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The Long Struggle For National Liberation: Reply To My Critics

By Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

On the heels of Dr. Siri Gamage’s critique come two, not just the one response, by Prof. Laksiri Fernando and Sarath de Alwis. All three authors, Siri Gamage, Laksiri Fernando and Sarath de Alwis (as well as the two young academics quoted by de Alwis) have something strikingly in common.

None of them felt sufficiently motivated (I exempt the younger academics because of their ages) to write a piece in their own names against Wijeweera’s terror campaign which consumed the best of the Left in the 1980s. I did, and more besides, in the ideological, political and strategic policy domains.

Not one of them has felt sufficiently motivated to write a full length piece under their names (I am unaware of any pseudonymous pieces) against the LTTE during the war, when the suicide bombers and assassins were wreaking carnage, still less a piece in urging the military defeat of the LTTE and/or in support of the Sri Lankan State and its armed forces, during the conflict – and especially the crucial last war.

Nor have any of these writers produced a full length piece opposing the Western diplomatic efforts to stop the war at the crucial stage or to interfere in Sri Lanka’s internal affairs on the hypocritical grounds of war crimes. le not having done any of this at a time of great moral and historical challenge for their country and existential threat to it, these authors have been liberal in their critique of the Sri Lankan State, Sinhala nationalism, Mahinda Rajapaksa and of course, me. To put it less diplomatically, these critics have crawled out of whatever comfortable hole they were hiding in during the decades of the civil wars, and have taken to attacking Mahinda Rajapaksa, whose lasting historic merits as a national liberator, re-unifier, victor over fascist separatism and bringer of peace and normalcy, i.e. as a great leader, outweigh by far, the de-merits of his strategic, tactical and policy errors in the postwar period.

None of this is accidental or purely coincidental. Obviously this clutch of cowardly cosmopolitan critics has different priorities, values, and self-images than I do. I cannot respect theirs because I agree with the American colloquialism that “you are only as big as what makes you mad”. I got mad at one of the worst terrorist movements the twentieth century had seen, led by a man whom John F Burns, the Pulitzer Prize winning journalist of the New York Times described as “the Pol Pot of South Asia”. In his ‘The New Terrorism’ ( 1999) Emeritus Professor Walter Laqueur, editor of the Penguin/Pelican handbook on Fascism, wrote that in terms of its “ruthlessness and fanaticism” the only parallel he had encountered for the LTTE were the “European fascist movements of the 1920s and 30s”.

I get mad at countries which do not pay compensation for dropping Agent Orange on the Vietnamese countryside and which used depleted Uranium in the Gulf War, lecture my country, Sri Lanka, on human rights. I get mad at those who adopted scorched earth policies in the Uva and took almost forty years to conclude investigations into Bloody Sunday in Londonderry (without punishing a single uniformed perpetrator) give us deadlines to produce outcomes on accountability. I try to do something about such hypocrisy when I can, such as at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva in 2007-2009.

When those who said and did nothing on such matters take up cudgels against Ranasinghe Premadasa, Mahinda Rajapaksa or me – for my defence of them—I smell moral and intellectual cowardice. Premadasa and Rajapaksa were and are soft targets in comparison with the LTTE and imperialism. I do not prioritize soft targets, militarily, politically, intellectually or otherwise. Only cowards do. I prefer to take on hard targets.

Laksiri Fernando attributes my priority for the state over governance solely to Carl Schmitt, who is only one of my sources of intellectual inspiration. He disappoints me greatly. As a political scientist he should be well aware of the great tradition of Realism in Political Thought and History, ranging from Kautilya and Thucydides through Machiavelli to Lenin, which placed precisely the problems of power and the State above governance and rights, as objects of theory and strategy. Were they all fascists and Nazis? How stupid can one get?

