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Strategy For Democratic Resistance, Manifesto For Change

By Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr Dayan Jayatilleka

However bad things are in Sri Lanka today and however bad things may get, there is almost nothing that cannot be reversed in three years when elections come around. That election may however be the last chance at reversal of the negative aspects, preventing their cumulative growth from embryonic structure to stable system. Sri Lanka is not under a dictatorship today, though there may be a dictatorial project or latent tendency towards dictatorship. If dictatorship is ever erected in this country it will be as much by default as by design. It will be because the Opposition didn’t get its act together in order to prevent it at the next – and last–available electoral opportunity. How is this to be done? A pre-requisite is to abandon errors of thinking and strategizing, the most crucial of which have recently been pointed out by an astute observer of Sri Lankan politics.

Kath Noble, an Oxford trained mathematician with a postgraduate degree in economics from the JNU (Delhi) has more political lucidity and therefore, useful counsel, than all our local political critics, commentators and pundits put together. In her latest column she writes:

“…Worse, by focusing our attention on the Commonwealth and the sanctions that it may impose on Sri Lanka as a result of the impeachment, the UNP leader is pushing us into the same old trap of ‘internationalizing’ what must be a national struggle…The international community doesn’t get to vote in elections in Sri Lanka! It is the opinions of Sri Lankans that matter to Mahinda Rajapaksa. So long as they aren’t bothered about the mass grave in Matale, he won’t be either. Likewise, so long as they don’t want an investigation into the anti-LTTE campaign, even Ranil Wickremesinghe wouldn’t do it…If the international community tried to use its economic or other power to force prosecutions in Sri Lanka, the public would rally behind the Government, and Mahinda Rajapaksa is very good at encouraging such a response. There really is no short cut…It is a national struggle…” (‘Calling in the Marines’)

Though it may have to be preceded as in November-December 1976, by peaceful mass action which ensures a level electoral playing field, the endgame is always electoral. In a Presidential system this reduces itself to a viable Presidential candidate. However bad the crisis in its economic and external dimensions, the people will not vote for a candidate whose patriotic credentials have always been deeply suspect. This is all the more certain if the prime sources of external pressure are Tamil Nadu and the West-based Tamil Diaspora, and the main slogan is accountability for the conduct in the closing stages of the war, of the military—drawn from rural peasant families, as are most voters. In such a context, voters are likely to hold their collective nose and opt either for continuity or change within continuity (as they did in 1988 when they voted for UNP candidate Premadasa). In the latter case, the pro-western Opposition liberal-conservatives will realize that there are worse options within the System than the incumbent.

Pro-Opposition and/or anti-regime ideologues, strategists and commentators fail to understand at least four major points, and so long as they fail to do so they will be unable to halt the Machine.

Firstly, the sources of legitimacy: while the regime is losing democratic legitimacy and legitimacy in general due to its flouting of democratic values and norms, it continues to retain national legitimacy deriving from its historic military victory over a hated enemy. The regime wins every political battle, from the FUTA strike to the impeachment, because of those vast ‘reserves’ of nationalist – and national- legitimacy, which the present Opposition, or the Opposition presently, lacks. National legitimacy will almost always trump democratic legitimacy, especially in a context of victory. In the context of military defeat, nationalist legitimacy remains as powerful but acts against the regime, as in the case of JR Jayewardene after the ’87 airdrop, the Argentinean junta after the Falklands/Malvinas defeat and the Serbia’s nationalists and Socialists after losing Kosovo. Crudely put, any election which pits the present leader of the Opposition and the UNP against Mahinda Rajapaksa is akin to Marshal Petain running against de Gaulle or Neville Chamberlain contesting against Churchill. Even if the military victory over the Tigers fades in the public memory, it will be instantly revived if the alternative remains one who is indelibly perceived as a great appeaser and collaborator during a titanic, historically nodal contestation. The memory of that appeasement will not fade. The memory of shortages under the Bandaranaike regime of ’70-’77 was instantly triggered for 20 years, by the question “do you remember how bad it was and do you really dare risk going back?”. With anti-Sri Lankan separatist sentiment in Tamil Nadu on the rise, the existentially threatened and insecure Sri Lankan citizenry will always consider Ranil Wickremesinghe (and his wing of the UNP) far too risky an option.

Secondly, the vital importance of shifting to and occupying the centre: Democratic politics the world over shows that whoever occupies the centre-space, wins. The Republicans were too far out in right field and lost to Barack Obama who carved out a progressive centre. For years the Democrats were perceived to be too far out in left field, and continued to lose, until Bill Clinton and then Barack Obama shifted the party to the centre. This is even more pronounced in Sri Lanka where the Buddhist cultural heritage privileges the Middle Path. It was the political genius of SWRD Bandaranaike to explicitly project himself as carving out a middle path between the Marxist Left and the pro-western Right. Be it the Aristotelian Golden Mean or the Buddha’s Middle Path, the middle ground is the moral high ground, and the strategic space to occupy. If the regime has abandoned the middle ground, it is all the more compelling and easier for the forces of resistance to occupy it. The regime cannot be opposed from an extreme position, and even if someday, a determined and apparently extreme position has to be taken in order to administer a final push and secure a decisive breakthrough, it must be preceded by the broadest accumulation of social and national forces which is feasible only by the secure occupation of the middle ground.

Thirdly, a grasp of Gramsci, and the importance of triangulating the factors of the ‘national’, the ‘democratic’ and the ‘popular’ or pro-people: Though the regime and its ideologues define the national in an ethno-religious and hierarchical manner, this is not an argument for abandoning the national, but one for defining it in the broadest and most inclusionary terms, as did DS Senanayake and Ranasinghe Premadasa of the UNP, and Dr SA Wickramasinghe (Southern) founder of the Communist movement. The defence of the national has to be fused with the defence of democratic rights, liberties and values. The freedom of our nation from unfair external encroachment on our sovereignty must be combined with the freedom of the individual. Both these dimensions of freedom and liberty must be conjoined with a strong sense of social justice and socioeconomic policies which place the interests of the people as the driver of policy and practice.

