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The Gota Project: A Modernizing National Revolution; A Strong, Stable, Sri Lanka 

By Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

Hafeel Farisz has written a double-barreled critique of Gotabaya Rajapaksa and me, though as he says, I am the primary target because of the intellectual dimension or pretensions that I bring to bear. It is quite tempting for me to respond at the level of theory, but that would be a diversion. That is not what this entire matter is about. In the theoretical or intellectual realm I shall therefore limit myself to referring my critic and readers to my quite recent essay (March 2, 2017) in Vol. 10 Issue 14 of the e-publication of the Center for 21st Century Global Dynamics of the University of California, Santa Barbara, entitled “The Great Gramsci: Imagining an Alt-Left Project” (http://www.21global.ucsb.edu/global-e/march-2017/great-gramsci-imagining-alt-left-project). It is soon to be republished in an extended version in Paris, with accompanying critiques by Dominique Follet and Jean-Pierre Page, in La Pensee Libre.

My formula of Gota as President and Mahinda as PM was the development of an idea that came up in an extended interview that DBS Jeyaraj conducted with me on the occasion of my 60th birthday last December, in which I noted that Mahinda and Gotabaya Rajapaksa are the closest Sri Lanka come to a Fidel and Raul Castro combination. To make explicit what this implies, is that it is perfectly fine to think of a combination of the two brothers. I have recently framed it as “Gota as President, Mahinda as PM” for three reasons.

Firstly, Mahinda cannot run for President as per the 19th amendment.

Secondly, the Presidential election is due before the parliamentary election so there is no question of Mahinda being elected PM and then reversing the 19th amendment (even if that were desirable, which I am not sure it is).

Thirdly, the formula “Gota as President and Mahinda as PM” provide the same winning combination of change and continuity that Chandrika as Presidential candidate and Madam Bandaranaike as PM provided the SLFP-led UPFA in 1994.

Farisz’ critique takes place in a certain context. One aspect of that context is my formula that Gotabaya Rajapaksa should be the Presidential candidate and Mahinda Rajapaksa the Prime Ministerial candidate of the Opposition at the national elections scheduled for end-2019/2020. But there is a broader context, and that is the ideological, or more crudely, propaganda battle that has now commenced. That battle swirls around three interconnected projects, namely the new Constitution, the new Geneva resolution and the new economic policy direction.

My advocacy of a Gotabaya Presidential run and a “Gota plus Mahinda ticket” comes in the context of, and is proposed as an answer to, a serious and deepening crisis. That crisis is multifaceted. There is a push for a new Constitution which will remove the executive Presidency—a factor for stability and economic growth, introduced for that purpose by JR Jayewardene—further empower the Prime Minister whose role in the massive bond scam has yet to be clarified, and transfer more power to the provinces including the Northern and Eastern Provinces. The Northern Province has only recently passed a resolution calling for re-merger and “self-determination”. Its Chief Minister’s political behavior is borderline subversive of the constitution. A new Constitution which shifts power to these entities is an exercise in dangerous lunacy.

What is still more dangerous is that a Referendum would give the restive North and East the same opportunity that the British provided Jinnah, and Mustafa Barzani is just about to exercise in Iraqi Kurdistan—a Referendum in those particular areas, after which it can be proclaimed to the world that the Tamil people of the North and East have rejected the idea of living within a unitary state and constitution and therefore have a right to exercise self-determination!

In the meanwhile this government seeks to sell off national assets and the national space, also permitting the economic annexation of Sri Lanka by the Behemoth next door. Free trade agreements are its only doctrine and free trade is best described in Che Guevara’s words as “a free fox among free chickens!”

Thus we in Sri Lanka today face an existential crisis. Our country is being robbed from us. Our vote has been robbed from us and we have a 16 member pseudo-opposition while a 51 member Opposition formation is unrecognized as the parliamentary Opposition.

We, the vast majority of Sri Lanka’s citizens, need to take Sri Lanka back and put it back on track; on an upward trajectory to be the best place we can be. And we need the best possible team to do it. That’s where Gotabaya and Mahinda come in. I would have said Mahinda and Gotabaya except for the realities of the 19th amendment. This time round, Mahinda has to be the booster rocket.

What then of my earlier critique of Gotabaya? I was the only one to criticize Gotabaya publicly at the time, and certainly the only one to do so from within the Mahinda camp. That tells the story. My criticism of Gota was that he was taking an excessively hard, hyper-securitized line, as distinct from Mahinda’s instinctively pragmatic balancing. So it was a preference at the time, of Mahinda’s line over Gota’s. Today the choice is not one that takes place within a patriotic MR government, between MR’s and GR’s line.

Today when it is a choice of MR plus GR, vs. Ranil plus CBK, GR’s and indeed MR’s past errors pale into insignificance.

