22 April, 2021

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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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    You have hit the nail on the head with very little damage to the head or wood. I think its done the job but will DJ get the message? I doubt it.

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      Kanthaiyya, thanks very much for the current analysis – no body could articulate it better actually. You are spot on. You bring the example of your Grandma, I compare it with our estranged dog, Rexi who would always bark loudly whenever he feels need to get drawn the attention. Our dogs problem has become a big threat to my sister these days. She keeps complaining not being able to sleep at nights. This is comparable to what self proclaimed analyst DJ has currently been doing by his kind of idiosyncractic articles these days. Not many would consider the substance of his articles as meetings the thoughts and minds of the many of the island nation. However, he may be pleasing Rajapakshe supporters by his articles.

      And as we now see it, situation unexpectedly dawned on the 8th of January seems to have put DJ et.al in mental asylum. None of these men ever thought a sudden change of MR reign. They even planned their near future assuming and dreaming that MR would have been blessed with a 3rd term. In case MR would have been winner, most likely DJ would have been appointed as the god of the external dept. And no secret that Wimal Burwanse on one way and Daya De Silva on the other made every effort to sling mud on MY3 long before the election results were declared. However, all the aftershocks of the MR-defeat are still not recovered by them. They are fractions that want MR to be their representative.

      As you made it very clear this is dueto to the lack of attention towards DJ since those men in power has failed to do so. In MR reign, DJ was often invited by TV senders to add what DJ thought was right. Latter was almost similar to those rounds carried out by ROYAL and other astrologers caricated the MR and his oligarchs.

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        Spot on article! Hope DJ gets it this time.

        Also quite right that we Tamils are our own worst enemies! TNA turned down offer of the Ministry of National languages, land and Reconciliation – a golden opportunity to work for Tamil Rights from the CENTER – more important than at the Provincial level – and then Wiggie complains that Tamils are marginalized! What idiocy!

        Now TNA is wondering whether to accept posts in the Eastern Province – rather than seizing the offer with both hands. TNA and its JEALOUS Tamils don’t want to work for fellow Tamils really, they just want to hob nob with the Tamil Diaspora and have lots of overseas trips to Geneva and posts – like DJ!

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        yes, you are dead right.

        This man DJ posted 2-3articles/day all these weeks. As we are all aware- if anyone would want to write you need to spend all alone indoor – without doing anything else. So this means DJ behaves as if Sanuchi of Burma- being house arrest these days not going to even face any fresh air. What happened to this man may mosly likely be connected with what Kanthaiya has added – cant face it not being the middle point of the society. That is definitely a syndrom of common kind of the men have been suffering from. If there is no media attraction they feel embarraced. You may know most o fthe time, DJ has a very unique styleto describe him and where he is becoming from. This is the reason why he added lately that his grandma was the only person to have told him sinhala stories while parents had been telling him grimm’s fairy tales.
        Now the new generation would feel why should they listen to those stories knowing men and women could get misguided by them as it is the case with Dayana Jayathilaka today.

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      Writing of young blokes like Kanthaiya gives us joy and hope for better future, also proves that old fools like DJ can’t take that joy of hope from us. Thanks Kanthaiya, young guys like you proves that human civilization is not off the track too.

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        Yes, you enjoy your joy in the new Federal state. But leave Wellawatte, Kotahena etc. Live with only Tamils in the North with all caste problems.

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      Isn’t this piece rather unfair to Mr. Kanthaiya’s grandmother?

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      DJ,
      who do you think you are ?

      Why dont you address all the issues that the society faced under the mislead of MR regime ? You feel you should contribute your part – so why you in the same neglect some facets of the soceity while only being gummed to Sinhala chaunism or so called smart patriotism ?

      As one added to CT lately, people of this country should be fed with healthy infor about devolution of power…. they have still been misguided by deceptions of no reasons – guessing devolotion of power into regions could lead to separation of the country. Just look at India, Switzerland, Germany. According to you, all these countries should have sub countries within them, if you further support the masses that go against devolution of power.

      Anyone who lived few days in Germany, Switzerland or THE LIKE countries would truly feel, Devolution of power can give a life to everyone. Of course some issues should be striclky be settled through central govt.
      Germany NRW and RP are two regional govts but under one central govt. These both though funtion mostly by their own, there are also issues that they have to handle through central administration.

      RIGHT at th emoment, us being kep in a inferior situation, as Germany then did, those analysts and all high profile interllectuals should sit down and draft the constitution to the manner Germans did shortly after the war is over – nearly 65 years ago. Every tiny think is concerned by them there, so law makers can use it as real guidance. Our laws that lacks due provisions should be discussed and amended accordingly – LET ALONE today- DISCUSISON rounds should be held almost on a routine manner to achieve the final goal..w hich is an acceptable constitution for all folks.

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      Million dollar question is why the DJ and the like remain to be appologetic to MEEHARAKA RAJAPAKSHE et al. Today, I happened to even read that donkey Gommanpila saying that he would further support MR than anyone else. How come ? These kirimati brains not to have grasphed it yet ?
      Well known fact that media plays the role as the fourth force of a state- MR regime was very good at controlling most of state media in favour of them whenever they thought it needed – it was their manner that steadily people kept away from healthy and factful news. Even today, so called teachers belonging to the literate masses of the society woudl stay further supportive to Mahinda et al. not rasising the question why the bugger handled so many things abusing the national assets. They dont feel that abuse of that magnitude is a greater mistake blunder- since the man s govert eleminated LTTE terror which had been waging for th elast 3 decades. They dont ask the question, how MR regime reacted in the post war seissions. No matter these men and women would furthe rbe with MR just for that matter – ending the war …. they even would go offering their family ones for that issues. How donkey like these men and women have been. No matter cost of living or Rajarata people pains – nothing bu twhat matters is Rajanos should be regarded as god… This kind of brain washing is seen in North korea and other dicatatorships. So nothing is wrong for those who voted MR … they dont care anything but just live further supporting meeharaka.

