29 July, 2021

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Sri Lanka In Myanmar’s Shadow: A Democracy Pact Is Imperative! 

By Dayan Jayatilleka 

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

It’s Myanmar today and could very well be Sri Lanka tomorrow, or more correctly in 2024 if the election results are not to the liking of the military or the ex-military brass. 

Coups are not always against Opposition parties; quite often they are against governing parties. The Myanmar coup was not against the Opposition; it was against the Aung San Suu Kyi who was the figurehead leader, and the party she leads.

The lessons for Sri Lanka are obvious. We are on the road to Myanmar and are already halfway there. Michelle Bachelet’s Report is helpful in the light it sheds on militarization. 

The political parties, by definition civilian and democratic, and civic organizations, across the spectrum must initiate a dialogue and move towards a common forum for the defense of democracy against the encroachments of militarization. It must be a forum for the single, overriding purpose, which can take the form of a Pact, of commitment to the rules of norms of civilian electoral democracy.

I propose a ‘Democracy First’ Forum which should consist of all sectors that would be affected by military control. This ranges from parties and trade unions, to women’s movements, artists and all manner of civic organizations. All those who would be affected by the closure of civic space should come together; be brought together. As in the case of the ECT issue, and earlier the Neville Fernando Private Medical College issue, the traditional Government vs Opposition, and pro-Government vs. pro-Opposition divides need not be rigidly observed or take priority. 

At greatest risk are the Left and minority parties. Of the two the Left is most vulnerable. Already plans have been announced for a new Constitution and a new electoral system. The electoral system will doubtless restore the high cut-off point. The Special Presidential Commission will be used as it was by JR Jayewardene and political opponents knocked out. The Opposition will be sought to be crippled as in 1982, in time for a referendum on a new Constitution. The imposition of the Essential Services Act shows what will happen to trade union struggles in the future.

One of the positive spin-offs of the ECT issue was that KD Lal Kantha and the JVP trade unions were reactivated. Other positive spin-offs were that the JVP and FLSP shared a platform. Furthermore, a common patriotic space was carved out on economic issues, bringing together Leftists and Southern nationalists, in which the presence of the Left was a safeguard against racism.

The very discourse of the regime especially in its response to Bachelet’s detailed charge of militarization reveals an ideology and a drive which will inevitably lead to repression. Bachelet’s Report pretty much sounds a loud alarm on such an outcome.    

The regime’s policy practices all round show what its economic model is and who its domestic corporate allies are. A showdown with the trade unions, especially the left-led ones, is inevitable. Two, three, many Weliweriyas (and Welikadas) are on the way.

KD Lal Kantha is a rational, realist, radical and a potentially unifying figure for the Left, or at least a coordinating figure between all left tendencies—most significantly the JVP and FLSP. This potential must be acted upon swiftly; it must crystallize. 

Lal Kantha has also been the best exponent of a left-populist discourse which is a crucial driver in the struggle for democracy and against dictatorship. 

The unity of the left tendencies is absolutely critical because the Left in any country, represents the element that is most thoroughly inoculated against racism, ethnoreligious supremacism and xenophobia. This is evident in the rational radicalism of the well-informed Pubudu Jayagoda of the FLSP, even in the course of the ECT campaign.

What is needed is a Democratic Popular Bloc of parties, mass organizations of the working people and students, and civic organizations.

The lesson of history, including current history, is clear. If a common platform and stand are not arrived at in time to halt and resist militarization, that common platform or unification of democratic forces will take place behind bars, after military rule is imposed.

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    Democracy First is impossible in Sri Lanka: How can you wean the Sinhalese Buddhists from majoritarian “democracy” they have benefited from for nearly 73 years?

    Sinhala only,
    Buddhism in the foremost place,
    Tamils and Muslims as second class citizens are the opium the Sinhalese people like.

    They don’t mind militarism, after all, a prominent Bhikku wants Nandasena to follow the path of Hitler, not that of Buddha!

    Sri Lanka is carrying the begging bowl worldwide.

    We have Angnasara thero, Myanmar has the international Buddhist terrorist Wiratu.

    Together they can be devils of South Asia!

