15 August, 2020

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The Dr DJ Syndrome

By V Kanthaiya

During the year 2005, my grandma came to Colombo from Jaffna, to stay with us. She was 85 years old at that time. There were lots of visitors from the neighbourhoods to see my grandma, who made visits as a courtesy. My grandma was quite happy and talked a lot about her family, about her nine children, about the vast stretches of lands belonged to her dad etc. The problem started the next week. There were not many people to talk to her, to ask about her family, her children and how they lived the life in those good old days.

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

At this time, I was at home on school holidays. Of course, I sometimes felt bored with computer games and started to talk to grandma. It seemed grandma forgot that the year was 2005. Deep in her mind, she always lived in the1950s. She would often tell me about my great grandparents who had died long before I was born. At first I was quite interested to know about my ancestors and about their life style. But tell me honestly, how many times you would be ready to hear the same stories, again and again? She was always repeating the stories she had already told me. She wouldn’t bother whether I was watching TV or playing computer games or even studying. The moment she spotted me she would start telling her stories and she didn’t really bother whether I listened to her at all.

The problem with grandma was that she was not ready to accept that the times had changed, and in other words her time was gone. It was the time of her next generation. She was not able to adopt herself to the new lifestyle and she must have felt lonely and wanted someone to talk to her and listen to her. So the only option I had was to teach my grandma to play computer games, just to keep her occupied with something.

The first time she was quite interested to see the computer and the graphics, but instead of learning to play the game, she started to relate a story about how she used to play with her cousins when she was a young girl, and I don’t need to tell you that most of her cousins were in heaven at that time. The problem my grandma had is a perfect example how people react when they feel that they are excluded from modern society.

Yesterday, I had the privilege of going through Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka‘s (D J) prophecy ‘The Writing is on the Wall: How Sri Lanka is to be dismantled‘. The moment I finished reading this, his magnum opus, I felt sorry for him. I just wanted to talk to his family members and his close friends, because when I went through his writings I realized he is suffering from the same psychological issues my grandma had back in 2005.

This is a typical phenomenon among people who feel they are being excluded from society. It seems D J has got a terrible fear our entire society is ignoring him and don’t like to read his writings and that’s why he is on a writing frenzy where he writes at least two articles per day and sends them to all the political forums, where people would read them and bash him with their comments in return.

His aim is not that people should read his writings and engage in a constructive discussion about the society we live in, his aim is that people should understand that Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka is still alive. This is exactly the issue my grandma had. She didn’t bother whether I was listening to her stories about those good old days; her aim was that she needed someone beside her so that she can keep on talking whether it meant anything to that person at all.

I feel that, like my grandma, D J needs some attention. He needs love and care, especially from the Colombo Telegraph readers to whom he keeps on writing. I also request the close friends of D J to take him often outside for a walk or invite him to talk in any forum regarding political science. He would be quite happy about it. And the permanent solution for his psychological issue would be offering him the post of Ambassador in a Sri Lankan foreign mission, in a European country. I believe that will really work.

DJ’s claim that devolving more power to the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) would eventually lead to an independent state, can be considered the joke of the year (up to now, at least). Let’s analyse this and for this analysis you should not be a political scientist; because political science sees ethno political conflicts through ethno political theories. Political Science believes that these conflicts are complicated. In fact they are not. Ethnic conflicts are the culmination the common man’s problems. So what we need to analyse is the common sense of a common man.

The major complaint by the elected representatives of the Tamil people and by their self proclaimed guardians is that Tamils in Sri Lanka are refused their rights as legitimate citizens of this country. They are not given the due recognition for their unique culture. And they are being oppressed. Alright! How this can be solved?

The solution is simple. Give the autonomy that the Tamils ask for. DJ’s problem is that giving such power to the NPC would lead to the proclamation of an independent state by C.V. Wigneswaran. Suppose DJs argument is correct, then India wouldn’t be a country, instead there would be 35 countries. There will not be a country the United States of America; instead there would be 50 countries at that geographical location. There would not be a country called Australia, instead there would be countries called Northern Territory, Western Australia, Southern Australia, Victoria, Queens Land, New South Wales and Tasmania.

The more the Sinhala Buddhist central government denies devolving power, the more the claims of the Tamil political parties would become credible. The more the central government is hostile against the NPC, the more harm NPC would do to the central government in the international arena. This is something equivalent to Newton’s third law; for every action, there will be an equal and opposite reaction.