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      [Edited out] -DJ telling something today and totally the opposite tomorrow – will only cause to widen the gap between the communities marching towards the reconciliation after the 3 decades of war wreckage.
      While almost all folks being under one single umbrella is trying to work collectively – DJ the like personalities to see it totally disadvantagoues to any kind of convergence towards the unity- is more than pathetic. These men being unable to see it right – have been fertilizing to create new problems actually. If one would closely study the way DJ has been just during the last few years – since he returned from France – all along jacking MR regime so proactively- not cirticizing and showing clearly how MR should have to handle it with interntional allies etc – was not really enough. Now as a pundit – still being on the same mode not focusing on the comments being aadded to his articles, to move on with his kind of verbal diahreeras should really be a syndrom- that the professionals have not foudn therapies sofar.

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      This quote will say everyting about DJ and his thoughts

      “Since you cannot do good to all, you are to pay special attention to those who, by the accidents of time, or place, or circumstances, are brought into closer connection with you”
      Saint Augustine

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    CAN”T STRAIGHTEN THE DOG”S ( DJ) TAIL.

    Worth reading
    If the past was the happy country of our memory the LTTE would not have come into being

    My view

    We only asked decision making equal opportunity
    We only asked a federal system
    We only asked to be respected and
    We only talked about our rights

    We didn’t ask a separate state
    We didn’t ask any preferential treatment
    We didn’t talk about our homeland and
    We didn’t start the fight

    You asked why minority want equal rights
    You asked why minority want federal system
    You said minority is asking preferential treatment and
    You picked the fight by killing innocent Tamils

    You wouldn’t be asking this if Srilanka has Tamil Majority
    You wouldn’t be asking this if the (majority Tamil) government has massacred (minority Sinhala) youths for attending Sinhala language research conference.
    You wouldn’t be asking this if the government burned your schools, library and Buddhist temples
    You wouldn’t be asking this if you were sacked from the job or demoted for not learning the Tamil.

    Instead,

    You would ask equal right with majority Tamil.
    You would ask for a federal solution.
    You would ask a separate Sinhala state and
    you would fight with the Tamil Government, Only if the tables have turned

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      Dear victor ragunathan,

      Beneath that simplistic prose of yours lies a Quagmire of lies.

      History does not support what you say sir,

      Here is the FULL speech delivered in 1922 at the 2nd General meeting of the FIRST RACE based political party in Sri Lanka. The Ceylon Tamil League formed by Sir Ponnambalam Arunachelem in 1921. This was 25 years before Lanka got independence. The Tamil leadership wanted to create a Pan Tamil Kingdom (Tamilakam) sprawling across the seas.

      Extract
      I offer a hearty welcome to the members of be Ceylon Tamil League in General Meeting assembled today. This is the second General Meeting since its inauguration. I am glad also to see many members of the general public. From the proceedings today they will be in a position to judge the work the League has so far done and of its aims, and of the claims it has upon the public confidence.

      There is no need for me to speak at length, as the Committee’s Report sets forth fully the League’s work and aims and ideals. The League was brought into existence by political necessity, but politics is not its raison-detre.

      It has far higher aims in view, namely to keep alive and propagate these precious ideals throughout Ceylon, Southern India and the Tamil Colonies, to promote the union and solidarity of Tamilakam, the Tamil Land.

      We should keep alive and propagate these ideals throughout Ceylon and promote the union and solidarity of what we have been proud to call Tamil Eelam.

      We desire to preserve our individuality as a people, make ourselves worthy of our inheritance…We are not enamoured of that Cosmopolitanism which would make of as neither fish, fowl, nor red herring.

      That does not mean that we are to be selfish and work only for the interests of the Tamil Community. Who have done more for the welfare of all Ceylon than the Tamil? Who has fought more vigorously for the welfare of the Sinhalese in the “Dark days of 1915” when our Sinhalese brethren were in distress and helpless ? Who came to their rescue but the Tamils? That statue which was to be the grateful memorial of the help rendered, may (as proposed in some quarters) be flung into the sea. But the Tamils are not going to abandon the proud duty and privilege of service to all our brothers of every race and creed .

      But we do object strongly to being bullied or terrorised, we object to being the underdogs of anybody. We mean to make ourselves strong and also to work for the common good. The Europeans with all the power and prestige, with the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, Planters Association, European Ceylon Association feel the necessity of improving their organisation. Much more should we. We cannot any longer afford to be apathetic.

      The Jaffna Association and the Tamil Maha Jana Sabha have done most useful work in the Northern Province. There are small Tamil Associations scattered over the Island and admirably fitted to promote local patriotism and watch over local interests.

      With all these it will be our aim to work in friendly and hearty co operation. We wish also to co-operate with every other Community in the Island – European, Burgher, Sinhalese, Mohammedan and Indian. We believe that such co-operation is the best and shortest to our political advancement.

      In order to further the objects of the League we shall work for the establishment of a daily paper in Colombo – a vital necessity. The Committee’s proposal with regard to this will be laid before you. We shall also work to establish an Agency in London and a Club in Colombo.

      All this requires heavy outlay of money for which I trust the Tamil Community, and especially its wealthier members here and in the Federated Malay States, will contribute liberally. But it requires also enthusiasm, perseverance, united effort and these I believe will not be wanting. May God bless and prosper our efforts.”

      End Extract

      In 1939 the Hindu Organ carried a report with the headline “Mr. Ponnambalam’s N’pitiya speech” and beneath it the strap line: “Mr. Bandaranaike’s challenge.” (p. 4 – June 22, 1939)

      The editorial under the title “THE WRITING ON THE WALL”, was prophetic and said “….. A verbal bombshell dropped unwittingly by a Tamil politician at Nawalapitiya appears to have set the South on fire……. A slander against a community by an individual, though unintended, is inexcusable …… Communal differences, though there existed hardly any during the time of the last generation of leaders, have now been multiplied and intensified, thanks to the hot-heads and irresponsible talkers in the country who care more for the plaudits of the mob than for the welfare of the people. Ceylon today is seething with petty problems which have been created by thoughtless gas-bags, and which threaten to poison the peaceful conditions in the country….. Let us hope that wise statesmanship will prevail among leaders who should realize the imperative need for the welding of the communities into a Ceylonese Community for the political and economic salvation of the country. The writing on the wall is too clear to be ignored.”