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      How about TNA, ITAK, ACTC, TULF, SLMC, ACMC?

      They are the same.

      The problem is with democracy. When democracy was proposed in 1931 GGP told this will happen. No surprise. Since then racism rules the north.

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        Thiru
        Tamils & Muslims are second-class citizens? Seriously?
        Tamils & Muslims in Sri Lanka enjoy more rights than majority Sinhalese, such as; buy lands ANYWHERE in Sri Lanka, live/work/engage in businesses/study ANYWHERE in Sri Lanka, practice religion ANYWHERE in Sri Lanka, build kovils/mosques/churches ANYWHERE in Sri Lanka, destroy Buddhist archaeological sites ANYWHERE in Sri Lanka, forcibly settle in Buddhist temple lands ANYWHERE in Sri Lanka, stop Buddhist archaeological excavations ANYWHERE in Sri Lanka and the latest is the right to special funeral rights based on their race and religion even undermining country’s law.
        While totally disregarding the fact that the same compulsory COVID Cremation Law applies to Sinhalese as well, even the United Nations think ONLY Muslims should be granted special burial rights during the pandemic.
        Moreover, the United Nations think LTTE terrorists who continually massacred innocent civilians in cold-blood for over 34-years should have “special right to life” based on the fact that they are Tamils, and also Tamil families of Tamil terrorists and Tamil families of Tamil civilians killed by Tamil terrorists should be given special rights while denying same right to families of slain Sinhalese soldiers and Sinhalese civilians butchered by Tamil terrorists.
        Now tell me, in the “prejudice eyes” of the United Nations, who are the first-class citizens?

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        GATAM,

        Do you understand what is meant by democracy? What kind of racism you are talking about in the North?

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          Ajith, have a look at the census by ethnicity in the north. Compare it will 1971 or 1981 if you can. You will see.

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        GATAM

        Is it true Mavai Senathirajah aged 78 years (born 27 October 1942) is aspiring to contest as the Chief Minister of Northern Province in the forthcoming provincial elections?

        Come to think of if Joe Biden aged 78 years (20 November 1942) can why not Mavai Senathirajah?

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          Age is only a number. How you feel is only your state of mind. One can be forty feel old and want to retire while the other could be 80 feel active and be determined to contribute to society.

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            Burt

            Sorry Burt I am talking about the dumbest politician of all from the North.

            Can you quote anything sensible coming out of his mouth?
            If you ask his name unlike other politicians he will never refuse to give you an answer. He will talk hours and hours……………….. if you have free time, hours, days, months, years, millennia, …. according to my mates from Jaffna.

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        Opportunistic racist , how about you shutting up for the time being , instead of constantly making silly comments. Your anti Thamizh racism is constantly oozing out from all your comments. Was opportunistically trying to pretend that you not a racist , to woo all Thamizh voted for your racist Chingkalla UNP or the other clown’s party and now after election , showing your true racist colours.

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      Thiru,
      “Sinhala only,
      Buddhism in the foremost place,”
      —-
      This country was called ‘Sinhale’ for thousands of years because it is the Land of Sinhalayo and Vedda Eththo. In 1815, British colonized the country called Sinhale and changed the name to Ceylon to erase the Sinhala identity in order to please Malabar Vellala Demalu who joined Brits to oppress Native Sinhalayo. During colonial rule they brought millions of Dravidians to work in their projects and changed the demographic composition of the country.
      In 1948, British gave Independence to Sinhalayo and to their country Sinhale they colonized in 1815. So Sinhalayo have the right to reverse changes made by colonial rulers and declare Sinhala is the official language in their country and Buddhism is the religion in their country because majority in this country are Buddhists. Demalu who came from Hindusthan and settled down in Sinhale because Sinhalayo gave citizenship have no right to make fuss about what Sinhalayo do in their country.

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        EE
        Why are the Vedda Eththo not sharing real power here with the Indian immigrants posing off as natives?

