15 October, 2018

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Sri Lanka’s Bloodless Revolution On 8 January: Malith Jayathilake Has Now Spoken Out

By W.A Wijewardena

Dr W.A Wijewardena

Dr W.A Wijewardena

Architects of 8 January revolution are speaking out

Those who were behind the scene leading to the bloodless revolution of 8 January have started to speak out one by one. First, it was Asoka Abeygunawardana, electrical engineer and social activist, who spoke out first by publishing a book in Sinhala titled ‘Yuga Peraliya’ which was later translated into English as ‘The Revolution of the Era’.

Then, it was up to Dinesh Weerakkody, banker, human resource expert and entrepreneur, to narrate the story from his side under the title ‘The Great November Revolution’.

Now, Parliamentarian Malith Jayathilake has fulfilled his obligation by telling us the story as he has seen it in a book in Sinhala titled ‘Ma Dutu Janawaari Ata’ or ‘The January 8th Revolution as I Have Seen It’.

Ousting an authoritative regime through ballot made Sri Lanka ‘True Wonder of Asia’

In fact, the presidential elections on 8 January 2015 marked an important turning point in Sri Lanka’s recent political history. Sri Lankans demonstrated to the rest of the world at that election that they could change an authoritarian government in every respect by using a simple weapon called the ballot.Mahinda leaves

This writer eulogised it in a previous article as the display of ‘True Wonder of Asia’, borrowing a tagline used by the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime that was ousted at the election to market its own policies to Sri Lankans as well as to outsiders.

Overconfidence was the enemy

The Mahinda Rajapaksa regime was so confident of a victory at the election that it went for an early election in order to consolidate its power base. The confidence of the top bureaucrats supporting the regime was equally strong. On 2 January 2015, just six days before the election, the powerful Treasury Secretary Dr. P.B. Jayasundera boldly announced that even in 2020, it would President Mahinda Rajapaksa who would be the President of the country.

The occasion was the releasing of the Central Bank’s policy road map for 2015 before a packed but captive audience of bankers, politicians, bureaucrats and diplomats at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall or BMICH in Colombo. The participants at the meeting had felt that the Central Bank had changed its usual venue from the bank premises to the BMICH, invited a bigger audience and allowed the Treasury Secretary to deliver a political speech in order to boost the President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s election campaign. It also showed the confidence of the top management of the Central Bank, including its Monetary Board, that the retention of Presidency by Mahinda Rajapaksa for a third term was a sure thing.

Loosely-connected Joint Opposition was a David slewing Goliath

It was a loosely-connected and hurriedly put in place organisation called the Joint Opposition, made up of political parties, civil society organisations and a few individuals that challenged President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the elections. To the outside world, it is this Joint Opposition that fielded the common candidate, fought at the election vigorously and fearlessly and finally foiled the royal ambitions of Mahinda Rajapaksa and his close family members.

But the real story is different, as narrated by the three small fellows who played their role behind scene to oust Mahinda Rajapaksa and bring about a turning point in the political history of the country. It was an instance, as Arjuna Seneviratne – one of the political critics – had noted, Davids slewing the Goliath in an unusual lopsided battle. That battle plan involved a strategy and that strategy outsmarted that of Mahinda Rajapaksa, a seasoned politician for whom winning elections was not a game at all.

The organisation of the book

Malith Jayathilake’s book running into 673 pages has been broken into five main chapters. In the first chapter, he describes how he took part, again behind the scene, in the infamous Presidential Election of 2010. It was he who had suggested even the theme of the election campaign, For a Brighter Future, that captivated the voters at that time. Since he was behind the scene and not in the front, President Rajapaksa never knew that it was his creation.

Chapter Two has been devoted to the statistical forecast which he had made, along with four others, that in the next Presidential election, President Rajapaksa had very grim chance of winning. Based on the forecast explained in Chapter Two, Chapter Three describes how they started searching for a common candidate to field against President Rajapaksa and how they zeroed on Maithripala Sirisena, then a Cabinet Minister and Secretary General of the main ruling party, Sri Lanka Freedom Party or SLFP. Chapter Four has been devoted to the election campaign and Chapter Five to critically examine the post 8 January developments.

