19 September, 2020

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The Election Result And The Intelligentsia 

By Dayan Jayatilleka 

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

This is a note on an aspect of the election. The Sri Lankan intelligentsia belongs to roughly two categories. One is the camp which regards itself as the “jathika” or nationalist intelligentsia, is more exactly defined as the Sinhala nationalist intelligentsia and is probably most precisely defined as the Sinhala-Buddhist ultranationalist intelligentsia. 

The other camp is broadly definable as the pluralist democratic intelligentsia, which includes the liberal-cosmopolitan intelligentsia and the left-liberal intelligentsia.

The election result is a total victory for the “Jathika” or Sinhala ultranationalist intelligentsia. 

It is also a humiliating defeat for the liberal democratic intelligentsia.

This latter intelligentsia supported either the UNP or the JVP/NPP and sometimes converged or overlapped. Few, very few, deigned to support the SJB. 

The result shows that the UNP has been wiped out. The answer to the question “what happened to the UNP?’ is very simple: Ranil. Ranil happened to the UNP. For a quarter century. 

The point is, how come the intelligentsia went along with him? How come the relatively more educated and sophisticated could not see what a disaster he was?  

The JVP/NPP has edged the UNP into fourth place and claimed the number three spot. That would be a significant achievement if the bar had not been so abysmally low, with the UNP having committed hara-kiri. The JVP has managed to clear the 5% cutoff in very few places, and will consequently have very few seats. Bearing in mind that it was far more handsomely represented in parliament in the first decade of the 21st century, the current election results are hardly an impressive improvement. They are a steep drop.

In short, the UNP has been wiped out and the JVP has been almost wiped out in terms of seats. Thus, the two parties supported by the overwhelming percentage of the pluralist-democratic intelligentsia have proved a conspicuous failure. 

That tells you something about this camp of the intelligentsia. 

Meanwhile the party that the liberal intelligentsia turned up its nose at, led by the man it shunned, has established a near monopoly of the Oppositional space, barring the ITAK. 

That tells you something more about the neoliberal and left-liberal currents of the cosmopolitan intelligentsia.     

Perhaps the most striking datum is that in Colombo city (not the district), the metropolis with the most advanced consciousness and pluralist composition, neither the UNP nor the JVP survived, but the SJB swept through, defeating the mighty Pohottuwa.

This means that it is not merely a question of the ‘backward’ provinces rejecting the choices of the liberal intelligentsia. It is that the advanced city, in which such an intelligentsia usually is most at home, utterly rejected its choices and reciprocally, the intelligentsia not only failed to feel the pulse of the country at large, but even the cosmopolitan city.  

That leaves five choices. 

The liberal intelligentsia can defect to the ultranationalist camp. 

Or it can dream about a revival of the dead UNP. 

Or it can hang around the JVP which at this moment may not even get into double digits in terms of seats, or even improve on its tally in the last parliament. 

Or it can join Mangala’s new forum, which will be a prolongation and compounding of its errors, because Mangala’s neoliberal ideology from the CBK days (‘Sudu Nelum’) through the Ranil years (Geneva 2015, an over-emphasis and overly high profile for the LGBTIQ cause) mightily contributed to the Sinhala-Buddhist backlash which has now swept the hustings. 

The fifth option is a collective self-examination and rectification of its stance. 

It must ask itself how it pushed the policies over the past quarter century– CBK’s package, the Norwegian exercise (which John Hume publicly predicted was doomed to fail), the CFA, the non-unitary new constitution—contributed to the Sinhala backlash and how the intelligentsia brushed aside this manifest danger.   

Self-examination should also involve an assimilation of the lessons of the US Democrats, who have junked Hillary Clintonian neoliberalism while also choosing not to repeat the experience of UK Labor by opting for the Left and has instead settled on a progressive democratic center.   

The fifth option also crucially involves recognition and embrace by the intelligentsia of the SJB as the only democratic resistance with a mass base of any significant sort—and Sajith Premadasa as the only viable leadership alternative.

To shift to a more conceptual note, the intelligentsia must recognize that only a social-democratic reformist program can save Sri Lanka, and in the global South, the only feasible form of social democracy is a progressive, pluralist populism fused with a moderate nationalism.  

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  • 53
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    After reading this article I suddenly realized that Ranil is the only leader that the LTTE didn’t try to assassinate. Even they must have known he was useless.

    • 13
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      Mr. Westham,
      .
      That is a nice one……..

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      1970 like 1956 General Election results could be a close parallel.
      under the first past post electoral system, United Front consisting of SLFP, LSSP and CP led by charismatic Mrs Srimavo Bandaranaike obtained a comfortable 2/3 majority defeating many stalwarts from UNP, Federal Party, Tamil Congress.

      UNP won only 17 seats in the then 157 seat Parliament.

      It was foretasted that UNP was buried and it was an end.

      However as in 1956, UNP came back triumphantly in 1977 with massive 5/6 majority.

      Any resounding victory always create massive backlash and it usually ends in disaster for the country as well as for the victors.

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      Good one. Very funny

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      westham

      “After reading this article I suddenly realized that Ranil is the only leader that the LTTE didn’t try to assassinate.”

      You forgot, JR, Siri Mao, Somawansa, Indra Gandhi, Bill Clinton, Margaret Thatcher, Jacques Chirac, Otto von Bismarck, Saddam Hussein, ……………………………… Nelson Mandela, ….. Pol Pot, …

      • 4
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        Mr. Native Sudda,
        .
        Missed your medicine again…..?

