15 December, 2017

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The Nation Needs New Hope, New Horizon: The Succession Stakes & Opposition Strategy

By Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

The victory in Round One of the French elections and his highly probable election as the new President of France on May 7th, of Emmanuel Macron, the young outsider with a neo-Centrist or ‘Alt-Centrist’ stance, underscores that the global trend goes against conventional, traditional, established Governments and Oppositions, and favors unorthodox, out of the box, alternative personalities, outside the established party structures and system, with new political fusions/mixes, discourses and projects of Alt-Right, Alt-Left and Alt-Centre.

It was Albert Einstein who is said to have defined insanity as trying to do the same thing and expecting a different result. The Opposition, including its new wing the SLPP, is doing just that. It is expecting that the formula of a purely and exclusively Mahinda-centric, Centre-Left populist nationalism, which narrowly lost two national elections in 2015, can win in 2019-2020, without much change and solely on the basis of the unpopularity of the Government of the day.

This county was the victim of the same erroneous thinking on the part of an earlier version of the Opposition, led by Madam Sirimavo Bandaranaike, which kept the UNP in office and the Opposition out for 17 long and bloody years, until a new factor was introduced into the equation- namely Chandrika, in 1992-1994.

Mrs. Bandaranaike’s SLFP didn’t understand that despite the horrors the country underwent in the 1980s, the Old Guard image and the negatives of her term of office could still be tapped to give sufficient voters pause as to make the difference between victory and defeat, especially with the minorities voting UNP. In 1988 the voters opted for a combination of continuity and change—Premadasa representing continuity with the Open Economy fused with change through his patriotic, pro-poor profile and project. By contrast the SLFP represented a throwback. Ironically it had become a traditionalist, conservative party and national leadership. No repositioning and re-branding was effected until CBK was brought in (thanks largely to Victor Ivan’s ideological efforts).

Today, a simple MR-centric Opposition project, with or without the new party, cannot, in and of itself, be sure of victory merely due to an anti-government swing at the end of this government’s first term.

Looking back at our contemporary political history, both the UNP and the SLFP underwent far greater transformation before they emerged victorious after electoral defeat. The UNP changed twice, and quite drastically, firstly under JR Jayewardene (and R. Premadasa) in 1973-1977, and secondly under Ranasinghe Premadasa in 1988. The SLFP for its part, did so in 1994.

However, today’s Opposition has not changed that much from its defeat in January 2015. In fact it hasn’t changed that much from the Rajapaksa second term which opened the road for those two defeats in 2015.

Was the 2015 defeat predictable? Yes, because it was predicted. That was by a young researcher, now a Yahapalana parliamentarian, Malith Jayatilaka, who was working for the Rajapaksa administration and had been a loyalist for years before he defected at its tail-end. I recall him rolling out to me a sociological and statistical analysis which projected a defeat for MR, and cautioning me about my public stand. I told him that I was supporting MR not because I was sure he would win or thought he couldn’t lose, but because he was more right than wrong while his challengers were more wrong than right. I had told the same thing to presidential candidate Sirisena on Dec 8th 2014.

Malith Jayatilaka’s discerning point was that even in 2005, in the aftermath of Ranil’s treacherous CFA, the margin of MR’s victory was fairly narrow, and though it widened in 2010 after the war, it would normalize and narrow again in 2015. His second and still more interesting point was that an urban educated middle class had grown up in the two decades of SLFP rule and that the aspirations of this class, especially its younger generation, had changed; globalized. They were alienated by the nepotistic style of governance of the Rajapaksas and if no reformist changes and re-profiling were immediately instituted they would defect from the party of their parents.

Malith Jayatilaka proved correct. The question was, what had happened to his predictions? Had he showed them to anyone in the Rajapaksa government? He had indeed, to almost two dozen MPs. He had tried to get through to MR but a powerful Gatekeeper had stopped it. Therefore MR never got the opportunity of hearing his full presentation and seeing the power-point. The Gatekeeper had read the report, dismissed it, relied on a report from his collection of mediocre stooge academics, and sent that report to MR instead. He had also discredited Malith Jayatilaka, calling him variously an NGO agent linked to Kumar Rupesinghe and a RAW agent. Now if Malith were a RAW agent at that time, why on earth would he try to warn the Rajapaksas with as many statistics as possible, of a likely defeat, and the urgent imperative for course correction?