Today we are back to 2005, where MR, GR, BR, NR and the JO have to fight together to save the country from the Ranil-Chandrika partnership which seeks to dismantle the state and sell out the country, rolling back the gains of the war of liberation and reunification waged by our armed forces. The only difference between today and 2005 is that due to changed Constitutional and social realities, GR will have to be the vanguard element—rather like the role of the elite Special Forces–while MR is the leading force and the JO the main force.

Gota has demonstrated his developmental vision and capacities beyond any reasonable doubt. He is not only a decorated warrior who knows how to defend his country even at the risk of his life, but he is also a man with a constructive, modernizing vision and capacity. That is a combination of qualities—fighter and builder—that this country, and indeed any country, needs and should be proud to have.    

I brought in Kumara Gunaratnam for a simple, symbolic reason. I don’t believe a society can tackle all its major tasks at the same time, nor do I believe that any leader or political option can do so either. I am convinced that a Gotabaya Presidency based on a Mahinda Prime Ministership can take Sri Lanka to the same place that an earlier leader I worked closely with, President Premadasa, wanted to take it: Mahathir Mohamed’s Malaysia. I am convinced that no leader/President but Gotabaya can do so.

However, in my lifetime, I would like to see Sri Lanka eventually evolving beyond that, to an unlikely synthesis of Cuba and Singapore; a society with a Singaporean “brain” and a Cuban “spirit”, a Cuban “heart and soul”; a fair and just society in which ethnic and religious factors can be transcended in a new fusion, a new identity. Of those I see around me, a combination of Kumara Gunaratnam and his FSP comrades Pubudu Jagoda and Duminda Navagamuwa, and a JVP led by Sunil Handunetti and Bimal Ratnayake (minus its pro-Ranil rightwing) seem to have the necessary consciousness. That is the task for the next generation; not ours (those generations that fought and won the war in its several dimensions: politico-military-diplomatic).

However, for that to be possible, the country needs to reach a level of economic and educational advancement; of urbanization and scientific development—all of which will be within a globally competitive national capitalist framework, not a socialist-oriented one.

This historical task of building the modern material foundation of a future social democracy or democratic socialism under a ‘next generation’ democratic left government, can only be fulfilled today and tomorrow under the strong, patriotic, modernizing leadership of Gotabaya, backed by Mahinda. 

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  • 39
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    One problem Mr DJ..GR and MR are suspected(beyond doubt?) criminals..that’s not an issue for you? Very disturbing…

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      Dayan is a suspected anti Srilankan, anit buddhist and anti Tamil. He is now given up MR and now go with GR who is a white van expert. His focus now on creating divisions among Sinhalese and between Sinhalese and Tamils. He is much worse than MR.

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        Like it or not better learn to face the reality buddy

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          Dayan,

          What is this; 2020 Christmas wish-list to Santa, eh? When I was 9/10, my Christmas wish-list for a model aeroplane wasn’t much dissimilar. At least we have some things in common! Thank God for small mercies.

          Be careful of what you wish for; once again you’ll be used and thrown away by the Rajapakses. Like Hilary Clinton’s, wheels of your long-term project might come a cropper. So, at age 65, who is gonna give you a job?

          Man, have you no shame? Can you go any lower than where you are at now?

          It’s pathetic to see the depths you have fallen to; not as another Lankan but as another human being.

          “I wish that for just one time you could stand inside my shoes
          And just for that one moment I could be you
          Yes, I wish that for just one time you could stand inside my shoes
          You’d know what a drag it is to see you”

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        yeah Prabhakaran apologists and those who strengthen separatism are pro lankans..LOL

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        Typical sinhala educated(doubt it) modaya…..

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          Thank you for your articulate and Cambridge educated contribution.

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      Not at all Lankan! It is true that GR and MR have committed many crimes including a lot of murders. But is it disturbing? Only decent human beings would find it disturbing. But if you are expecting DJ to behave like a human you will be sadly disappointed. He is a shameless pseudo intellectual who still hasn’t recovered from the wrong gamble he took on the 8th of January, Continuing to sing the praise of his former master with a hope of securing another diplomatic post if and when his master comes to power :-)
      Don’t even waste your time reading his sad wails of despair. It is just not worth it. He has been talking about big ‘turning points’ and ‘revolutions’ every since MR gathered a crowd in Nugegoda early last year. Poor chap has really lost his grip on reality.

      I am not saying the current government is without blame. But that is no excuse for the shameless worshipping of MR and family by individuals like DJ, Vimal etc.

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      They are not criminals. How the hell eliminating enemies of your country make you a criminal?

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        Sach, So Lasantha was an enemy of our country? Wasim Tajudeen was an enemy of our country? How about the bunch of young school boys (including Tamil Sinhalese and Muslim) who were kidnapped and killed after collecting ransom money from their parents? The killer squad who did it was working under Gota and still at large. How about the young man killed during a peaceful protest because Gota sent the army with orders to shoot?

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          How do you say these were done by Gota and MR? There is a difference between propaganda and facts

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            OK let’s say it is propaganda
            Then Why did Gota say , when asked about White vans “..Intelligence agency must do these operations and all over the world they do it.They are known as covert operations. But in Sri Lanka they were known as white van operations…”

            So Gota is doing propaganda against himself? strange isn’t it sach?