The best example of how hostile relationships adopted by ethno-majoritarian governments towards ethnic minorities leads to chaos in the country, is none other than the former Yugoslavia. The numerically superior ethnic Serbs tried to cut down the powers given to the constituent republics, which led to the independent proclamation of those states. The Yugoslav People’s Army sought to preserve the unity of the country by crushing the secessionist forces of ethnic minorities. However, the Serbian nationalist government led by Slobodan Milosevic couldn’t stop the eventual breakup of the country, purely due to its Serbian national rhetoric. The international community supported the breakup of the country as it saw the crushing of the secessionist forces as a part of the campaign for greater Serbia, not an attempt for a united Yugoslavia. The former Yugoslavia is the best example of how only a meaningful devolution of power would preserve the unity of the country, not brutal military force. The latter may be effective in the short term, but not in the long term.

The question we have regarding Sri Lanka is whether the Sinhala Buddhist ethno-majoritarian government is trying to crush the leaderships of the minority communities in an attempt to create a “Sinhala Country”, or for a united Sri Lanka. DJ’s argument for cutting down the powers of NPC would be considered by the international community as an attempt towards a “Sinhala Country”, rather than for a United Sri Lanka, and the consequences would be severe.

It is quite strange that DJ, being a political scientist has failed to learn anything from the history of Yugoslavia. Perhaps he may call the break up as a plot by the capitalist west and the neo Zionists, not due to the meaningless Serbian national rhetoric.

I, as a Tamil from the north want the central government to devolve more powers to the NPC, not to have any more “rights” but to see the unlimited ‘entertainment’ to be given by the so called democratically elected Tamil leaders in the country and the self proclaimed Tamil guardians from overseas. Any attempt to block the power devolution would mean denial of the Tamil People’s right to have “’from those elected to entertain them. I state this in my own style, the common man’s style; “NPC doesn’t like the central government screwing it. It wants the power devolved to it, so that it can prove to the world that it is capable of screwing itself”.

I believe it would be grand entertainment to see the dog fight for power between the parties in the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) once the power is devolved to NPC. I am sure each would bray that they are the sole representatives of the Tamils while the Tamil patriots in Europe and Canada call these parties ‘traitors’. It’s going to be an incredible comedy. Mark my words. This is a prophecy.

I personally guarantee that the central government doesn’t need to fear the possible secession of NPC from the country, no such thing will ever happen. The present Tamil youth in the country are more willing to fight on ‘Facebook’ with their comments, rather than in jungles with semi-automatic rifles. The new generation is more concerned with integrating with the global community, rather than fighting in the name of race and religion, which have become irrelevant concepts in our present life dominated by information communication technology.

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    Colombotelegraph should be ashamed of publishing this sort of “article”. Whether you agree with Jayatillake’s politics or not, this is nothing but a pure attack on him as a person.

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      Sharanga

      Yes, yes, yes CT should be ashamed of publishing such indecent, despicable articles.

      Of course this is nothing but a pure attack on him as a person.

      However we like it and want more of it and not less.

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      I think CT readership has waited that long being unable to read writings of DJ. I think DJ deserves this kind of analysis. Let alone today, DJ should feel, that people are now well informed that DJ is crying in favour of the wrong ones. Can you please bring any articles DJ addressed almost all the abuses (high profile) being carried out by MR regime ? There, he behaved as if he is blind. Why is he that biased to MR and his acts. He has never got guts to call a spade a spade in terms of Mahinda Rajapakshe and his high profile abuses.

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    I remember my old school principal Mr C E Anadarajan use to say ” If JR wants to wipe out Tamils, he should give a separate state to Tamils, they will all kill each other and disappear from the earth”

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      U r real fool, don’t think Mr.C.E Anantharajan is saint….

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    DJ, please learn a lesson from the astrologer Sumanadasa and keep your mouth shut.

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    Mr Kanthaiya, you were so very accurate in your diagnosis. it is probably because they knew I was feeling ignored and alone that THREE television Newscasts of TWO stations featured me tonight ( feb 17)…Two of them as the first item… :)))

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      This comment alone speaks volumes! Mr Kanthaiya has certainly got under your skin; you still have not got the message. It seems that the Sinhala public is more grown up than you imagined; your outdated views will not work anymore.

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        Buening Issue

        Do you believe it? Dayan still has one or two benefactors who can wave their magic wand and arrange free air time for him. What a lucky chap he is.

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          Native this fool Mad Doc DJ like mad Doc subramaniam swamy, they r good entertainers of TV….simply laughing stocks….u can LOL… every body parts…specially bump…

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        if anyone had studied them closely – often DJ has been adding his purasaram. Else,nothing new. Those who know are well aware of all these. Almost everyone would be unhappy reading anything coming from DJ thesedays.