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          S. C. Passqual, Soma, RAVI PERERA Sinhala Speaking Demela, Eagle Blind Eye all other Pundits:

          I received a clip from a contact its a piece from Tamil film.
          I couldn’t make head or tail of the song.
          Is it possible for you to transcribe the song and translate it into Sinhala or English:
          Tholvi Nilayena Ninaithaal from Oomai Vizhigal
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqhxLM_Ne5Y

          Thanks

          • 4
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            S. C. Passqual, Soma, RAVI PERERA Sinhala Speaking Demela, Eagle Blind Eye all other Pundits:

            Do you think it is a Tamil version of JVP’s propaganda film made in the late 1980s, almost all actors look and act like Sinhalese.

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              NV , yes it was directed by srilankan tamil and most of the actors were from Ceylon I guess

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                mani

                How are you?
                How do you handle Corona in the South?
                Corona did know about Gota hence did not harm the country that much.

                I have a number of questions:
                1.Why are you afraid of fight China?
                2. In the recent skirmishes India lost 20 and China nil.
                3. China has already encircled India. What are you doing about it?
                4. What has happened to your Chandrayan 2?
                5. Kamal believes India is a sh*t country yet you are keen to protect Sri Lanka physically as well as financially why? China, Sri Lanka’s historical ally in many fronts; Defence Sec( http://www.dailymirror.lk/breaking_news/China-Sri-Lankas-historical-ally-in-many-fronts-Defence-Sec/108-193092 )

                Take care

      • 2
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        great piece of entertainment vedda

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          RAVI PERERA Sinhala speaking Demela

          “great piece of entertainment vedda”

          Have fun, its free.
          By the way have you had chance to consult your handlers at your favourite Hindian house after the elections?

    • 4
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      but RW claims credit for splitting the LTTE

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      I added a ‘like’ to your comment, westham.
      During LTTE hay days the only one who could have a peaceful night’s sleep was this crafty b*****d, not even Thalaivar worshiping Tamil political masters. Calculation of this crafty b*****d was simple:
      It is better to be called a traitor by the Sinhalese than getting a bullet through the head.

      Soma

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        soma

        “During LTTE hay days the only one who could have a peaceful night’s sleep was this crafty b*****d, “

        Are you quoting two different persons?
        Who is the “crafty b*****d”?

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        Soma
        But JVP bullets awaited people called a traitor by the Sinhalese in 1988-89.
        BTW
        Did the LTTE target MR? They were doing business with him in 2005.

  • 36
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    first of all give credit where its due. Rajapaksa’s out foxed every one.
    intelligentsia is a minority in the country…rural folks rule the day …Rajapakses understood that.

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      Rajash

      “Rajapaksa’s out foxed every one.”

      I would rather congratulate the Chief Election Commissioner.

      • 4
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        Mr. Native Sudda,
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        Yes.
        Of course.
        .
        Running a independent commission with people like Whole Idiot who has various hidden agendas is not an easy task.

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          S. C. Passqual

          “Running a independent commission with people like Whole Idiot who has various hidden agendas is not an easy task.”

          What are you talking about?
          The agenda is no longer hidden.

          It is to embolden and empower Olive and Saffron brigades so that they could enter your home anytime, strip search you and your women folks, extending it to cavity check, certify their virginity, then use them as their sex slaves.

          You are indeed an ultra liberal to tolerate all these actions or a real pervert to enjoy watching saffronstas enjoying themselves.

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        Native Vedda – are you saying Chief Election Commissioner colluded with the Rajapakses to give them 2/3rd on a plate?

        Is there any suspicious activity behind Sumanthiran’s win. There was some incident out side Jaffana Central College

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      Do you think that members of the ‘intelligentsia’ are politically educated? Look at the long list of SLPP supporters.
      Also, how does one define this class of ‘intelligentsia’? People who do not sweat except in the gym or after a spot of jogging?

  • 25
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    A smart analysis. Glad to see Ranil, Ravi K and others heading for the exit. Now, Mahinda does not have to make deals with SJB types to secure a 2/3 majority. That is probably the only positive outcome of the landslide.

    Interesting times ahead.

  • 8
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    Old Codger

    Is this another position out of the 64?
    Or is it a hybrid of a few positions?

    Have you packed your bags?

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      Native,
      Maybe this is his real position, because he’s not going to be Foreign Minister.

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        Native,
        Still, not to worry. It cannot be long before disillusion kicks in. It’s all downhill from here.

  • 14
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    The gods work in mysterious ways.
    Due to the arrogance and the stupidity of the warring factions in the grand old party the UNP who were shitting on their intelligence me a long-distance loyal supporter have to bow my head in defeat and say a hurrah crime oozing SLPP for having crept through the slight slit in the open door which has now enabled them to squat on the royal latrine for another 5 years.
    #
    This is why I have a go at the Yakko community, they are so cocky – swollen-headed they think that the Lord Buddha along with the Cardinal have made the sun continuously shine on their sordid backsides.
    #
    The clowns in the UNP just could not capitalize on the gift of the arrival of the coronavirus-19 which saw and still the Kalla kallathoni with his immediate fellow rogues and the mighty always indulging in hora boru activities were too clever to the antics of the broken-down stupidest of them all office bearers of the UNP.
    #
    I feel sad for all the loyal card-carrying fees paid members and their die-hard loyalists.
    #
    At least now after being bitten many never shy brainless nitwits eat humble pie unite to live to fight on another day.

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      And…..
      .
      Thank you Mr. rj1952.
      .
      For keeping General Public in line. With your timely insults and bad words against Sinhalese.
      .
      By the way……
      Its nice to here you thought “arrival of the coronavirus-19” as a gift to UNP.
      .
      Thank you again.

      • 3
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        …..nice to hear you…..

  • 12
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    Dr. Jayatillake,

    Why do you see this election result as a problem with intellectuals-not of political leadership of different kinds? In Sri Lanka with colonialism and neocolonialism there is a ‘dependent’ intelligentsia. Ideally ,ideas generated by intelligentsia matter for a country but given the dire economic , political and social conditions existing in society and the multiple sufferings that people undergo, voters seem to have decided to go with political elements they see as NATIVE compared to COSMOPOLITAN and Elitist (in the case of UNP) for stable government. Nativity is symbolised to the masses through various means. I do not need to elaborate this…. Broken promises by the previous government must have been a key factor too.

