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The One & Only Path

By Dayan Jayatilleka –

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

I stole this title. I stole it from the friend I most respect and admire, Richard Falk, Emeritus Professor of International Law at Princeton, who teaches these days at the University of California, Santa Barbara. In a recent speech in Europe he argued that the two-state solution to the Israeli/Palestine problem is no longer an option and that the focus should instead be on a one-state solution in which Israel’s apartheid structure is dismantled.

It seems to me that we in Sri Lanka could learn from Richard Falk’s laser-surgical thinking. The ‘two-state solution’—Sri Lanka/Tamil Eelam– the Tamil separatists barbarically pursued was buried at Nandikadal. It may be revived someday through other means (leveraging the Indo-US axis, a Pongu Thamil civic uprising, a referendum etc.), but as Iraqi Kurdistan shows, that bluff could be forcefully called too.

The Tamil ‘one and a half state’ solution of federalism by any other name is not going to work, because it requires a referendum at which it will almost certainly be shot down by the Sinhala majority for whom federalism by any other name smells as bad. 

What does that leave? A state of denial in which one pretends that there is no Tamil problem is one option, i.e. playing ostrich. That apart, there is a one state solution, in which existing subnational autonomous units are strengthened while residual discrimination is legislatively eliminated. 

Can you think of anything worse than a referendum on a new Constitution which generates a massive NO vote in the South vocally mobilized by the Buddhist clergy and expressing economic protest, and a massive YES vote in the North? That would display to the world’s media a clear picture of a divided island, and through the international media, the impression would stick in the minds of the global public at large. Just for starters, what sentiments and enterprises will that trigger in Tamil Nadu? Well, that is the scenario that a new constitution, which indubitably needs a referendum, will bring about. Who would be wicked enough or crazy enough to want that?

Whose idea is the new Constitution project? Whose idea was it from the very beginning? Whose idea has it been all the time?

It certainly wasn’t those wicked ole western imperialists. They’ve backed the project, but the idea wasn’t theirs. It was sold to them. The evidence shows that the mother of the new, non-unitary constitution was and is Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga. This was what two publications with a largely Tamil readership, the Uthayan and the respected Tamil Times (London) published in 1994, quoting Vasantha Raja, soon to be President Chandrika’s appointee as Chairman Rupavahini:

‘Chandrika replied as follows: “Yes, we are prepared for that. Tell them that. We will speak to them once we come to power. The present provincial council system is useless…The word ‘federal’ has been abused in the past. Therefore we will avoid that word and implement devolution in a meaningful manner. The country can be divided into five units of devolution, and wide powers can be granted to them. It will be possible to find a solution to the ethnic problem by bringing the North and the Tamil areas of the East under one unit and giving it the necessary powers”. ’ (Tamil Times, 15 July 1994)

This was CBK in 1994. The same incendiary stuff was in her ‘Package’ of 1995 and 1997 and in the Steering Committee interim report prepared by Jayampathy Wickremaratne. CBK is the mother of the new Constitution.

Riding on the back of a popular vote of over 60%, President Kumaratunga could not push through her new Constitution in 1995, 1997, 2000 or at any time during her first term, not to speak of her two terms in office. Yet, her conspicuously stellar intellect (reinforced by the no less conspicuously stellar intellects of her band of followers) tells her that what she couldn’t do under such favorable circumstances, she can get done now, when she isn’t even the President, but is at best, a wanna-be Sonia Gandhi. Go figure!

The legitimacy of the government or at least the UNP and the PM have been undermined by the revelations at the Bond Commission. The economy is growing at a slower rate than during a long, mid-intensity war. The government is running scared of elections. And it wants to weaken itself by abolishing the executive presidency and moving ahead with controversial, emotive ethnic reforms? Seriously?

This government is afraid not only of Provincial elections, it is apparently afraid of even municipal and Pradesheeya Sabha elections. Hence the likely postponement beyond January 2018. Would such a government, which is afraid of elections at a subnational level, at which the factor of incumbency gives the advantage of being the obvious source of future patronage, and at which there would be a three way split, take the risk of a nationwide referendum with a zero-sum outcome, at which a protest vote on economic issues and abstentions by the disgruntled UNP voters could cause an anti-government landslide? Almost certainly not.