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          But NFF and the ilk that always worked as toilet representative of MR adminsitration, not forgetting that cesspit mouthpiece Wimal Buruwanse will go on attacking the current adminsitration regardless of his arguments could be far distance from the on going real issues. Today the the public meeting scheduled by them can no means outreach many but they will become further be isolated from the people. I believe that will lead to the destruction of NFF rather than paving the way Meeharaka Rajapakshe to return active politics.

          Yesterday, I happened to listen to the interview made with Lalith KOTALAWALA BY SRILANKEN tv LATELY. There he makes it very clear that MR grabed his funds to build that Rajapakshe stadium, in the end, not even the name of the person who donated that much was on the name board. And there were many that he believes looted his billions by force. All these should be brought before the courts and punished is what I feel. Rajapakshes are born criminals, what I felt after listening to him. May be his ignorance towards some issues could create problems within his investments but root cause for the problem had not yet been focused in solving the issue related to golden key project.

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        dont worry, DJ needs some more time. As a person who has off his medication – should be given some more time. He is now boasting about some pvt channels discussing his views – but these numbers have become relatively low when comparing with those brutal days guided by Meeharaka Rajapakshe – almost everyday, people were compelled to watch Patcha -all malicious subjectiv views of DJ. I really dont think many would agree with DJ – he is just a spent source to this day. Even Rajeeva would not agree with DJ today.

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      Why is it that only Sri Lankans use some title in front of their names? Does that mean that only in Sri Lanka we have so many Phd holders? Just wondering.

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      Hello Dr Dayan Jayatilleka; Mr Kanthaiya, was very accurate in his diagnosis. Your syndrome which have been identified as ‘you a sycophant’. Here you go again; “they knew I was feeling ignored and alone that THREE television Newscasts of TWO stations featured me tonight ( feb 17)…Two of them as the first item…” You cannot stop boasting. Mr Kanthaiya thanks for this satire, brilliant, DJ is like your granny now he is developing dementia!
      Hi DJ, You had won MR’S favour twice due to this syndrome isn’t it . DJ the glorious Ambassador of Geneva! (1) You managed to turn around the resolution that was intended to reprimand Srilanka for its “barbaric brutal racist war” in June 2009. You with your kind of charm was able to turn 29 countries most of them are well known for their Human rights abuses! to vote in favour for Srilanka to receive a pat on yours as well as the country’s back. To date, you still think that this war is justified, and that it was won by MR & Srilankan army alone! what was those 20 odd countries had been doing during this war? They had supplied wrong weapons and mercenaries for MR to carry out his Genocidal agenda. Pakistan supplied [cluster bombs, Phosphorous bombs] it had admitted; The Indians used satellite radars and some soldiers, Ukraine and Israel pilots as mercenaries did fly the 8000 sorties[Count given by Gota at the end of war] China, USA, UK, EU all supplied funds, weapons and intelligence services. It was this ‘Mahinda chindanaya’ that was the blue print for the Genocide of Tamils.(2) Then as Ambassador to France,but Sagin Vass wouldn’t allow you to do your work, interfering bull. You were brought back in time by Warf clerk, otherwise Mangala would have dragged you back, You know why? Because, you were not a career diplomat but a political one. It’s Time for you to retire and look after your family if you have one. Best wishes as there are no more overseas postings vacant. keep on writing your racist articles to amuse readers of CT.

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    If you give autonomy to Tamils, there will be unlimited funds flowing in from Diaspora for development. The boost in economy will also trickle down to the south. Then no body will talk about Eelam.

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      We wont allow the same people who bombed our people and funded terrorism to send money here.

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        Hey Dumb arse Sach, the very same people (LTTE) who massacred 600 surrendered Policemen were appointed by your criminal cousin Rajapakse as Deputy Ministers, disgraceful bugger, you pop your ugly head here all the time and talk crap.

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          It must be hurting to see karuna, working for MR neda

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            Hey Sach the low life racist, it hurts me as 600 innocent men who trusted this criminal surrendered to him were slaughtered and these men happened to be Sinhalese. Then another Sinhala man gives him a job. If you support, then it shows you are not only a low life racist but also dumb as hell.

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              But you had no problem when funding and supporting the very forces that killed the surrendered policemen. You did not have any problem then. Dont come up with this false love for sinhala and muslim victims.

              Between why only the policemen. What about thousands died in suicide bombs?