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      DJ you have been a pain to lanken average.
      Please think what you re uttering. Either you are born sick person or cant grasp the most important part of the life.
      Else, you would not recommend the kind of men as our future leaders.
      Please go back to the era prior to 8th Jan 2015. Are u reborn ?

      People can forget for pathological reasons, but you have been misleading this nation for your selfish gains why ?

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      Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

      RE: The Gota Project: A Modernizing National Revolution; A Strong, Stable, Sri Lanka

      GoTa and MaRa had from 2009 to 2014 to do a Moderninzing Project.

      What did they do?

      So now toy want MaRa GoTa Corruption Project Part 2.

      Even though the average IQ of Sri Lanka is 79, there are still many left with IQs above 79, to see through your farce.

      Dayan Jayatillaka is unemployed. Gitanbaya Rajapaksa is also unemployed.

      So, they came up with a scheme so that both can be employed and do productive work, instead of disruptive work? But What did you do from 2009 to 2014?

      Can somebody buy two fishing boats, so that Dayan and GoTa can fish in the vast Indian Ocean, and catch the fish before the Indians and the Chinese do?

      Then they can export to EU with GSP Plus.

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    Sri Lankans should understand that competition is not between Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims but Sri Lanka competing against all other countries for the limited resources that the world has and convert that into wealth so our people can enjoy a better life.

    Minorities should respect the majority culture and history just like how you respect America or Canada or any other country when you migrate to any of those countries. The majority should understand that any minority in any society faces unique challenges and accommodate and evolve to address those challenges.

    The country should have a strong leadership, a stable political system and continue a consistent policy framework for at-least 20 years. Gota certainly seems a viable prospect for now. If someone disagrees please propose some other name.

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      How about Dayan himself? He can play both MR and Gota since he knows them in and out.

      Jokes apart. Dayan needs a new hobby. Or a new topic to talk about?

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      What a crap!! Liberal One !!
      Do you know the meaning of the word Minorities?????

      Were you Born yesterday in Our Nation Srilanka??? Shame on you.

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      Liberal One,

      Please try correct yourself or learn that when you migrate to America or Canada you got the citizenship through migration. But with the minority in SL is not the same case, just the numbers are little compared to Sinhalese.

      Secondly, the word ‘respect’ is always misunderstood by you perhaps. Respect is a 2-way process, FYI. And that doesn’t understand that you are Mr. Libral and I am one, Mr. Mohamed.

      Rest of the thing you have said, make sense.

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        what about the children of migrants?

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          Those children are citizens of course, but with a different feeling about their identity, I bet.

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      …..’Minorities should respect the majority culture and history’………

      Very good, if you remember the other side of the coin. That the majority would respect the culture and history of the minorities, and afford them the respect and opportunity they get in the countries to which many were forced to go to. Do unto others as you have them do unto you.

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      You call yourself Liberal One or just want to insult the word, “Liberal”? And talking about converting world’s resources into wealth..SL. ha..ha…

      Pathetic, are you sure that you talk about the things you have some knowledge on? Please either reread a few times or have someone read what you type, next time before you push “Post Comment”

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        Liberalism isn’t about remaining a politically unstable, economically stagnating, in-fighting third world backwater, which is exactly what we have been from 1977 to now except a few years after Gota annihilated your “freedom fighters”.

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    DJ if you would not be dependent on punnakku, you would not come back with the kind of thoughts.

    Who the hell is Gota with Zero political experience to lanken style politics. Would you appoint a butcher to treat the patient. Answer is never. Likewise, Gota was fine with encouraging local army forces, but no means suitable to rule the nation.
    We perfectly knew for what he was talented ? Besides, you as a loser, you have not the least knoweldge on selection criteria of appropriate candidates for the ruling the nation.

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      GR is good for Kussiamma politics with a Butcher’s knife in hand.
      The man can talk only like a kussiamma!! No difference.

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    You are dreaming about them to come to power so that you will be given a diplomatic post …SL is like peice of cake..people do think in line with national interest rather in line of personal or communal interest.You hate Ranil for your past experience with him..I think that next term is for UNP and UNP will to come to power …SL will have a good future with UNP.than corrupted MR & co family..do you think how much damaged they did for the country ?.Do not you know how much money they looted from public money.? What qualifications Gota has got to be SL President…US citizenship.? Or working as defence secretary to bully all civil servants..
    DO NOT YOU HOW SHOUTED AT A DIG in Colombo in public over the phone ? Is this what you want to see in.SL again? Just you hate RANIL you want to change the fate of the country …

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      A friend of mine who held senior administrative positions in the previous government was very happy when the Rajapakse regime got defeated. Recently when I met him I asked his views about this government. He said it would have been better if Rajapakses came to power. I asked why. He said “They have already made enough money and if they came to power they would have focused on developing the country. Whereas politicians in the present government are preoccupied with making money taking advantage of the opportunity they got after a long time and do not bother about anything else.”