The Gatekeeper who blocked access to MR and dismissed Malith Jayatilaka’s prophetic analysis and projection was Basil Rajapaksa, the ‘master strategist’ of the Rajapaksa second term including the timing of the 2015 election, the disastrous Geneva battles of 2012-2014 and the election campaigns of 2015. He is now the master strategist and de facto chieftain of the new SLFP offshoot the SLPP, and is bidding to be the strategist of the MR camp and the entire Opposition. While he is a very good organizer, empire building, influence peddling and crowd mobilization are different from a winning electoral strategy—still less leading a nation. I don’t see how his electoral-political track record is going to be any different from before.

What is worse is that certainly from ‘Divi Neguma’ if not way before (from the time he won an SLFP youth wing election ‘managed’ against Mahinda by Mrs. Bandaranaike), he has been regarded by himself and his band of loyalists as the worthiest possible successor to his iconic brother Mahinda Rajapaksa as leader of the SLFP and the country itself. The WikiLeaks cables show that this was indicated to some Western embassies which in turn promoted such thinking and began to share it themselves, since they regarded Mahinda and Gotabaya as hardcore nationalists who could not be influenced beyond a point.

The view of BR as MR’s worthy successor, is, to put it mildly, not one that is widely shared in society or even the ranks of the Opposition. One has to be loved/liked or respected and he doesn’t have anything close to either MR’s personality or GR’s narrative. Mahinda radiates strength, resolve, resilience, matchless charm and popular appeal, while Gota projects discipline, determination, studiousness and seriousness. If they get the equation and the ratios right, together they could work wonders for the country. Petulant, intemperate garrulity cannot compete.

No Opposition wins simply because the errors of the Government triggers an anti-incumbency swing. Thus even in its heyday the traditional Left could not beat the UNP in 1952 and 1960. An Opposition wins if it has re-profiled, rebranded and repositioned so it can win back the votes it lost and win over new voters and fence-sitters. An Opposition wins not only if it reflects the mood of society better than the Government does, but if it also reflects the composition and interests of society more accurately than the Government does, tapping into and approximately incarnating society’s hopes for a better future.

An MR+BR Opposition or an MR-centric/BR-driven Opposition with MR as the figurehead and BR “leading from behind”, is not a rebranding. It is a replay of the old profile and family dynamics i.e. the downside of the (postwar) Rajapaksa second term. It may prove unable to decisively break out of and expand its constituency which amounts to somewhere in the high 40% range (i.e. 40% Plus), though at Referendum on a new Constitution, it can beat the Jan 8th 2015 Yahapalana bloc, since it will surf a protest vote.

By contrast, at a regular national election, Gotabaya Rajapaksa (“GR”) can do what Premadasa, CBK and MR did in 1988, 1994 and 2005, namely generate a new message, project a new profile and cut into the vote base of the opposite camp (in this case the UNP), while simultaneously reunifying his own party’s (in this case the SLFP) vote.

In the succession stakes he has several advantages over his much more ambitious and manipulative rival. He is not a traditional politician. He has an authentic narrative of heroism and management and the fused profile of a Warrior-Manager; a Fighter-Defender-Builder. His drawing power is such that he doesn’t have to extend patronage or make deals to secure loyalty and support.    

What the country needs is a source of new hope! It needs a constructive, creative new fusion, an appealing new synthesis. To borrow Maoist terminology, it needs the JO-SLPP as the ‘main force’, MR as the ‘motive force’ and GR as the new, ‘leading force’ or ‘vanguard’—the Presidential candidate. It needs MR as PM, representing populist continuity, and GR as agent and driver, vehicle and visionary, of change—of accelerated national modernization. That in turn imperatively requires the retention rather than the abolition or further weakening of the Executive Presidency.

Anybody, whoever it may be, who is conspiring to or wishes to abolish or further truncate the Executive Presidency and thereby deprive this country of the benefits of a presidential system which facilitates a strong and visionary national leadership, is wittingly or unwittingly going against the National Interest, or to put it more plainly, sacrificing the interest of the country for their own petty, parochial power play.

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  • 13
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    Your Rajapaksa friend are getting ready for another coup attempt!!?

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      This backlicker seems not stopping his devious tricks being played to get Rajaakashes back just because he is made a loose can under the current govt.
      Just not having been able to get own selfish gains, to work diehard to get the rascals back is a shameless act. Those who know about the guy DJ, are well aware of the facts the bugger would never utter anything without preplanned program.
      Now with May day rally ahead of us, may be making every efforts to join them and spread the all germs forming new way of hatreds but in favours of his own wishes.
      At least as an early sexagenarian, he should be well aware of the fact, this country has no future, if we would support rascals again. Meethotamulla incident came into being, just because of not respecting even court appeals in favour of the inhabitants. The damage they have made have tremoured generations. Little ones rise up in that area should have various kinds of health related problems, not being able to see it further.