    • 9
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      Mr. Siri,
      .
      Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka is using the wrong word “intelligentsia”. Correct word is “cult”.
      There is nothing intellectual or intelligent in the society he refer.
      Those are few art/art or art/law graduates who thinks they have a divine authority to control how we think.

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      siri

      “Why do you see this election result as a problem with intellectuals-not of political leadership of different kinds?”

      He will change his position yet again tonight.
      He desperately needs a job.
      Gota hasn’t given him any credit for his advocacy of winning elections with majority of the majority votes or relentless campaign against Ranil Wickremesinghe.
      Next he will engage himself in attacking Sambandan, Sumandran, Ranil, Vigneswaran, …

      Life must go on.

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    I’m not sure if any group of people who made such a horrendous choice could be called some kind of “intelligentsia.” But I know for certain that “intelligence” was involved. That is, GOTA’S DEEP STATE INTELLIGENCE behind the Easter bombings is the real architect of this ominous achievement.

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      Mr. Ajay,
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      Please read the article before shooting your mouth away.
      .
      Of course you are correct.
      So called stupid ““intelligentsia” made a “horrendous choice” by putting “Yahapalana” setup on our head.
      Never again.

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      Ajay….I have posted these facts numerous Times but hardly got any reply….!

      when Bombers at the Hotels Detonated the bombs …. ..it was not in the blue print……Shragrella [Preparing for his breakfast on the que]…Sinamon [ Talking on the phone at the dining table]….Kingsbury [ the guy is waiting pacing back and forth again waiting for some or for a call]…. as all ways there are more than enough Hi Profile Churches but these guys chose churches occupied by very low income marginalised communities [ Kochchikade was brilliant- right at the heart of Capital yet majority were poor Catholics]……….excuse me like this is what the Australian & UK Counter terror experts analysis yet out Security nor Bastard Journalists didn’t had the brains to think it through…….

      you think who ever came to power with such murderous acts will ever produce anything fruitful………God will punish these Bastard…just wait let’s see how there dream plan will workout…..

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        Mr. Proud Sinhala Fascist,
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        It’s nice to hear you classified……….
        #. Shrine of St. Anthony Church
        #. Cinnamon Grand Hotel,
        #. Kingsbury Hotel
        #. Shangri-La Hotel
        ……….as “”occupied by very low income marginalized communities””
        .
        .
        .

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          S. C. Pasqual You Over educated Lunatic P * I *G……Aiyse Yako……Low income Marginalised Communities were the Churches …gon harako……

          the other three Hotel bombs were the pending Bombers………. these bombers were to be sent for the other Churches [thought to be in Colombo 03/04]…… and they were awaiting for their Targets…..Hotel provides the perfect hideouts…..so Conspiracy was Hotel bombs were Remotely detonated…but flip side is bombers weren’t aware of the failed safe capability for detonation of their devices ……but then again you are a Retired SL armed forces employed CT Troller…..and you s.o.b must be proud of all you scum have achieved so much…..thanks alot for saving us from LTTTTEEEEEE…..

  • 16
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    What is this guy on about? DJ, who is one member of the ‘intelligensia’ (mostly consisting of postbox PHDs regardless of what party they support) that supported the UNP? Nobody supported the UNP, which is evident in the results.

    Of course, DJ wants to rush and claim that he was the only member of the ‘intelligensia’ (of which he is in a class by himself) that supported the SJB.

    I am sure his discussions for another cushy post will begin with the SLPP tomorrow, followed by new reams of articles claiming how the SLPP is the best thing since sliced bread and how he supported them throughout.

    By the way, your TERR(OR)ible buddy Douggy boy seems to be in with a fighting chance.

    • 8
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      Walter Bagehot

      “Nobody supported the UNP, which is evident in the results.”

      Please refer your question to the Chief Election Commissioner. How is his daughter who was stranded somewhere in Europe. Has Gota brought her back to her parents?

      Just curious, why weren’t the ballots counted throughout the evening as was the custom in the past?

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        Mr. Native Sudda,
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        As far as I know chief election commissioner’s daughter is a doctor who works at Lady Ridgeway hospital. A very decent nice lady doctor.
        .
        She has never being stranded somewhere in Europe.
        .
        You are a bloody liar.

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          May be you are referring to Prof. Ratnajeevan Hoole’s daughter.
          Who got caught roaming around Election Commission Office during her home quarantine period.
          Wonder what she was doing there…….
          May be cleaning toilets.

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          S. C. Passqual

          “She has never being stranded somewhere in Europe.
          You are a bloody liar.”

          I am sorry it was a genuine mistake on my part, never intended to insult her however read the story:

          EC Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya In Hot Water After Favour From Gota To Bring Son Home
          MAY 6, 2020AUTHOR: COLOMBO TELEGRAPH
          https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/expose-ec-chairman-mahinda-deshapriya-in-hot-water-after-favour-from-gota-to-bring-son-home/

          Lets see what happens

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    I’m not sure if any group of people who made such a horrendous choice could be called some kind of “intelligentsia.” But I know for certain that “intelligence” was indeed involved. That is, GOTA’S DEEP STATE INTELLIGENCE behind the Easter bombings is the real architect of this ominous achievement.