      The “Hindu Organ” was an Anglo/Tamil fortnightly Newspaper which was founded on September 1889 by the Siva Paripalana Sabai. Ownership is still with them. Mr. T. Chellappa-pillai, who was the retired Chief Justice of Travancore and also a renowned mathematician an eminent English, Sanskrit and Tamil Scholar Edited the English pages while Mr T. Kailasapillai the Nephew of Srila Sri Arumuga Navalar (the famous Tamil Nationalist) was the Manager and the editor of the Tamil pages. Both editors worked for free. The paper was Tamil owned. Published, Edited and printed by Tamils in Jaffna.

      The real problem was and is the greed for Land and the inability of the Tamil Leadership in the past and the present to share Lanka’s resources as equals with the rest of Lanka’s population.

      If you want to discuss this openly (most Tamils don’t do so) I am ready to take you on.

      Kind Regards,
      OTC

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        Dear Off the Cuff,

        What a showstopper argument, racism in 1922! A whole party no less! I was just wondering whether Ponnambalam saw the writing on the wall? Let me raise you something prior to 1922 from the Sinhala Buddhist national hero – Anagarika Dharmapala:

        “This bright, beautiful island was made into a Paradise by the Aryan Sinhalese before its destruction was brought about by the barbaric vandals. Its people did not know irreligion … Christianity and polytheism [i.e. Hinduism] are responsible for the vulgar practices of killing animals, stealing, prostitution, licentiousness, lying and drunkenness … The ancient, historic, refined people, under the diabolism of vicious paganism, introduced by the British administrators, are now declining slowly away.”

        That statement about us Aryan Sinhalese living in a paradise must be a statement of fact, no? And most of us still buy into his ideology no? Oh but wait, Ponnambalam is sufficient to hang all Tamils with, but national hero Dharmapala is an isolated case no?

        And that’s not forgetting his even more stellar pieces from 1912, this time against Muslims!!

        “The Muhammedans, an alien people, … by shylockian methods become prosperous like Jews. The Sinhala sons of the soil, whose ancestors for 2358 years had shed rivers of blood to keep the country free of alien invaders … are in the eyes of the British only vagabonds. The Alien South Indian Muhammedan come to Ceylon, sees the neglected villager, without any experience in trade … and the result is that the Muhammedan thrives and the sons of the soil go to the wall.”

        Oh well, tis the nature of racism no? Seeing a mote in our neighbour’s eye and not the beam in our own?

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          Thanks Gamatala.

          Such, please take note. I reiterate that 1948 constitution was endorsed by all parties; GGP was a minister in the first ever parliament. This means that he was all for building a Ceylon for all but not a Sinhala Buddhist state as it transpired!

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            BI,

            It is unwise to count your chickens before they hatch!

            I would prefer to wait and see

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              Dear Gamarala and Burning Issue,

              Are you still preparing your 2nd Show Stopping argument?
              I responded to your 1st Show stopping counter on February 18, 2015 at 1:34 am.

              Burning Issue, Gamarala is finding it difficult to maintain his momentum. Can you please help him with your input?

              This discussion will then get really interesting as you will have Victor Ragunathan, Gamarala and yourself doing the honours. May be a few others might join you to give a helping hand.

              Kind Regards,
              OTC

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            GGP had nothing else to do ne. Today TNA is a part of the parliament and even supported MS. But they very well say they do not accept our current constitution. But they can do nothing else ne.

            1945 GGP said in parliament that Ceylon is a tamil country. There are hansard records. And it was DS who stood and said this is the country of Ceylonese who are sinhala, tamil, moor and burgher.

            GGP started every racism, that dog’s selfishness and arrogance is the reason thousands died in SL.

            Dharmapala was born in 1864 and moved to India in 1908. Dharmapala had no impact on Sinhala elite, i told you once he had no takers. The very reason he left the country was sinhala people did not support him. He became an important figure later on. And he died in 1933. If you think little baby GGP became a racist because of Dharmapala that is extremely false.

            I have never ever seen a community arrogant and never ready to accept their wrongs like tamils, bloody racists.

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          Dear Gamarala,

          Nice to hear from you after a very long time.

          What I wrote was in response to Mr Victor Ragunathan’a comment. Hence it was in the context of his comment. Therefore unless you can show that my comment did not address Victor’s yours is out of context.

          Personally I think that we are a mixed race that has evolved in Lanka and is not a pure one. Balangoda Man may be an ancestor, the Veddha’s, Indian Tamils and Bengalis have been shown by science to be parental populations (ancestors) of the Sinhalese.

          Science has also indicated that the Lanka Tamils are a branch of the Sinhalese who have adopted the Tamil Language. Hence they are family. According to science they have no genetic connection with the Indian origin Tamils of Lanka who are South Indian Tamils.

          I have written many comments on CT about that. Perhaps you have not seen any. If you want to know more about it in detail here is a link to one of my comments.

          https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/a-self-defensive-tamil-nationalism-11-points/comment-page-1/#comment-1772820

          I believe that Lanka is home for ALL her citizens and that ALL of them have equal rights to this land. Hence I do not accept any ethnic based Homeland claims. That’s why I said The real problem was and is the greed for Land and the inability of the Tamil Leadership in the past and the present to share Lanka’s resources as equals with the rest of Lanka’s population.

          If you think differently please address the issue.

          Dharmapala was 15 years old when Arumuka Navalar died in 1879.
          Both of them were nationalistic religious revivalists. One was Sinhalese and the other was Tamil. One was Buddhist and the other a Saivette. Their actions and thinking is moulded by the environment that existed in their time.