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        Dayan is eyeing for the foreign ministry and he will join hands with any devil if he gets an indication that he has some chance. Mahinda Rajapakshe appointed him to the Foreign Service but later when he realized that this fellow is a secret agent working for some NGO, he kicked this fellow out. Now he is trying to promote Gotabaya Rajapakshe with very high hopes that his foreign ministry dream will come true. He is unable to realize that Gota is much worse than Mahinda, this fellow will have to remain as a jobless vagabond forever.

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          He will never succeed it.

          He is like a dog caged for a long period. Whatever argument he as an educated person brings is unfortunately no far from the views being added by Wimal weerawanse or the like low lives. Wimal Weerawanse is a school drop out while DJ had achieved a doctorate at least in his 40ties. Both these men are unique to each, DJ has been doing it in ENglish, while low educated WImal does it in Sinhala. All along, bring their kind of verbal attacks since that is the langauge that can outreach masses in this country. Over 60% of the populace are believed to be naive and vulnerable to any tricks. Most of them are controlled by astrology and sorcery tricks. Latter proved the naivity and lack or general knoweldge. But high literacy rates are reported for the decades unlike those read for the neigbouring countries.

    • 9
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      Nobody else, but MR himself will stand against DJ or the like so called, self proclaimed analysts, in the days to come, since, MR would not want GR to do lanken politcs. MR the most abusive of the bunch would even plan an assasination if he sons would not be blocked becoming leaders within his rest of life time.

      We have already Bashar al-Assad (Syria), Turkey (Recep Tayyip Erdoğan), US (Donalt Trump), Philipines (Rodrigo Duterte), so why should we too produce the kind of heartless man to represent us.
      Gota has proved as no others, he can be even more brutal than any high criminals already in lanken prisons. That is the evidence, but apparently no for the ilk, DJ has been playing the housana.

      • 8
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        As I see, only leader we can have in mind for the future of srilanka is Ranil Wickramsinghe, but with a continous back by My3 and a team of professionals. Not to repeat any disadvantageous appointments to the higher offices such as Central Bank. By the time, Arjuna Mahendran was appointed to the position, his profile proved that he is capable of fulfiling almost all set goals, and he had no whatsoever stains found in his Curriculum Vitae. This was what I got to know from some Singaporians, Arabs and where Mr Mahendran had been delivering his professional knowledge over the decades.
        However with a committee being set up for investigation of the scandal loss or whatever you may call it – we have not yet the least knoweldge on the billions of dollars grabbed by Rajapakshe themselves.

    • 9
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      If DJ has few nerve cells left, he should be able to see it right, at least today. What the folks need, is leaders to stand the conflict and iron out the damage made by Rajaakshe men for the last 10 years. Irrepairable damages done to economy, financial sector, society and to the nation are beyond all bearing. What was needed to be given priority was neglected, but spent lacks of US dollars for MR ‘s entourages, that brought nothing but jollyful moments for his kith and kin. Those who started licking his ass grew up on the cost of the taxpayers funds. Rajarate renal sick low income farming community was neglected, but Rajapakshe men ran night car races, tremouring entire srilanken soils, not even tamed to religious clergies inclu. most respected Mahanayakes.

    • 7
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      I have a simple question- to your CT readership.

      It is obvious, many of the commmentators add their two cts worth not PRO to the articles consecutively being add by so called SPIN DOCTOR Dayan Jayathilaka aka Silva., nonetheless to continue bringing them against with a speed as seen not in previous months ?

      Gota as the average folks know in this country, did some work in therms of getting the LTTE terror eleminated from the country – but he was not alone in that great effort. His brother as a President led it, while ground handlings were masterminded by the leadership of former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka.

      If a battlefield to succeed with the set goals, not just one person s indispensable acts, decisions, but synergies of varioius energies should be there, but not forgetting if the players in this context, the brave soldiers were out of moral nothing but nothing would have achieved. Civil society groups and various forces joined together to achieve that… just to eat the cake by their own as had forceful been done, Rajapashes were so selfish and respectless .. former army commander was jailed for just revengeful acts thought by Rajapakshe. Nevertheless so called stupid folks took the leaders side, since the local biased media spread it no second to the deeds of Gobbels theory in HITLOR ADMINSITRATION. Even today, those media prostitutes are in actions. Theya re srilanka s paparasso. Dheran TV channel came into being by money laundering steps taken by Rajaakshes.