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        Thousands of years ! Chingkalla language and people only came into existence from around 7AD , so how can it be thousands of years? Most Chingkallams are descended from Dravidian largely low caste South Indian Thamizh immigrants and invaders . Chingkalla DNA is 70% Indian Thamizh. The rest a mixture of the lowly native peasant Thamizh speaking Dravidian Yakkos or Yakka , slightly mixed with immigrants from north east India. Most of the elite Thamizh speaking Naga tribes in the island evolved into the Eezham Thamizh.

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          Sinhala is the Parakrit of Pali corruption of the ancient Thamizh word for the island Chingkallam. Meaning the red or copper coloured land. Similarly another ancient Thamizh word for the island Eezham meaning the land of metal or toddy got Prakritized to Hela. In ancient times the Thamizh or semi Thamizh speaking Dravidian Naga and Yakka tribes in the island were called Chingkallavar or Eezhavar. This is why in Sangam era poetry when they mention Chingkalla theevu /Cheran Theevu [ Serendib or the island of the Chera ( Naga)] or Eezhathu Poothanar , they do not refer to modern they Chingkallams , who took this ancient Thamizh name but to these indigenous Thamizh speaking Naga and Yakka Dravidian tribes of ancient times. Ancient Greek Macedonia , has nothing to with these modern Slavic speaking Macedonian people , who migrated here and took this ancient Greek name for themselves. Please google and read before posting rubbish , racist piece of shyte. Since independence all sorts of fables and lies are being created by the Ceylon and then Sri Lankan state , to justify an exclusive Chingkalla Poutha Fascist state and to marginalize and destroy the Thamizh.

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        You will be doing us all a great service if you shared the ‘evidence’ ( no fictions, myths or fairy tales ) in the form of say treaties with other nations or kings of other nations, to back your claim that this whole island of ours was called Sinhale!

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        I love Turkey the country!

        They are a model in treating minorities right. Wish SL becomes the next Turkey.

        (But I don’t like the fact that Erdogan and Mahinda are best buddies.)

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      Thiru,
      “Tamils and Muslims as second class citizens are the opium the Sinhalese people like.”
      —-
      • What is it that the Sinhalayo are enjoying that the other communities are not enjoying because they are not Sinhala?
      • What is it that the minorities do not enjoy because they are the minority which the majority enjoys because they are the majority?
      • What is legally, constitutionally and legislatively given to the majority that is not given to the minorities?
      • What is it that the Sinhala Buddhists are enjoying that the other communities are not enjoying because they are not Sinhala Buddhists?
      —-
      In fact, there are certain things that only Demalu and Muslims enjoy.

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        Eagle – Eye

        in both your post Eagle Eye you failed to address the question.
        Do you want military rule!
        Yes or No

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        Eagle Blind Eye

        Who are the Sinhalayos?

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        Eagle,
        “What is it that the Sinhalayo are enjoying that the other communities are not enjoying because they are not Sinhala?”
        1. “Sinhalayo” are enjoying a much lower IQ, something like 46 .
        2. This leads to poor memory, so that they can’t remember what they said yesterday. So they keep repeating like parrots.

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          OC,
          .
          thanks. Dont forget to mention about sinhala ” condescending mind set”. They including my elders expect ” big portion” be given to them and no toleranace to others. Just imagine, if significant number of our sinhalaya cried for burial rights, would the rulers ever be able to ignore it to the manner they treat fellow muslims repeated requests on that matter ?

          And also you are spot on about poor memory. Best examples are given by Mahinda Rajaakshe. He returned to power promising big promises. But not even little is fullfiled sofar in term of his list of pledges. How come ? However, Polonnaruwe modaya was able to do it within the first 100 days….. chapo..
          .
          Sinhalaya in general dont care about memories in general, with exception that their so called 2500-year heritage.
          .
          I think Eagle Eye is currently going thorough his older age puberty. That may be the reason him would never get the little about the facts.
          :

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      Unfortunately, Myanmar and Sri Lanka have earned a terrible reputation for discrimination of minorities, and especially in Myanmar’s case, perpetrating a genocide. They have disgraced Buddhism and the teachings of Lord Buddha, as those in the forefront of violence and discrimination wear saffron robes, and they are enabled by the regimes, who do and say nothing to prevent the violence.