      I do not know how much money Rajapaksas looted but I know how much money Arjuna looted from public money. By the way, in a recent press briefing Mangala Samaraweera told they have not found evidence that Mahinda Rajapakse himself looted any money but he allowed his family and cronies to loot. So now we can consider Mahinda Rajapakse as Mr. Clean like Ranil. Ranil also does not loot public money but allow his cronies to do so.

      Can you tell me what qualifications Chandrika had to become the President of Sri Lanka.

      Some guys keep on telling that Rajapakse should retire from politics because he lost at the Presidential election. Why these guys do not tell Ranil who lost a Presidential election and the party losing 27times under his leadership to retire. If we want to get rid of dead wood in Sri Lankan politics the first one to go should be Ranil.

      Rajapakse family saved my country from South Indian invaders who tried to occupy one third of the country.

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      Lankan No 1 rightly said and many others that such a sick mentality still prevails in spite of all the wrongdoings? DJ what happened to you man? you have become so weak to unable to gauge Gota and MaRas criminal past? The looting , the murder, the white van syndrome, the car races in Colombo and Kandy, Yes bullying civil servants specially that DIG who was doing his job, when that criminal Wiaml together with his stooges did that thing to the DIG, in uniform, GOTA did what he did? Shame on you DJ.

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    Dr. DJ ,
    By 2020 you will be in the geriatric catergory. So will MaRa & GoRa. So as smart patriot you must take the country’s interest first.
    Who are the young MPs you identify as sucessors to MaRa & GoRa ?

    Do you still remember the BBC Hard Talk programme where GoRa was agitated and not composed and fumbled. It showed that GoRa is not a top political leadership material . SF was an excellent military leader.

    By the way are you sure SLFP cadres will elect and the executive committee will aporove MaRa & GoRa as PM and Presidential candidates in 2020 or before. ?

    In my view both MaRa & GoRa should join JVP for their political survival.

    If you are on a project where GoRa & MaRa are to be replaced by younger leaders and at the same time make MS -RW to gracefully step down at least you can become 50% smart patriot.

    Your GoRa Project will end up like Sun God’s project. You are trying to take SL into KaliYuga through Gota.
    It looks like no Abaya for mother Lanka.

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    GR or MR cannot correct what they have already done. Dayan J says GR is now rehabilitated. You cannot depend on a person responsible for murders and mass scale corrupt activities, even he appears to be rehabilitated. We should find some honest people to run this country without bringing back Rajapakshas.
    DJ is one of the people who are under a kind of hypnotism.

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    Dayan Jayathilake:

    Mahinda Rajapakse in Politics will never work. He had proved over whelmingly who he is. Basil Rajapakse also should quit Sri lankan politics. HIs explanation for mis management of funds was he did not have proper education/qualifications.

    Parliament has 94 senior politicians in front raws. and they did could not pass or complete Grade 10. followed by others.

    think about the vision of those people to develop the sri lanka except waiting for the next car permit.

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    Future is a strong government headed by Gotabhaya and Mahinda, where racist elements cannot run their master plan of devolving SL to pieces.
    One country, One Nation, Mother Lanka with equal human rights to everyone.

    Time to get rid of this ignorant government!
    A country not going forward with a begging bowl,
    We can raise our own capital in global markets.

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      Mr. Srinath,
      “Time to get rid of this ignorant government! A country not going forward with a begging bowl, We can raise our own capital in global markets. “
      How much capital can we get by selling your wife and daughter to the Saudis?
      The day the Sinhalese are prepared to work in tea estates is the day the country will turn round.

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      srinathan gunaratnam

      “One country, One Nation, Mother Lanka with equal human rights to everyone.”

      One Country – Could you define, clarify, and explain as to why it is one country, …. ? Why should it remain one country?

      One Nation – Could you define, clarify, and explain as to why it is one nation, …. ? Why should it remain one nation?

      Why not multiple nation in one country? Who decided it is one country under whose authority?

      How did this island become “one nation” after being a European colony for nearly 450 years? One morning in 1948 this European colony was suddenly turned into another colony this time it is a Sinhala/Buddhist colony/ghetto.

      When/how did Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, my people agree to be part of this Sinhala/Buddhist ghetto?

      srinathan gunaratnam

      If you do not have explanation to my queries just forget it.

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      If Gotabaya and Mahinda to be the leaders, aba saranai to lankens.

      By that time, they will both have been in a prison. That is my wish for all high crimes the buggers have perpetrated to this country.

      Idiots of your nature though abusing UK democracy but to promote tyrants is beyond all bearing. You may strenghten black markets if the people would give the idiotic Rajakashes a chance again

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    Not a word about Gota and the white vans, Lasantha, Thajudeen, etc referred to by Fareesz. This man is a No. 1 opportunist competing with GLP to be the nativist pseudo-intellectual of Sri Lanka both attempting to use Alt-facts to strategise their perceived dissimilar paths to political power through MR

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    we have to be realistic. if not GR, who else can stabilise Sri Lanka in 2019? I agree with Dr J 100%.