As long as the defence of democracy remains purely individualist or institutional, legalist and liberal, rather than rooted in the social; so long as the call for the defence of democracy remains insensitive to the material and everyday concerns of the vast majority, it will remain a greenhouse plant. That which I propose is not an impossible synthesis. The French political consciousness and culture for instance, takes as axiomatic the hyphenated slogans of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity, combined with a strong sense of the Nation (and a national destiny). More pertinently, so too does the political discourse of the left and social democrats in Latin America—a discourse most successfully articulated by Brazil’s Lula, which accords important recognition to national sovereignty, which is brushed aside by the ideologues of Sri Lanka’s Opposition and therefore monopolised by default, by the regime.

Fourthly, political content must not be sacrificed for organizational forms: The most significant political enterprises in the politics of this island have taken the form of ruptures with pre-existing organisations. DS Senanayaka broke away from the decades old Ceylon National Congress to found the UNP on the eve of Independence. SWRD broke from the UNP in 1951. SJV Chelvanayagam ruptured the Tamil Congress to form the Federal party. Wijeweera left the Maoist party to found the JVP. Chandrika and Vijaya formed the Mahajana Party, splitting from the SLFP, which enabled her to return to the leadership of the SLFP giving it a new profile and taking it to victory. Ranasinghe Premadasa formed a pressure group the Puravesi Peramuna in the early ’70s, and had planned to break away from the UNP in 1988 as an independent presidential candidate if he were deprived of the party’s candidacy. As the Bible says, one cannot put new wine in old wineskins.

The four points made above, constitute the parametric outlines of a project that can counter the dominant project of the regime. The objective of democratic change is to be free citizens in a free country; in a country that is free from domination from without and within.

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    I agree in theory, but how realistic do you think someone else can oust Ranil from UNP leadership considering the grip he has.

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      Nothing new here, old wine in old bottles..
      Anyone with a brain knows that Ranil Wickramasinghe will NEVER be the president of Lanka! His strategy of talking bull about Latimer House rules propounded by that obsolete and Irrelevant Commonwealth of Clowns organization that no one gives a fig leaf about to defend his putrid performance in the impeachment of the CJ and the bull shit he spouted that the parliament of goons, fools, thieves and leftist geriatrics is “supreme” merely proved that Ranil has lost the plot and is not fit to lead the UNP or the opposition. He is deeply anti-democratic and anti-people and the people of Lanka HATE RANIL the wanna be dictator so he had better hand over to Sajith. On the other hand, if Sajith cannot break ensure this is done or break away and do his thing he too is NOT fit to be leader of the opposition and it will be the responsibility of the JVP as Kumar David has said capture the middle ground and unseat the two dictators, Rajapassa and Ranil!

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      You guys take this bloke seriously? Come on man…

      Now that the guy has been pushed into the water he’s got two options. Either suck up to MR like Mervyn or Lakshman, which he is not very good at, or try to shake the boat just a bit, being careful not to make MR mad, with the hope that they will pull him back in. Obviously, he has not chosen the option that he is not good at.

      With the education he’s got (Politics), the guy is not going to be holding a 9-5 job at a company like normal people (unless some university or an NGO throws him a bone). And you numb-nuts are going “Oh, look how brave he is raise his dissenting voice, bla bla bla”. GET A GRIP MAN, he’s just looking for a way to get back on the boat (rather the gravy train).

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    More rubbish from this apologist for the Rajapaksa regime who contributed (admittedly in better English than most of the rest of the pandankarayas!) to the terrible situation that now prevails in Sri Lanka.

    He is looking for a life preserver and in his quest for allies, seeks to elevate the vacuous meanderings of Kath Noble (another pandankaraya of the Rajapaksas as her extensive previous contributions to The Island will show) who has also suddenly seen “the light.” Neither DJ nor KN are deserving of any attention, given their previous record and, particularly, their new “conversion” to extolling everything that sounds like sweetness and light.
    Leave them to decay on the garbage heap of b.s. political predictions!

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      Aney, aney… if they don’t deserve any attention, why are you reading and commenting on their articles? I think the paragraph DJ quotes from KN is spot on. It is so obvious you actually don’t need Oxford mathematics training to see it — but, Aney Apochchi, you didn’t get it, no?

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        Chandra:
        You’d have to get up before cock-crow to “get” something before I do. In any event, I am not one of the early birds in search of worms unlike some who hardly deserve identification in the present context. Incidentally, since I read Mein Kampf (probably before you learned your ABCs) doesn’t make me either a Nazi or an admirer of Herr Hitler. Also, since I’ve outgrown comic books but need to brush up on my knowledge of fairy tales, I find your heroes, Dayan Jayatilleka and the mathematical genius Kath Noble, occasionally entertaining. Incidentally, doesn’t your erudition permit of a simple analysis of the monkey-like peregrinations of KN and DJ since the branches on which they dwelt became a little uncomfortable?

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        Apochchi, isn’t what she says in that paragraph correct? If not, why not?

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    Above points are valid but the devaluation of the international component is significant. The international factor has played a very significant role, from the parippu drop to the proscribing of the LTTE. We have seen a considerable moderation and stealth in the govt which is the result of international attention and pressure. We do need financial help, so pressure on the international front really works. Loss of CHOG would be a real set back for the Rajapakse project.

    However as pointed out it is suicidal for RW and the UNP to actively support international action unless it is an end game. Such policy needs to be carefully assesed by RW before putting his foot in his mouth. UNP has a bad experience on this. Such action can be promoted by other parties but not by the UNP.

    Another shortcoming of the opposition is that it is divided and has relinquished or reduced their support for General Sarath Fonseka. SF is one who commands the respect of the majority community, clergy, armed forces as well as significant numbers of the minorities. He has great potential. His civic rights are held in abeyance and if restored he can be a real threat to the regime. The opposition should rethink their support for him as they once did.

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    “…while the regime is losing democratic legitimacy and legitimacy in general due to its flouting of democratic values and norms.”