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        Ashan,
        To my knowledge Sri Lanka is the only country in the world that has given a place for minorities (Demala and Muslim) who came from foreign countries and settled down in their country in the National Flag. Be Grateful!
        —-
        Sri Lanka have earned a terrible reputation for discrimination of minorities,

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      T
      You write as if the Sinhalese as a whole are beneficiaries of the system.
      Do not forget the minority of First Class citizens among the minority communities who are unhurt by any discriminatory law.
      Has Sinhala Buddhism freed poor Sinhalese from poverty and hunger?
      *
      When a minority community looks at problems purely from an ethnic/national persecution perspective it isolates itself from others whose support it will need to fight for its own rights.

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      Yes friends, stupid people in this country have no idea about the greater danger before them. How come one time ” oldest democracy of asia” to fall that deep ?
      .
      thanks.
      Yes Myanmar today and could very well be Sri Lanka tomorrow,.

      No matter nothing is properly managed by millitary domination in ministery of health, they continue fooling the nation.
      :
      They today s adminstration seems to be misleading the nation.
      :
      There are KALI AMMA CONTROL Dhammika Paniya or other kind of juices being introduced to the gullible segments of the country. People dont know who to be trusted.
      .
      And there is no transparency and accountablity whatever the issue today… their media men seem to be working “turning untruths to headline fake news”. They behave as if we srilanken people have no respect to FACTs and FIGURES of anything.
      :
      Yet even today, Kaliamma led groups continue abusing the easy targets. Why cant they the authorities work clean ?

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    There must be diabolical reasons why war criminals were handpicked for strategic positions surrounding Herr Nanda. There must be unholy reasons why felons and murderers were pardoned, to add to the his inner circle. When leaders go against the countries’s own democratic laws, and tries to seize more power, sit up and take notice.

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    Hopefully SL will follow Myanmar’s lead.

    For 73 years democracy ruined SL. Only bred racism, violence and corruption. Time to give democracy a break. Sri Lankans won’t miss democracy!

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      Sri Lankans won’t miss democracy!
      ====
      Democracy only in Name
      There is no freedom for the people

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    All democratic countries should come forward to defeat the military coup d’état in Vietnam, rescue the democratically elected Vietnamese leader Aung San Suu Kyi and protect democratic rights of the Vietnamese people.
    The United Nations should intervene to SAVE Aung San Suu Kyi before the military junta kills her and innocent civilians. It is the Military Chief Min Aung Hlaing who should be arrested.
    As the world has happily witnessed, the Vietnamese people have CLEARLY REJECTED the military junta through a free and fair election. Gone are the days for military dictatorships in the world.
    As far as I know, according to the Vietnamese Constitution, the military can take over the country “during” a State of Emergency. However, the Military Chief has declared a State of Emergency only after Aung San Suu Kyi was detained by force.
    Therefore, a decisive intervention of world leaders is needed to protect the hard earned democracy in Vietnam and its democratically elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

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      Vietnam?

      Did you mean India?

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      Champa: I am truly impressed by your profound knowledge of Geography. Please keep it up!

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      C
      “All democratic countries should come forward to defeat the military coup d’état in Vietnam, etc. etc.”
      *
      We know that Burma changed its name to Myanmar. Has it done it again to become Vietnam?

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        Oh… I see, my sincere apologies, it is not Vietnam. My first such mistake from the time I started posting comments here in 2015.
        I have a (bad) habit of posting comments without reading the second time.
        Only now I read my comment.
        I was angry to the core yesterday with Gotabhaya for many reasons, including his latest attempt to “grow and legalize Cannabis” in Sri Lanka.
        I was extensively reading about VIETNAM and how opium was introduced to Vietnam, the Opium Pipeline, the nexus between the Jews and Opium: Rothschild and Opium, Rothschild’s recent visit to Sri Lanka which I take as a “bad omen” and CIA’s involvement in drug trafficking. Hence the mistake.
        THANK YOU, EVERYONE.

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          Champa,
          Didn’t you know that even the mighty USA sacrificed a lot of money and men “defending Democracy” in Vietnam?
          Oh, you mean Burma? Have you been smoking something?

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            OC
            He has hinted at something.