Fernando should also know that the emphasis on patriotism and the revival of nationalism arises within the most internationalist projects, based on the objective strategic situation in which they find themselves. Did the Bolsheviks ever think they would invoke the slogan of the defense of the Socialist Fatherland as they did in 1919, when the fledgling revolutionary state was under siege? Does Laksiri Fernando forget that the tradition he belonged to, that of Trotskyism—yes, Fernando, Gamage and de Alwis, all were Trotskyists at one time—raucously accused Stalin of resorting to Great Russian Chauvinism when he allied with the Russian Orthodox Church and raised the mobilizing slogan of a Great Patriotic War against the Nazis? I am pleased to be in such company. After all in a country in which the main trend on the Left was that of Trotskyism in its various shapes and forms, I opted from my teens, for the other tradition with its strong defense of Stalin and Mao, as Laksiri would very well recall. If his memory has not lapsed, he would also remember that the tendencies he belonged to excoriated Fidel, Che, the Cuban revolutionaries, the Nicaraguan Sandinistas and the Latin American revolutionary current taken as a whole – which I strongly supported, then as now– as ‘nationalists’.

Laksiri Fernando touches on my profession of faith as a Catholic to make a point that I have admitted to not being a Buddhist. Well, he knows the maternal branch of my family in Moratuwa well enough to know where I am coming from. As the grandson of a prominent Buddhist proselytizer from Panadura, I admire the essentials of the Dhamma as such, i.e. as a philosophy, which is how my grandfather taught it to me. My respect for Buddhism as a philosophy—and it is one of the many philosophies I respect and draw from– in no way contradicts my Catholic faith. The two are hardly contradictory and are quite compatible as the Jesuit theologian Prof Aloysius Pieris has often observed. It is precisely the Buddhism I learned from my grandfather that makes me look for the chain-like relationship of Cause and Effect, and led me to the quote from Ponnambalam Arunchalam which exposes the founding of the expansionist, unprovoked Tamil Zionist project. Sinhala nationalism was an effect, a defensive reaction, not the/a cause.

This holds true to this very day, as we have seen from the despicable and dangerous Genocide Resolution and its handing over to the UN’s Jeffrey Feltman by Chief Minister Wigeswaran. This act should have caused the dissolution of the Northern Provincial Council –while retaining, not abrogating the 13th amendment. It is not surprising that Laksiri Fernando, Siri Gamage, Sarath de Alwis, Romesh Hettiarachchi et al have not written articles attacking that resolution or its authors!

Matters are slightly more pathetic when it comes to Sarath de Alwis. He expends much powder and shot quoting from the young academic Asanga Welikela. De Alwis’ effort is a fiasco, because Welikela deals with a Ministerial memorandum of 1944, while I have traced the roots of Tamil racism back (at least) to 1922. Research material pertaining to 1944 cannot overturn the status of a founding moment or ‘thesis’ which dates back to the inauguration of a Tamil political project by a highly reputed Tamil political personality, over two decades earlier (and published in the issue of Torch in 1922).

Let us revisit Mr. Ponnambalam Arunachalam’s founding statement of 1922: “…It has far higher aims in view, namely to keep alive and propagate these precious ideals throughout Ceylon, Southern India and the Tamil Colonies, to promote the union and solidarity of Tamilakam, the Tamil Land. We should keep alive and propagate these ideals throughout Ceylon and promote the union and solidarity of what we have been proud to call Tamil Eelam… All this requires heavy outlay of money for which I trust the Tamil Community, and especially its wealthier members here and in the Federated Malay States, will contribute liberally.

Does Arunachalam’s discourse sound like a pre-emptive call for justice, equality of treatment as individual citizens and guaranteed rights for a “national minority” which is how Mr de Alwis’s “ revered editor” (and my late father) Mervyn de Silva refers to the Tamils in the text that Sarath de Alwis so reverently cites? Hardly!

What are the “higher aims” and “precious ideals” that Arunachalam’s clarion call sets out: that of a united Ceylon or humanity perhaps? No, it is those of “the union and solidarity of Tamilakam, the Tamil Land”. Is this not mono-ethnic nationalism, well before Independence or its eve/horizon (1944)? How is the Tamilakam or Tamil Land defined? Where pray, is the “Tamil Land” and what is it? It is quite clearly a combination of Ceylon (or parts of it), Southern India and the Tamil colonies (whatever those were) and the Federated Malay States. Is this not a combination of irredentism and expansionism? Is this not a vision of a Greater Tamil Eelam?

When Ponnambalam Arunachalam talks of “what we have been proud to call Tamil Eelam” does it not mean that the term has been around even before? And given his explicit geographic description is it not clear that this is certainly NOT a mere synonym for the Tamil speaking areas of Ceylon and within a united Ceylon? If so, where then would Southern India, and the Tamil colonies (not to mention the Federated Malay States) come into it?