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    Appreciate Dr DJ’s talent of his selective amnesia and elective statistics. But he’s just a cool guy who never gets upset or angry even after reading all the somewhat ‘below the belt’ comments from majority of the CT readership.

    His faithfulness to Mahinda and his policies of ignoring MR’s crimes against humanity are proof that he adores MR and his brand of rule. Unbelievable to many but DJ is just being sincere and grateful to MR regime. See how he’s treating Mr V.Kanthiya with all the due respect in addressing or answering? No matter what, DJ has a class, which should be respected. He writes political stuff we all may not agree with, but he has a style and conviction of his own brand. Some may say, he is a political ‘confusionist’ (who confuse himself and others)and not a political scientist or analyst, as he calls himself. But, let’s give him some respect and tolerate his writings, even if we do not agree with his views. He needs appreciation, affection and not condemnation.

    Mr Kanthaiya always give him all the due respect, address him accordingly and use decent language, unlike HLD Mahindapala. The only kind advice to DJ is to stay away from Mahindapalas, Malindas, for his own good. These cheap gossip writers are spoiling his reputation.
    Don’t you worry Dr DJ, the Maithri days may be numbered, probably and you may get your wish fulfilled once MR takes over the helm again, finish off the rest of the battered and most hated minority infidels, try for the third time and make Lanka the miracle of Asia, to the envy of Singapore ! We all know you won’t give up your goal easily. Wish you all the best, Sir.

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      what about selective amnesia of tamils?

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        Racist Sach, what about it. They have a selective disease, you have an eternal stupidity disease.

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          Bring an argument, not insults…cant waste my time on you

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    Dayan
    Let’s go for a walk. Eat at Perera & Sons. Man otherwise you’ll go bonkers. No you are bonkers

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    As V Kanthaiya correctly guessed, I was totally ‘alone’, ‘neglected’ and ‘isolated’–as in evident from the Nugegoda rally which I participated in this evening, which had easily the most massive non-Govt crowd seen in recent times, running into several lakhs.

    Hope you folk saw the overhead (drone) camera footage on all the TV newscasts.

    Some neglect, isolation and solitude…:)))

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      V Kanthaiya Annoi

      Did you ask Dayan to maintain a daily journal to keep track of his comings and goings?

      It appears that he is reporting to you on a daily basis of his every day business.

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      “Hope you folk saw the overhead (drone) camera footage on all the TV newscasts.”

      Good Governance is in motion; this is why the “TV newscasts” were not in any way inhibited from covering your rally! It looks as if you have been obscured by your Smart Patriotism; in fact, you were sharing a platform with bigots, lowlifes, and a bunch of losers! The BBS gang, the infamous Nalin De Silva (the father of all bigots in SL), and how can I forget Wimal Weerawansa, a most uncultured individual. These are the people with whom you were sharing the platform!

      Isn’t cheap and abominable to promote extreme nationalism? You said that, you are a “Smart Patriot” and at the same time an “Internationalist” then how do you reconcile standing on the platform that was vociferously jettisoning anything and everything about West. You know that, pitting India against China is a dangerous game and SL cannot be the winner in the long run. The Tamil question needs to be resolved and this is the best time when it can done. You are advocating to squander this opportunity because you have been consumed by your own egotism! The platform you have helped to revive will reverberate in years to come with disastrous consequences if not curtailed by the current regime. I think that, the current regime must debate publicly with the likes of you to defeat your platform on logic and reasoning than resorting to MR means.

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        If tamils are allowed to engage in extreme nationalism, why cant sinhalese? You have no problem with the tactics of wiggie, GGP speeches..so why complain?

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          such,

          You are a sick man! I was there in Jaffna when GGP passed away, his body was placed in the Veerasingham Hall for people to pay homage. There was a sizeable crowd but nowhere near the size of the crowd that attended the funeral of SJVC. Jaffna came to a standstill with many Sinhala politicians at the time attending and made speeches. GGP was a cunning politician in the same mould as SWRD. Both cannot be classed as racists but rather opportunists with greed for power.

          As for Wiggie, you have got it totally wrong. He is not a politician but a decent individual with good values. His children are married to Sinhala folks; he is not for division of the country but has every right to highlight the predicament of the Tamils since independence. You have taken exception to the word Genocide out of context. His intension was to educate the Sinhala folks about what was happening to the Tamils since independence. If you deem this is a tactic to deceive the Sinhala, you have not understood anything at all. Why would he use the word Genocide if his intention was to deceive! May be he should have refrained from using that contentious word while the investigation is still afoot. You must recognise that this is the best opportunity to resolve the Tamil question once in for all. If we do not grasp this opportunity, I do not even want speculate as to what it would transpire!