          Your extract of Dharmapala killed the context in which he made it. I am giving below the relevant text for the information of others. Taken from the book, State and Nation in South Asia
          By Swarna Rajagopalan.

          Quote
          This bright, beautiful island was made into a Paradise by the Aryan Sinhalese before its destruction was brought about by the barbaric vandals. Its people did not know irreligion. The pagan beliefs of monotheism and diabolic polytheism were unknown to the people. Christianity and polytheism are responsible for the vulgar practices of killing animals, stealing, prostitution, licentiousness, lying and drunkenness…. This ancient, historic, refined people, under the diabolism of vicious paganism, introduced by the British administrators, ignorant of the first principles of the natural laws of evolution, have cut down primeval forests to plant tea; have introduced opium, ganja, whisky, arrack and other alcoholic poisons; have opened saloons and drinking taverns in every village; have killed all industries and made the people indolent. (Dharmapala 1965: 482)
          End quote

          BTW, was that part within brackets introduced by you? If so you have given no indication of it.

          What you wrote out of context could not challenge what I wrote as a counter to Mr Victor Ragunathan’s claims. You need to pay attention to the relevance of what you write if show stopping is your intention. At the moment it has proved to be a bang with a lot of noise and nothing else, what you call in Sinhala a “Pus Vedilla”

          Kind Regards,
          OTC

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          So Anagarika Dharmapala despised christianity and Muslims, so Ponnambalam’s disgusting racism is justified. Isn’t that what you are trying to mean?

          Arent you trying to downsize Ponnambalam’s racism by pointing at someone who lived before him?

          Ponnambalam’s racist attacks against Sinhala people started after Governer Manning changed the representation in SL. He understood they will lose the priviledged position once there is universal suffrage.

          That is how Tamil racism started and project eelam took shape.

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            Dear Sach,

            Please address your comment to avoid confusion (others are reading it). I can see you are addressing Gamarala though for a moment I thought you were addressing me.

            Kind Regards,
            OTC

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        Does any speech in a democratic country enough to provoke violence sponsored by the State ?

        IT was the violence mindset of the Sinhala-Buddhist that lead led the country where it is now. Srilanka could have exceeded in every aspect ( literacy and economics ) and could have been a developed country if only the Sinhala only act was not passed and religion stay in the temples and not coming into the politics.

        TOO late

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          Dear Victor Ragunathan, you are changing the subject.

          Re “Does any speech in a democratic country enough to provoke violence sponsored by the State ?”

          The Violence that came about after GGP’s Navalapitiya Hate Speech was not state sponsored. It was a spontaneous reaction from the masses.

          Read the Hindu Organ Editorial that I provided.
          That was Tamil Opinion from the horses mouth.

          Re “IT was the violence mindset of the Sinhala-Buddhist that lead led the country where it is now.”

          Violence Mindset?

          My goodness Victor have you forgotten the VIOLENCE the minority Tamil Vellalas UNLEASHED on Tamils who were more that 60% of the population in the North? Luckily for the Indian origin Tamils they were not living amongst you but amongst the Sinhalese.

          “Becoming a Vellala involves assuming Vellala customs and gaining control over land. It is precisely for this reason that entire villages may be burnt down and people killed over trivial incident as a Pallar cutting his hair or wearing a shoe. For Vellala much is at stake.” Bryan Pfaffenberger in his book, ‘Caste in Tamil Culture’

          “When I moved to Hatton and later to Colombo, I found a very different world. It was a transforming experience for me and my wife to find that our workmates, mostly Sinhalese would actually sit with us and share a cup of tea. We found that we could go to night school and study without being threatened, beaten up, or go and borrow books, and do things that would bring swift retribution ‘back in the North’; our dwellings would have been torched and our women raped with impunity” Sebastian Rasalingam who is a Low Cast Jaffna Tamil married to an Indian origin Tamil lady from Hatton.

          The above is an extract from a what he wrote on 28 November 2012. on DBS Jayaraj’s blog http://dbsjeyaraj.com/dbsj/archives/12770

          Note what he says about the Sinhalese, it is in stark contrast to what he says about his own, the Northerners.

          I can give you many more first person accounts of your violence from Tamils who underwent the violence and from other onlookers.

          Better step back from that line because your violent history has no parallel in modern Lankan history.

          Re “if only the Sinhala only act was not passed and religion stay in the temples and not coming into the politics”

          I do not agree with the Language Act. Tamil should have been made an official language along with Sinhala.

          However The Language Act was NEVER IMPLEMENTED in the North. What was implemented was the Reasonable use of Tamil Act and that too even before it was Gazetted in to Law. Get to know your History before parroting what racist politicians say.

          Secondly the protests started about a Year after the Language Act became Law according to a Tamil writer.

          Religion was always a part and parcel of politics. Buddhism for Millennia in the Sinhala Kingdoms, Hinduism for Centuries in the Tamil Kingdom, Catholicism during Portuguese, Dutch Reformed Christianity during the Dutch, Christianity of the English Church during the British. What we did not have was Islam because there was no Islamic kingdom in Lanka. Yet we had an advanced civilisation before the colonials arrived.

          You threw so much garbage in your first post maligning the Sinhalese.

          Kind Regards,
          OTC

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          Dear Victor Ragunathan,

          Well Victor are you still thinking how to respond?

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      What did Mr Chelvanayakam aimed for? Not a separate state? Yes, you get your Federal state but leave Wellawatte, Kotahena etc. You have proved that you Tamils cannot live with Sinhalese who have tried their best to keep harmony. You deserve no better people than Tamils themselves and no better leaders than The terrorist Prabhakaran.

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    I don’t think DJ will ever recover from the psychotic attack he had with the loss of this election. His illness cannot be treated by psycho analaysis or any medication. He is now becoming violent and possibly self-harm himself.