That puts paid to a brand new Constitution for the foreseeable future, because it would indubitably require a nationwide referendum. The Supreme Court has correctly ruled that federalism is not coterminous with separation or separatism, but that does not mean that the same Supreme Court will rule that a dismantling of the executive Presidency and an unethical conversion to undeclared federalism, amounting to a constitutional bond scam, can be effected without a nationwide referendum.

With the government on the run from any and all elections, dodging a ballot bullet, it will get boxed into a Presidential election in late 2019. That can be postponed only by the abolition of the presidential system or by an amendment, but that brings us back to the starting point, namely the requirement of a referendum that the government is anxious to avoid or postpone; one that it cannot risk; MR and the JO’s silver bullet that it is trying to dodge.

What can those who would fear that a Sinhala backlash in 2019-2020 would put paid to a political settlement with the Tamils, do now, and how can they do it? The answer is obvious if only logic and reason are your guides. The problem is that ideology intervenes. The logical answer is to effect a reform well before 2019, but keep it well within the limits that do not risk the reform being referred for a referendum.  The most recent model is the 19th amendment which trimmed the excessive powers of the presidency. That is what a reform can do—trim the surplus or put more meat on the bones, but not undertake a complete change.

This is both feasible and easy. But there is a problem and that is of ideological extremism of two entirely contradictory, actually antipodal, varieties. The first is that of neoliberalism. Those of neoliberal persuasion insist on going beyond constitutional reform to total constitutional transformation i.e. a new Constitution. These are not merely fringe elements. This seems to be the view of the UNP, the TNA and a certain loquacious, if not always logical, lady.

Then there’s the other ideological extreme, namely these who do not want any constitutional reform whatsoever if it impinges on center-periphery relations. These are the neoconservatives and the New Right, located in the anti-government space and increasingly apart from the mainstream Joint Opposition.

The problem could be resolved if there is a mainstream consensus on pragmatic reform which eschews both the total transformation option as well as the zero change one. It will not be resolved because the main driver of the project for a new Constitution is lodged well within the ruling troika while by contrast, the anti-reform extremists are nowhere near the center of Joint Opposition decision making and are increasingly critical of both the JO and MR.   

We live in a time of dwarfs, against whom we have to defend the achievements of giants. We have SWRD Bandaranaike’s historic rupture with the UNP to found a moderate nationalist anti-UNP formation and inaugurate a two-party system, reversed by Chandrika Bandaranaike’s realignment/reintegration of the SLFP with a markedly rightist UNP. We have the Sirimavo Bandaranaike-Felix Dias Bandaranaike-Colvin R. de Silva unitary Constitution assaulted by Chandrika Bandaranaike and Jayampathy Wickremaratne. We have the Gaullist executive presidential Constitution of JR Jayewardene besieged by Ranil Wickremesinghe who failed twice to be elected to the presidency. Mercifully, President Jayewardene’s grandson Pradip has come forward to take on his distant cousin the Prime Minister, and defend the logic of the Jayewardene Constitution.

Now that CBK has dug the government into a deep hole or driven it into a minefield, what can it do? Be realist and effect political triage. The whole messy project of a new Constitution, and the internally (intra-governmentally) divisive issue of the abolition of the executive presidency which divides the coalition, should be junked in favor of a stand-alone effort which addresses the North-South Question. There too the aim must be a recalibration which does not risk a referendum by impinging on an entrenched clause.

What we are really talking about is the adjustment of the existing system of Provincial Councils which we have worked (ironically, except in the North) for thirty years this year; a constitutional adjustment, pressing the re-set button on the 13th amendment. With a solid phalanx of the Buddhist hierarchy from the Malwatte Chapter through Asgiriya to Amarapura having just come out decidedly against a new Constitution, the abolition of the Executive Presidency and the envisaged dramatic further empowerment of the Provinces, such a revision and upgrade of the existing 13A is not merely the best that can be achieved on the devolution front during this administration’s tenure, it is also the only thing that can be achieved. It needs the President to chair an all-parties conclave, as Vasudeva Nanayakkara has suggested. The window for such re-engineering is closing fast.

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    Dont put entire blame on CBK, it was no she alone but we the civil society people stood against the Tyranny of Rajapakshe. You would never see it right to point the finger at them, there we see something is fishy.
    I think you still need to learn ” to call a spade a spade”: Rajapaksehe thought the war victory their terms earned could be used as the licence to abuse the nation to the core. They did.
    Else tell me who on the earth would go for an election two years earlier.
    Who would bring 18 Amd to be effective ?
    Who would go against anyone that stood against them ?
    Who would go against own folks ?