No villains but heroes

There are many known and unknown political characters mentioned in Jayathilake’s book. However, he has taken care not to project anyone of them as villains. All he has done is to give facts so that the readers could make their own judgments about villains. Though he has not ascribed to himself a heroic disposition – he has confessed many a stupid things he had done in the process – there are many heroes in the whole episode.

Among them, there had been two leading figures that have been rated by him as special heroes. One was President Maithripala Sirisena who came forward to challenge Mahinda Rajapaksa as the common candidate sacrificing everything he had been enjoying and risking his life as well as those of his close family members. The other was Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe who kept one step backward by agreeing to Maithripala Sirisena’s common candidacy and led his party and the election campaign to a success.

This does not mean that the role played by others should be downplayed. It was teamwork and in the team, everybody had made their best contribution to the success of the campaign. It was amazing that the Joint Opposition had mobilised individuals of different political leanings and ideologies for a common cause. It seemed that everyone had temporarily kept aside their political and ideological differences for attaining a common public good, namely, putting a stop to the emerging disastrous political and economic culture in the country.

Malith Jayathilake was not anti-Mahinda Rajapaksa

Malith Jayathilake had been an ardent supporter of Mahinda Rajapaksa in his Presidential campaign in 2010. He even held a public office under the regime as Head of a public authority. But what made him change his mind? It was not Malith Jayathilake who had rejected Mahinda Rajapaksa. It was Mahinda Rajapaksa and his close family members who had rejected him.

Had they listened to him when he presented his forecast that President Mahinda Rajapaksa could not win the next Presidential election and changed their ways, he would still have been in that camp. If that had happened, Sri Lankans would not have a chance to announce to the rest of the world that they could change an authoritative regime through popular ballot.

The forecast which Mahinda Rajapaksa refused to accept

What was this forecast that served as the trigger-point of changing the country’s political culture? It was a scientific study done by Malith Jayathilake and four others by closely examining the voting pattern of Sri Lankans since the Presidential election in 2010. That election had given a landslide victory to Mahinda Rajapaksa and boosted his ego that he was invincible.

His reading of the mood of the electorate was that whatever he did, the electorate would blindly go with him. Thus, he and his brothers had an election strategy that Mahinda Rajapaksa can win the next Presidential election simply by pampering to the Sinhala-Buddhist extreme elements. Therefore, he did not care to win back the minority votes to his camp. Rather, his action alienated minority ethnic and religious groups from his camp. This was the strategy that had been challenged by Malith Jayathilake and four others by a carefully done scientific study of the changing mood of the electoral pattern in the country.

To win Presidency, Sinhala-Buddhist votes alone are not sufficient

The message which Malith Jayathilake’s forecast conveyed was simple enough. In a Presidential election, the winning candidate should get half the valid votes plus one to win the election. When the votes of the minority groups were not cast for Mahinda Rajapaksa, he should have got at least 70% of the valid votes from Southern districts to satisfy that requirement.

But the results of the Provincial Council and local government elections that were held after 2010 showed that this was not a possibility. The calculations done by Malith Jayathilake and others showed that that would be less than 60%. In that scenario, a challenger who could marshal the support of the minority groups could easily beat President Mahinda Rajapaksa if he could get 40% of the votes from the Southern districts.

Rationalist being taken over by imagined euphoria

When this presentation was made before the political leaders of the ruling UPFA, they saw the red light that had been lit before Mahinda Rajapaksa. However, he and his brothers were not ready or willing to accept it. They had been living in an imagined euphoria of their own. Mahinda Rajapaksa who had been elevated to kingship was invincible. He had the political, financial and military powers. With those powers, it was not possible for anyone to challenge him politically.

Hence, in the view of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, it was a crime which Malith Jayathilake had committed by saying that the invincible President could not win the forthcoming election. Accordingly, Malith Jayathilake was not only rejected by the Rajapaksa regime; he was chased away from the position he had been holding in a public authority. Thus, it was President Mahinda Rajapaksa himself who had delivered him to the common opposition.