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          You are just like me loved by all because am from India.
          Vietnam is already watching the Bollywood dubbed dramas and will become another India soon. Myanmar also have north and South Indian population do not know how my people got there. If the international army attack Burma Indians may suffer in 2 ways….locals and the Rohingya may add more to Assam concentration camps?

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          Well, at least Champa has the decency to apologise, and to thank EVERYONE.
          .
          Champa, this is why I’ve been telling you that although you get certain things right, and often do your homework, you sometimes miss the woods owing to focussing on trees.
          .
          Now that we have to put up with these SLPP guys for years to come, tell me, doesn’t this video show Gota in a somewhat more acceptable light:
          .
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKXwQ7uTfXo
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          Go, make comments on Education where I originally placed this:
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          https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/narrative-fragments-of-independence-share-a-unifying-sri-lankan-narrative/
          .
          On the whole, the Rajapaksas are horrible people. Doesn’t this apply to them? Think of what they’ve been saying in Geneva.

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          OMG, Even S. C. Pasqual is ridiculing Champa.

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      Chimpi, yes agreed. We will install you as the new army chief of world forces and grant you the title General Chimpawathie and send you in the front to fight.

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      Ms Champa,

      what doublestandards thoughts ? You crocodile tears become like heavy rains hearing the news, but no reactions towards srilanken developments ?
      .
      .It is not in Vietnam.
      But in former Burma today- Myanmar.
      .
      Aung San Suu Kyi is a Burmese politician, diplomat, author, and a 1991 Nobel Peace Prize laureate who served as State Counsellor of Myanmar from 2016 to 2021. Wikipedia
      Born: June 19, 1945 (age 75 years), Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
      Spouse: Michael Aris (m. 1972–1999)
      Children: Alexander Aris, Dannian Kim Arundel Aris
      Education: SOAS University of London (1985–1987), MORE
      Awards: Nobel Peace Prize, Sakharov Prize, MORE

      Ironically, the very same CHAMPA does not care much when Rajapakshes twisting srilanken democracy to a dictatorship. For some hidden reasons, she is proved to be worshing Rajaakshes rascals from the day one.
      :
      Further to this, millitarisation is being metastasized in SL, this hypocratic woman CHAMPA does not the little about.

      She cries today having heard of a millitary coup in Myanmar. ?????????????????????

      Incumebent President no second to Zimbawian Mugabe, brings commissions in order to get exonerated all the high crime investigations against his men. Gonthadipila and Wimal Buruwanse are most known examples.
      His adminstration kills prisoners in prisons. There Champa stays as if she is fed with clay (speechless)
      .

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      Champa,
      .
      Check your zipper before crawling on to a stage…

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        And…..
        For your information…
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        Vietnam is a socialist republic with a one-party system led by the Communist Party. Not a democracy by your standards.

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      All democratic countries should come forward to defeat the military coup d’état in Vietnam

      Champawati,
      Is that because of Covid-19 restriction, the Kerala Ganja from Jaffna is in sort supply in the south? You are derailing from your policies. Why is that?

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      Champa

      “………………………….. rescue the democratically elected Vietnamese leader Aung San Suu Kyi and protect democratic rights of the Vietnamese people.”

      Aiyooooooooooooooooooooooo

      It is the Myanmar army which illegally seized the country in a coup d’état and not in Vietnam.


      Aung San Suu Kyi is the democratically elected leader of Myanmar and not Vietnam.

      You should have fact checked before you stupidly typed in this forum.
      This should be a lesson, if you type historical facts please confirm it with credible sources not with your next chums, Wimal Stupid Weerawansa.

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      Not Vietnam, but Myanmar, also known as Burma.
      .
      Most of the world became critical of Aung San Suu Kyi because she didn’t do enough to stop the persecution of the Rohingiya Muslims.
      .
      It now looks as though she didn’t have the power to anything for them, because the military wouldn’t allow her to.
      .
      Yes, it is the military that must be rejected. We have enough on our plate with Gota on it. But if we must have an opinion, it is the military in Burma who are the nasty guys.

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      Wakey Wakey, learn your geography!

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      Chimpi, you bloody fool. It is Burma aka Myanmar………………….not Vietnam. These are two different countries.