    Ironically, the UNHCR resolution of 2009 against Sri Lanka attempted to address the same issue of the flouting of democratic values and norms, particularly in the context of war and post-war rehabilitation. At that time, however, Dayan Jayatilleke sang a different tune, defending Mahinda Rajapakse and the clan from every last criticism.

    What Navi Pillay said in 2009 is in stark contrast to Dayan’s monologue at the time:

    “The images of terrified and emaciated women, men, and children fleeing the battle zone ought to be etched in our collective memory,” Pillay said. “They must spur us into action.”

    As I said, our dear ex-ambassador was singing quite the opposite tune at the time:

    As for accountability, the number of civilians killed in North Vietnam by the US bombing campaign named Rolling Thunder, commencing February 1965, was 182,000… These are the guys whose draft resolution seeks to preach to us about the observance of international law in the fight against terrorism?

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      Don’t be silly, Lester. I stand by everything I said in 2009 and nothing I say today stands in contradiction. The regime is losing legitimacy NOT because of what it did during the war, but what it has done and not done, AFTER the war, such as the impeachment.

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        Dr Dayan Jayatilleka:

        “I stand by everything I said in 2009 and nothing I say today stands in contradiction.”

        I see consistency in your contradictions because you are full of it.

        I have access to most of your writings and utterances since 1980s. Therefore I suggest rather than making complete fool of yourself please accept your faults and move on.

        Many will understand.

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    // Crudely put, any election which pits the present leader of the Opposition and the UNP against Mahinda Rajapaksa is akin to Marshal Petain running against de Gaulle or Neville Chamberlain contesting against Churchill. Even if the military victory over the Tigers fades in the public memory, it will be instantly revived if the alternative remains one who is indelibly perceived as a great appeaser//

    Indeed. And Churchill paid dearly for the appeasement policy of pre-war Conservative Government, when he was defeated by Clement Attlee

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      So who is Clement Atlee? Ranil? :))

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    Oh Dayan,

    Did you have to wait until an Oxford Mathematician with a Post Grad Dip tell you this?.

    Key word is “Connect” mate,

    The Colombo Elite and their Pollies must connect with the great majority you reffered to as ‘ peasants”.

    How to ‘”connect” is the problem.

    Anyone with baggage tags marked TNA, Sambandan ,Diaspora,Cameron ,Pillai,and Harper will be pushing it uphill.

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    I believe that Mr Jayatilaka is still naive when hopes that almost nothing done can be reversed when elections come around. I have pointed out the errors in argument here:

    (Edited out)
    Please write instead of posting blog links – CT

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      While Mr Jayatilleka’s learning and erudition are beyond doubt, he seems naive when he hopes that “almost nothing done can be reversed when elections come around”.

      The error lies in assuming that the holding of elections could result in a change in regime. This has happened only once in the last 32 years – in 1994 when Chandrika Kumaratunga succeeded in toppling the UNP regime, which, as we were ceaselessly reminded, ruled for 17 years. We were only spared the propaganda once the present regime clocked up its 17th year. They are about to embark on their 19th year and show no sign of slowing down.

      Under previous constitutions, incumbent regimes changed in 1956, 1960, 1965, 1970 and 1977. In the thirty years since 1948 five changes in incumbency took place.

      Since the constitution of 1978 there has only been a lone instance of an incumbent losing: in 1994. Given that the ‘born loser’ Ranil Wickremasinghe lead the opposition at the time, perhaps the loss is not so surprising.

      It is also worth noting that each and every incumbent, bar one, succeeded in serving the full term permitted under the constitution, until handing over to his chosen successor within the party. The only one who failed to serve the full two terms permitted by the constitution was Premadasa, who was assassinated.

      The reason for the lack of change is in the constitution: the incumbent is all-powerful, has control of all the resources of the state that can be wielded against his opponents. The recent amendments to the constitution have increased the power of the Executive enormously; most notably by abolishing term limits and independent commissions. Further amendments to curb the little independence enjoyed by the judiciary should seal the power of the Executive permanently.

      The essence of a functioning democracy are the institutional curbs placed, by constitution or tradition, on the power of the Executive. Traditionally the institutional curbs comprise:

      a) an independent civil service (which runs day to day administration, serving citizens equally irrespective of political affiliation);
      b) an independent judiciary;
      c) the separation of powers between the legislature and executive and the accountability of the executive to parliament;
      d) a free press which exposes the faults of Government.

      In the current set up where members cross over for cash reward, parliament is little better than a rubber stamp. The civil service was disbanded in 1965 and its last vestiges of independence probably disappeared in the 1980’s. Of the press, enough has been said, most that are left standing have learned that it is best to tow the line and the judiciary, already greatly compromised, have now been brought to heel.

      As there are no institutional checks left, the rulers enjoy unprecedented power to distribute largesse to voters at elections, intimidate or cripple opponents, disenfranchise minorities, stuff ballots and otherwise ‘manage’ the electoral process to deliver expected results.We have witnessed many instances of this in the past, only the degree of the tactics need to be increased to compensate for the inevitable decline in popularity.

      Eventually the tactics will need to be so blatant that only the blind will refuse to see, but elections will continue to be held, regularly. Even Robert Mugabe managed to to be returned to office, with come conviction, over a good thirty years.

      Of the four points Mr Jayatilleke highlights only the fourth: that the most significant political enterprises in the politics of this island have taken the form of ruptures with pre-existing organisations; has any validity. In this case, as other actors and organisations have no power and do not matter, the rupture will take the form of a family squabble. This is the other important point of note: previously the baton of power was handed down within the party; as in the case of communist China; now it will be handed down within the family, in the traditional feudal fashion.

      His other points have some meaning only in the context of a reasonably free election. For the reasons pointed out above, elections are heavily weighted in favour of the incumbent and are thus hardly fair, even if they may be reasonably free, which may not necessarily be the case.

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    K.A Sumanasekera

    Dayan is positioning himself for the next plumb job.