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      Mr Kandiah is no match to DJ. What Mr Kandiah writes is mere words, no facts. His articles are no more of quality than an essay by a bad secondary school student. For example, look at how he has mentioned all the States in Australia, just to increase the number of words in his essay. Probably he does not know the States in the USA and thus has refrained from naming them.
      Also,to show perhaps that he is an ‘educated’, he has mentioned Newton. Such an example, in particular, in the way Mr K has mentioned it here can only be expected from a secondary school student.

      Also, he says giving more powers to the NPC does not separate the country. These are mere words by Mr K. Contrarily, DJ supports his words with facts and says why giving such powers would be detrimental. Most who comment here supporting Mr K’s article are people brain-washed by LTTE propaganda. No doubt about it.

      Yes, you all will get a Federal state in the North thanks to greedy Western politicians and NGOs who live on LTTE blood money. But remember, that will be the day all Tamils in the South (Wellawatte,Kotahena, Wattala etc.) who are enjoying all freedom without a separate country, will have to leave for their new Federal state.

      Mr K. mentions Australia as an example for what the Tamils have been asking for. But he does not know or does not want to write that all States in Australia are for all Australians, not separate states for one ethnic group to ‘maintain their culture’or to call ‘homeland’. Mr K. may be thinking that Sri Lankans are fools but they are not. Again I should emphasise that Mr K. is no way near DJ. This is obviously evident when comparing the articles from these two.

      Mr K. does not have to tell us that the new generation uses FB. The fact is it is not the young generation who would win the Federal state, using FB but it would be LTTE blood money, which they earned through extortion, drug trafficking etc., will ultimately help.

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    But then if you are not Sinhalese you are not sri lankan snd according to mahhavamsa only half human. Remember that DJs grand ma read Mahavamsa to DJ. It would be best to arrange your grandma to take DJ for a walk around and round temple trees. It is time to train that catholic to be a a good Hindu to walk round and round the temple to increase the chance of entry to heaven.

    He will have a better chace that way than realeasing his conveluted communall bile in CT.He is nit wasting his time in CT.By subjecting himself to attack by minorities and moderates he is building his Sinhalese Hard core credetials with the intent of marketing it to the highest bidder.

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      According to the Mahavamsa half humans are those who are not Sinhala Buddhist, but it says that the said race resulted following copulation baetwen a Lion and a Princly damsel, then does it imply that the resulting progeny of that is also half human?
      Will DJ be able to unravel this puzzle?

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      What did Mr Chelvanayakam aimed for? Not a separate state? Yes, you get your Federal state but leave Wellawatte, Kotahena etc. You have proved that you Tamils cannot live with Sinhalese who have tried their best to keep harmony. You deserve no better people than Tamils themselves and no better leaders than The terrorist Prabhakaran.

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        sj

        “Yes, you get your Federal state but leave Wellawatte, Kotahena etc.”

        You give them the federal state first and ethnically cleanse them from Wellawatte, Kotahena etc, as you did with the upcountry hard working Tamils just after 1948.

        “You have proved that you Tamils cannot live with Sinhalese who have tried their best to keep harmony”

        First Sinhala/Buddhists better learn to keep harmony among Sinhala speaking people then let us take stock of the past 150 years of peace living.

        Remember 1883, 1915, 1956/58, 1977, 1983, 1971, 1987-91, 30 years, are milestones in the harmonic history of this island.

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          Dear Non Veddha,

          Re “You give them the federal state first”

          No problem.
          What are the boundaries?

          Re “and ethnically cleanse them from Wellawatte, Kotahena etc,”

          No interest in ethnic cleansing, let them remain.
          The ONLY ethnic cleansing that happened in Lanka, happened in the North and was a Tamil project.

          The North was successfully ethnically cleansed of the Muslims and the Sinhalese, establishing the ONLY MONO ETHNIC region in Lanka.

          Re “..as you did with the upcountry hard working Tamils just after 1948”

          This is a new one.
          How was this achieved?
          Is the upcountry a MONO ETHNIC region?

          Re “Remember 1883, 1915, 1956/58, 1977, 1983, 1971, 1987-91, 30 years, are milestones in the harmonic history of this island.”

          Why, is their a common factor in them?
          Can you please identify it?

          Can you list the reason for identifying each of them as a “milestones in the harmonic history of this island” ?

          You have omitted the following years

          1871, 1923, 1929, 1931, 1939.

          Was it by design or oversight?

          Kind Regards,
          OTC

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    Every article that Dr DJ writes prompts hundreds of comments or responses in essay form, from a range of erudite Singhalese and Tamils. Some he deigns to reply to, the others wish for a bit of attention but are heartbroken when a Dayan reply if not forthcoming. He must love it.

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      What I find about DJ is just another Wimal Weerawansa a.k.a Weerasangali Pannikiyage Wimalasena though DJ can be proud of his parents have money to send him for some descent education.

      DJ need to stop this habit of kissing the backside of dicators, starting from Premadas to Rajapaksa.

      Strange that DJ together with like minded Hudson Samarasinghe etc, are never going to learn a lesson.

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    Dear Kandiah

    I hold Dayan very dear to my heart. I am very sad he is going / gone bonkers. Just like you I have been wondering what is ailing him. You have diagnosed his problem as loneliness, having been left alone by everyone.

    I diagnosed his problem differently.

    Under his farticle “India-USA-China: The New Government’s Foreign Policy” published on 16th February I commented as follows:

    Quote:
    It is so sad to see that our very own Political Scientist Dayan Jayatillaka is very sick. As I see it he has two problems that need attention:

    1. The wrinkles around the rear orifice need reaming out

    2. The gray matter inside his head needs rearranging.

    Any volunteers?
    Unquote.

    In case you are willing to reconsider your diagnosis, and agree with me, will you like to volunteer to administer my remedy?

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      The problem is too much of Ethyl OH and his Thiamine is deficient.

      Can’t fix the supra-tentorial problem

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      “1. The wrinkles around the rear orifice need reaming out “

      apply some lubricant and call ranil.