Opposition grabbing the message in the forecast

When the presentation was made before civil society and opposition political leaders, they not only grabbed the idea but also strategised how they could put it into action. That was how the idea of fielding a common candidate against President Mahinda Rajapaksa was born and carried toward a successful fruition. There were hiccups throughout but the Joint Opposition managed to resolve them successfully.

Malith Jayathilake has explained in detail how an elimination process was used to zero on Maithripala Sirisena, then a Cabinet Minister and General Secretary of SLFP. According to Malith Jayathilake, it was President Mahinda Rajapaksa himself who had delivered Maithripala Sirisena to the Joint Opposition camp.

Mahinda Rajapaksa delivering his loyalists to the Opposition

Three incidents explained by Malith Jayathilake in his book testify to the fact how President Mahinda Rajapaksa, intoxicated by power, had alienated himself from the party veterans.

In one incident, Maithripala Sirisena had been summoned to Temple Trees after a meeting had been held in the Central Bank premises to review the progress of the Economic Affairs Development Ministry. In that meeting chaired by Minister Basil Rajapaksa, some Cabinet Ministers had raised the issue of corruption when awarding contracts for road construction. President Mahinda Rajapaksa had accused Maithripala Sirisena for raising those issues at a meeting when he was a Senior Cabinet Minister and Party Secretary. This had happened in the presence of the all-powerful Treasury Secretary at that time, Dr. P.B. Jayasundera.

In his fury, President had asked Sirisena whether he was thinking of going along a different path. This unfounded accusation without a chance to explain himself had hurt Maithripala Sirisena to the core. At the book launch, President Maithripala Sirisena confessed that the decision to decamp the Rajapaksa boat was taken by him on that fateful day.

Minister Champika Ranawaka counter-challenges Mahinda Rajapaksa

The second incident described by Malith Jayathilake relates to a meeting which President Rajapaksa had with Minister Champika Ranawaka. At that meeting, Ranawaka had been accused by Rajapaksa for working against him. Ranawaka had tried to explain that his objective was to put the Government in the correct course so that it could deliver its promises to the electorate. But without listening, Rajapaksa had stood from his chair, raised the seam of the sarong he had been wearing to thigh level and challenged Champika to defeat him at the election. Champika had also been infuriated by Rajapaksa outburst and had counter challenged him. That was the beginning of the Champika Ranawaka’s departure from the UPFA Government.

Minister Rajitha Senaratne settling for his conscience

The third incident relates to Minister Rajitha Senaratne when he was blasted by President Rajapaksa for publicly criticising and making representations to Chief Prelates of Malwatta and Asgiriya against the destructive path to which Bodu Bala Sena, an ultra Buddhist organisation sponsored by Rajapaksas, had been driving the country. Rajitha Senaratne’s conscience did not allow him to remain in the Rajapaksa Government after that.

There are many such stories narrated by Malith Jayathilake where Rajapaksa himself had been responsible for delivering important figures in his Government to the Joint Opposition. The end result was the defeat of the Invincible King at the Presidential election that was held on 8 January 2015.

Fear of reprisal forces Opposition members to go into hiding on the Election Day night

The real fear that had engulfed the country at the time could be gauged by the behaviour of the leading Opposition figures on the Election Day night. According to Malith Jayathilake, the common candidate, Maithripala Sirisena, fearing for his life, had hidden in a coconut estate in Kurunegala on the Election Day night.

Malith Jayathilake and his friends who had helped him to put the forecast into shape had hidden themselves in a small Colombo Hotel in fear of the reprisals that could be meted out to them had Mahinda Rajapaksa returned to power for a third time. With the defeat of Mahinda Rajapaksa at the election, this fear has now been taken out of the heads of the people by the new Government led by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe. That was the true change that has taken place in the country after that fateful 8 January.

Malith Jayathilake’s book is long but could be read in one stretch because of its reader-friendly language. It is hoped that the book will be translated into English soon for the benefit English reading readers throughout the globe.