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      Nanda Madwala ,

      Absolutely , who else we can find, out of 21 Million people in SL ? We understand you and your ilk dilemma , only one of Rajapakses has to come forward and rescue the nation from the inevitable , right ? Listen , SL is much bigger than any individual , Rajapakses had their time and they single handedly destroyed the fabric of our decent society . He had introduced the 18 th Amendment ;furthermore , he sacked the then CJ , what was the sole purpose ? He wanted to stay in power forever , luckily there were 6.2 Million people who saw the Rajapakses greediness for power ;hence , they reacted wisely . hadn’t that happen , SL would have been under UN sanctions ;moreover, we were on the verge of falling in to the fail state category . just because some of selfish pseudo intellectuals want their king to be the leader of this country again , majority would not ever allow that disaster to strike again .Mahinda and his Mafia gang had been humiliated twice over the last two elections ;thus, he is a non entity and an obsolete individual . Gota the coward needs to be put on trial for his coward actions ;accordingly , jail him for life for his countless inhuman actions against fellow Sri Lankan citizens.

      PS : If not the Rajapakses , then go for the next favourite , that is none other than our very own Mahinda !! Sajith , what a joke ?

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      Nanda Madwala

      “if not GR, who else can stabilise Sri Lanka in 2019?”

      We need none to stabilize Sri Lanka as long as these thieving bigots stop rocking the boat.

      “I agree with Dr J 100%.”

      Give us one good reason.

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    DJ is constantly proposing solutions for the various problems confronting this country. And according to him, adopting and implementing his solutions would put things “back on track”. He seems to be very fond of using that phrase! All I can say is, if we take his advice, everything will go “off the rails!”

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    DJ looking at present political climate GR is the only alternative solution we have. you are dead right on this DJ. Leader is not supposed to be expert on every field but his duty is to recognize suitable expertise for the country and utilise them for betterment of the country. in this case GR has that leadership qualities than anybody else when consider present day politicians or political leaders.

    Terrorism is the violation of others basic human rights as such terrorists and their apologists are not entitled for any basic human rights. leader’s duty is to remove them from the society in whatever the way possible. Apologists may be in various forms in disguise. may be as journalists may be as any other professionals. no matter whatever it is a leader’s duty is to .silence them forever using whatever the expertise and resources are available. white or black van is not the issue but removal them from the earth is the key.

    Likewise removal of present day political leadership from the power is the need of the hour. it has to be done by legal political means.person who can mobilize general public towards that end is GR.as people can trust him depend on him for better future with past experience.

    people may write lots of thing here as per their political will but country need someone like GR to guide country towards its glory.

    people who follow terrorism oriented military doctrine may oppose him as they know with such a leader their doctrine can not be continued as it is. without modernisation. as such GR’s supporters should not look at them at all.

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    I can understand the colombo centric, selfish, anti national, leeches not wanting a strong Sri Lanka hence hating the political leadership that was responsible for rooting out terrorism from our fatherland. But why are the village donkeys following the colombo clan and acting all anti national? Do they even know how patriotic people in developed countries are?

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      It works like this. The kollupitiya gang who have nothing except their inherited wealth and paid qualifications wants to be suddas so they hate themselves and become Sinhala haters. The villagers wants to be like Colombians specially those who migrate to outskirts of Colombo so they blindly follow the kollupitiya gang and become anti Sinhala without them even realizing it.

      That is why this country has 80% Sinhala population but elects an anti sinhala buddhist government 90% of the time. This is exactly what happens in African failed states too.

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    Looks like DJ wants to be the Steve Bannon of Sri Lanka…

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    What a hypocrite? Not a word on Gota’s admission of the abduction.

    One day, this guy will be the victim of the very Gota and Mahinda he praises now if and if they come to power. They have ably demonstrated how he was unceremoniously dumped as the ambassador to the UNHRC after securing a resolution in favour of Sri Lanka.

    From the time of his membership in the NE provincial council, his advice to the Rajapakses to implement the 13A in full and then what he is now, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realise that he is an opportunist, a deceiving and calculative opportunist just like a parasite.

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    Hello DJ,

    This is ‘uneducated’ again. You got a PhD and the other lowlives who were MR’s henchmen had knives, swords, guns, bombs and ‘kudu’ to do the dirty tasks is the only difference!!!!

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    “……………Hafeel Farisz has written a double-barreled critique of Gotabaya Rajapaksa and me (DJ)……..”

    DJ showing off the quadruple-barreled gun give to him off the Avant-Garde amoury

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    most of commontators are still living in pre 08th Janury 2015 period. Sri Lanka’s social – political and economic scenarios are changing fast. As a person who was critical on GR, probably I might also vote for GR in the next election.

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      Suresh

      ” probably I might also vote for GR in the next election.”

      Don’t you love your family?

      Why are you angry with your family and friends?