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      Indra,

      Please dont be thst foul in your remedies.There is a Dayan in every Sinhalese and There is VP in ebert Tamil. Then thete are anton types who provife lubrication for communal crime.Dayan is judt one supplier there are enough suppliers in the Tamil community too.

      Its time the rest realize this and they have.

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    Kanthaiya,

    DJ is not listening.

    If DJ takes time to read the comments to his written diarrhoea on CT he could stop, think and write something that people would find sensible. He is on a crusade, wants to be a prophet who can foretell the future, he is all- knowing and omnipotent, knows everything about everything. Like the self proclaimed prophets of an invisible god, they never listen or stop to argue. So they tell and we listen. So is DJ, he writes and we must read.

    Poor chap; he was totally ignored by MARA who he buttered up so much. If only DJ took a minute to understand MARA’s mind set, he would have known that MARA was most uncomfortable with the elite, and English language skills are associated with the elite. If DJ wrote what he wrote in Sinhala MARA would have easily taken him under his wings.

    Perhaps DJ may listen to your donkey. Where is he by the way.

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    HLD Mahindapala will probably write a reply on behalf, to Mr VK !

    Good one again Mr Kanthaiya. Thank you.

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    For this writer, Unity in diversity is something like VK’s Nintendo Playstation 3 for his grandmother!

    While the rest of the world is accepting the diversity and moving on, this man seems to be still hiding in the caves. If he thinks he is smart enough, he would change his ways of thinking and write constructive things on unity in this island. I challenge that he cannot think in those terms as he still is dealing with his traumatic childhood with his grandma. I did feel sad by reading his earlier article where he mentions about his childhood.

    I don’t know who this person is, but the fellow forum writers may know better. You say he lost everyone and is lonely, he lost his own family too? Fellow forum writers, please show mercy to this man. Let him write and just ignore his wailings.

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      Sorry for my confusing comment. This is what I meant:

      For DJ, Unity in diversity is something like VK’s Nintendo Playstation 3 for his grandmother! While the rest of the world is accepting the diversity and moving on, this man seems to be still hiding in the caves. If he thinks he is smart enough, he would change his ways of thinking and write constructive things on unity in this island. I challenge that DJ cannot think in those terms as he still is dealing with his traumatic childhood with his grandma. I did feel sad by reading his earlier article where he mentions about his childhood. I don’t know who this person (DJ) is, but the fellow forum writers may know better. You say DJ lost everyone and is lonely, DJ lost his own family too? Fellow forum writers, please show mercy to this man. Let DJ write and just ignore his wailings.

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    DJ IS WRRITING ALL ARTICLE TO SHOW THAT HE IS ACTIVE AND TRIYING DRAW THE ATTENTION OF MAITHIRI AND MANGALA TO SECURE A DPL-POSTING.

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    V Kanthaiya.
    Each of those former Yugoslav states have an exclusive ethnicity in their own right. They do not have a gigantic Mother-country nearby to swamp each of the others.

    Each of the States of America and Australia have the White American domination unified under the English language and heritage, and so we can’t even talk about them as comparison.

    Each State of India is of a humongous hegemonic Ethnic group. So, TN spilling over into Sri Lanka is the odd-man anomalous-entity out.

    Times have definitely changes since colonization. Now we have democratic governments, so different from the Agrarian feudal systems.

    Now, it’s all about buying and selling in the global marketplace. When a country has a border with the sea, and there is a huge Mother-country to the North of it, for logistic purposes (besides the myriad of other logical and instinctual axioms and necessities), it is the right of the 4/5th majority to own the whole Island. And if persons want to hanker after the mother-countries who speak their language and act their mannerisms, then they should migrate.

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      ~correction: Each…..has

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    Kanthaiya, DJ is a born loser and the more he writes the more he displays his stupidity and inherent egoism. DJ needs to see a pschyatrist, the guy is lost with nowhere to go. Dont be surprised if this turncoat now starts praising RW in the hope of a foreign posting. Another self proclaimed expert like the terrorism expert Rohan Guneratne from Singapore. We do not hear form this so called self proclaimed terror expert any more. Wonder where this imbecile is hiding now. Should have him investigated because he was part of the Rajapakse mafia.

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    [Edited out] Dayan, this time it is the flattening of all three!

    Just check the state of the woodwork as you wend your merry way back to the pavilion!

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    very fine article.devolution is like the stiches that keep the cloth to gether.When the banda-chelva pact and the dudley -chelva pact was torn up the seperatism started just like in the former yugoslavia.

    Now there should be full implementation of the 13th amendment.After that we should wait till the next NPC elections and see the composition of the NPC and give a little more devolution.You can’t give a big dose of devolution immediately because it will be politically unpalatable for the sinhalese leaders who have to work with the tamil leaders and first eradicate the mistrust that has accumulated between the communities due to this unnecessary and long civil war.Tamil leaders must learn to behave and keep their mouths shut without vote getting rhetoric and sinhala leaders must try to sort out all the knotty problems that tamil in the north east are facing.Implementation of the LLRC recommendations will be greatly helpful to this process.

    Though time is running out to stop the cloth from being torn into two and then sometime later into 3 and four,it it never too late to fightback by trying to go on the correct path and hope for the best

    God willing we will be one day be a united prosperous country again.

    We can’t fight against our fate,but that does not mean that we should not try to do our best to follow the correct principles and make the right decisions,so that we can tell the future generations that we did do our best to rectify the damage done by our parents generations to give them a united,peaceful and prosperous country.

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    Kanthaiya – You guys still don’t ‘get it’ – DJ is a [Edited out]

    I’m sure he will be thoroughly dissatisfied with your ‘humane’ approach and genuine concern for his well-being, preferring instead if you instructed your donkey to give him a swift kick in the ass.

    Some folk never learn!