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    DJ,
    Why you have not thought about the possibility of a military dictatorship under Gota with a slogan to bring back real democracy soon after finishing off the Tamils, the Muslims and the left after false accusation like say Naxalite threat of 1982.

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    There are huge differences between the histories of democracy in Burma and Sri Lanka.
    The national question is more complex in Burma.
    The military was a dominant force from very early on; and Burma never fully recovered from the military coup of 1962.
    It has had its fresh coup just two hours ago after a brief partial recovery from military rule.

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      Based on this new Cold War India will be sorting out China and Burma together at the same time to help their friend and ally US?

      Would India join the Israel their friends to attack the Iranians?

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    To hell with Bachelet’s Report. Our Military will NEVER support something like a coup d’état that happened in Vietnam. Never.
    Gotabhaya is a coward who tries to hide behind the military. I am now bothered about his unholy penchant for Muslim illegal drug kingpins in custody and other Sinhala criminals who are in custody for illegal drug related offences.
    As everyone else, I am also concerned about Gotabhaya’s military appointments. However, same as Gotabhaya, ex-military officers who now serve as heads of various institutions are failing miserably in civil administration. People are not happy with them.
    One may wonder whether there are other reasons for Gotabhaya’s military appointments.
    Take Ministries such as Health, Defence, Foreign Affairs, Ports, Mahaweli, Lands & Power for example. Gotabhaya’s military cohorts are in every lucrative Ministry. Why? Gotabhaya wants to instill a fear psychosis among employees to implement his “plans” in these Ministries where a large number of government funds and resources are available. These days he is changing all governmental protective laws like a madman. But, one day all Gotabhaya’s ex-military officers who served as heads of various government institutions will have to answer questions related to their actions. They should remember that when they accepted cheap political appointments, they have willingly compromised their integrity and reputation.

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      Oooops, Vietnam again. :)

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    Aung who was a true activist when turned politician , tried doing tango with the Junda and as usual war generals showed her who is leading the show Soon Aung is expected back on home arrest
    This time people will not be fully behind because of her politicking
    China after giving up on silk road decided to focus on local expansion
    mostly securing HK and countries under Junda Myanmar and Lanka. Nepal did not go well for their liking. People in HK are so happy they are leaving country in hundreds. Last time it happened when China took over and China promised to leave them alone to stop the exodus. As expected China is doing what they exactly told the Junda.

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    Uniting the “Forces” against any type of a “THREAT” to the survival of “DEMOCRACY” and its “INSTITUTIONS” is a MUST. No doubt about it. Now a “Special Presidential Commission” has been instituted to make “Recommendations” to the Parliament on how to “IMPLEMENT” the “Recommendations” of the “Presidential Commission” appointed to examine the “Political Victimizations” of Public Servants and Armed Forces. One among a number of “Recommendations” that were “Examined” was the case of a “Convicted Criminal” by the SC -the Highest Court of the country. That is the “Case” of Duminda Silva. Then there is an “ONGOING” case (a private case) where the “Accused” is Udaya Gammanpila. These two cases are clearly outside the “Mandate” of that Commission. Then on the other hand, how can that Commission “Deliberate” (1) on a case that has already been decided (convicted and punished) by the “High Court” (SC) and (2) on an “ONGOING” case in the Courts and make a “WRITTEN RECOMMENDATION” to (1) “Release” the “Convict” and (2) “Stop” the ongoing proceedings and “Release” the “Accused”? Aren’t these two “Written Recommendations” a “Gross Interference” with the “Judiciary” and “SHOULDN’T” the entire Commission be “CHARGED” for “CONTEMPT” of Courts and Judiciary? My comment continued in PART II….

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    Along with Democracy, Brits introduced racism to this country. Malabar Vellala Demala politicians mastered racism and played hell in this country using ‘Wal Booru Nidahasa’ provided under Democracy and ruined the country. If all the separatist politicians were jailed soon after country gained Independence and banned all political parties promoting separatism this country could have been better off and avoided getting harassed by UNHRC. It is late but not too late to take such measures.