    I have no doubt, you may know how many dead bodies are buried in the premises of Rajapakshes.
    So, please come with truths DJ, then you can live your rest of 20 or 40 years as happier man.
    You instead behave as your balls are tied with those of them. Why DJ ? You should really have stolen your title.
    Just adding few references to score bonus, cant bring you further. Not even an inch.

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      Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka,

      RE: The One & Only Path

      “The Tamil ‘one and a half state’ solution of federalism by any other name is not going to work, because it requires a referendum at which it will almost certainly be shot down by the Sinhala majority for whom federalism by any other name smells as bad.”———————————————————————————————–
      Well, well, Anura Kumara Dissanayaka is challenging your boss, the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa for a Public debate on the proposed Constitution. . Can you lease convince, the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, to accept and tell his side of the story.

      Anura challenges MR to a public debate

      http://www.dailymirror.lk/article/Anura-challenges-MR-to-a-public-debate-139061.html

      Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Leader and Chief Opposition Whip, Anura Kumara Dissanayake on Sunday challenged the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to a public debate on the new constitution.

      Mr. Dissanayake issued this challenge at a JVP propaganda meeting in Tangalle.

      “They say the new constitution will divide the country and accuse the JVP of going all out to do so. MP Wimal Weerawansa is challenging me to a public debate. However I challenge his leader, former president Mahinda Rajapaksa to come to a public debate with me. Such a debate is appropriate as I am the leader of JVP and Mr. Rajapaksa is Weerawansa’s leader,” he said

      Mr. Dissanayake said if Mr. Weerawansa wants to participate in the debate the JVP is ready to send someone who is suitable for such a debate.

      “We will expose how these leaders who claim to be defenders of the nation use patriotism and steal public funds and how they get away from court cases,” he said.

      .

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    What more will Muslims get? Or will we lose the little we have?

    Muslims are the majority in the East. If Tamils can have the north, Muslims must have the east. Otherwise your solution fails.

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      Muslims are not the majority in the east no one is in a majority but Tamils are still the largest community in the east and also the real indigenous people of the east. . If the thousands of ethnically cleansed Tamil refugees from east now languishing in refugee camps, in India return the Tamils will become the majority again. .The ancient history of the east is Tamil and Hindu or Tamil Buddhist at times. not Muslim or Sinhalese. Both are recent arrivals to the east. The former arrived a few centuries ago begging for safety and asylum from Portuguese and Sinhalese persecution. The later illegal state sponsored settlers , who have been settled on ethnically cleansed stolen Tamil lands. Stop lying. You have no right to the east. Your claim to east is like Indian Pakistani and West Indian migrants claiming large chunks of Britain as their. You deserve equal rights but not a claim for a homeland by stealing the land of the Tamils. This is why many nations in the west of wary of Muslim asylum seekers and refugees. The come very humbly claiming for refuge and within a generation or tow breed like rats and want to steal the land from the original people. What makes things worse in Sri Lanka is the Muslims of Sri Lanka are ethnically Tamil but in the name of their religion and a fake Arab origin and culture , are trying to destroy their actual Tamil culture and culture and impose some sort of Wahhabi Salafist culture in the east that is completely alien to the region. Being a Muslim does not make you and Arab. Most Muslims are not Arabs and all Arabs are not Muslims. You can be a good Muslim and a Tamil. Only in Sri Lanka due to dirty divide and rule politics has a religion been made into an ethnicity

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        If Tamils were the original occupants of the island. Maybe the Buddhist heritage of the south also belongs to the Tamils. Why don’t you people claim the whole island as yours?

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          Buddhist monuments in the South were built by South Indian labour. Even today they do it.We Sinhalese never had the skills and still dont.

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            Shenali do not display your ignorance. Tamils and Sinhalese are intermingled as evidence by recent genetic studies.. Thondeeswaram in Dondra head or Thondumunai. which is one of the five pre-Buddhist Hindu temples in Srilanka. is the oldest temple in south.This is lying buried under a Buddhist Vihara and was found by chance when digging the ground for Vihara expansion. It is the decision of linguists in the world that Tamil is the oldest language in the world and at one time everyone in the world would have spoken Tamil or some form of Tamil. present day Sinhalese is no exception to this rule. Stone inscription found in Tissamaharagama saying about Tamil settlements there, which was taken over by archaeology department has gone missing. Stone inscription of 15th century found in Galle was only in Tamil, Chinese and Persian, with Sinhala conspicuously absent. At one time there were Tamil Buddhists and Sinhala Hindus which you cannot deny. It is the Sinhalese who are claiming north and east as theirs due to the presence of ancient Buddhist temples..

