countries. Countries that emerged with strong economies in Asia did not care for democracy. India boasts as the largest democratic country but compared to China, it is a shit pit where millions live in abject poverty. Ordinary folks cannot fill their stomachs with Democracy.

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    Prof David
    I share your concerns very much.
    But I think that your assessment of the parliamentary left lacks precision. For example, you say:
    “NM’s critique of JR’s constitution is not a revolutionary tract; it’s grounded on liberal principles and good old bourgeois-democratic norms. The same is true of the Left’s commitment from its origins till 1972 to justice as the answer to the national question.”
    NM ceased to be a revolutionary long ago even before 1956 I suspect. His comment on JR’s constitution was as you say grounded on liberal principles and good old bourgeois-democratic norms. That was exactly what NM stood for. But the Constitution of 1972 was in breach of some of the very principles, notably, extending the life of parliament by 2 years. It was also the first step towards making Buddhism a state religion. (I cannot forget Colvin’s Basket of flowers to the Maligawa.)
    The LSSP split on two issues that were connected: the uncalled for change in line on the language question and joining the SLFP government. Sadly, the LSSP did not understand the national question beyond the language issue.
    It would have been a credible essay if you avoided smuggling excuses for what became the “Dead Left” to you.

  • 1
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    Must continue with the revolution ignited by an unexpected hand as Dayan J correctly pointed out. It will open out space for people participation in exercising their free will through elections which this mob trampled with so arrogantly.

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      Hela

      “unexpected hand as Dayan J correctly pointed out.”

      Did he mean Adam Smith’s unobservable market force?
      Please clarify.

  • 0
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    Kumar David says ~ “…..Maithripala Sirisena has launched a political coup in brazen violation of the Constitution……”.
    It is a coup. Will be etched in our chequered history. Kumar David is very generous calling it ‘political coup’.
    .
    Among the supporters of dictatorship is Ven Vendaruwe Upali Thero, the Anunayaka of the Asgiriya Chapter. Delivering an anusasana on the occasion of an almsgiving marking the 69th birthday of Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the Arunayaka advised GR to opt for military rule, be a Hitler, if necessary, to build the country.

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      There are all manner of coups. Some very bloody.
      The adjective merely distinguishes it from other categories.

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    This is the good example that what will happened to the innocent poor peoples party led by innocent leaders like Jr or premadasa or wijeweera like unp or JVP forming a government against capitalist super power business party like slfp. This is the destiny of innocent poor parties like unp or JVP the super power capitalist like slfp and their business class will not allow this innocent poor’s like unp or JVP to rule the country at least for 3.5 years. This is the destiny of poor peoples labour parties like unp or JVP. The slfp business class only will invest when their slfp governments are in power ,see the stock market now days like rocket.the middle class and upper middle class the main vote base of slfp are very much happy because of their capitalist slfp government is back in power. See their slfp governments how they gave tax reduction to them. No point of crying fowl by innocent poor parties like unp, JVP ,you all can’t do any thing specially a pathola party like unp can not do any thing . unp only has 22% vote base and JVP has 7% vote base has to come together to face the huge single capitalist rich party slfp which holds 48% as their block votes. So jvp come forward and do some thing other wise the top level Hitlers party will ruin a pathola party like unp as well as the democracy .

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    The writer does a good job of getting his point of view out to the readers. The constitutional element, the problematic areas that make the Sirisen’s move unconstitutional is not clear. Hence, any final decision by the parliament, whether engineered by a party through bribes or otherwise, will decide the legitimacy of the new Prime Minister.

    The writer should understand that the people see in Rajapaksa and his brothers the ability to run a difficulty and diverse country with an iron fist, with discipline, while maintaining reasonable economic growth. In Wickremasingh they see the embodiment of incompetence, well known disdain for every cultural thing near and dear to their heart, and propensity to rely on acolytes for everything including economic advice. In other words they see no future with Wickremasingh. Hence, they are ready to give the Rajapaksa cohort a chance to change and improve things. The constitutionality of the whole matter will not be a question if the parliament votes to approve Mahindra Rajapaksa.

    I personally think the Rajapaksa triumvirate (Mahindra, Gotabay, and Basil) are the best thing for the Lankans. They have a long way to go before they can get to an American style democracy that writer David is talking about. In the long years before Lanka needs to learn to live with the best they have. And for now, it seems to be the above triumvirate. My guess is that in a Presidential election Gotabay will win. Hence this period between now and the next election will pass soon and Lanka may get to see better days soon.

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