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    PART II of My comment: There is a “Statement” in the “Report” which says: many complaints were received and some of those that did not come within the “Mandate” were not “Dealt” with. Then the question arises how about (1) Duminda (2) Gammanpila (3) Senadhpathy etc. cases were taken for deliberations? For this, PLUS “Interference” with already decided and ongoing cases, the “Commission” must be made “Answerable”. Before this writer’s request to “UNITE” the “Forces” against “Militarization”, I suggest, “IMMEDIATE” actions are taken to “PROSECUTE” the “Presidential Commission’ that looked into “Political Victimization” of “Public Servants” and “Armed Forces” for “CONTEMPT” of Courts and the Judiciary. This, I believe, could be done by the “BAR”, because it is mandated to “UPHOLD” justice and “HONOR” of the Judges and the “Judiciary”. If not, I think even a “Legal Professional” or a such a “Group” must immediately move in the matter. FIRST thing FIRST and the REST can follow.

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    Forty for typo junta

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    DJ

    “The presence of the Left was a safeguard against racism?”
    Really?

    What happened to Masalavada line 1965-1969 of old leftists and the anti 13 A campaign of JVP?

    Why not Sajth Premadasa and his group also join in this common struggle for democracy.
    They expect others to fight for them.

    By getting the Tamils on his side DJ cunningly believe that along with Tamils The Diaspora , India and the West could be brought to his side to annihilate Gota and then

    Tamils are the sacrificial lamb!

    Is there any sinister move to isolate the left and the minority parties to face the military resulting in mutual destruction and thereafter Sajith and DJ to reap the victory.

    Machiavelli could only be a poor second to DJ

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      I am in favour of JVP vs TNA open debate? It is time we clear the air on this confusion pls.

      My take the only think they have in common is they are were happy to do anything to their fellow man to have things their way

      The left is different from the JVP and what Dayan says is true. They were happy to stand up for the estate Tamils then explains why JVP had a different approach because they understood the Indian expansion project then? JVP in principle should have more in common with the LTTE?

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    Almost all democratic countries have condemned the Myanmar Military Coup. So far Lankawe’s Military Government has not released any statement supporting or censuring either party in the Burmese Military coup. In November there were two elections. There were unrealistic claims in both that there were massive election fraud by the parties, lost the elections. America, the Oldest Democracy by constitution, sorted it out by itself. Myanmar lost the control and fell back into the Military Junta’s hands.
    Democracy needs protection. The Old Democracies, under the leadership of US, are expected to pay attention on this matter. UN is very weak on this because it gives membership for all type of governments. So, many of them very successfully are walking their challenges against democracies, in the UN. In 2016, before November election, then State Secretary John Kerry said that US had spent $450 M on Lankawe and Myanmar. He claimed both have successfully returned to democracy. As we have deep sense of Lankawe politics, which by elections, from 1948, moved from Democracy to Juntis government, we questioned Secretary John Kerry’s jaundice statement immediately, in CT, on Lankawe’s issue. Still we thought Myanmar may have got in the right path. But now it too has retracted on its path of democracy.

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    The reality was, Western governments, in neither country, were serious in bring back democracy. Probably, as some opponents of West suggested, there were no war possible that is why. NATO and US spent in trillions to remove the dictators like Nazibullah, Sadam, Gadhafi respectively from Afghan, Iraq & Libya. In Lankawe case India, Japan, EU and America were willing giving free economic aids, Medial Aids, Food aids and Military aids to the military &semi-military governments which existed from 1970. Further the governments in Lankawe were very well specialized in their Aappa Diplomacy so if India Not giving them, they take from China, If China No given they take from US, If US not giving they take from EU and if EU is not willing to give any aids they take from Japan. Their current Donner is India, led by Dr. Jeysankar, Indian FAM. Lankawe has long prepared China for UN Secretary council Veto from the time it did the Genocide in Mullai Tivu, in 2009. India protesting Lankawe taking paid help from China, so keep helping Lankawe in UNHRC because India cannot beat China IN UNSC as it has no membership there. In this mentality of international powers to rescue from punishments and adopt the naughty child Lankawe, there is no redemption for the people living in Lankawe.