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    I have doubt in Ranil’s case. My suspicion is whether there is sabotage initiated by Rajapakasa and Sajith Premadasa. Wellawate, Bambalapitiya, Colpetty, Cinnapon Gardens, Haveloch Road, Narhenpitiya , Kotahena and Mattakkuliya are his fort. As he was getting about 500,000 votes each time, this time is an unexpectedly very low. I think China has a hand in it as Ranil was backed by USA, UK and the Western Powers together with India. Ranil is one who stood firmly that the eastern section of the Colombo Port City should be awarded to India and Japan to which Maithiripala Srisena strongly objected. I think some foul play has taken place.
    Moreover while the counting was going at the Jaffna Central College, Mrs.Sasikala Raviraj remained 2nd throughout the count. But after the arrival of M.Sumanthiran her place was pushed down all of a sudden. Thereafter it is alleged that Sumanthiran & Ankajan were seen at the counting centre. Will anyone come out with the truth as to what happened.

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      I am sorry. It is not Ankajan. It is Sajanthan. Moreover, Sasikala remained in the 2nd place when 90% of the votes were counted.

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      Mr. AYATHURAY RAJASINGAM,
      .
      Is it so difficult for you people to accept the truth…….
      .
      Why don’t you complain to EC of your concerns.
      Do you really think that Mr. Sumanthiran can influence counting of preferential votes..?

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      China had a hand in every thing since they fought their secret war with the LTTE.
      When MR was shakey, they first conspired with Ranil to make Sirisena President.
      Then they conspired with Arjuna Mahendran to put Ranil in trouble.
      Then they conspired with Sirisena to make trouble for Ranil.
      While the two quarrelled they conspired with the godfathers of Islamic fundamentalism to plant bombs on Easter Sunday.
      Then they got round the Cardinal to stir trouble for the comic duo.
      Then they sent a special breed of what the very nice man Trump calls the Chinese virus to Sri Lanka that did not do much harm.
      Now the country has a family that saved it from the LTTE and the virus, which will now save the country from everything but the Family, unhindered.
      *
      “Will anyone come out with the truth as to what happened.”
      I will, but do not repeat it.
      Sumanthiran got Ankajan to get the Chinese to do the trick. The pair was hanging around to ensure that none saw the Chinese tampering with ballot papers with ink erasers and ball pens after using magic fumes that put all in the counting room including the counting officers to sleep.

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    The election results have revealed the damage done by the Sumanthiran-Ranil Coalition. Ranil and UNP didn’t win. We don’t know if Ranil will return to parliament. But Sumanthiran lost still returning to parliament by threatening the only woman candidate won from North East. I am disappointed to see the fake woman (WNW) organization has not responded the cries of the murdered Raviraj’s wife and her family. I hope the other Sinhala MPs may play back those video clips & ask Sumanthiran about the story of his returning to parliament. For all these, TNA had given a pledge that it will not allow lost candidates become MPs. Last time, Santhi was elected through national list, though she lost because TNA didn’t have any female MPs. This time TNA acted in the opposite way. It is nothing but evil. It was said even if TNA nominate a broom stick, Tamils would vote for it. But Ranil-Sumanthiran association had brought down TNA from 17 to 10 this time.

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    Ranil is th main leader for UNP fairing so badly in the elections. He was not prepared to work with Sajith and also was not fully involved in the UNP campaign in the Presidential election. The voters have taught him a lesson There is a problem among TNA in electing Sumnathiran TNA faired badly The main reason is there was disunity among Tamil political parties. I understand seats SLPP secured 145 seats in new parliaments they require 6 more sets to have two-third majority Horse trading will take place as SLPP has money to get 2/3 Majority to amend the constitution.

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      Mr. Kuviyam,
      .
      Please get your facts correct.
      .
      Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal – 1
      SLFP – 1
      EPDP – 2
      National Congress – 1
      Our Power Of People’s Party – 1
      Tamil Makkal Thesiya Kuttani – 1
      SLPP – 145
      .
      Total – 152
      .

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        S. C. Passqual

        Congratulations to Chief Election Officer.

        Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal – Liberation TIGERS of Thamil People
        Are you happy that former active terrorist Pillayan is still operating under Tiger banner and supporting your one and only Liberator of People From TIGERS?

  • 10
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    The analysis is correct except it does not explain the fact how a single Sinhalese dominated party mange to get nearly 60% of the vote in two consecutive elections (Presidential and Parliament). The reason actually started in 2015. For the first time in the Srianka’s independent history, the Tamil party openly supported a Sinhalese Presidential candidate and the alliance and won the elections. This has affected the Sinhala mass mind set which produced the current result. The author is the one who initiated this but now having second thoughts.

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      Actually it is 4 elections……….
      .
      1. Local Government Election.
      2. Postponed Part Of Local Government Election.
      3. Presidential Election.
      4. General Election.
      .
      “Yahapalana” setup got away with indefinitely postponing Provincial Council Election. Which will come next December.

    • 4
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      Rajan

      Dont just put a race spin on this. The Singhalaes knew very well that the TNA did support the Maithree Ranil. when they voted in 2015

      What did they do with that. ? Bomb attacks no economic development and the people saw what gota can do the way he handled the COVID crisis just like the war and development. This was indeed a vote for Gota. and the hope and the faith people have in the man,

      I would hate to imagine a Ranil Maithree gove during the COVID Crisis .. I think Sri Lanka could have ended up becoming a complete basket case.

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    Such a BS. There is no such progressive, socialist , democratic, reformist intelligentsia in Lanka. The only ones are ultra nationalistic, hypocritic, immoral ,relegious/race based fanatism. Dude you have no idea about Obama, Hillary , Sanders or Biden. They all belong to one party called Democratic party with leaning towards certain values. But there is consensus among them in making decisions. Sanders is now fully behing supporting Biden.In U.S people really have a say and not just get carried away with relegious/ race sentiments. That is why you see how Mr.Trump is having difficult time selling his BS this time around..Republicans too have their own values and leaning towards nationalism. When people are frustrated with either is when Trump like people step into to manipulate and exploit the situation. Trump cares only about him, then may be his family wealth. He was in no party then was briefly a Democratic and after fonding no success switched to Republican. Hope Americans have learned their lesson witnessing his “crisis mangement”.Even today MAJORITY Republicans feel Trump mishandled Floyd Crisis and there is certain discrimination. Do not lie.