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              So my question is why do Tamils refrain from asking for the rights of the entire island? Why just stopping on a boundry which was drawn by Brits?

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                If you analyse what is happening, you will realise that Mahabaratha epic is being enacted in Srilanka. Pandavars who were the rightful owners of the land asked only their share of the land from Kauravars who had usurped the whole land. Similarly Tamils are asking only for their share of the land, where Sinhalese have usurped the whole land with the help of British. You know what happened at the end. Boundaries of regions in Srilanka had been changing from time to time, and you are referring to the last such exercise. At the time of Portuguese conquest, Jaffna kingdom consisted not only of northern province but also of Trincomalee district north of Mahaveli and Puttalam district north of Deduru Oya. New archaeological finding in Settikulam in Mannar district proves the presence of a 10,000 year old civilisation. Ultimately all racist propaganda about Sinhalese in Mahavamsa will be proved wrong, and establish Tamils as the earliest settlers.

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          Dutugamunu became a Buddhist only after being fascinated witnessing how Elalla was running his graceful kingdom, under Buddhist principles, having erected an intelligent bell in front of his Palace’s court. As there was no Sinhalese at that time and Sinhala came into existence about a millennium latter to them, they both were Tamils, though Gemunu was praying Kathirgama Kanthan and Ellala, didn’t pray gods as he was an original Buddhist from South India. These king were simple and honest in their wars, respected and praised each other, unlike the concocting Wildlife Sanctuary current, tricky leaders who go and finish their offering to the South Indian Hindu temples, take an auspicious time to bomb NorthEast Hindu Temples from Hindu Malayalee astrologers. It is not with that corrupted mentality Dutu got his sword from Kanthan. Dutu went and ask sword from Kanthan to push away the newly spreading Buddhism from Lankawe. But he changed his mind after seeing how Elala was running his land and he too became a Buddhist. This was the nature if the real life of those days’ kings and subjects. Their mind were just like Children, until a millennium latter Mahanama came from Telugu Desam to teach how to sow poison on the fertile Ceylon’s lands, water with blood and reap the sins. That is what now the Kandy Ayatollahs are doing for living on donated fortunes.

          Take the following as your homework on history: Read some essays from Thero De Silva to understand what Mahanama concocts stories.

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      Fathima why don’t you dish your Abhaya and don an amude, will suit you well.

      You think the readers of this forum is bloody fools like you and your Ace Racist Leader MARA, not to know, you are a decoy and another Ace Racist, in the name of Fathima.

      As Tissaranee rightly said, you bloody racists will set the whole country in blaze if that will only give back the power to destroy the country again.

      Day Dream you………. and if you have the bone at least act like a man, without being a coward and a hypocrite just like your leader MARAYA, the accomplice to all Murders under his rule by his murderous brother Gota.

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    The war monger and public racist types:

    “We live in a time of dwarfs, against whom we have to defend the achievements of giants.”

    Who are/were the giants?
    What are/were their achievements?
    What are/were their legacies?
    If one thinks building a Sinhala/Buddhist fascist ghetto was an achievement the “Giants” have failed miserably.
    If they had inspired future generations of thinkers and intellectuals, look what we got Dayan, Wimal, Nalin, Kamal, Dr Gota, 1/2 Dr Namal Baby, G L Peris, Rajiva, Champika, HLD M, Shenali Waduge, Gnanasara, ……………………..

    Sadly now we have more generals than honest intellectuals.

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      Native Vedda: All the honest intellectuals were finished in Nanthikadaal. Now it is the time for dumb sinhala buddhists.

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        Jimsofty the dimwit

        “All the honest intellectuals were finished in Nanthikadaal.”

        Did you you mean all in one Thiruvengadam Velupillai Prabaharan?
        True, however now we have the fortune of witnessing a few emerging from the South, Kamal, Wimal, Dr Gota, ………………….

        Try and grab the podium at Galle Literary Festival 2018 and Galle Diologue 2018 if you really want to be seen as a strategists with literary leaning.


        Well make sure you keep both of your hands above your waist when delivering your key note speeches.
        You will make us proud.