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            Please argue without resorting to personal insults.

            If you can freely call Sinhala leaders as racists why cant call the obvious racist tamil politicians as racists? Sinhala people will attend the funeral even of their enemy. You cant judge whether people like him/her by attendees in a funeral.

            This is about the speech by GGP

            “The riot was sparked by the inflammatory racist speech of [Ponnambalam] in Navalapitiya, attacking the Sinhala Buddhists and the Mahavamsa (see The Hindu Organ, June 1, 1939 and other newspapers of the time).

            It was then that S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike saw an opportunity, and went to every one of the cities touched by the riots, and established branches of the Sinhala Maha Sabha (see The Hindu Organ, June 19, 1939).

            It was in this extremely heated atmosphere that [Ponnambalam] developed his fifty-fifty solution as a means of safeguarding the dominant position of the Tamils.

            Far from bridging the gap between the communities, every action of [Ponnambalam] was designed to drive this ‘difference’ between the Tamils – descendants of the Dravidians, and the Sinhalese, a

            ‘hybrid mongrel race split of from the aboriginal Tamils and mixed with Aryan invaders’ (as stated by GGP in Navalapitiya in 1939). “

            Are you saying this is NOT RACIST? I have never seen SWRD talking like that…

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            you must have cheered for GGP’s speeches then…I cant show the same comment of GGP in this comment section many times.

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            “He is not a politician but a decent individual with good values. His children are married to Sinhala folks; he is not for division of the country but has every right to highlight the predicament of the Tamils since independence. You have taken exception to the word Genocide out of context.”

            LOL LOL LOL…..he is just a racist loose cannon

            Where did I say Wiggie tried to deceive? He is just a lose canon. Deceiving is the last thing he can do.
            So what happened to Tamils excludes IPKF, LTTE tamil killings, ethnic cleaning of muslims and Sinhalese from north….

            The problem with term genocide is it is both legally and morally incorrect

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            @Burning Issue, you and I are wasting our time talking to this clown Sach.

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              Tamil from the North,

              such wants the minorities toe the Sinhala Buddhist line; basically he wants to subjugate them but he does not want to day it in words; He has no backbone to do it. It is easy to talk to the open bigots but difficult with the ilk of such! He sees things from the perspective that the Sinhala Buddhists are the true owners of the Island!

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                So pointing at GGP and wigneshwaran’s racism and how GGP started the sinhala tamil divide is me wanting minorities to toe SB line and subjugate them?

                Can you please write something that is sensible. I know that you people cannot raise your voice against ultra Tamil racism. That is why you cannot even say GGP is a racist after I pasted a section of GGP’s speech.

                Why do you blame others of racism when you find nothing wrong in your people indulging in the same? You have nothing to say about GGP racism!

                And between I never said or gave the idea that only sinhala buddhists are true owners of SL, but i am not ready to manufacture history and show non existant ancient nations to satisfy one’s ego

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    Dear Dr.DJ,

    It was disappointing to see a scholar like you, taking refuge in the meaningless nationalism, and directly engaged in providing the racism dope to the masses who have lost their senses. Please write your views why a power devolution(including the land and police powers) would be a threat to the unity of the country. Lets start a discussion purely based on logic.

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      V.Kanthaiya Annoi

      “Lets start a discussion purely based on logic.”

      Rationality took leave many many moons ago from this island. Bringing it back is not an easy task while noisy minority is active and armed (with plenty of stupidity). Whenever these bigots are challenged and weakened by liberal leaders they always sought refuge in whipped up patriotism and national security.

      Overall National security is guaranteed by goodwill of Hindian and depends on how well the country treats its own people, not by whipped up patriotism.

      Can you reason out with bigots?

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      I did not see any nationalism in the rally like you allege. It is a political rally with waving national flags.

      What is there to be disappointed if you find it completely fine for WIggie to praise Prabhakaran the murderer in an election rally. Why this duplicity?

      Dont you think you should look inside and critic yourselves as much as correcting others?

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    Dr. D.J seems quite poor at math. He claims there was a crowd running into several lakhs. Kettharama ground can only hold 35,000 spectators. Is he claiming that there were three times the khettarama capacity at Nugegoad market yersterday?

    Yes the crowd was large, but it was definitely less than 50,000. Dr. DJ don’t insult your own intelligence by multiplying it three four times.

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