If this is not an existential threat to Sri Lanka as a country, a state and the Sinhalese as the vast majority of its inhabitants, what on earth would constitute an existential threat? When Arunachalam says “we” should keep alive and propagate these ideals throughout Ceylon, is this not precisely what “we” have done?

If so, is it Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Nugegoda speakers or I who should be attacked for propagating notions of “we” and “they”? Are we not merely patriotic Realists who are responding defensively to an aggressive, expansionist and explicitly cross-border ideology and project?

Are not those such as Fernando, De Alwis, Gamage, Hettiaarachchi et al, trying to obscure this existential threat and lull the majority of this country into a false sense of security? Isn’t this precisely the ideological condition that was inculcated two hundred years ago in 1815 and permitted one and a half centuries of colonial domination of our nation and peoples? Is this not a situation that required and once again requires the posing of the question that the Tibetan Bhikku S. Mahinda posed in his ‘Lanka Maatha’: “Have your eyeballs been struck by lightning, you Sinhalese?”

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      Thank you Dayan for this enlightening explanation of the personal and ideological basis of your beliefs and your actions. You will learn the respect of the majority of this country who are living under an unelected mob government that is scratching for ideas.

      One aspect you have not pointed out about these foreign-dpmiciled “intellectuals” like Gamage and Fernando is that they certainly know which side their bread is buttered!

      The reason why they are quick to paint anyone even faintly nationalistic as a Nazi is to curry favours with the academic establishment in the West that is nearly 100% Zionists these days. So they romanticise Tamil Zionism and abuse anyone against as a Nazi.

      Ignore them and keep up on the path you have taken so far. Good luck.

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        Dayan

        First, you liberate yourself from your gallivanting scatterbrain crusade.

        Then you think of carrying out a struggle for national liberation.

        You are a pseudo pompous needing serious reincarnation.

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          Dayan is the son of the well known Mervyn De Silva.

          Instead of going as Dayan De Silva why did he change is name to Dayan Jayatilleke?

          Something wrong here.

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          I got mad when this mad, as he describes himself, uttered his madness in the UN in the years aftermath of war against the US because of his inherent hatred and helped hook the MR and Co into a war crime and, I get mad when still he didn’t realise he has a mad cow disease, but realising what was going on in reality, MR fired both Tamara and smart patriotic with no reason given. I am also getting mad not knowing what is he doing for living now a days, if he kept bombarding the CT. Should it be one of the reasons that countries like SL be given a nominal freedom of expression for guy like this to go work and earn some money. I am sure CT didn’t pay fir him for all this bs.

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      Dayan, after shooting so many blanks during the Presidential election campaign, is now playing the role of the new thug in the block!

      He sounds like that other stupid guy George Bush: “Either you are with us or against us”!

      Despite his professed book-learning Dayan does not countenance a Middle Path.

      It seems he needs to get a little more education on Buddhism, and gives the lie to his claim: “As the grandson of a prominent Buddhist proselytizer from Panadura, I admire the essentials of the Dhamma as such, i.e. as a philosophy, which is how my grandfather taught it to me. My respect for Buddhism as a philosophy—and it is one of the many philosophies I respect and draw from”.

      Come, come Dayan in case you are short of cash there is a brilliant vacancy at Madamulana to massage MR’s aching feet every evening after his strenuous new day job as attesting witness at village weddings!

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    Dev

    Is there a vacancy for a day job with lots of overtime including weekends.

    Please let me know

    Thanks

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      What is his qualifications?

      When we give jobs we look for people who have stuck it out for a couple of years (at least) in the same job and learnt a thing or two….

      on the other hand if you go from branch to branch with no fixed abode (in Dayan’s case principle)…what can we give to such people?

      Has he ever done a 9-5 job? Not that I am aware of !