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      Dear Native,
      You want Dr Ranil, Dr Mahendran, Mr Galleon, Dr Rajitha Mr Mangalan, Mr Sujeeva Senasingham, Mr Ranjan Ramanayakam, , , That Kiriella hasn’t got a PhD .. Right…… You can have them lot , Lock , Stock and Barrel….mate….
      They got Intellect in Bucket Loads…….

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    As usual Dr Dayan is always against any step taken by this government. Why is it. it is he differs with this government on principle or he differs with Ranil. Sorry for you Dr Dayan you want some post at cost. you want to send Ranil home and you want to send MS home and you want your man back in powers. Where have you been while all public fund were wasted by previous government?

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    I” know what is happening. Ranil is playing the devolution and Malayanadu in the north and NAsiristhan in the East cast. Sinhala people will be living in a Kerala. So, DJ is trying to give more to the Tamils. That will work for Tobacco farmers, LTTE rump and for TNA/wigneswaran. If the card played correct, that will be different. Just use that money differently. I heard even the LTTE was helpful to defeat Prabakaran because of Money. Even if Ranil gives devolution, there wobn’t be Catalonis in Sri lanka because Catalonia people were not devided over Casteism issues. What we need is to isolate tobacco farmers/TNA. LTTE rump who cares. Ranil is pissed off because of the word Orumiththa NAdu. Parliamentary Kehetha Vasudeva is just playing games because, I don’tt know how, I heard he also got some Central bank Money.

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    There are enough good minded Sinhalese are still in the country to get the referendum passed.

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      No Rajan, referenendum can worsen the situation. If for example, those 5.8 eligible voters gave mandate to MR would stand against, the view of the society will easily go that way. Like today s context, even if good moves being made by current rulers nothing like good is being heard since Media men dance to the tune of the JO. Can you imagine ? I think even those garbage mountains of other issues came up curse to former men and their mismanagement together with the moutaineous of debts. However, the bank scam did not allow their garabage to be contrast by today. However, with the commission s report being passed to the AG next, things will have to go in proper channels. A country that have been looted for decades cant easily be turned out to be a good one within 3 years. I guess current men cant also become that harder knowing buddhist clergy and their amalgation with the hardliners of the country. They are born culprits that would do anything and everything not thinking twice. i still believe what deems necessary is stay discussion on the problems so that people s stance can improve with the time. Not just few so many feel that the country will be partitioned in any kind of power devolutons. Like some afro people believe in their myths in healing some health disorders of those countries. No matter anything and everything would have been explained ot the many, they cant change the way they have been fed with. So, they just stay nodding the head to his or her next. Most in the country are made manipulative for any abusive acts.
      Just talk to some representiing all walks, then you yourself would get it, that people in general are like no better to illiterate folks. Even teachers and some with good school educaiton seem to go after any lies easily.
      Media men of pvt sectors like Hiru Dheranaand even Sirasa they make their milions by feeding the folks with lies or what they think is right. Like for example only bond scam is being discussed but no billions of frauds dragged by former men even if prima facie evidence for each of high profile frauds are available.
      We are in a miserable situation looking back. People would have to change their attitdues else, this nation has no future.

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    At last DJ the smart patriot is confessing that he likes things American ( US ) , otherwise he won’t quote Richard Falk.

    DJ also adore US citizens like Gotha & Basil and many others from the MaRa Bros & Co..

    He loves Vasu and his family. DJ may follow Vasu’s step and end up spending his life after retirement in US and not in Cuba.

    DJ’s wife has started to praise China.

    Looks like DJ & wife seeking help from or wooing the East & West to bring back MaRa regime.

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    I heard CBK is happy that Ranil is pushing her agenda that she got trouble in 1992 or so. It is all doing what her father could not finish. That is make Sinhala a minority in their own state and make Tamils and muslims the authorities of the country. Ranil, I heard, in some TV program this electoral restructuing and the Constitution making is his most intelligent plan. All the audience, I heard again, laughed loud. Anyway, what stupid fellow would think of adding 3500 women (because we have to satisfy western demands) to the close 5000 politicians (including those lical municipalities) and make it close to 10,000 politicians. Politicians are there only take pollitical decisions. they don’t have powers 33 crores of gods. Who will be funding these pinguththarayas. It looks Ranil is out of mind and out of reality . every time. Sinhale desperately needs electroates mapped and elections restructered. but, Ranil has screwed it up big time. I do not think anyone would allow his way.