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      Mr. Chiv,
      .
      Do you need another tissue…???

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      Hello chiv,
      The generalisation ‘There is no such progressive, socialist, democratic, reformist intelligentsia in Lanka’ is a sad indictment of the state of affairs in Sri Lanka, although such an assertion is not tenable.
      I was hoping for JVP to do a lot better, purely based on the expectation of fresh thinking by the digital generation who ought to have a broader outlook than older people.
      JVP had good and competent candidates.

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        SA
        It was DJ’s mistake in the first place to divide the so called “intellectuals” into two categories, while he himself will not fit into either, unless he fits into both.

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      “In U.S people really have a say and not just get carried away with relegious/ race sentiments.”
      Religious and racial thinking carries a good many through their life there.
      Let us see how many support Trump even after he sufficiently screws up the US come November.
      *
      C, your ‘dude’ may lack all idea about the war mongers Obama and Hillary, but there are others who don’t. Biden is even worse. Obama and Hillary among others made sure that Sanders will not get the nomination and the poor man settled for what he thought was the second best to the bitterness of his most ardent supporters.

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    If only JVP modernized and sophisticated a bit, and did their you-tubes and reports in English, they would have attracted the more liberal crowd. But no….they disappointingly let the UNP do that sort of thing whilst sticking on UNP coat-tails, and getting pay-offs from UNP capitalistic venture to stay good and not create ruckus. Who can believe the UNP-JVP juxta-positioning anyway. Looks freaky! Never mind. We hope and pray that Gotabaya will do the Socialistic/Communistic needful essentials for the MotherCountry……things like spreading the wealth and curbing any familial excesses.

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      Dear RTF,
      .
      Do you seriously consider the English used by Professor Kumar David inadequate for the purposes set forth by you?
      .
      Can’t you get it even now that it was precisely “English Speakers” who are to blame for this debacle?
      .
      No, not Kumar David. Prime culprit is Ranil Wickremasinghe.

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        Different era; different thought patterns. English is no longer an language of intimidation. ADK and those who visually surround him need to upgrade. That is the Rajapaka appeal- they do it in both mediums, and also 3.

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      ramona grandma therese fernando

      JVP mimicked SLFP for more than 40 years including racism.
      JVP couldn’t shed its brand of past hypocrisy although young Anura genuinely wanted to reform the party.

      Anura should sit tight until SLPP exhausts all its new found energy/popularity generated by its divisive racism. Gota will find himself in his twisted knickers soon while being caught by Olive and Saffron brigades.

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        Dear NV,
        .
        I couldn’t agree more. With the UNP knocked out as a “third force”, AKD is well placed to ppounce into being the “alternative government” the moment the SJB falters.
        .
        No, I don’t want the SJB to falter, but Sajith hasn’t impressed me with his “Promises”, and Champika Ranawaka is there to stab him in the back. I hope that my saying that now alerts Sajith.
        .
        I’ve told you here how I voted for the JVP:
        .
        https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/a-super-majority-is-a-bad-idea/
        .
        But, more specifically, see the last six or seven comments here:
        .
        https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/after-the-elections-2/
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        See this also:
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        https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-edr-the-lynchpin-in-clean-elections/

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          Trouble is, MotherLankans want to stand around hotels and places, decked in fancy ethnic clothing and drinking out of wine and cognac glasses for the photo-shoot, holding their heads in horror and sliding into abject depression if it can’t be fulfilled. That’s the MotherLankian epitome of progress. And it is the Rajapaksas, and only the Rajapaksas that can give possibility for fulfilling the illusion. That is the capitalistic-monetary-futuristic trend of the Motherland. Even those in labor camps of the Middle East rely on the illusion to keep them going. Lotus flowers, Buddhist pujas, and ecology and environment preservation are just good Buddhistic thoughts so good karma to reach the “epitome” won’t go away. MotherLanka has to continually build port cities and things to fulfill the illusory perception. It might or mightn’t work. With the CoronaVirus curse even with a successful vaccine, how the illusion will play out is in low limbo.

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    What is the so called intelligentsia going to do about life term rule of brothers ???? After this election you will be left with no intelligentsia but Chinthanya. Of course you will get to enjoy the splendour and prosperity in a well disciplined virtuous Lanka. Enjoy the rewards. Looks like exactly what was before RW/MS Yahalpanaya. Not just the family but all those crooks have been rrrewarde by the intelligentsia by public ,elected again with huge majority,for a repeat stint.Even Pillayan, Duminda , Karuna, the Nawalapitiya guy will be back in business.(funny as Ministers ???) And you call this intellegentsia.As long I remember that has not happened in USA. Now the NY courts have initiated extensive search behind Trump,s criminal and cheating activities. Lets wait for the history . You know what happened with Nixon.Will it ever happen in Lanka. Have to heard of Impeachment ????

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      Mr. Chiv,
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      Please stop crying my dear.
      It is just a election.
      Life goes on….

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        S. C. Passqual

        “Please stop crying my dear. It is just a election. Life goes on….”

        Except power and wealth are being accumulated by a few. No accountability, no human dignity, ……………
        Perhaps it is the last election.
        Let the people cry now.
        Later people will be forced to portray themselves as the most faked happiest people in the world.

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    Who is to blame for the defeat of UNP and SLFP? You too Dayan by supporting Sirisena! Sirisena destroyed two great parties and ruined the country! The biggest blunder the UNP made was to bring Sirisena as the president! Its a blunder that can be never forgiven! We have to learn that anyone can’t be a leader! Leadership should be identified and groomed by a party not randomly picked!