*W.A. Wijewardena, a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, could be reached at waw1949@gmail.com

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    I haven’t read the book; but taking into consideration the incidents connected with the writer, the then Ministers- Mr. Sirisena, Mr. Ranawake and Mr. Rajitha together with well known “behavioral patterns” of Mr. Mahinda Rajapkse, it was not that difficult to determine his failure in the election he faced for re-election as the President of the country. After his election in 2010, his “Behavioral Patterns” were very unbecoming of a President of a country. If a reputed Psychologist was assigned to make an analytical study, I am certain he/she would have easily concluded him (MR) to be “Psychotic” or a “Psychopath”. Of course there could be a distinction between the two, viz a “Psychotic” individuals are out of touch with “reality”, because they suffer from “delusions”, “hallucinations” or other disordered states. On the other hand a “Psychopaths” are rational and quite aware of the difference between right and wrong. Typically they are “charming”, “self interested”, “glib” and “impulsive” individuals. They brag about grandiose achievements, but utterly lack skills and discipline to achieve the goals. Also when caught in a lie, they switch topics or shift blame without any embarrassment. They also do not form deep attachment excepting to selected few and often end up in hurting people. They are aware of society’s rules, but do not feel guilt when they break them. To what category this individual fell into from 2010 t0 2014 was not so difficult. In this background, the “Pandamas” (Torch Bearers) took every step to make use of the opportunity to “exploit” the situation and reap whatever possible when the sun was shining. That environment granted the “Civil Society” activists and the Opposition a fertile soil to sow the seeds to reap a bountiful harvest on 8 January 2015. Yet, has he (MR) taken the trouble to make a “DIAGNOSIS” of his “Psychic” state and work towards recovery? NO. Instead he is going from bad to worse. It is the END of the road for him.

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    I was expecting an honorary mention of the role played by the Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya, he is the ultimate hero in all this. If not for him all you fools would be either dead or missing…

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      Like a song won the chart s top level – when it happens no one praises how it came out – had the composer been away from composing… unfortunatley, people forget almost everything at once – the days were even worse than in some days in 89 insurgency days – late Rev. Sobitha theor, CBK, AND various civil groups worked diehard to make the change. The should all get the due resp

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    Appreciate the exposure. We have to record these for the benefit of future generations. This proves that as Abraham Lincoln said in his biography in mid 19th century ‘ you cannot fool all the people all the time.’ Mini despots should be shown their place.

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    The public are the real heroes of the January 8th “revolution.”

    So, Malith did not have anything against the rule of Mahinda Rajapakse, but only that he could not win the next election! And therefore, he, his team and his boss changed the sides. In return first he got to be the head of SLFI and then a MP post with pension after five years. Lukcy guy. But, what about the public? What are they getting? Taxes, taxes and taxes, no?

    There would have been many strategists, but if the public did not rise up to the occasion on their own without being led by any of these strategies or political leaders or their campaigns, MS woouldn’t have won as the MR regime would have grabbed the victory by force as many accounts have related.

    But what is happening in the aftermath? Yesterday, I saw a news item which refers to a person, an “academic” in a university in Colombo, whose name appeared in the Colombo Telegraph on the eve of the January 8th election as a person who was put in charge of polling stations in Colombo to implement Gota’s plan to grab the election victory. He was a well know MR lackey, people would say. And he was seconded from the University to be the head of an institute named after a former president. He had told friends this is good place to be as it has a rent free residence in Colombo 7 where he can send his children to schools and enjoy the facilities. It was a political appointment and even today he enjoys the post according to a newspaper report.

    The point is people like this “academic” and Malith’s have the best of both world’s being affiliated to the powers that be. They are patronised by both sides.

    What about the ordinary public?

    One more thing. Does Malith’s book refer to who got which funding during the January 8th campaign? Our civil society contacts say that some of the so-called civil society leaders were in the thick of funding from Soros Fund to stage the “rainbow revolution” in rallying professionals, academics, artistes, old and new generations etc. It is said that some of these leaders are today also in the pay-roll of government higher ups.

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      “The point is people like this “academic” and Malith’s have the best of both world’s being affiliated to the powers that be. They are patronised by both sides.”

      Very good point!