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        Dev

        Dayan the war monger justifies his racism by repeatedly quoting P Arunachalam as:

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

        He clearly has an ability to selectively read, interpret, perceive danger from all corners of the world. In so doing he failed to notice his good friend Prof Peter Schalk’s comment:

        Two Nation’ Claim By Chief Minister Wigneswaran
        Peter Schalk
        March 6, 2015 at 4:25 pm

        The quotation allegedly referring to Ponnambalam Arunacalam is a fake. He never said Tamil Ealam. He said Tamil Akam. Tamil Akam is not a state, but a cultural region. Tamil Ealam was coined by Cellappa Cuntaralingam in the 1950s. The fake was produced by M Vaityalingam in his book on Ponnambalam Ramanatan in 1977. He has later confessed his crime. His fake has then been quoted by historians, journalists and by webpages. Now Dayan Jayatillke has gone into the trap and taken over it. He concludes that Tamil nationalism is aggressively assertive! On what grounds? There are no grounds.

        What would you usually expect from an intellectually honest person?

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          “What would you usually expect from an intellectually honest person?”

          This is the problem, Dayan has never been a intellectually honest person !!!!

          This is the root cause of all the problems, intellectual dishonesty !

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            Dev

            The Neo Nazi writes:

            “Laksiri Fernando touches on my profession of faith as a Catholic to make a point that I have admitted to not being a Buddhist.”

            Does he mean that though he was a catholic he didn’t practice his faith?

            “I experimented with marijuana a time or two, and didn’t like it,’ I didn’t inhale, and I didn’t try it again.”

            Bill Clinton

            The war monger is increasingly following US presidents from Abraham Lincoln , George Bush to Bill Clinton.

            Whats going on here?

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        Qualifications:
        Dayan got into Pera Uni in a side stream. I believe it is languages stream in English medium which had no real uni entrance competition. The way this DJ DeSilva talks, I am wondering whether he had first or second upper honors to be qualified to do graduate studies.. Or whether he got a scholarship through a sideline again, this is not uncommon in SL. I can find it by one phone call if I really want.
        I think my comments are too personal, but stupidity of this type of guys pull the country backwards and I can’t think of a way to free this poor country and its poor people from this kind of stupid but deterministic war mangers ..

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        Number one qualification he possesses is to abuse his diplomatic achievement for his revengeful agendas. These agendas are based on his personal vendetta – else, he should discuss them with the parties directly met with them. Each and every article brought by him contained 75% against Ranil Wickramasinghe, CBK and insisting that opposed MR were proxy imperialists. Latter is what Wimal Buruwanse and Musamil go on saying to the world creating all panics for their political surivival.

        In retrospect, people can see it right today- alone the electon of MS proves that. wE THOUGHT people in general are mad in SL – to allow looters and highly abuse guys such as Sajin and other goons under the lead of Mahinda to react the way they performed publicly. Alone Mahinda s son to make public statements as Dr. Dambare Amila Thero makes it very clearly, such as that CSN sender is not theirs is something like …. deceiving the nation further knwoing that the prevailing mechanims cant catch them whatever the high abuses or crimes they may have done. Else, how can a president son to add such thoughts without his lawyers.. anyways, all these are jokes for those who listen and watch on the screens. If had a least respect to them would diminish within seconds asking self, where we are.

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    This man has made up his mind:

    His thinking is like this; either you are with us or you are against, where ‘us’ denotes the Sinhala Buddhist supremacist majority, who want hegemony all over the island subjugating and persecuting Tamils, Muslims, Christians and others.

    good luck to your project: You really want a Nazi Sri Lanka!

    He is not satisfied with all the destruction and havoc caused since independence so far. If Sinhala people subscribe to his thinking in large numbers, we are in for more havoc and bloodshed.

    As the living sage of Asia, Lee Kuan Yew said: The Sinhala leaders he has met are all racists! One must read his books, since he is a renowned political thinker respected worldwide, not like midget of a political scientist like our friend, who keeps on barking racism, but has no track record of any significant achievements, other than lying in Geneva about the genocide of Tamils in the war.

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    NOT READ, DISREGARDED.

    I am sure this is the best comment which should be written by all to DAYAN THE D…..’S ARTICLES..

    They say a person is judged by the company he keeps. It is obvious that he wants to bring back TSUNAMI HORA TURNED STATE PLUNDERER to rob our state once more.

    Enough is enough of his crap and just ditch him together with TSUNAMI HORA AND THE 40 THIEVES.

    PLEASE DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME COMMENTING THIS PSYCHE’S CRAP, EVENTUALLY HE WILL STOP WRITING WHEN HE KNOWS THAT NO ONE IS READING HIS ARTICLE.