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    The scale of the SLPP victory is a total surprise, particularly for those who are not resident in Sri Lanka.
    As a comparison, JR’s victory was partly driven by the perceived loss of democracy, possibly because the elections were delayed by two years. Similarly, the yahapalanaya government also delayed provincial elections (out of fear of losing, more than anything else). Additionally, some activities were perceived to have been conducted in secret without consulting the parliament.
    Will Sri Lanka experience similar changes from SLPP as it did after UNP’s landslide victory? If so, one could anticipate further concentration of power in the executive. No doubt, such an outcome is dreaded by all liberal democrats.
    Could it be that, the longer a government stays in power the greater the probability of losing? Or are there bigger issues in operation?

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    The only positive outcome is “The Pimp” RW is gone, hope he stays retired. I think UNP and SLFP are now out of the equation,. It is now SLPP (new ultra racist SLFP) and SP (the new UNP). looks like ITAK /TNA too is slowly moving in that direction. Muslim Congress/parties are done. Thondaman CWE is done. When people keeep jumping from branch to branch, its expected to loose their identity and values (if there were any). No opposition with2/3 majority, constitution dumped into a trash bin, family rule with the help of Military. To me this looks like current India and old Pakistan put together but much worse. Enjoy the ride.

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    Calling these fools intelligentsia is like calling Tamils intelligent(a joke). They are not, most a just buffoons propped up by the British in their divide and rule.

    There is also the English speaking Sinhalese who think they are above the average people who also come from those generations that were slaves to the whites. These people are not intelligentsia. They are just opportunists

    The real intelligentsia is the people who overwhelmingly voted for the hope of a better future. Never insult the Common man in Sri Lanka. They may get it wrong once in a while but they know what is good for them.

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    As a Pohottuwa supporter I take this opportunity to express my unreserved gratitude to Colombo Telegraph for its enormous contribution made by providing a free platform to our opponents to expand our vote base. Relentless attack on the Rajapaksa family, Sinhala Buddhists or anyone who would dare to express an unbiased opinion enabled this steady growth of support. Branding Pohottuwa as a Sinhala Buddhist party and thereby distancing all minorities could be achieved solely bthrough the support of regular contributors to CT.
    .
    Special thanks are due to brilliant writers like Thisaranee Gunnasekara, Sarath de Alwis and Vishvamitra and tireless commenters like Native Vedda, Siva Sankaran Sharma, Mallaiyuran, rj1952 and countless others who elevated the art of bending facts and logic to another level.
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    Congratulations to our opponents who set their goal to 1/3 which they have achieved.
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    Hats off to Sajith Premadasa who helped this country rid of the hideous crook, the self-seeking, shameless twentieth-century-fox who has not an iota of love for this country. I would rather vote for Velupillei Prabakaran than this crafty b*****d.

    Thanking again
    Yours truly
    Soma

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      somass

      You should express your eternal gratitude to Chief Election Commissioner who made this possible for SLPP.

      Has his daughter returned from Europe where she was stranded due to Covid 19?

      Polling ended in the evening what did Gota do with the boxes from evening to the following morning, more than 12 hours.
      Why didn’t SLPP sweep all 225 seats?
      That won’t look realistic. Is it why?

      Enjoy as much as you want to while the initial euphoria last, or until Gota changes his mind.

      “Hats off to Sajith Premadasa who helped this country rid of the hideous crook,”

      Thanks to mummy’s boy who helped crooks/war criminals to stay in power.

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        somass

        Where is your fellow racist Champika? Any indication he wants to help Mahinda?

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      Soma

      I totally agree. The first most democratic free and fair election specially free from TULF thuggery since 1977 blunder a democracy redefined pending trials to date.

      Dayan

      You have conveniently left out the most important FP/ITAK/TULF democratic intelligentsia that systmantically wiped out the opposition in Jaffna openly/in public and responsible for what happened in our Nation??. May be is your way of saying not worth mentioning them anymore?? Just in case you are not familiar with Jaffna territory and the History all those comments we had on CT by the listed have confirmed to you the democratic education they are having living in various democratic countries too?? Education, lessons learned, exposure to other democracies, evolution itself have stopped doing the trick anymore.

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        TV
        Being free from one form of thuggery does not make it free of other forms or render it a democratic process.
        Do you say that the TNA was strong enough to indulge in any form of thuggery after the LTTE was defeated. Their days of bullying were over by mid-1980s.
        It has been increasingly money, money, money. But Tamils are still not free from sentimental politics.

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          Dear SJ

          The Tamils have been “owned” by the FP/TC since inception. They have been brain washed by the same by speeches/writings/thuggery to know where they belong in this ghetto/cattle range.

          When they try to break out of this range is when the open thuggery started….termed…”Ratha Pottu Mafia FP/ITAK/TULF/TNA/Indian killings fields in Jaffna” from 1970-1977-1981. Now we are all reaping the harvest that is just about everyone has formed a party in the name of Tamil causes…..for a mere few hundred thousand scattered over the land some may still speak Tamil.

          This is a business venture by the International Tamils……namely the Indians Tamils, Malaysian and Singaporean Tamil all been doing thriving business with the GOSL before/during/after the war whilst got this mafia to prostitute my children for the Local/National/Regional/International blunders they all equally embarked on without sacrificing their children.

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            TV
            Let us not mix issues.
            Tamil politics was sentiment driven since 1956. The FP promoted it and benefitted from it.
            Let us not make a mix of post 1972 youth militancy in which the FP had a hand, the post 1977 events where it lost most of its influence on the youth, the post 1981 situation where it was on the defensive and post 1983 when it was runningg for its life.
            My comment was on an overstatement, namely FP/TULF ‘thuggery’. There was bullying against opponents of Tamil Eel;am by TULF supporters until 1977, after that it was other forces.
            You need to be accurate.

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              Agree with all what you said – from a very high level look what you said is totally correct.