      What one gathers from this tome is, that what motivated Malith and the other “players” wasn’t the love of the country and it’s people but love of themselves. His training in statistics gave him an air-tight “indication” which way the wind was blowing and use that to preserve themselves. Now they are trying to suck-up to Sirisena by writing these to project themselves as great heroes.

      For the plebeians out here who even have a modicum of “old-fashion shame” and don’t want to suck-up to the “powers that are” there is no need for statistics or a weatherman to tell them which way the wind is blowing. It always blows against them; a simple Lankan truth.

      Simply put, politics and more importantly political-patronage give people positions that their ability/intellect/qualifications would not give them out here in the real-world if they have to compete with the rest on a level playing-field.

      But of course they can’t say it directly; have to cover it up with large tomes, statistics, patriotism (thank God it’s not smart-patriotism in this instance!), altruisms ……. Oh boy!

      For once in my life I wish a Lankan would come forward and say “I did for myself and for no one else.” Lord Buddha would be proud!

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      Claiming the victory achieved one by one is typical of Sinhala Character, may be historically as well; let us assume if Mahinda has managed to win without the minority votes, what would have been transpired to North and East in unimaginable in terms of revenge attitude Rajapaksha Brothers. – Yet despite fears of repercussions went into the polling booth in unstoppable waves and cast their opposition to Known Devil, but in favour of an Unknown Devil- This is the same phrase used by Mahinda Rajapaksha when he addressed a mammoth election rally in Jaffna, and he himself warned ultimately not to vote for UNKNOWN DEVIL.
      A suitable reply those people gave was “let come any devil – we have seen enough those” indicated – truly brave people.
      If not Mahinda Desapriya the Election Commissioner, all minority efforts would have been in drains and vain as was in 2010.
      P.S. Please do not rely on TNA alone for Southern Silent Revolutions in future!

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    MR’s loss in popularity was evident even to the TIME magazine which ran an article on the election. So he was losing popularity and alienating his stalwarts. Well then as you say if the seeds of defeat were already sown, in which case where is the big achievement in defeating a weak president?

    The January 8th rainbow coalition like to prop themselves up to think they have done a great deal when the change was inevitable, a little like wetting the sand before the wave comes and claiming credit for it.

    Of course their was no foreign support although the USA has suddenly discovered that this government is better (for them?) than the last one. India also was pleasantly surprised.

    Let’s take stock in another five years.

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    Basically Muslims (Muslim Congress) helped Mahinda to pass 18th amendment to the constitution. This gave Mahinda the opportunity to go for the third term. Unfortunately, Gotapaya and BBS turned against Muslims and started their violence campagin against Muslims in the South. Muslims turned against Mahinda and finaly taught a lesson. In other words, Buddhist Sinhala Fundamentalism lost in their war with Islamic Fundamentalism.

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    Dr.Wijayawardene has missed the main reason for Mahinda Rajapakse’s defeat in 2015. He simply had too many Brutus’s in his camp for far too long.
    His failure to identify the traitors and purge them in time caused his downfall.

    I don’t have any idea what scientific method Malith Jayathilake employed for his forecast but the most baffling was the voting in Nuwara-Eliya in the Central provincial elections year ago which UPFA won comfortably and the Presidential election one year later was lost very badly and there was no explicit reason for the change except the alleged RAW and US involvement.
    Also the huge bundle of lies unleashed on the public too had a negative effect.
    Does Malith Jayaweera or Dr.Wijawardena really believe Ranil wickremasinhe took a step back? He was desperately looking for a sacrificial lamb when Tissa Attanayake was adamant that Ranil should run.
    Ranil was boldly claiming that one Sarath will be the next candidate and Sarath Silva was ever so willing to stick his head!

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      NAK

      “the most baffling was the voting in Nuwara-Eliya in the Central provincial elections year ago which UPFA won comfortably and the Presidential election one year later was lost very badly.”

      The provincial Council elections were held for electing Provincial Councilors for that particular province.

      On the other hand, Presidential elections were held through out the island, and more voters participated in the elections than at provincial level.

      You can compare like with like, not oranges and apples.

      Have you had the intelligence of a 10-year-old child you would not have found it difficult to grasp the mechanics or the outcome of the presidential elections.