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        Dan Fernando

        Do you still believe Gota, Mara and the armed forces won the war against LTTE?

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          Truly saying Mr. NV, I really dont know how they could win the war. However, local tabloids and TV channels painted it in favour of ruling MR administration. Even today, Dherana has been doing it in terms of MR propaganda. And there are enough proofs how Dherana came into to being .. it was through black money of Gota/Mara.

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            Dan Fernando

            MR and GR on the record confessed to NDTV that without Indian support they could not have won the war.

            Hindia initiated the war against LTTE in early 2005. Hindian embassy in Colombo approached Chandrika and advised her to prepare for a war against LTTE.

            Hindia provided Sri Lankan three forces the necessary training in India.

            Over 4 years period Hindia lent $2 billion I suspect it was a grant rather than loan.

            Many Hindian military advisers were seen helping Sri Lankans forces work out necessary strategy.

            Hindian spy in the sky provided 24 hour surveillance.

            Hindia donated 5 Helicopters and 2/3 naval ships.

            Hindia provided Diplomatic and political cover in the international arena.

            …..

            and many more.

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              Yes, I am in agreement with you.

              However, entire populace back in home country are hell bent on the falshhoods spread in this regard. Dherana TV channel and Hiru were the pioneers having taken the assignment. They have made the picture those patriotic slogans have been cemented in the vulnerable mind sets.

              That is why, even if the bunch of thugs would have been alleged to have made high harms to the nation also in the aftermath of the war, not many would buy it.

              From Europe on, I knew – had LTTErs been ACTIVE in Europe, as had been early 90ties, nothing easily could have been achieved in the line of getting Praba cornered. So Hindians to have done the job is thinkable than any other lies being cemented in the country by them.

    • 6
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      I see, that DJ is in danger.

      Rajapakshes are not to underestimate when it goes to plot killings.

      Remember what happened Sl editor Lasantha ?

      Remember what happened to cartoonist Ekanaligoda ?

      Remember what happened to Rugby player Thadjudeen ?

      ANYONE THAT STOOD AGAINST THE WILL OF MAHINDA RAJAPAKSHE UTHUMAANOO – ATHIGARU::: MADE every effort to make his son to be the leader if MR got reelected. He never agreed GOTA the executionist mind set to be the successive leader next ot him.

      So, if DJ MAKES EVERY EFFORT, MR WILL HAVE TO SEND YOU YOU DJ MISSING IN NEXT DAYS. Please take care of your being. MR s true colours are not known to anyone but to his family.

    • 6
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      DJ should be a born stupid person to write up this way – entire folks would not support Gotabaya even if some fractions with the voter community making up 5.8 millions .. that also supported his brother last – but a larger majority of this country would not like Gotabaya or the like to represent them.

      I have a big problem understanding DJ s mentality.

      He himself calls to be an academic but often behaves being close to uneducated, uncultured rascals why ?

      My nephew who got his degree completed in Uk kept me asking why the educated people go after GOTABAYA AND MAHINDA.

      Can anybody please enlighten us with the facts behind IDIOSYNCRATIC so called politcial analyst DJ ?s

    • 5
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      Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka,

      RE: The Nation Needs New Hope, New Horizon: The Succession Stakes & Opposition Strategy

      The Nation Needs New Hope, but the MaRa , GoTa and the Opposition crooks are not needed.

      You need them so that you can get a job, as the Shill.

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        Mr Amarasiri, please bring an analyse as to why we chased away MARA, GOTA, Namal Baby and all at once as they never thought it would be resulted on 9th Jan 2015.

        With people starting to stimulate their AMENSIA genes, you the like intelligent CT writers that joined us arguing the greater damage MR men done to the country should refresh by bringing constructive arguments.

        Current men are not what we expected, but that means not, that we will want Rajapakshe back. That would not be the wish of majority if they are not suffering from memory losing threats by now.

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          Sam Fernando

          Yes, a lot worked hard to displace MaRa, GoTa and cronies. Yes, they had an effect.

          Unfortunately, the current Yahapalanaya seems to be fumbling, but the fumbling Yshapalanaya, is still better than the crooks and killers, MaRa, GoTa and cronies, whom Dr. DJ represents.

          That was why Amarasiri kept begging Prof. Laksiri Fernando to write the Sri Lankan Version of the Common Sense Pamphlet, to further expose the crooks and killers, MaRa, GoTa and cronies.