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        Native,
        average of our people have no brains. Their choices are based on emotions.
        See, amies have for Trump:: Today, he is not welcome by EU leaders.

        Today the manner Dr Merkel s first ever meeting with US new man Trump is read as COLDER as never before.
        Trump is like a square peg in a round hole for world politics.

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        Native Vedda.

        We love our families. That is why we need a person like Gotabhaya. I do not know where the fk you live. As a father who lost my son from a LTTE bomb, we know the agony and stress we went through before Rajapakse family decided to eliminate barbaric Tamil Tiger terrorists. Rajapakse family has a proven record for bringing peace to my country. We Sinhalese look at the big picture and not bothered about petty things that anti-Rajapakse goons are trying to highlight. I can understand why LTTE sympathizers hate Rajapakse family and our armed forces. Because of their dedication, Sun God had to go to hell. We pray that he will not be released from hell for trillion years.

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          Do you know that this wedda used to cheer every time the army experienced a setback and it looked like tigers will live another few years to destruct our nation? These are types of selfish elitists that hang here and unfortunately that our village donkeys try to imitate.

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            Leo probably with Sinha Le

            “Do you know that this wedda used to cheer every time the army experienced a setback and it looked like tigers will live another few years to destruct our nation?”

            Where did you see me celebrating the death of anyone?

            What is your nation? Can you define your nation and explain how did you come to imagine that you have a nation? The island inherited a colonial state. When and how did you build a nation that belongs to you?

            If you cannot respond to my above queries please ignore as others have done. Now tell me whether you have any idea about what you are typing here.

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          Thilak

          “I do not know where the fk you live”

          Are you one of those desperate driver/operator for Gota’s fleet of white vans who is oroactively marking potential victims?

          “As a father who lost my son from a LTTE bomb, we know the agony and stress we went through before Rajapakse family decided to eliminate barbaric Tamil Tiger terrorists.”

          If what you say is true, our deepest sympathy.
          However, your son’s untimely death though too personal and painful for you and your family I believe you also regret the deaths of others since 1958, particularly 1971 and between 1987 and 1990, and over the past 30 years.

          Look you can gloat until the cows come home, however the fact remain that the war victory and destruction of LTTE was due to the active participation of Hindia and USA. MR and and GR on the record thanked Hindia and said without Hindia they would not have won the war.

          As a little islander you do not have nothing to celebrate but the borrowed war victory.

          “We Sinhalese look at the big picture and not bothered about petty things that anti-Rajapakse goons are trying to highlight.”

          Had the Sinhala/Buddhist bigoted noisy minority (you are one of them) looked at the big picture you would not have ended up killing your own people, tens of thousands.

          “Sun God had to go to hell.”

          Where do you thing MR and GR will be after their passing away? Will you follow them.

          Unlike you I do not believe in hell or heaven, a Christian idea. If there is hell as you sincerely believe I hope you collect enough merit to avoid the sun god.

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          Thilak:

          I am not sorry at all that you lost your son to the LTTE bomb. Your pain as a father is as equal to the pain to Dr Manoharan who lost his son to the barbaric sinhalese. Those fathers whose daughters were brutally and mercilessly raped and murdered not only carried the pain but also the social stigma that went along with it.

          Your son was not hand-picked to be bombedbut Dr Manoharan’s son was murdered because he was a Tamil. It so happened that your son was at the wrong place at the wrong time but the Tamil girls were handpicked and inflicted the kind of shame – something you would not have wished to happen to your wife, your sister, your mother or your daughter. The LTTE stands tall in that not even one sinhalese woman was ever condemned to such horrendous crime. You belong to such a rapist class. To the extent that you have neither sympathy nor feelings for those helpless women who had to endure such fate for just being Tamils, then to hell with your loss.

          If you care to unwind your mind, the Rajapakses dismissed your war hero Sarath Fonseka and he was carried off to the prison as how dwarfs are dragged off. It is also a well-known fact that the Rajapakses “bought” Prabhakaran not to vote and he managed to slip through with the sinhalese votes.

          How naive of you to claim “we sinhalese” as that sounds hollow. Are you speaking for ALL the sinhalese, as the facts show that the sinhalese are quite a confused and confrontational lot that they will murder their fellow brethren to get the forbidden fruits. Also, yours and the Rajapakses will be a pipe-dream to helm the coveted position if the Tamils and the other minorities turn their backs on your heroes, as was witnessed in the last presidential and parliamentary elections. Your heroes bit the dust, didn’t they and even your rejoice couldn’t help the fallen Humpty Dumpty.

          It looks like your Rajapakses may be consigned to history unless they make peace with the Tamils, the kind of politics that you are so grossly ignorant of.

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            jansee

            “I am not sorry at all that you lost your son to the LTTE bomb.”

            Yours is uncalled-for typing, a cruel way of saying “you deserve it Thilak”.

            Whether Thilak’s claim is true or not, no one is deserve to die prematurely.

            Go away think about, come back and apologize to Thilak .