    HOPE ALL WILL JOIN THIS WORTHY CAUSE.

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      This nitwit DJ [Edited out]

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    So what some Tamil guy said in 1922 is the basis to decide that all Tamils are non-Sri Lankan and that only a nationalist majoritiarian state can protect the Sinhalese? And then because other countries do bad things (mostly not to their own citizens) Sri Lanka should be allowed to do bad things to its Tamil citizens?

    That seems to be the gist of the logic. Nasty, nasty little man. Heil Rajapakse, Herr Jayatilike.

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      No what a respected tamil leader then said in 1922 is the basis to decide Eelam was a project that has its origins in early 20th century and not some post independence result as tamils allege

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    “Are we not merely patriotic Realists who are responding defensively to an aggressive, expansionist and explicitly cross-border ideology and project?” – asks DJ.

    An inspiring piece as usual. He thinks that by quoting one or the other, or extracting from them some elements, to make his own “whole”, however specific in context those ekements, he could extricate himself from the ideological and philosophical muddle he is in now.

    In my humble view, his is not even a patch on what Dr. Siri Gamage and Dr.
    Lakshri Fernando have produced. When you are preconceived, only those on the margins of intellect will be convinced.

    The one sentence I have higlighted above from his piece shows that he is good at tilting at windmills. Bravo, DJ, continue your imaginary combat.

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    And another point. Some Tamil said something in 1922 – a famous Sinhala president said in 1990s that if ‘he starved the Tamils the SInhalese would be happy’ – so on that basis should the Tamils forget about reconciliation just go for independence?

    How do you work on uniting a country by making silly arguments based on what one person said (90 years ago or 25 years ago) or another … that is not how to build the future of Sri Lanka.

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    I am extremely saddened by this man’s utterances. He has cherry picked and convoluted matters to justify non-existential existential threats as he claims for the Sinhala nation. He projects that the Sinhalese are in danger because the current government is imperialistic and selling out the Sinhala heritage!

    He used Ponnampalam Arunachalam’s speech in 1922 to show that the concept of Tamil Eelam existed from that time. He conveniently forgets that Ponnampalam A referred Tamil Eelam to denote the whole of Sri Lanka. Moreover, the speech was made during the colonial period when peoples and communities were trying to protect and foster their identities. It was the same desire that drove Anagariga Dharmapala to endeavour to protect and foster Sinhala Buddhist conscience.

    The Genocide claim from the NPC has come as a god-sent for him! He has not said a word about how the President was received in the North. Chief Minister addressed the President as Our President; made reference to all Sri Lankans becoming trilingual within a united Sri Lanka. He ignored all these positive things but focusing on the irrelevant speech made in 1922 to score cheap points!

    He should know that it was the Kandiyans who advocated and demanded Federal Constitution well before Tamils adopted that concept. Chelvanayagam negotiated two pacts with the Sinhala leaders. Both were just and thoroughly workable and both were derailed by the folks like this man resulting in unimaginable sufferings, deaths, rape & mutilations and destructions to property and economy.

    In the year of 2015, this man has not leaned a single lesson from the past. He egregiously uses the ethnic divide to further his narrow views. He projects incorrigible stance; I know it all; I know as to what is good for the Sinhala. He eschews the academics who take issues with his racist utterances with disdain. This man is totally unscrupulous and dangerous not just to Sri Lanka but to the entire Indian sub-continent.

    This man must not succeed, and to this end, all including the NPC, and TNA, and the Tamils Diasporas must watch their steps in terms of what they say, write, and do. They must not give any ammunition to this man as he is very good at turning moles’ hills in to mountains luridly will fuel his racist agenda.