    Does TGTE have any vacancies for a much praised less achieved former freelance diplomat?

    Please get in touch with your Tamil contacts to see if they have any job for this man. BTF, GTF, TGTE,……..Karunanithy,…….might consider employing him.

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      NOt only that,

      K A Sumanasekaran can push uphill some bags tagged with White van, Mahasona brigade, Divi nesuma, MPR Chinthanaya with the help of Kudu vermin, Gutter Duminda, and Hival modawangsa.
      togther TNA, LTTE disaopora, China companies.

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    Whatever theory put forward by academics, it must be stressed that
    if an election takes place, stress is on IF, the whole thing will be
    rigged to give HE a win again! There are so many methods that this CAN
    be done. Basils new Bill will see to full-force at all Village levels.
    The IC will issue a statement that Democracy prevails and things are
    done in keeping with the Constitution!

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    Dayan,

    If we have democracy and Dictatorship in a continuum where will the present government be, it will be towards the dictatorship end!

    Haven’t we heard about the elected dictatorship – fascism of Hitler?

    Like all the opponents or the appeasers of the present regime, Dayan is also worried about Regime Change, elections and the possible alternatives to justify the continuance of the present regime?

    The absence of the prospect for a regime change or a viable alternative does not prevent the slide towards dictatorship fully descending into fascism.

    That is the prospect facing our country today.

    If a hero to emancipate does not appear in the horizon or emerge in the short run, Dayan advises the evil to survive and be tolerated.

    -Not to take any action to arrest the prospect!

    A political scientist need not only interpret, but change the World?

    Otherwise there is nothing different between Dayan, Kath Noble and the Island editorials who repeatedly assesses Ranil as a weak leader at the expense of having faith in the people and allow them to take the leadership?

    Do not simply talk about simply grasping and quoting Gramsci, but study Gramsci closely more scientifically for light at the distant dawn?

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      Look, Sri Krishna, the present UNP and Opposition Leader lost to BOTH Chandrika and Mahinda, under very different circumstances and in very different contexts. The only constant is that he keeps losing and the UNP’s vote keeps dropping– except when it switched candidates in 2009/2010.

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        Dr Dayan Jayatilleka

        “The only constant is that he keeps losing and the UNP’s vote keeps dropping”

        Without the great benevolent dictator VP’s support, MR would not have won the elections.

        You need the former election commissioner to explain the mathematics behind MR’s election victories second time. He will (if he is allowed) explain how election mathematics work in the island.

        All in all VP sacrificed himself in order to give MR thumbing victories twice. You should be grateful to VP for the rest of your life.

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          NV, Exactly! No one said it better! All the talents of the two pundits, Dayan and the “lucid mathemagician” put together, could not understand what NV so concisely and precisely put together in a few words quite in contrast to Dayan’s kilometers long gibberish!

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    This is concoct theory by Dayan Jayatlaka for ‘Strategy democrtaic reisitance’ has nothing to do with that ongoing democracy of bourgeoisie revoluation,which is to be completed unfinished task of colonial -Poitical-Economy.
    The democracy strategy is under present context the leadership of National bourgeoisie and which that its task capitalist development
    and Parlimentary path of politics is principle form struggle ongoing bourgeoisie revloution.Its path is refomist of electroral politics.
    In view of fact stretagy of democratic main task is that struggle aginst Old World Order of which is that backward,weak and underdevelop-Capitalism in Sri Lanka.
    For the national economy development,is urgent task top of agenda National Bourgeoisie, as well as other oppressed class urgent capitalist minium programe.
    Infact ‘strategy of manifestro change’ unite with all common struggle against Old World Political-economy Order and support by all their anti-imperialist in words and deeds,while waging an appropriate economic growth and revitilization of National Economy of Sri Lanaka.
    Since 2009 May after defeated LTTE-Terrorist of Seperatism by MR Govt, while Foreging Bourgeoisie-hegemonist and local-allies are engaged in bitter struggle that covered-operation against People’s elecated Governmnet led by Mahinda Rajapakase of National Bourgeoisie.
    During last four years since 2009,it has again enter into period complex relationship with foreging power and local forces,in Bourgeoisie democratic revolution.
    The Path of Sri Lankan economy progress has visible development under MR led ruling party,peace and stability become reality after absence of long years.
    We know how these extreme of Terrorism of Tamil play out, because too many Western Nation and India have gone down this path of assiast and support them.The exprinces of Sri Lanka , the region of the world with the highest level anti-democrtaic elements are foreshadows what lies ahead.Our nation were mired in Ethanic and Civil conflicts for decades. And suffer high level of criminality and social instability.Ours democratic social cohesion simply did not EXIT.
    The subquently draged into war agaist Tamil-terrorism, main are caused by the increased in poverty and growing dispraity rich and rest of us.This was effect arise through Traditional Economy-Politial-Social system of our nation.While other are the consequence of social inequality had been broder impact on OUR DEMOCRATIC POLITIACL ORDER AND SOCIETY.In my view, we need capitalist development creative entrepreneurs all over country.That make a differance of old -colonial capitalism they are able to bring thier ideas to fruition and new commodity producation and market and its Governmnent.Government must provides infracture that vible s socitey and an Economy to smoot funcation.
    If governmant provides high ways, local roads, airports,ports, education and health and start up new innovation ,at least provide the surrounding conditions-natioanl ordiniary busniess could flourish.
    By and large Capitalism economy we called investemnt and trade be good for PUBLIC.The every one can enjoy the benfit of Economic developemnt is basis knowledge Capitalism.This is I call ERA OF DEMOCRATIC STRATEGY.