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              Native Vedda:

              There are these rare moments where I reflect and with the benefit of hindsight and I do have registered my apologies for what I have written. What Tilak has written and expressed does not fall into that category. Quite frankly, such a thought or position has been reflected upon even before it was penned and Thilak does not deserve neither sympathy nor apologies. To do so belittles the brutal rape and murders by a ruthless regime and the permanent scars the remaining people have to carry. It can even be a consolation that the LTTE’s attack did not handpick in this case and even Tamils could have been victims whereas Dr Manoharan’s son was specifically murdered because he was a Tamil. The stoic silence by every sinhalese regime in admitting guilt does not help either.

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                jansee

                “It can even be a consolation that the LTTE’s attack did not handpick in this case and even Tamils could have been victims whereas Dr Manoharan’s son was specifically murdered because he was a Tamil.”

                There had been many lives lost in this island since April 1971.

                An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind, as Mahatma Gandhi pointed out.

                The wanton violence perpetrated by all sides didn’t achieve any tangible gain to the people, particularly the Tamils in the North East. Of all, a person of Tamil origin to wish the death of another shows the how the country has been brutalised and has lost its sense of humanity, compassion, justice, etc.

                People like Thilak and yourself are the sole cause of death and destruction.

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                  Native Vedda:

                  Tamils have been at the receiving end since independence. Tamils have been brutalised and murdered and worse the state perpetrated crimes including rape that left the Tamils with no one to turn to except taking up arms. By the time the Tamils resorted to arms, there was nothing left for the Tamils to hope for.

                  It is funny though that you would suggest that if any female member of your family has been grabbed by a person in authority, gets raped and even murdered, that you would watch idly and quote Gandhi’s words. Incidentally, Gandhi had proclaimed that violence can be accepted under such circumstances. He even had said that he would not preach ahimsa under such circumstance and that violence as a form of defense can be used for protection. For all your biblical discourse, you ought to know that the Tamils’ acts were and have been defensive in nature.

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          Well written, Tilak. Rajapakses got the job done, unlike the globe-trotting Ranil or CBK who bought a UK mansion and tried to divide the country with LTTE. LTTE came close to assassinating Gothabaya, luckily he survived and finished them off. If the majority people of the country wish to elect another Rajapakse, that is their choice.

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            Lester

            “Rajapakses got the job done,”

            Did they?

            Didn’t VP help them to win the war?

            What do you have to say about Rajapakses’ on the record statement that without Hindians they would not have won the war?

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      These UNP/JVP zombies think they hate Gota but what they actually hate is their own identity.

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    “Gotahabaya and Mahinda are the closest that come to Fidel and Mahinda” says Dayan.

    So by implication Dayan says that the Fidel and Raul were 1) Racists 2) Operated White Vans3)Killed people who asked that their water be not polluted 4)Used the army personnel as scavengers and park cleaners 5) Had Greese Yakkas6)Were god fathers of organizations similar to the BBS and Tawheed Jamath 7)Siphoned off millions of dollars and stashed them away in foreign banks etc etc.Dayan knows best since he hero worships the Rajapaksas and the Castros equally.

    it is said when one receives too much knowledge one ends up an idiot.Dayan you have arrived there!

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    Gota as President and Mahinda as PM …..recipe for disaster

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    Dr DJ “Mahinda and Gotabaya Rajapaksa are the closest Sri Lanka come to a Fidel and Raul Castro combination”
    yes if we want Sri Lanka to end up as Cuba, Gota and Mahinda will deliver it no doubt

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    Dayan Jayathilake is extremely dishonest and he wants Sri lanka to be the only country that Recycle politicians when they left in disgrace or whether they destroyong the country. Everybody knows the character and the history of some of the politicians that you recommend.

    If Dayan Jayathilake is a rural villager who does not know about the world I can believe it. He is educated, he has taught university students, he has worked in the UN, has lived many parts of the worlds and has a long resume.

    Yet, this dishonesty and desire to screw up sri lanka. Ultimate as Triaotrs to the country in which they born.

    You know the how reputation of a politician is important except in Tamilnadu, Sri lanka ……………when theives are the kings and queens.

    In a decent society, Dayan Jayathilake people should be black listed or what ever as traitors to the country/

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    DR DJ. “My formula of Gota as President and Mahinda as PM was the development of an idea that came up in an extended interview that DBS Jeyaraj conducted with me on the occasion of my 60th birthday last December.

    wow two great minds of Sri Lanka in conversation……brought about this brilliant concept of Gota for President and Mahinda for PM.

    we can now wait for Pitasanna Shanmugathas’s article in conversation with “DBS and DJ”

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    DJ, the only intellectual who acts like a person to seek a place in Mara Gota combine government the position of Minister of Foreign Affairs, a job he is incapable of doing after what he did to Sri Lanka in Geneva in 2009 by selling Sri Lanka to the GTF and the international community by tabling the 13 -Amendment to take revange from MR now trying to apply Butter to keep them happy. Today Sri Lanka and its citizen are so divided due to DJs traitorous act which force Gota to ask his brother to sack the pro Tamil DJ from the position. How can Gota be a President while holding US citizenship and allowing K P to go Scot free for US $ One billion and Two ships can be trusted DJ is a self seeking man to get a Diplomatic position may sell these two brothers if Ranil show him a carrot of a Diplomatic position. How many in Sri Lanka knows about actual situation in Cuba?