      Whenever you find maths a little bit difficult please speak to the boy/girl next door.

      “there was no explicit reason for the change except the alleged RAW and US involvement.”

      I suppose RAW and US were involved in the elections of 2005 and 2010.

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        Na(t)ive,
        These are similar explanations that Ranil wickremasinghe would come up with. Couldn’t you do a bit better?

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          NAK

          You are not really interested in people, are you?

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    All crap. President lost an election who was appointed democratically and lost democratically. The only specialty is the current precedent was appointed to archive federalism by the Tamils. Everyone know Rajapaksa would never ever betray his country and people under no circumstances.

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    Now common guys keep your eyes wide open and see the bigger picture, than talking about diffrent personalities. Well I am not sad nor happy because MR lost the election. At same note I am neither happy nor sad this new lot including most unimaginable marraige between Ranil and MS, came to power. Look at the world picture, where was Sri Lanka leaning to (obviously towards China, no need of rocket science to understand in that). So who are the main players who needed a change of government that lean towards USA, Japan, and India. So the super powers are the people who cooked up recipe and delievered (mainly RAW and CIA). In a way that is better than MR and his croocked brothers looting the counrty right, left and centre, which would have gone from bad to very worst, if MR won the election. Just a last point before I wind up, look at the election results in statistcal sense. If ypu exclude all North and east Votes, MR would have still won if my statisics are correct. SO IN VERY SHORT SUMMARY, WORLD SUPER POWERS AGAIN CHANGE THE FATE OF Sri Lanka (may be for good or perhaps for the bad in the long run, we will see soon). Why is our voters are still ignorent and stupid after more than six decades of lies and lame promises by both sides? I am most amazed as I just cant understand why people are so stupid. Good luck Sri Lanka, country I love the most although I dont live there anymore. Ajith

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    The “bloodless revolution” in 2015 January 9th was nothing but it was coup’s had been organized by Indian-RAW, USA-CIA and UK -Intelligent services to be ousted MR ruling alliances of take revenge against defeated of the LTTE Tamil Terrorist out fit in 2009 May 18th by the President Mahinda Rajapakase and their alliances.

    Therefor this is public secret that Govt. of Indian has been behind very inception was pioneer supporters of all Tamils Terrorist out-fits that including LTTE against sovereignty of People of Sri Lankan by Indian RAW>…… Indian take revenge against democracy of People of
    Sri lanka.

    Indeed that USA, UK, Canada, Australia and certain leading nations of EU countries were backing Tamil ruthless Terrorist by providing shelters, money in their land ,political asylums and accepting Tamil Ethnic refugees of Terrorist are having roots of LTTE leading Party carders were entertained by Western powers to undermined own recognized norms of Democracy is well protected by Majority Sinhalese people-Sri Lankan.

    They(Western and US Powers) seek and encouraged for Partition of
    Sri Lankan by and large for Tamil Eealm regime to be set up their own state in the North Part of an Island.

    The writer version are incidents and verdicts only which ,we have no relevant or are not so important, for the Geo-political issues are concerns; the vested interest of Indian-big bourgeoisie of RAW’s and domination Indian Ocean monsoon politics by USA policy of pivot Asian expanaism of Indian Ocean was priority so-called “bloodless coup” main reason of that overthrown MR ruling alliances.

    US and Indian were spend large scale the power of money, that united all rotten that local forces of the corrupted politicians, parties and their leaders had been brought over by long-term deliberation work out of Sri Lankan soli removed MR led regime in 2015 January 9th.

    The motto of ‘bloodless revolution’ was put forward by Indian and US has been fabricated story by the agitation act of “good governances and rule of law” that misled millions of voters,
    as well as right thinking people by misdirected voters against MR alliances.

    Majority People were trapped by wrong mass media of ‘corruption’ charges concord against MR and alliances was urgent reasons of that defeated MR 2015 January 9th.

    The “bloodless revolution” was historical mishap by people of Majority this is another new type of counter-revolution led by MS of New UNP leader and Old UNP of Ranil W.. of Christian democracy and CBK of SLFP-New Federalist of advocated by TNA proxies policies of ‘separatist’ has come into joint alliances back by Indian and US foreign domination of the Indian Ocean.