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    Yes friends, stupid people in this country have no idea about the greater danger before them. How come one time ” oldest democracy of asia” to fall that deep ?
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    thanks.
    Yes Myanmar today and could very well be Sri Lanka tomorrow,.

    No matter nothing is properly managed by millitary domination in ministery of health, they continue fooling the nation. xxx
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    They today s adminstration seems to be misleading the nation.
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    There are KALI AMMA CONTROL Dhammika Paniya or other kind of juices being introduced to the gullible segments of the country. People dont know who to be trusted.
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    And there is no transparency and accountablity whatever the issue today… their media men seem to be working “turning untruths to headline fake news”. They behave as if we srilanken people have no respect to FACTs and FIGURES of anything.
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    Yet even today, Kaliamma led groups continue abusing the easy targets. Why cant they the authorities work clean ?

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    Pity poor Dayan, as he is having pangs of guilt now, after boasting ad infinitum about his “feats” in soft-peddling, nay bailing out his current hero Percival Mahendra Baiyyapakse from a UN-sponsored stranglehold, which might well have prevented our current hero Herr Nandosena Gotlerpakse from ever seeing the light of day.

    Dayan, my dear, this is the price of dishonesty and a failure of your personal ethics and morals. Too late now buddy, we are already sloshing down the spiralling vortex of doom.

    Too late, unless of course, Ms Bachelet waves her wand of retribution and smacks Herrnandosena in his cojones in a couple of months’ time.

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    With the recent moves of the President, the day Rajapakses lose votes we will see the Military takeover of the country. All the setup is already done by the President.

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    India was riding on the FP/TULF/PLOTE/TELO and Russia then in 70’s.

    FP/TULF/PLOTE/TELO was riding on the back of LTTE for 40 years and at the same time riding on the GSOL for the past 50 years.

    Now the entire National and International politics is riding on the back of Hon MR & Excellency GR/SL Military and SL and her future having assigned them to complete the task of removing the LTTE obstacle where various entities feel they have got something out of that…hence the long leash from the UN for all that is unfinished.

    India is riding on the US now and US hopes they will get the ride they need as a buffer to China. This is a very hard one for the US as they may have met their match on this one.

    Burma is a great example of how one can set up one ghetto against the other where the military been there all along to save the day….now even segregated their administrative capital away from Yangon for safety and the sacrificial segment as required is equal to Jaffna in political terms.

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    The Unions and the Civil groups will not be able to change what is coming next unless otherwise we can campaign for the move of the UN operations to Sri Lanka where the region may be saved from being further dragged through the mud….better than the foreign military bases…but the same service industry for the diplomatic circles as the Thailand/Philippines used to be etc.

    The benefit is Tamil Diaspora can return home away from Geneva as all the required UN offices will be based in Jaffna…..and Jaffna will get a great economical boost..yes we need a better sewage treatment facilities.

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      In fact UN should as a policy set up offices/relocate wherever they create hot spots as this will avoid any refugee crisis for the UN Security Council Permanent Member Nations, they can get involved in the daily running of the “soverign” members as required without the toilet washers/nursing home care takers becoming a nusience.

      Example if UN stayed in SL they could have settled all the Rohingya refugees in Vanni or even the upcountry Tamils in Vanni too. No camps but land given for people to lead a normal life forever.

      https://youtu.be/7rLJ-5AR2EQ
      We Ceylon Tamils want to walk the talk and accommodate the suffering estate workers and refugees world over. Just the world has accommodated us without any conditions.

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    Another Buddhist country. Abuse of minority and military power. When Aung San was in house arrest everyone fought for her freedom but after being free had a blind eye to minority abuse.

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    Outside force one who planted the trouble to happened now can penetrate or now earned many things might encourage a foreign bodies to place their bases on Myanmar as it was put on or made to appear on the international headlines following reports that the country’s government was engaged in the widespread persecution, bad reputation negative that it had the things that is affecting the success The impeached leader who is supposed to carry the all weight of proof .

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    Having visited Myanmar in 2020 for 3 weeks I am sure that this coup is a making of the Chinese.

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    Pol – Gal – Sal will not redeem the sins committed. Definitely the downfall will begin at some time. It is going to be spectacular.

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