          Yes, the excesses of the crooks and killers, MaRa, GoTa and cronies should be kept in the front burner. Is the problem with Sira and Ranil, complacency, competency, efficiency or something else?

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            I think ” kamba aedhiima” of lanken kind -not one grand party second to the other should long be away, then things would have worked for the betterment of masses.
            My3 has to allow any other options to mediate in the debries clearence left by former idiotic leader Rajapakshe. He has to reveal all the mishandlings without being biased to party men.
            That would not be read as a betrayal but a timeworthy action that to have been taken by a statesman. He has to realize this today than tomorrow.

            Then we can get almost every high criminal cornered and punished.

            That is the only way out to leave breath for the nation.

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      The Nation needs new hope, new horizon, new thinking, new people, new ideas, new formulas, new policies and new leadership. The Nation need to come out from Family based politics, race based politics, religion faced politics. The leadership should come from personalities who is capable of challenging the threat from Fundamentalism (Buddhist & Islamic),and racism (Sinhala, Tamil, Muslim). There should not be no place for Sinhala & Tamil Nationalism. There should not be no place for religion in government.All citizens are equal. There is no place for those who violated human rights and there is no place for personalities who used white van to murder politicians and journalists. No place for the Rajapakse, Bandaranaiyaka, Senanayake families.

  • 5
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    If you cannot be a dictator the next best thing is to be a dictator’s acolyte. Dayan Jayatilleke has the spiritual makeup of a dictator’s henchman but his dilemma is that at the moment there is no dictator under whom he can serve and prosper. So he is using his journalistic skills to persuade the people to vote for and install a dictator so that he will be able to ensconce himself in the hierarchy in a powerful and comfortable position and fulfill himself.

    He is a ‘Squealer’ at a loose end who is yearning for a ‘Napoleon’.

    P.S. Squealer (the acolyte) and Napoleon (a dictator) are the main characters in ‘Animal Farm’. Both are pigs. I strongly urge all readers of CT to read this book once again as there is an uncanny resemblance between those two animals and the DJ-GR duo.

  • 9
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    no matter how many times a snake sheds its skin It will always be a snake…
    That is what the Rajapaksas are.

    It is they who are going against the national interest and are putting their interests before the interests of the country…

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    Dr. DJ writes:
    “They were alienated by the nepotistic style of governance of the Rajapaksas and if no reformist changes and re-profiling were immediately instituted they would defect from the party of their parents.”
    “By contrast, at a regular national election, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa (“GR”) can do what Premadasa, CBK and MR did in 1988, 1994 and 2005, “

    Isn’t Gota a Rajapaksa? Wasn’t his appointment nepotisic?
    DJ has written a lot of truth this time, but I sense a “sour grapes” feeling. Has some “gatekeeper” assured you-know-who that he will NOT be Foreign Minister as long as Israel exists? Or even allowed near the Foreign Ministry.

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    But not MR and family ..they sold sri Lanka to China…now people pay back loan and interest..hope will come with UNP and good people of SLFP…
    I do not think from people like you who change sides as and when suites you ..

  • 9
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    Nation needs BUDDHIST to start practising BUDDHISM. Not building vihaharas in N&E

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      There is a saying local vernacular – ” to find some mustard from a house where nobody died” – likewise, finding good buddhists in the country will be like that by today.

      See, the manner violent monks behave in protest parades.. some let their sanga costume fall but behave like monkeys..

      See the manner some buddhists in general behave in their day today life – wearing a bunch of priith nula around their wrists, but not doing all harm by their actions. They dont respect elders anyone by today. But they are used to say ” may the blessigs of buddha be with you”: Even some contract killers are used to depart their lovely ones that way. Can you imagine ?

      So how can you find good buddhist, practising buddhists inthis country.

  • 5
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    Dayan,

    Buddy, don’t count your chickens before they are hatched.

    2020 is a long time away; may not even come. Good old Kim Jong-un might have something to say about that.

    A week in politics is a long time. You should know that better than anyone, after all you are a political scientist; aren’t you?

    “The Gatekeeper who blocked access to MR and dismissed Malith Jayatilaka’s prophetic analysis and projection was Basil Rajapaksa”

    So, I gather that Basil in not buying any of your bull eh? Good on him. That’s something he has in common with Ranil, to see right through you. Hell hath no fury like Dayan scorned.