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    All this pontification is well & good,but firstly,there have to be free and fair elecions.
    The bedrock of democracy is a Free and Fair Electoral Process.
    Sri Lanka has so far never had Free and Fair Elections.
    Every election has been flawed.
    I could not vote in one election because my name had been erased from the Voters List.
    The grama sevaka said “oyage nama kappala thiyanne”.
    When I asked him why,he had no answer.
    I complained according to procedure to the Elections Department,but nothing happened.
    This had happened to two of my friends too.
    I had earlier,in the sixties & seventies,functioned in two general elections as Senior Presiding Officer !!
    With the abolition of the 17th amendment,by the 18th,hopes of a free Electoral Process have been nullified.
    Unless a Powerful Election Commission – like in India is established,the peoples’ will cannot be expressed.
    I beleive that Sarath Fonseka may have lost due to deliberate interfearance in the voting & in the counting, of ballots.

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    Dayan,can you remember general Kobbakaduwa`s funeral ceremony at Boralla cemetery.That day you ran all around with your little cloths.Still we can remember about the name of Anurudha Thilakasiri.You played a first class advisory roll for President Premadassa.But it didn`t work successfully.And you isolated Wardharaja Peruumal.Premadassa handed over arms to LTTE to fight with your friend Perumalls Tamil National Army where it was backed by IPKF and RAW.you didn`t have paientce to have a long run with President Rajapaksha.Kind of you people adviced and encourage him to engaged like the war with LTTE.Some other how he did his duty and you all are cheered.But aftermath of that you all isolated him.And now talking and writing as Pandiths.But there is person who`ve seen this whole show of yours in politicaly.He is Ranil.

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      Oh I do recall Kanatte, where I was stripped and almost beaten to death by a mob of a few hundred. That was the time that the army was divided within, while society was divided by vicious Opposition propaganda that President Premadasa killed Gen Kobbekaduwa. That hysteria generated by psychological warfare, cost us several years of confusion and earned the Tigers several years of success. Despite the near-lynching, as I emerged from the Intensive Care Unit at Navaloka I resumed my public support for President Premadasa. Today, much of what I said about him then, and shed my blood in defence of, is accepted by the majority of citizens including his critics and opponents of yesteryear. Go check the public opinion polls.

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        Strategy For Democratic Resistance, Manifesto For Change
        Dear dear Great Dr Dayan sounding somewhat of another Prof Carlo,

        You did not voluntarily shed your blood in as much as they drew it from you. It is an inherent hazard of your changing roles in not living as you think but thinking living to rationalise, justify and be grateful to your political masters.

        Further its so-called big-shots like you who have aided and abetted and brought us to this horrendous brink of tear gas canisters and bullets. Yet SL has been in need of spring cleaning since our so-called independence from the white sahib.

        “We hang the petty thieves and appoint the miserable, the uncompassionate, weak, corrupt, incapable and incompetent to public office.”
        ~Aesop, Greek slave & fable author

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        Strategy For Democratic Resistance, Manifesto For Change
        Dear dear Great Dr Dayan sounding somewhat of another Prof Carlo,

        You did not voluntarily shed your blood in as much as they drew it from you. It is an inherent hazard of your changing roles in not living as you think but thinking as you live to rationalise, justify and be grateful to your political masters.

        Further its so-called big-shots like you who have aided and abetted and brought us to this horrendous brink of tear gas canisters and bullets. Yet SL has been in need of spring cleaning since our so-called independence from the white sahib.

        “We hang the petty thieves and appoint the miserable, the uncompassionate, weak, corrupt, incapable and incompetent to public office.”
        ~Aesop, Greek slave & fable author

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    Dear Readers: You need not have any “PROFESSORIAL” know how to evaluate the situation for a change in the present state of affairs of the country.In simnple terms it will not “Change” so long as the following exist.

    1. The “MONTESSORI” type Opposition led by Ranil Wickramasinghe and his stooges of UNP; the “DAY DREAMERS” led by Somawansa Amarasinghe; the “SEPARATISTS” led by Sampanthan and the “LONE WOLF” Sarath Fonseka engage in “political work” AND

    2. The present electoral system continues – the Manapaya System.

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    This is the man who says Ranil is useless because he can’t relate to the masses. What is this gobbledegook ?

    Not even an oxbridge trained mathematician would bother to read this. Since when are mathematicians qualified to talk on internal politics and social nuances in a country that is not even their own ?

    Dayan obviously enjoys public ridicule !

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    Dayan says:

    “It was the political genius of SWRD Bandaranaike to explicitly project himself as carving out a middle path between the Marxist Left and the pro-western Right.”

    The same saffron clad middle path came with a gun and shot him dead.

    Only a few years ago the same regime which killed thousands of innocent civilians and won the elections. Only few months ago Dayan was defending the regime tooth and nail, yet now finds them undemocratic.

    Funny old Dayan.

    In few weeks time he will write something about Social contract. He is going to quote Rousseau “Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains.”

    Therefore the people of the island has no choice but put up with regime or shut up.

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      Please show me (this needs quotations) where I was defending ‘the regime’ tooth and nail? I was defending the country, the nation and the state…and still do.

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        Dr Dayan Jayatilleka

        Now the kingdom belongs to the King and kinship.

        There is no dividing line between the king and kingdom.

        “History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.”

        Martin Luther King, Jr.

        By now your heart should know whether you are a good person or bad person, or in between.

        You did not defend the people in Geneva and other places but you defended the regime. You are a self confessed war monger. What else can we expect from a person who switched side from EPRLF to Premadasa to MR and all those years you were supporting war.

        Remember EPRLF stood for Eelam. EPRLF a separatist armed group which once believed in the destruction of the state. Didn’t you realise then that you were betting on the wrong horse?

        Now you want us to believe that all along you were defending the country, the nation and the state…and still do.

        I put it to you that you have been craving to be part of the Sinhala/Buddhist establishment and was successful to certain degree. This was achieved by your support for the whole sale slaughter of innocent Sinhala and Tamil speaking people.

        Now you realise that the Sinhala/Buddhist establishment is exclusively owned and occupied by the clan you are willing to look for greener pasture elsewhere.

        Probably you may need another good war.

        About the need for quote, please take time off from your busy schedule and reread your articles. You will find enough to kick yourself on your own back.

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          Hope vedda
          mad war monger doc will answer….