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    Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka:

    champika Ranawaka and gota – team is a good choice.

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    Dyan

    You are saying that in your interview with DBS Jeyaraj you have “noted that Mahinda and Gotabaya Rajapaksa are the closest Sri Lanka come to a Fidel and Raul Castro combination.”

    Apart from the fact that Mahinda and Gota like Fidel and Raul Castro are brothers, how can you compare those true communists to these Sri Lankan racists?

    How dare you claim to be an intellectual backed up by a PhD!

    Fidel and Raul are communist warriors who took their country to new heights against that “Satan America” which was all out to destroy Cuba. Are Fidel and Raul racists like Mahinda and Gota who both still refuse to allow Ranil and Sirisena to grant even some minimal rights to the Tamils?

    You have now become the Goebbels of Mahinda & Co. Perhaps you may be looking for a Ministerial post in the event Mahinda comes back to power. What a pathetic self-seeker you are!

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      It was Gota and MR who held provincial council elections in both east and north and created the first ever Tamil language administrations in Sri Lanka. Just because your leaders cannot cooperate with the government and want to play games using Indian and western powers MR or GR is not bound to give political concessions to you?

      Do you really think we are mad to give more and more power to a party that continue to work against Sri Lanka?

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        Sach

        Before you start writing comments to Colombo Telegraph better read history.

        The first ever Tamil language administration was created on 10 December 1988 when Varadaraja Perumal became the first Chief Minister of the North Eastern Provincial Council after the elections held to the merged Northern and Eastern Provinces in November that year.

        Tamils do not want political concessions. They only want their rights to be a self-governing people within a united Sri Lanka with equal rights as citizens of Sri Lanka.

        Tamils are not working against Sri Lanka or Sri Lankan people or Sinhala people. They are only working against the racist agenda of the Sri Lankan government.

        Even now Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is working with the Ranil-Srisena government and supporting the government in order to get them agree to a minimal set of proposals to settle the Tamil issue.

        It is MR and Gota and their Joint Opposition who are opposed to these proposals. It is their Sinhala racist policies that blind their eyes.

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          he first ever Tamil language administration was created on 10 December 1988 when Varadaraja Perumal became the first Chief Minister of the North Eastern Provincial Council after the elections held to the merged Northern and Eastern Provinces in November that year./// The first thing this administration did when came to power was to pass a resolution saying 13A is not enough. And what next? issued a statement that NE is eelam..So this is a stupid example for a tamil lng administration and further proves why tamils cannot be trusted.

          First or not, it was thanks to MR and GR both north and east are functioning.

          //Tamils do not want political concessions. They only want their rights to be a self-governing people within a united Sri Lanka with equal rights as citizens of Sri Lanka. //

          Tamils are given equal rights as citizens. But forming ethnic ghettos and self determination is not a minority right.

          //Tamils are not working against Sri Lanka or Sri Lankan people or Sinhala people. They are only working against the racist agenda of the Sri Lankan government. //
          What tamils attempt to do and the so called federal will ultimately result in Sri Lanka divided into two large provinces and colonial states of India. Sri Lanka’s N and E would become a part of India. And you guys have proven that beyond doubt.

          //Even now Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is working with the Ranil-Srisena government and supporting the government in order to get them agree to a minimal set of proposals to settle the Tamil issue. // Really? What i see is TNA making life extremely difficult for the current government no matter how much appeasing this gov is.

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    The way Dayan Jayathilake is propsing another seven beggers’ soup, Sri lanka will be again In trouble.

    Mahinda Rajapakse screwed up voters. Now, horapalanaya is doing the same.

    Dayan’s proposal is ingenious to finish off Sinhale which won’t be burried with the new constitution.

    This is an excellent proposal to get more snakes inside, Read and see what Gunarathnam is planing,and to devide the sinhala buddhist vote and make Ranil win again. Some of the people that you propose are definitly to defeat sinhala -people by dividing the vote.

    This is not a ground breaking proposal. Just by people desperate for power.

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    So is DJ trying to promote another Rajapaksa reign, white vans and all? Unfortunately Sri Lankans have very short memories, and forget the years of corruption on a large scale (we still have it in a lesser degree unfortunately), nepotism (over 200 family members in the administration), racists in yellow robes, with sinister ties to anti Muslim nations, causing terror among the minorities, white vans, journalists killed, threatened, and fearing for their lives, and opposition parties being attacked. It would be stupid to give back powers to this corrupt family, for they have ripped the country off with massive commissions, and got away with the loot, maybe hidden in tax free havens, real estate in other nations and here at home.

    The writer is working hard to make it all happen again.

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