    It is that correct “bloodless revolution” was temporary and relatively successful in 2015 January 9th. History seek time to redress and rectification of the mistake by majority of human error.

    This movement(“bloodless revolution”) has done irreparable damages to ongoing sustsnibility of modern capitalism growth and development Sri Lankan by the way so-called “bloodless revolutionary” leadership led by MS of puppet regime in centre of Colombo back by UNP Christen Democracy led by Ranil W…..is the minority interest of West and Indian.

    The minority democracy of TNA and JVP are the leading political lumens are behind “bloodless coup “. They-TNA+JVP encouraging anarchism and terrorism with ‘Separatism’ against democracy of Capitalism path of sustainability goal of necessity and Freedom of Mankind.

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      It is doubtful if Sirisena Yatawara himself knows what he is trying to convey. The whole, badly written article is bull and full of prejudice.
      Even an 8th Standard student knows it was India and its logistics that mainly brought Prabakaran and the LTTE down – to the relief of all Sinhalese, in particular. It is equally true only a few Tamils supported him during his entire run in the North.

      Instead of blaming India, UK, USA and other countries for Sri Lanka’s woes Yatawara must turn the spotlight inward. He will then see, beginning from 1956 Sinhala extremism, lead by the Buddhist clergy, has split the country along racial and religious lines. In the past decade or two the army has been politicised to the point the Tamil rebels succeeded in convincing the world it is a Sinhala army.

      It is people like the learned Dr. Wijewardena who protect the good name of the Sinhala people and civil society in the eyes of the world. That the talent of professionals like him are denied to contribute to the economy of the country is a poor comment on the state of affairs of our non-existence culture of meritocracy. Yatawara, clearly is a supporter of the roguish familial rule of the Rajapakse family that has destroyed the economy of the country in just ten years. The once flourishing middle-class is now reduced to paupers. One wonders if Yatawara is aware it will take many decades to economically recover from the great damage done by the Rajapakses.

      Kettikaran

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    It is good Wijewardena coming out to show where his political allegiance is by eulogising BS written by Asoka Abeygunawardana, Dinesh Weerakkody & Malith Jayathilaka. You don’t need to know statistics to understand what occurred.

    It is common sense that MR will not be able to sustain the popularity achieved in 2009/10 in the wake of the destruction of LTTE. That was a unique situation.

    In that context control of minority votes was crucial. India who was aiming at regime change had the control of Tamil votes through TNA. India delivered that block vote to it’s nominee.

    Yet the regime change project required to engineer a major split in the governing camp. RW could not guarantee regime change even with the Tamil block vote and Muslim parties ganging with them.

    After all of the above, the election commissioner appeared to have played his part in ensuring regime change too.

    Anyway, what is the outcome of it after 20 months? Country is regressing every day.

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    Wijewardena has gone out of the way to make this book a must read. Just like the Author, Wijewardena has forgotten the main force behind the January 8th victory of the people. If not for Ven Sobitha thera no one would have had the guts to come out against the Rajapakse’s. He said a priest can do the work of thousand laymen, which was very true. Ven Sobitha united all nationalities against the ruling party and worked tirelessly to change the regime. Today with thera not being there, all these minions are trying to show that they were the Davids against the Goliath and make some money through fiction.

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    First of all for this myopic writer I like to remind Sri Lanka had always had democracy. The election Mahinda lost was called by him not forced by mass protest in streets like in Egypt. Second when he lost he walked away graciously. The reason he is fighting back is the YahapalNaya taking the LTTE Diaspora contract want to discredit Mahinda as a corrupt dictator to take revenge for the annihilation of the LTTE by robbing him of the due place in this country as a liberator. Thirdly the mortly crew who beat Manhinda has only been gloating about how they beat him. Next week when the VAT hits the ordinary guys they will worship Sirisena for his benevolence I believe. For all its worth this Yahapal guys will run the talk shop until they get beaten roundly at the next election. If you are referring to books Read the book The Road to Nandikadal which has made huge inroads in Sri Lanka compared to the book you have mentioned.

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