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    I often wonder why you and many other columnists in CT are born as Srilankans / or Ceylonese ( those who were born before 1972 ) and people like Political Scientist Dr.DJ , Malinda Senevaratne , HLDM are born as Sinhala Extremists ? Is it fate or good Karma in their previous birth made them Sinhalese Extremists ?

    Why can’t these three and the likes analyse and find or recommend a permanent solution to Srilankan the inherent and intractable race, language and relgious issues that have been there for more than 100 years now.

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    Er…and the NPC’s GENOCIDE resolution which goes unmentioned by the writer? Perhaps The Hindu had been afflicted by the DJ syndrome when it ran three news stories and an Editorial about it…:))

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      you should check Meena Sirinivasan’s twitter account. She said ‘Even after the genocide resolution GOSL is going ahead with resettlement of refugees and releasing land HSZ land’

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      So how do you feel MR ?

      So long your et al is existing, sinhala racism will lead all kind of dishoarmony between communities int he country.

      What would the society feel, if you would shut your cesspit for ever ?

      Answer: Many among lanken society would feel we should all be united and find the permaent solution for the minority problem.

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      Hindu and other tabloids would collect any rubssh from lanken press and publish them there, they dont think before leaping so.So that can not say anything Mr DJ. Please check the archives and get you corrected.

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      Dr.DJ the resolution by NPC had spelled out the events and then called it Genocide. There is nothing wrong in questioning the resolution but then you will have prove those events don’t amount to Genocide.
      There is no question that you have been one of the sharpest diplomats at one time and I am sure memory has not failed you so ask yourself whether these events does not come under the definition of genocide as defined by UN.

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      Do you know ‘The Hindu’ also publishes a Tamil version that editorially supported CVW and shows great respect for him? They have different editors for the Tamil version but the same paper advocates different things based on the audience.

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    Let me tell you a hilarious but true story.
    A very serious minded and senior gentleman told me a few days ago that he regularly reads DJ, but not the article, only the comments. They are so enjoyable he says.

    (Maybe that’s what Bedrock Barney should also start doing).

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    To be fair to Dayan, Dayan has never asked to limit powers of NPC. He has been a vociferous supporter of 13A which made him to lose his post in UN. If the writer actually read what Dayan is saying he won’t make this allegation unless of course his grandmother read this and relate it to him.

    Dayan is against the weakening of the unitary nature of SL.

    Posters are put up against Sampandan simply because he joined independence celebrations. Wiggie has given all the signals on what can happen if NPC is made more autonomous. You can’t expect Sinhala people to ignore all these. As Indian intelligence officials told to TNA MPs in Kandy indian embassy, Wiggie has dropped a nuclear bomb.

    Tamil parties will always fight with each other and try to outdo each other. But they will use racism and tamil nationalism to outdo each other just like that happened in history. The attempt of outdoing the other political party in establishing who the best tamil nationalist is, ended ultimately with LTTE. The circle has already begun.

    And we don’t trust international community either. We trust only ourselves.

    It is poor comprehension to compare US with SL and even India with SL. Even a country in the other side of the planet can’t escape US power and you are pointing at states in US not going away from US federation. Seriously?

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      sach

      The very very very very stupid

      “To be fair to Dayan, Dayan has never asked to limit powers of NPC.”

      Dayan was a great supporter of 13th Amendment so long as it is not applied to Northern Provincial Council. He went to the extend of denying the people of North the democratic rights to elect its own Provincial members.

      Here is the story from horse’s own mouth:

      Set up an interim administration for North comprising non-anti LTTE moderate Tamils under a distinguished Tamil Governor
      13 February 2012, 8:41 pm
      by Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

      http://transcurrents.com/news-views/archives/8001

      Excerpt:

      It is by no means necessary to prolong the present politico-institutional vacuum in the North. Existing legislation and presidential power permit the setting up of an Interim Administration or Interim Council. This was declared by JR Jayewardene in September 1987 and rejected by Prabhakaran, and considered on several occasions by President Kumaratunga, while never implemented.

      This then is the way to cut the Gordian knot: set up an Interim Administration for the North, vested with the powers of the 13th amendment except perhaps for police powers.

      It can consist entirely of Tamil political and civic personalities of proven moderate views and non/anti-Tiger track records such as SC Chandrahasan (Mr SJV Chelvanayakam’s son), V Anandasangaree, D Siddharthan of PLOTE, Sritharan (‘Sugu’) of the EPRLF, Nesan Shanker Raji of EROS and Douglas Devananda.

      Appoint a distinguished Tamil governor for the province. Let the TNA speak out and participate in parliament. A prolonged peacetime spell in a parliamentary political life at the centre will draw that party out of its ethnic enclave and dysfunctional ‘domestic Diaspora’ mentality, absorbing the MPs into the mainstream.

      sach

      Will you now go back to your arm chair and doze off for the good of the country? V Kanthaiya has had good deal of experience with his grand mother I am sure he will be of tremendous help to you. Just ask.

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        I understand you have started a special liking to Kanthaiya’s grand mother. You can engage with her about her childhood games. Actually that is a better way of spending your time.

        And regarding Dayan. The very reason he was sidelined by MR was his steadfast support to 13A. I remember even Mahesh Nirmalan acknowledged that in comment section.

        I suggest you to read and comprehend before you start commenting. You are a racist idiot hiding behind a vaddha..as i always say a waste of oxygen.

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          sach

          Dayan wanted to deny local democracy to a section of the population where other regions have been enjoying its democratic rights for more than 20 years and opposed the very idea of 13th amendment to a particular community/region.

          Dayan’s recommendation of members for his interim council was/is laughable and am still laughing.

          Will you now go back to your arm chair and doze off for the good of the country? V Kanthaiya has had good deal of experience with his grand mother I am sure he will be of tremendous help to you. Just ask.

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            Would you please read what Dayan had stated. He has been a huge supporter of 13 Amendment and the very reason Dayan was ousted was him asking to have the NPC election. Please talk about things you know. As a person resident in CT you should know this.

            Dayan has always been a supporter of 13A.