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            ramon.veera

            “mad war monger doc will answer…”

            He never answered any questions in any of the forums in the past and knowing Dayan I assure you, you will be disappointed.

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        This is exactly what the Madamulana Gankabarayo too are saying: “Mawbina, Sinhala, Agama, Jathiya, Internal Affairs, Meka Ape Rata, ape hamuduruwane, bla bla bla black sheep!”-this country Sri Lanka and its people do not need screwed up [Edited out] like you nor are we at all impressed by your (un)educated harangues! You can waste tax payers’ money, travel all over the world and show off your grand yet useless knowledge to foreign mutts but can you at least show us one example where you have brought any benefit to the people of this country to compensate for the huge amount of money spent on you by the people? You have been seen to scratch you own back claiming to have successfully defended Sri Lanka at UN against human rights violations just after the war but since we now have had a good look at what has been happening in the international arena against Sri Lanka we can safely say you have just lied and mislead the fools in the country! You are really a dastardly character who is prepared to propagate any filthy notion, racism, hatred, violence or religious tensions if that dirty work brings in perks, privileges and stipends for you. During the last few years you circled, rolled and summersaulted at the international level and purported to defend the country but what you actually did was to whitewash, sweep skeletons under the carpet and defend a rogue regime! You were not at all concerned about the people of this country! Rajiva Wijesinghe, Carlo Fonseka, the campus chap Nalin, GL Pieris, Prathiba Mahanama and you et al are all “refined criminals” in the eyes of the general masses because you, with your concoct accent and deception, are the people who adorn the Rajapaksha bastards and their despotic regime with robes of legitimacy, authenticity, civility, credibility and democracy!

        And who the hell is this Kath Noble? And Dayan has taken refuge under her jungle camp! And she is a mathematician too at that!!!! This woman must be none other than a paid PR building agent hired by the moronic MARA regime by paying billions of rupees to build their tarnished image! Dayan is seen to be seeing political Pythagoras in Kath so much that he has kicked all the political brains in the country to the dustbin and knelt before this lucid political charm with garlands that follows:

        “Kath Noble, an Oxford trained mathematician with a postgraduate degree in economics from the JNU (Delhi) has more political lucidity and therefore, useful counsel, than all our local political critics, commentators and pundits put together. In her latest column she writes:
        “…Worse, by focusing our attention on the Commonwealth and the sanctions that it may impose on Sri Lanka as a result of the impeachment, the UNP leader is pushing us into the same old trap of ‘internationalizing’ what must be a national struggle…The international community doesn’t get to vote in elections in Sri Lanka! It is the opinions of Sri Lankans that matter to Mahinda Rajapaksa. So long as they aren’t bothered about the mass grave in Matale, he won’t be either. Likewise, so long as they don’t want an investigation into the anti-LTTE campaign, even Ranil Wickremesinghe wouldn’t do it…If the international community tried to use its economic or other power to force prosecutions in Sri Lanka, the public would rally behind the Government, and Mahinda Rajapaksa is very good at encouraging such a response. There really is no short cut…It is a national struggle…” (‘Calling in the Marines’)”

        Worse, an Oxford trained mathematician crusading with Dayan and advocating “..There really is no short cut…It is a national struggle…”!!! We are amazed and moreover mesmerized, Dayan! You have found the most amazing, most imaginative, most creative and most talented co-crusader for your “four-fold revolution”!!! Congratulations!!!

        Dayan, we smell a rat, though! You smell that the dog you were leaching on is going to sink and the ticks must quickly move to the tip of the tail to hang on to something! Kath is paid to write about the international ghost in the form of Commonwealth sanctions to be imposed, national traitor in UNP Ranil who would trap us in the international ruse and her Oxen solution of national struggle devoid of any international role because “The international community doesn’t get to vote in elections in Sri Lanka!” Your sole motive of writing his harangue is epitomized in your last paragraph-splinting away a big chunk from UNP showing your paymaster MARA that you are disintegrating UNP to protect the regime but if the regime sank down, hoping to emerge telling “look, that is what I have been saying all along, this regime has erred in the eyes of the international, there is an international threat against the regime and it will collapse, we need a national struggle to form a government of our own, this is our internal problem, we must not let anyone interfere with our own affairs, Ranil is a traitor, he has done this all along starting with “appeasement!!!”-hah, a lucidly combinationed gear !!-please everybody rally around Mr. Sajith or Mr. X, Y, Z to launch a national struggle, chase away this regime and form our own government!!!!!! And if ever, were your dream come true, it will be the most clownish government in the world with Kath Math-juggler as your Chief Consultant, all the riff raff junks from UNP, UPFA and other run-away “ploytical“ parties!

        Dayan, this is the reality, get it from us. Your “ploytical” opportunism would be over in one or two years and you would have to find a livelihood because the much feared international intervention by you all shall definitely find its way into this country-and despite your desperate lie-campaigns the majority of peace-loving people of this country would welcome it; in fact, instead of fools like you and MARA had this country been governed by a Western country, it would have been a haven where all the people would have lived happily, freely and prosperously! No? Then why the hell do you spend your whole life in the Western Bloc without even looking at your “Amuthuate in the Indian Ocean”? Like the ticks moved to the tip of the tail you left France because you know what is going to happen and you are now trying to promote some stupid donkey to snatch the country from the regime because you can only shine among stupid buffalos who have no brains to run a country; that is why you thrived under R Premadasa, that stupid man who destroyed UNP! But with an able, intelligent, principled, decent, internationally and among elite reputed leader like Ranil your “domesticated, feminined, lucidated and tribalized struggle jugglery” would hardly find any legs!!!!!!

        “..Please show me (this needs quotations) where I was defending ‘the regime’ tooth and nail? I was defending the country, the nation and the state…and still do..”