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    Ane pawu… DJ is slowly but surely walking into obscurity…
    I mentioned these comments 4-5 months ago… DJ had such an enormous personal anger against Ranil W. and he looked soooo unprofessional by expressing that in public. And now? no positions for him in the foreign services for sometime to come… And oh my me… he had to get on stage with Weerawansa… oh geese DJ… I thought you were marketing yourself as an intellectual… and then to get on stage with Weerawansa… hahahaha…

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    I do not know if a responsible website would publish articles of a depraved political pervert like this…Look how much hatred he has stirred up within the readers and other writers…The reason for their anger is simple:Their intellect is being challenged by the dumbest arguments from a low life shameless rajapaksa fanatic…People tend to react with anger when they feel their intelligence is being insulted…That’s exactly what this psychopath is doing…If a mad dog comes in to a place full tamed peaceful people, it would not be peaceful anymore…People would stop their day to day activities and would try to chase the dog away…And the dog would start to bark more..If Colombo Telegraph has any shame or responsibility,it should stop promoting racist hate mongering maniacs like this..We are not “Divaina” readers..Do not let the mad dogs in

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      Colombo Telegraph certainly must review their editorial policy. Right now, they seem to have none.

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    THE famous utterance of JR. If he starves the Tamils the Sinhalese would be happy! How do Colombo Chetties decide this?

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    Smart Patriot DJ,
    I’m puzzled by your concluding para and worry about the future of Mother Lanka. It reminds me of Sumanadasa Abeygunawardne’s patriotic act in making MR call for election on the 8th Jan (2 years earlier ) and bringing down his pay master.What Sumane did as an Astrolger, you are doing of a patriotic act as a political analyst.

    If you are honest and love your country you should advise your master to gracefully retire from politics or take a back seat. SL has many talented youngsters among all the races and relgions. From these youngsters a better team of leaders than your ex boss and his regime will emerge. The new leaders will have modern thinking and intellectually challenge you and expose you to nakedness.

    By the way what was the SL political situation before 1815 ? How many kingdoms SL had and how the Kandyan Kingdom fell ? Why you did not talk about the SL under Dutch and Portuguese ?
    Recently your ex box signed a pact to give away a chunk of land to a giant country which has already taken the capitalist highway and heading towards the imperial destination.

    You talk about 150 years.If not for the Commonwealth your buddy HLDM would not have comfortable life down under. Same with Palitha. Why BARA & GORA and the likes still retain their US citizenship?

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    Another load of crap from this bloated, egoistic, demented idiot. CT, please stop publishing stupid comments from this deranged imbecile. We certainly respect the intellectual vigor of Laksiri and Siri and reading DJ is like emptying one’s bowels.

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    Well said Dayan.

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    Has he ever done a 9-5 job?

    No but boozing from 9 PM to 5 AM. When the quality of the booze goes down, so his thinking.

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      He did.

      As an Ambassador of SL in Paris.

      He was pen pushing from his office against his own counterpart in London Ksenuka Seneviratne and also Israel.

      Even could not tolerate his behaviour. He was recalled.

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    It is farcical that this totally anglicised Goat is talking about cosmopolitan and existential threats to this country when one look at him and the way his speaks Singlish will convince anyone that he is as white as they come despite his sad black behind.

    To speak of liberation from this farangi is like asking the british for help in liberating the empire.

    How many fools will continue to believe such a Parangi Nut talk about national liberation and existential threat.
    His only existential threat is whether he is going to drink French wine or portugese wine from his many mistresses?

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    Dr. Dayan Jayatilleke champions national sovereignty over good governance. Ugh? Come again? It’s like having a pot with no broth in it. When did this become an either/or construct?

    So in DJ’s world it’s OK to be a racist scumbag as long as you subscribe to the sovereignty platform. He should be thanked for baring the naked face of racism as we now know just exactly what we are up against.

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    When Ponnambalam Ramanathan a highly qualified and real patriot was there … a clerk from Rubber Control Department with JSC qualification was made as a first PM of the British …the decay of SL started ..Stephan Senanayake..Dudly Senanayake…Solomon Dias Bandaranayake….Junias Richard Jayawardena..John Kotalawela …Percy Rajapakse all these so called leaders were born Christian change their religion for enjoy politics but couldn’t change their original names….

    There were no real Malayali origin Sinhalese to save the country or rule…

    Why not then this Burger DJ this country ?…he he he

    Soon chinese will rule ….and they will find an everlasting solution …

    Veera Puran Appu was labelled as a terroist shot and killed by British Soldiers ….Malayali-Sinhalease calle him Hero…but others are Terroists for these MHADANAMUTHAS

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    the astonishing fact is these socialists – laksiri fernando, Siri Gamage, most probably De ALwis too write while living their Capitalist – life style and from their naturalized – country.

    they are preaching socialism from their capitalist country.