    Man, don’t be so childish find an adult way of expressing your disappointments. You may once have had a privileged position in society because of your father. Sorry to say it doesn’t count any more. There are many Lankans now, who have reached greater heights form much less privileged backgrounds. Don’t be petulant and accept the “Gamperaliya” that has taken place in SL. I see the same symptoms in Rajiva, who has fallen silent now. You guys are not infallible, so learn to respect/accept other’s points of view.

    “He is not a traditional politician. He has an authentic narrative of heroism and management and the fused profile of a Warrior-Manager; a Fighter-Defender-Builder.”

    Oh boy! Either seething with rage or gushing with admiration! Do you ever occupy the middle ground?

    Don’t get me wrong I too like Gota. It’s only that small matter of White-vans and a serial-killing. Now, how do we overcome that, oh great political scientist? Any thoughts?

    Man, keep things coming, like a child waits for the next episode of Harry Potter, I wait for your columns.

    It’s a great window into the contemporary Lankan adult mind which has been preserved for 2500 years.

  • 7
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    Nation needs to implement what said in LLRC report.
    Nation needs to prepare the road map to implement UNHRC resolution.

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    If I have the security forces under me to get all menial work done and several Sudu Vans and the staff attached to those, and an Army Commander like SF I also can win the war and keep Colombo clean and also have a country without any people protests. DJ,C A Chandraprema and Viyath Maga are trying to say that there would be no Sri Lanka without MR and GR.

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    Young outsider to emerge we need different dialogue and different way forward. If we can listen to younger generation can feel the struggle they face to emerge as new force. Further suppression of freedom will not help our younger generation. It is time for new young political force to emerge in Srilanka. Definitely it’s not what DJ prescribing. New generation which understand the need to foster inclusive just society can be promoted to lead our country.

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    Like the French electing a new leader (Macron), our nation needs new/young leaders. Forget our recent past and build a new Sri Lanka. Stop writing the past and write about our future.

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    There are a couple of Contributors to CT who write gibberish, nonsense. baloney. This writer is one of them. I do not read any of those articles (waste of time) and I do not comment! It may be these writers get some satisfaction reading all the adverse/negative comments and that’s why they continue to contribute?

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    Another Sinhalese Nation needs is to do a DNA test for and publish the result

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    who is malith? what is he?
    never heard of him till dayan pulled him out of his hat
    starting off saying we need a new leader once again he ends up with old gota
    as gomin said we need a new young person to lead all the different parties and dispense with the old fogies
    he got it right you got it wrong

  • 1
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    Its sad to note that media gives prominence to bankrupt politicians and “Puss Pundits” like Dayan, Gammanpilla, Weerawansa, Vasudeva……

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    “Anybody, whoever it may be, who is conspiring to or wishes to abolish or further truncate the Executive Presidency and thereby deprive this country of the benefits of a presidential system which facilitates a strong and visionary national leadership, is wittingly or unwittingly going against the National Interest, or to put it more plainly, sacrificing the interest of the country for their own petty, parochial power play.”

    Basically he means , any person who does not agree with his view.

    lets prove this theory of sacrificing for the country. Did this even come to mind when he joined the EPRLF and raised the eelam flag? or was that a sacrifice in his own mind?
    The state should try him for treason.
    There is nothing wrong with the Westminster system of government. Britain is living proof of it.
    The presidential system was introduced because JR wanted absolute power and we can see what has come about from it.
    we dont have the calibre of people necessary for the Presidential system.So lets not bullshit ourselves.
    Every one in this country acts self righteous. By God, one wonders where the crooks and murderers come from.

  • 1
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    Dayan is trying to bottle up the spilled old wine in same old bottle with new lable

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      Rajash

      “Dayan is trying to bottle up the spilled old wine in same old bottle with new lable”

      Dayan never had any wine in the first place. He is trying to fill the bottle with petrol and some chemicals to make a Molotov cocktail. He is frustrated because every effort has gone wrong.

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      Not the spilled old wine but the wine that has passed through the kidneys and bladder.

  • 0
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    Why Sri lankan is recycling the same old. What about the Malvana house of BR that does not have any specific owner. what about BR saying that he did not have education and experience and that is why he screwed up divineguma.

    Why Sri lanka does not have any new blood coming into the system, and the same thieves and pests are running the system ?

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    This article is about deviding center left vote.

    Because, MR-BR etc., are damaged goods. If there is a good alternative, it will lead to another allience such as UPFA or UNF.

    I think sri lanka desperately needs TEA PART or the third party, an alternative to two existing parties who chnge the chairs every five or ten years.

    Who ever comes need to have a clear vision and not the same vision of making thieves and pests reign. I think, there is something like that in the making.

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