        Dayan, we don’t like this at all, criticizing another human being whatever mistakes he has. But since this concerns our whole life, our families, relatives, friends, the whole country and the posterity we have to do this dirty work. You are a wonderful breed of creature! What do you mean by “defending the country, the nation and the state”? Doesn’t your defended country hold human beings? Why no mention about humans, their sorrow and suffering, the exploitation and cruelty they are subjected to, their human rights violations, the virtual, latent, overt and covert skinning of every democratic right they enjoyed before this regime came to power, the colossal amount of public money the regime plunders, the stratospheric scale of corruption, the art of election bribing, marauding and rigging, the deformation of public opinion at parliament by alluring or threatening opposition parliamentarians to government affiliation, the state impunity, the country’s top rung run white van killer squads, paramilitaries, underworld gun totting groups, regiments of countries own legal and constitutional army and navy turning into illegal operational murder units, horrible crimes giving a farcical expression like the Matale mass-grave being entrusted to archaeological mutts for doing carbon dating whereas what really needed was a forensic, eyewitness and other contemporary and corroborative evidence to find the perpetrators and this list can continue ad nauseam all of which bear the seal, authenticity, connivance, responsibility, culpability and guilt of the regime he refers to as the “country, nation and state”! Dayan, don’t think people are fools, you cannot hide behind a façade of words, ideas, fears, hopes and concocts nor can you mislead them there!

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    How this great wisdom didn’t dawn on you when you were eating out of the Rajapaksa pocket a month ago in pairs..Did you seethe dictatorial project in the making when you were representing the same dictator in the making. What a shameless specimen.

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    “However bad things are in Sri Lanka today and however bad things may get, there is almost nothing that cannot be reversed in three years when elections come around. That election may however be the last chance at reversal of the negative aspects, preventing their cumulative growth from embryonic structure to stable system..”

    This country has witnessed a plethora of how elections are conducted with every form of state terrorism, thuggery, violence, corruption, deception, murder, bribing and rigging etc. A few days ago a bundle of ballot papers marked for Swan of SF was discovered on the road by the campaign office of Basil at Nittambuwa. This country once had a democratic tradition of conducting elections throughout the country all at once creating a fair space for the entire citizenry to opine whereas the regime Dayan cohabits with has destroyed all those good practices, democratic space and checks and balances and adopted a totally deformed, corrupt and illegal piecemeal election flawed. This is how the elections are conducted here and how misleading and illusive is the “last chance at reversal…” dangled by this person who has been a warmongering campaigner for the regime all this time! Quite in contrast to the diabolical lies he writes the elections under Rajapaksha regime are “the maneuvers, conspiracies, concocts and machinations of furthering, perpetuating, generalizing and enhancing the flawed and fraudulent election system of the regime aimed at the cumulative growth from “embryonic structure to stable system”. Who thought the various Commissions and more relevantly the Election Commission would be repealed, opposition members of parliament would be purchased for millions or by threats, CJ would be sacked illegally and unconstitutionally, 18th A would endow and append the whole country to Rajapakshas for lifetime consumption, exploitation and destruction? Whatever gibberish he harangues in these forums this person is responsible for the calamity that is happening to this country because it is people like him who have connived, co-authored, propped up, defended, whitewashed, hatched and ratified this regime and its anti-humanistic crimes.

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    Knowing that all the past elections that Rajapakse Regime won by the use of Bribery, corruption, thuggery, intimidation, rigging, fraudulent vote counting, opposition votes being bundled burned and discarded, computer gilmart, keeping election commissioner under house arrest, kicking opposition party supporters both from poling centers and the counting centers using Govt. paid pin padi Police Goons and thugs……. and using all other fraudulent methods……still Dr. Jayathilake talkes of another HONEST ELECTIONS IN THREE YEARS TIME.

    This is why President Rajapakse and the Govt. Goons are laughing whenever mentioned of another election……..since they have mastered the best ever criminal methods in the world how to dupe every one to win elections forever by fraudulent means in Sri Lanka.

    Therefore I suggest following to the International Community.
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    We thank Mr.Jason Kenney and the Govt. of Canada for their interest in looking into the actrocities that are taking place in Sri Lanka under Rajapakse government.

    After releasing it’s brutality against minority tamil community, now the regime is focusing the same brutality against it’s own Sinhala community.

    While the regime through it’s despicable use of Media,military might, govt.contract killers and through white van abductions and other methods to murder and to suppress free media,rig elections,demolish human rights groups, opposition and minority party supporters and the honest govt. servants such as CJ Shirani Bandaranayake who voice their concern against Govt.corruptions and misduings……now lay helpless due to Govt. using all the above methods to suppress all of them.

    Also Rajapakse brutal regime now send misinformation through it’s mass media to discredit Commonwealth, USA, Australia, Canada, UN and other countries who come to voice their concerns against the brutal regime.

    Therefore we assume the International community should use their powers to further sanction Sri Lanka govt, isolate it, cut off trade, travel and membership and should bring in more pressure until it adheres to international norms.

    As citizens of Sri Lanka we are not looking for another dictator such as Idi Amin or Saddham Husain or Pol Pot, Marcos or Gaddafi.

    We want to live in peace and harmony with all communities in Sri Lanka and Rakapakses are not the suitable type to accomplish that dream.

    Therefore if Rajapakses do not change their attitude and does not follow International Law, norms, true governance and guidelines…..it is time Internatiuonal Community think seriously of a Regime Change.

    While I thank the International community for showing their love and concern towards us citizens of Sri Lanka, I also thank Colombo Telegraph for the bringing in the wonderful video clip interview.

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      “..Therefore if Rajapakses do not change their attitude and does not follow International Law, norms, true governance and guidelines…..it is time Internatiuonal Community think seriously of a Regime Change…”

      There is no possibility whatsoever of Rajapakshas changing their attitudes or way of governance because they are born criminals. The expired woman was spot on when she said “Rajapakshas are uneducated, uncultured bastards”. Whatever calamity may befall on them or the country they would never change their murderous methods because they have gone mad with power. We implore the international community to please intervene into the despotic activities in Sri Lanka, conduct war crime and other HR, democratic and civilized values breach trials, impose sanctions travel, tourist, investment, credit, oil etc., consider arresting the war criminals on foreign land because they have lost the diplomatic immunity status due to breach of the Constitution of Sri Lanka. A more potent and productive measure they could adopt is forcing the regime to conduct elections under international monitors because as Jayantha correctly said Rajapakshas have mastered the art of vote rigging! If the regime is denied the opportunity of vote rigging they will definitely lose! If the international community does this and helps the people of Sri Lanka they will be forever grateful to them and would almost worship them as gods and deities who saved their lives from the clutches of a despotic maniac!