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      The self-flagellating ex-Sri Lankans want ‘reconciliation’ at ANY cost as demanded by the ex-colonial masters.

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    DJ is jobless but works overtime to keep himself going. What does he think of the Northern Provincial Council. Does he want them to be a puppet to the regime in the centre. They have been elected by the people in the North and they have to represent their people and their feelings. In their minds they have lost a lot of people, their kith and kin and can’t they ask what happened to them.

    People like DJ do not want to understand this but want to perpetuate the communal hatred.

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    Dear Dayan…Thanks mate..

    You have said most of what I wanted to say in my previous post.

    Our Dalits are happy that they have at least one Elite inhabitant dude to articulate their feelings to the world.

    Keep up the good work to protect the rights of the Dalits ,the ones in the South in particular who are now under attack more than ever before..

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      KAS – what post was that? Could it have been “The Origins Of Chelvanayakam’s Separatist Politics” by your alter-ego? Of course the sentiments must be the same – Tweedledum and Tweedledee like peas in a pod. The inherent racism in you guys is something to behold!

      Give us a break and spare us the crap.

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    Dayan

    “Is this not a situation that required and once again requires the posing of the question that the Tibetan Bhikku S. Mahinda posed in his ‘Lanka Maatha’: “Have your eyeballs been struck by lightning, you Sinhalese?”

    Dayan why did the Tibetan Bhikku S.Mahinda refer to the eye ball and not to the Brain?

    why didnt he say “Have your brains been struck by lightning, you Sinhalese?”

    is it because he knew then of the famous phrase “Sinhala Modaya” and realised that lightning cant do any more damage to the sinhala brain?

    I apologise to my Sinhala moderate Sinhala friends.

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    Dayan”…Are we not …responding defensively to an aggressive, expansionist and explicitly …..cross-border… ideology and project?

    what cross border ?

    are you acknowledging ..two nation one country or two countries…

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    Dayan

    your articles enlightening to people like us to show that extreme tamil friends have still not given up their pet project for a separate country.
    the very fact that the former Supreme court judge vignesvaran who spent all his life in Colombo and had been “discriminated” and elevated to the ONE OF the highest position that one could aspire and a tamil moderate in my understanding, had the audacity to propose and unanimously pass a Genocide resolution when he was well aware that there was no genocide of tamils but Isolated and sporatic racial violence against Tamils that is also but largely thugs and hooligans instigated by few very extreme sinhalese guys.
    Then we sinhalese have every reason to suspect that tamil politians (elite class/caste) have not given up their project.
    What do these guys trying to tell the world, Sinhale are murderers and they want to eliminate our race from Sri Lanka ,and pl create a separate state and give so that we can live peacefully.
    I deliberately, take the blame out of ordinary tamil people who are our friends and relatives and we have no problem with them.The problem is with the guys like Arunachalum, Vignesvaram who are very clever to rouse communal feelings of innocent tamils so they can have a country to rule and treat their own people but so called low people as their slaves.
    I personally had the opportunity to experience, the discrimination among them during last three years, having worked on projects in the North as a senior engineer and where my office and supporting staff were mostly tamil ,whom I had to be looked after from discrimination by super class guys from top part of North.

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      The theory behind the genocide is, if you accept the thugs were the cause, it just one too many of them, got it, even the forces.

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    If Ponnambalam Arunachalam wanted a greater Eelam in 1922, how could these Australia-living Marxists and Sri Lanka-living Marxists support 13-A.

    I am glad Dayan has come a longway to support Sinhala Buddhists, but he has to take the final step, that of convincing MahindaR to abolish 13-A and empower Tamil man/woman with Jana Sabhas.

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      Mr. Wiewickrama for a ex Civil Servant this is a very bemeaning comment.Why are being a racialist? During your service with the GOSL, your salary was paid by the Sinhalese, The Tamils, The Muslims and the Burgers. They also included Buddhists, Christians of all denominations, the Hindus and the Islamists of all denominations.If you want to persist in this manner, you should return all the monies earned throughout the period of service including such uncatogorised benefits such as free houses, free transport,free education, free health care, and many more. GROBR.