            And you had no issue when this population was denied of democracy for 30 years by Prabha. Dont talk nonsense.

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              sach

              “Dayan has always been a supporter of 13A.”

              In reality, not for Northern Province. Otherwise why would he want to deny democratic rights to the Northerners when the rest of the island does enjoy limited devolution?

              “And you had no issue when this population was denied of democracy for 30 years by Prabha. Dont talk nonsense.”

              I did have issues with democracy when LTTE was controlling and terrorizing the entire island.

              Go check Tamil Canadian, Lanka e news, D B S Jeyaraj, Transcurrent, …………. etc.

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                Aney gono, 13 A was introduced for the N and E. When a person says he supports 13A that means he supports devolution. Is it that hard for you to understand. Going by what you say, it is apparent you lack commonsense, but never knew your ability is that low.

                When I said Dayan was ousted by MR, because he asked to have NPC elections, what is that instead of asking for democracy for so called N? And idiot, East had elections and 13A was in practice soon after east was liberated by LTTE in 2008.

                Please go and read a newspaper, uneducated fool.

                And the only one who brought democracy to N and E was Mahinda R from the clutches of barbarian Prabha.

                I didnt ask whether you looked for democracy in SL when LTTE was there. SL had democracy even during that period. But the areas held by LTTE did not have any democracy. My question was did not you have this urgency and love for democracy when LTTE was around in LTTE areas….we know who you are. I cant waste my time looking for what you say in other sites.

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    Dayan’s psycoanalysis aside, ever wondered why what happened to Richard de Zoysa, Kethese Loganathan, Taraki Sivaram, Lasantha Wickrematunge etc never happened to DJ? Despite his ‘anti-establishment’ facade, DJ always knows his masters and serve them well. Just give him some time and he will re-orient himself with new powers to neon no time to get a diplomatic position.

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    Dayan’s psychoanalysis aside, ever wondered why what happened to Richard de Zoysa, Kethese Loganathan, Taraki Sivaram, Lasantha Wickrematunge etc never happened to DJ? Despite his ‘anti-establishment’ facade, DJ always knows his masters and serve them well. Just give him some time and he will re-orient himself with new powers to neon no time to get a diplomatic position.

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    Dear Mr. Kanthiya
    Try to make it short

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    Good points you have made Mr Kanthaiya. Your reference to the 35 States in India is very apt. It is the obtuseness of the Sinhalese political leadership that leads to more strident calls for autonomy by the Tamil people.

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      Seriously ? dont you understand the utter stupidity in pointing at India as an example? Do you really think India and SL are the same with same power?

      If this is the opinion of so called intelligentia then, sad about SL future

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        sach

        “Do you really think India and SL are the same with same power? “

        What about switzerland and srilanka?

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          I am not much knowledgeable on switzerland. So i wont comment on that.

          I suppose talking with you is not a time waste like talking with CT’s Aswer.

          SL has a much larger tamil speaking region next to SL and India. And as history and present has shown India will always have clout among tamils in SL. A devolved SL means the control of SL going out of SL in the hands of out siders.
          A devolved tamil region will not have autonomy. They will become a vassal state of india though theoretically under SL name. Same case like Cyprus.

          For the good of the whole of srilankans (including tamils) the power should be centrally held. Tamils can very well take part in the power structure from center. The result of whole this saga is both tamils and sinhalese will lose their sovereignty. There was a reason even LTTE went war against India.

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        sach

        “Do you really think India and SL are the same with same power?”

        If Sri Lanka is not match for Hindia why don’t you just declare Sri Lanka as the Sinhala state of Hindia and ignore your ignorance while Sirisena is mending relation with Hindia?

        Now you know who did win the war for MR.

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          please read the cr@p you write, a waste of oxygen

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    A very good analysis of what ails DJ. Agree with the writer on the need for meaningful devolution. It is the only way forward to get rid of many grievances which will eventually leave no room for discontent. Of course this is too much for people like DJ who will be out of work.

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    Excellent VK.
    Keep writing.

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    [Edited out]

    We are sorry, the comment language is English – CT

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      Ananda-USA

      “[Edited out]”

      Sorry we are unable to decode your interlinear inscription.

      “We are sorry, the comment language is English – CT”

      Did he write his/her comment in

      Prakrit,
      Pali,
      Sanskrit,
      Elu,
      Old Sinhala,
      Elamite
      Ahom
      Aka-Bea
      Aka-Bo
      Aka-Cari
      Aka-Jeru
      Aka-Kede
      Aka-Kol
      Aka-Kora
      Akar-Bale
      Oko-Juwoi
      Arwi
      Lubanki
      Latin,
      Hadramautic
      Himyarite
      Minaean
      Nabatean
      Qatabanian
      Sabaean
      Azari
      …..
      …..

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    When you people talk about devolving power, what model you are having in mind? Like in the USA devolving power to Red Indians? Or Australians to the Aboriginese or to Tamils in Malaysia or to the Irish in Nothern Ireland? Elicit me, I am confused.

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      paul

      you don’t devolve power to people like aborogines in australia.You devolve powers to regions.If the aborogines are predominantly in the northern territory that is okay.It is the geographical region that you devolve power to,not anyone specifically.nothing to stop people moving from one region to another and changing the demography if they wish to.

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      paul

      “Elicit me, I am confused.”

      Local problem needs local solution.

      I believe the “marginal majority” had stopped thinking, on 4 February 1948 the day the country was handed back to the people.

      After 67 years will the marginal majority able to think, think inventively, to achieve a win win situation for all communities?

      What has happened to the much avowed home grown solution with Southern consensus? Are you still working on it or have you switched on to the usual mode?

      By any chance you are related to sach the very very very very stupid.

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    “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.”

    Personally gaurantee? You are not even president. Not everyone shares your view.

    Dayan has nothing to fear.

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    Incredibly well written article…spot on

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    Dr DJ syndrome is should be called Dr Denied Justice syndrome. For this you don’t need to be educated.

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