              But at ground zero it lasted longer..meaning day to day life and based on localities it was different as I was living in it.

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                Harassment is not quite thuggery.

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                  Agree with that too. But I personally experienced many events more than harassment may be due to my family background perhaps.

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    Very sad situation. But unavoidable. This is the bitter harsh reality of the sad election result.

    Strong Sinhala grievances led to this outcome. If you look at preference vote winners you can clearly see Sinhalese rejecting all other parties in favour of ultra racist parties. Why?

    UNP regime took Sinhalese for granted, gave top jobs to Tamils, allowed the slaughter of more Sinhalese than others during riots (including 2018 Digana riot), didn’t do enough to revenge the Easter Sunday attack, people like Sumanthiran, Hakeem, Paskeralingam, Mahendran, Rishad, Ibrahim and even Thajudeen started to cause disgust in the community, paying compensation to Tamil war widows and co-sponsoring UNHRC 30/1 all made the ultra racist SLPP and the party under flag symbol very popular. A score was settled against Tamils and Muslims.

    JVP went the other way against racism and nationalism and paid a very heavy price. JVP may not get up again.

    The death of moderates.

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      GATAM

      “UNP regime took Sinhalese for granted, gave top jobs to Tamils, “

      Please provide us with list of Tamils who were given top jobs.
      I need to supply the list to the local Vihare and somass.

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      GATAM,

      It was probably the drift of the Yahapalanaya Govt. under RW, the excesses of the bond scam and Ravi K., etc., and the Easter bombings as the last straw that caused a 10+ % swing in votes.

      When you were writing under your real first name earlier, you used to be a strong supporter of RW. Mahendran and Paskaralingam were brought in by RW himself.

      As for Sumanthiran, he wasn’t part of the same UNP corruption, though as a lawyer and TNA spokesman, he was prominent and worked with the UNP. If Tamils attaining prominence in Colombo is a ‘Sinhalese grievance,’ then wouldn’t that justify their claims for a measure of autonomy?

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    Dayan jayathilake, ”Sajith Premadasa as the only viable leadership alternative”.

    Is he?.

    Did Sajith ever exhibit leadership skill?

    Has he ever established rapport with the ordinary people?, like say Mahinda who effortlessly be one of them in a crowd.

    A leader in opposition needs much more skill than a minister.

    President Premadasa was also a failure as a leader. He failed to unify and manage internal dissention within UNP, resulting in open rebellion within UNP that lead to an attempted impeachment of the President.

    SJB is nominally UNP. It is the same neo liberal capitalist party. Sajith is a misfit in the SJB as it is constituted today.

    Sajith was never a UNPer in the correct sense of the term.

    Could he establish rapport with the others in SJB who had rebelled against the present UNP leadership? Moreover could he emerge as a leader not leadership handed over in a platter, as he is the son of his father.

    Actually he has a lot in common with the average SLFPer than any other UNP traditional leader.

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    When CT Journalists like Kumar david, Thisaranee, etc etc insult public, this is what happens.
    I repeatedly said these writers push general public towards SLPP and 2/3 majority by writing these rubbish. I can not see the usual commentators attacked me now rather than debating on arguments i made. Now people gave the verdict and let GOTA to rule the country for next five years. He will contest again and win. Again SLPP will win under a different leadership but without 2/3. Now CT writers and Diaspora can take a break. Have good break.

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      Atu
      How many voters for the SLPP read the CT?

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    There is no intelligentsia involvement here. Majority of the voters are clueless about Rajapakses. They do not know anything about R’s 2005-2014 activities. What Basil, Gota, Namal, Yoshitha, Shiranthi et al did during that period is not relevant to them. They do not know about Lasanthas, Thajudeens, MIGs, Memorial Museums etc. They go and vote like in a trance.

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    Once upon a time, there was crowned a king, a saviour who won battles against the enemy and destroyed the plague. People would bow and curtsey as he rode along the streets in his royal chariot . Women would throw flowers at him and offer their panties saying “I want to have your baby..!” However, the previous lot had developed a council of wise men who believed that no royal decree should be the only arbiter of justice. So this benevolent king decided to ask the people to send in people who they liked most, while he also promoted his royal symbol as an indicator of choice. And the people duly obliged. Now he had a council of people loyal to him and “represented” the people. Wise men in other far off lands had said that in order for good outcomes to prevail, the people’s reps, the king, and the law courts should have equal powers so that no one group could upset a good apple cart or even waylay gold being carried from the coffers to pay the peasants. The people’s reps always kow-towed to the king and bent over to please him wherever he went. They dared not say no or oppose royal decrees. That left the law courts with their wise owls scratching their heads. What will become of us if we dare to disagree with an obviously wrong royal decision? After all, they too had wives at home, and children who were vulnerable to the wrath of the scorned..

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    Pillaiyan was in prison for long for his murders, but now it seems he will be in parliament, along with Karuna and Devananda, all known to have murdered people. They will support the SLPP, along with some from SJB for the SLPP to get its two thirds majority easily.

    The three-way split of Tamil nationalist votes in Udupiddy has allowed the SLFP to gain that seat. Likewise Muslim votes seem to be split. It seems sections of Tamil society are tired of the lack of economic progress in their lives and want to support those who can give them some goodies. When it comes to minorities, splitting the votes into small parties doesn’t help. Like every society, they can have their left and right, but the current divisions are more due to jockeying for power by individual leaders within the same nationalist groupings.

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      Agnos

      TNA has been complacent about the purpose of its existence since it was formed in the early 2000. The idea was mooted by late Taraki and approved by “Thesiath THalaivar”. It took electoral support of the voters for granted. It required a timely jolt, a shake up without breaking it.

      Not many people are convinced as to the contribution of old guards within Federal Party. Too many dinosaurs marking time, who do not understand the changing world, changing circumstances, changing aspirations of people especially the youth, …. they cannot be bothered to learn how best to adapt and change. That breed will soon meet natural death. What will be their legacy?