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    Dayan J is tying himself in knots trying to find reasons to discredit his critics. His arguments are fundamentally unsound but he cleverly thows together unrelated facts to draw empathy from Mahinda’s supporters while confusing other readers.

    Let’s try to look at what his has said here.

    He claims that none of his critics wrote a full length article against either the LTTE or Wjieweera and attempts to claim the moral high ground on the basis that he did. Of what relevance is this?

    If his critics were supporters of the LTTE then their opposition to MR may be viewed as mere carping by supporters of a defeated foe. Is this the case? Does the fact that none wrote against the LTTE immediately turn them into supporters of the movement? Does that fact invalidate any arguments being raised now?

    It does not, but this seems to be his reasoning.

    (A fuller version of my argument is on my blog)

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    Dayan is not an academic alone. He was embedded with Premadasa and Mahinda. His objectivity is clouded or shrouded with materialist interests.He left Paris with a heavy heart.

    Then he rushed to my3 house then turned around to araliya dansala. To claim an electoral defeat as a foreign conspiracy(N’goda)is a kind of academic brilliance.

    The cause of Japanese war crimes was that japanese army worshipped emperor as infallible god.

    Similarly nugegoda crowd was a cult of an infallible uncorrupt leader,similar to Mao (who had many wives).It was similar to the maharagama message of BBS.Thanks Christ it has dissipated now.

    The sinhala army was building temples all around and the army and monk was getting closer. during its tail end some kind of joint operations by the army and BBS was visible.(BBS nishantha admitted that they were helped by army intelligence.

    In the company of gnanasara,nalin and gunadasa dayan is [Edited out].

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    Dayan was always with perverts.RP and MR.He like Weerawanse can change his coolours and is a man without a semblance of ethics. [Edited out]

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    1. If USA dropped Agent Orange bombs on Vietnam, should Vietnam be still occupied by USA?

    2. Depleted Uranium is dropped on a distant country; USA cannot bomb a territory with depleted uranium bombs and claim that the country & people should remain with USA.

    3. Arunachalam or Sonachalam talking of session doesn’t justify genocide; it is like the Delhi rapist’s interview. They protested and you brutally raped and killed a community!

    4. Dayan is repeatedly talking about what happened during the middle ages – as described in Mahavamsa and stoking fears into the hearts of innocent sinhalese. The origin of the ethnic problem lies here – in this poisonous territory.

    5. I wonder if Dayan’s christian background is the reason for inciting such racial hatred. He wants to be accepted into the sinhala buddhist community badly and stoking fears about monstrous tamils serves the purpose. In fact, all extremists from both sides were from marginalised or peripheral communities. They wanted the mainstream Tamil or Sinhala community to accept them as leaders and ignited the racist ideas into a population which is basically the same black/brown indian race.

    Dayan’s racist arguments create a fear psychosis in persons like me, who have felt that Lankan Tamils and Sinhalese should stay united as one Country. Perhaps it is such intellectuals who motivated V.Prabhakaran to wage a suicidal war, refusing any other offer except independent Eelam.

    After reading Dayan I wonder how Tamils can remain with these paranoid psychos whose world view is defined by what some affected monks wrote during middle ages. World has changed a lot, tamils all the more. No Tamil wants to wage a war against Srilanka or occupy or destroy it now. All these are part of history. None of the Tamils want to move to even nearby States in India now, who would even dream of repeating the deeds of those during the Mahavamsa ages?

    So called intellectuals like Dayan are actually digging the grave of United Srilanka.

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      Nobody pointed at what some monks wrote here which I think you were refering to Mahavamsa. Nobody talk about it

      He referred to 1922 speech given by Arunachalam a tamil leader whom the sinhala kids are taught as a national leader by SLG. The point is Eelam demand or movement for eelam is not a post independent movement, but rather a movement that existed much much before.

      I guess you can know the difference between 1922 and middle ages.

      ironically the mahavamsa is referred to by Tamils and not Sinhalese. Ponnambalam was a one who referred to Mahavamsa and Sinhala people in a derogatory manner which resulted in an ethnic riot in 1939.

      So youre understanding or deliberate interpretation of what Dayan says here is wrong.

      And where has he given excuses for a genocide which did not happen? How can a person give excuses for something that did not happen?

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    DJ is [Edited out]

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