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    It seems the point of this article is to prepare for the writer to engage in a battle with Ranil and then for him to walk away with at least half of the UNP. After that he will take on the President. Am I correct ?

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    Dayan, you had not addressed a single issue raised by me-just evade the main points.

    If you are a politician you could be excused. If not, you had only seriously compromised your academic credentials!

    Why you are so worried about the credible alternatives at this stage?.

    Now we have a failed state.

    The two third majority is a fraud and democracy is in crisis and both the results of 2005 and 2010 elections are questionable.

    Cannot you see that the electoral process in both cases are flawed?

    The country should move towards extra parliamentary struggle?

    Did Lenin/Mao/Castro ever come to power through elections?

    The 18A itself is fraudulent?

    Government had successfully manipulated rural masses with racial card and international conspiracies with added exclusive monopoly in electoral malpractices umpteenth times and they had not exhausted their tricks. The government is strongest in these behavior.

    Knowing very well all these you ingenuously are guiding the opposition into a trap by maneuvering them to confront the government at their strongest to help them or to discourage them to get united and put forward real challenge

    How mischievous you are!

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    Mr Jayatilleka when you were preaching marxism you wanted to destroy the capitalist State. Now you say you are defending the Sri Lanaka State !In the early days of the Rajapakse regime they naivly thought you are the best person to cover up their seedy activity before the world.When you came down to Colombo from Australia you wanted to be put up at Cinnemon Grand with a big entertainment allowance.Why cannot you stay in your own house or with your wife ? But who paid for that stay ? Can you answer all these questions Mr. Con Man.You talk like you have something in common with all decent , well meaning and genuine people. But do you belong there ?You have defended two murderous regimes in the last 25 years.From both Premadasa and Rajapakse you obtained plum jobs. Just because you hysterically spout some nonsense does it make you a thinker. Only a naive dumb lot like Rajapakses will give you a job.

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      Excellent observation by whou chin! This Dayan chap is a first rated crook in the same category as WWII mental hospital got shattered Hudson Samarasinghe!

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    John,

    You are spot man.

    Just read between the lines

    “However bad things are in Sri Lanka today and however bad things may get, there is almost nothing that cannot be reversed in three years when elections come around. That election may however be the last chance at reversal of the negative aspects, preventing their cumulative growth from embryonic structure to stable system.”

    Dayan Jayatilleka is definitely going to contest the next Presidential election!!!!!!!

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      No way, Dayan is not a person who can get votes, he is almost known by none of the voters! He is trying to prepare ground work for someone opposed to Ranil. He has a grudge against Ranil because he thinks Ranil showed him “don’t care” attitude! Dayan wants to be the “king maker” but not the “king”! He and Premadasa reciprocated each other because Premadasa lacked the “scholarly real estates and refined presentation” Dayan has. However Ranil needed no political or otherwise crutches. The situation got complicated due to Ranil’s general “no concerned of others and proud attitude” which is generally his personal trait. So, thereafter Dayan’s choice was Karu Jayasuriya and this is the person around whom he wanted to create his dream state! The major rift in UNP caused by Karu and a number of UNPers joining the regime was part of this plan which was sanctioned by Dayan. But anyhow, to make a long story short, none of these gamers could beat Ranil in this great and intriguing game of politics because none could match Ranil and also due to kinetics of UNP politics would always remain with its true heir! However hard Dayan strives further along these motives, he will only be dreaming an illusion and defeat will be the ultimate companion. However, even at this late stage and after many many mistakes and blunders, if Dayan works towards forming a government by UNP under Ranil, its true leaders, he will find consolation even in defeat that he has contributed through his hard earned knowledge and capacity to let this country and its people the fortune of being served by the unparalleled politician in Ranil despite his personal traits are not at very much home with others.

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    Dayan is unemployed now. That is why he is speaking of the need of a strategy for resistance.All talks will end once he is given a suitable job by the Big man

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    “..In a Presidential system this reduces itself to a viable Presidential candidate. However bad the crisis in its economic and external dimensions, the people will not vote for a candidate whose patriotic credentials have always been deeply suspect. This is all the more certain if the prime sources of external pressure are Tamil Nadu and the West-based Tamil Diaspora, and the main slogan is accountability for the conduct in the closing stages of the war, of the military—drawn from rural peasant families, as are most voters. In such a context, voters are likely to hold their collective nose and opt either for continuity or change within continuity (as they did in 1988 when they voted for UNP candidate Premadasa). In the latter case, the pro-western Opposition liberal-conservatives will realize that there are worse options within the System than the incumbent…”

    Dayan admits the regime he spoon-fed and raised is in extremely “bad” dimensions economic, external etc. and is looking for a “Presidential Candidate”! He is hell afraid of Ranil and plays the “patriotic credentials” card which both Dayan and Mahinda have been playing throughout their whole failed political life! He further entangles this ruse with “Tamil Nadu, West-based Tamil Diaspora, accountability, closing stages of war, the military!!!” all of which are fodder as food for the rural peasant fools!!! But what he forgets is that reality would one day dawn upon the fools too, that fallacy is short lived!!! “Worse options” within the system than the incumbent!@#? What the hell are you talking about? Are you saying you are going to be the option? Don’t worry about people’s options because at the moment there is none in the System other than Ranil now! All options, possibilities, trials, errors, tests, experiments, parachutes, encroachers and test tubes have been tried, exhausted and rejected by everybody! And it is only the never deterred, unmoved and patiently awaited Ranil who will be at the helm next time! In the meantime you can dream your concocts!!!!!!!!!!!!

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