      It would be interesting to observe Sumanthiran (hopefully a moderniser) dragging the party out kicking and screaming from its comfortable den. It was interesting to see how individuals and groups were trying their best to manufacture consent among people as to why Sumanthiran was not a best candidate of course with lies and later when it didn’t convince voters, they went beyond and enacted a Drama outside the Central College premises where returning officer based.

      More and more voting decisions are being made not on informed choices but on impulses motivated by negative emotions and fake news. Well this is the case all over the island.

      Something has to be done, in order to modernise, the island, thinking among its people, politicians, state functionaries, ….. Well who is best placed to toll the cat and drag the Dinosaurs out of their own warped timeline?

      By the way the president is caught between the olive and the saffron.

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      OC
      Has Devananda admitted to murdering any? I know that he was wanted in India. Even Pillayan is still an accused.
      You could have worded the text with better precision.
      *
      Are the people only tired of the lack of economic progress in their lives? What about political progress?
      Can you name a single Tamil nationalist party with a working programme for the people to rally round?
      *
      You are dead right about jockeying for power by individual leaders.
      That too sickens the Tamil voter.

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        SJ,

        It was from me, not OC. Devananda has been known as a killer for 25-30 years through the end of the war, starting from the time I was still in Sri Lanka. Ensconced deep within the SL military, he sent out killers to abduct and murder people. The murders included that of Uthayan journalists. Same with Pillaiyan and Karuna. They were implicated in the abductions, murders and rape of many. One would have to be out of his/her mind to ask for confession or judicial proof.

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          Sorry about the naming Agnos.
          There is a difference between using hit-men and doing it by one’s self.
          Karua claimed credit for murders. The other two have denied charges, and are only suspects, however strong the suspicion may be.
          Abductions were carried out nearly by all Tamil militants, except a few like NLFT.
          My concern was that it is safe for one (like you or OC) who writes responsibly to stop at alleged offences.
          My respect for the three named is no more than yours.

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      Dear Agnos

      I always told you I have a very soft for the youth because they were the victims to the FP/ITAL/TULF/TNA/Indian folly. I watched this happen in 70’s to many of my class mates too. Then all the youth went and did the same on others and amongst themselves too….keeping aside the battles and responses with the military you do not know what did really happen behind the scene under the watch of this FP/ITAK folly post Hon SJV leadership. Crime against humanity.

      So go easy on the elected now as they are better than the rest we have been elating since Independence please. Now we got 10 of them in the TNA bunch and their creations are finding their way to parliament too maybe better enlightened too…consider this as a development in a positive way….just as JVP was given an opportunity too.

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        Only issue is none of this will result in Tamils enjoying anything in a democracy in their respective constituency…..as the battle grounds have been transferred from the previous versions to the Ratha Pottu 1970-1977-1981 era once more….we should be completing the job very successfully thanks to the Indians….extermination of Tamils rights ourselves…you remember our previous encounters?? there we go mate.

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      Agnos
      There may be a misunderstanding.
      There are no more seats like Udupitty, Point Pedro etc.
      Election is based on proportion of total votes received in the district and preferential votes within each slate.
      You are right about the SLFP pipping an evenly divided trio. But the seat was gained by the SLFP with votes in other former electorates as well.
      Earlier the UNP scored enough mainly in Karainagar to get a candidate elected, and EPDP with votes in Kayts. It seems that the SLFP has done effective grassroots campaigning. One may examine its methods.

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        SJ,

        Yes, I was checking the divisional counts within the Jaffna district, and it showed SLFP was the first in Udupiddy even though the sum of the votes for ACTC, TMK and ITAK exceeded SLFP’s. So I wrote that, but recognized within a few minutes of posting that now they look at the district-wide votes, so I shouldn’t have said it. I let it go anyway without adding a correction.

        You mentioned the lack of a work program by the Tamil nationalist parties.. But voters leaning more toward Angajan Ramanathan of SLFP would be all about securing something from the govt on economic issues. He was said to have distributed the govt’s Covid-19 relief that was sent to the people, claiming or implying it was all because of his influence. Things like that might explain it.

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          Agnos
          The point that you made is relevant, despite the slip.
          It is also true that Ankajan took advantage of the government’s COVID relief.
          I also heard that the Tamil Congress group used some overseas funds to offer relief.
          Did the TNA leaders even bother to ask people how they were coping during the first few curfew weeks?

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    The only chap who benefited from the 19th Amendment is Jayampathy Wickramaratne. He will be drinking his gløgg this Christmas in Norway.

    There is something called a last laugh after all. He He!

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    The idea of creating a separate State called Elam was mooted by K-thoni Chelvanayakam in 1976 by passing Vaddukoddai (Batakotte) Resolution.
    In 2020 election, some Tamil political parties expressed creating a separate State, self-determination as their aim. The name of one political party is Eelam People’s Democratic Party.

    A person knowledgeable on the Constitution says these people are violating the 6th Amendment to the Constitution passed on 8th August 1983 which says:
    (1) No person shall, directly or indirectly, in or outside Sri Lanka, support, espouse, promote, finance, encourage or advocate the establishment of a separate State within the territory of Sri Lanka.
    (2) No political party or other association or organization shall have as one of its aims or objects the establishment of a separate State within the territory of Sri Lanka
    The punishments for these offences are removal of civic- rights, forfeiture of movable and immovable property.
    The Government should invoke the 6th Amendment to the Constitution and take action against all Tamil politicians who promoted the idea of creating a separate State within Sri Lanka.

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      Eagle Grandpa . I heard that Aged Care Residents in Melbourne , were all transferred to hospitals due to Corona infection. Looks like they have deliberately left you behind to spit out your venom and not infect others

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