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    Why Sri lanka needs so many three wheeler parties. Mist of those parties are for personal gains. I heard more are ready, in case they were not allowed and some will jump to the other side. there are 64 parties. Socialist parties also have so many spcialities. Why these people are not defeated by the voters. OR one govt move more to the left and accpmodate thse peoples philosophy, instead both parties are catering to minorities and work like leaders without backbones or simply they are chicken who always defend. they do not have anyphilosophy instead they always accomodate and bend to every one.

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    13 a was imposed on us by the Indians
    why cant we think of a homegrown solution with all the expertise we have
    we don’t have to take the advice of someone who was kicked out by the jarapaksas and who is now licking their boots in a desperate attempt not to remain jobless
    the country does not have to retain the prov council white elephants imposed on us there are better solutions
    but the question is do we need a new constitution which is going to double the number of rogues
    so lets stop talking of new constitutions and get on with econ. development

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    DJ’s toxic corrupted mind is frantically working overtime to ensure the Tamils stay oppressed as second or third class citizens without any devolution. His ultra racist views preaching the Sinhalese to watch out for any possible rights that might be offered to the Tamils. These racists haven’t learned even after the 30 year brutal war.

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    “One & only solution”

    This is in general a statement of dictators. Solution means finding solution to the problem. What Dayan says is that there is no solution to the problems of Srilanka. As long as Fundamentalism exists the problems exists that means there is no solution to the problems of Srilanka internally. It implies continued violence and bloodbath for power within Sinhalese and continued bloodbath of Tamils and Muslims by Buddhist Fundamentalists. Finally Srilanka become the land of greater India or Greater China.

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    Lest DJ forgets, Madame Chandrika has tested her thoughts, twice, successfully, in the democratic arena. I cannot remember when, if ever, DJ managed that small exercise. His ath’udawwa Rajiva W did and just pipped Vasu Nana; neither scored much. DJ, Rajiva and Vasu are card carrying members of the local branch of ‘Kingmakers’ peddling their exotic thoughts to those whose faces are more trusted and acceptable to the common man and woman. For all her shortcomings, Chandrika has been proved time and again to be more trusted and electable than those put up against her, even if she was thwarted at times by the ‘stellar intellect’ around her.

    If, as DJ writes ‘CBK is the mother of the new Constitution.’ somebody has to be the surrogate parent of this bastard child. Those of a certain vintage need no reminding of the many fathers of the Siramavo’s constitution, where it became the ‘duty of the state to protect and foster Buddhism’. Phew! What a relief for the Mahanayakes. Mathinee loaded a silver bullet in the golden gun. JR (the Anglican-Buddhist) gave the barrel a spin and put it back on the table. Whosever fucks with Chapter 2 gets that silver bullet. In Mariakkade terms the Mahanayakes and Gnanasara mob have got us by the balls. (One minion from the BBS told me that the only way that Chapter 2 could be touched would be to remove the last bit, you know, the afterthought about ‘while assuring to all religions the rights granted by Articles 10 and 14(1)(e). ‘. That’s right make Sri Lanka a land where Sri Lankan Buddhism alone can be practised.) There you have it; the future fortunes of the Noble Message safe in the hands of devious politicians and their thugs, hangers-on, crooks, and general ne’er-do-wells.

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    Dayan,
    when are you going to stop your barberic blood thirsty mentality. Here every one is well educated individuals and you cannot cheat as your gota and Mahinda cheat innocent Sinhala massess with their lies.

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    “I stole this title. ”
    He didn’t just steal a title; he even stole the Sonia’s Victory in UNHRC and was punished for that by Old King. To sell that fake claim, he is doing all these somersaults.

    The Pendulum writer Thero is rocking the swing to the highest possible for him. In one of his soon to be future attempts, he will fall upside down again as he fell down from French embassy which was accused of importing Tamils thugs and carrying out murders in Paris.

    Just to disturb the Secret Solution making, (I am not asking him that he should not do it. I am not with Sampanthar on fooling Tamils, again. I want investigation and referendum by UN) he is praising Israeli Zionist and their Panthams as having new enlightened visions for Palestine. Still Israel’s’ democracy is not what Old King attempted to bring through 18A. When the CJ appointed by Old King objected Divinegumba, Old King demanded more than his share on the National Saving Bank looting from them and fired them. Now, Thero who did not wanted to talk about something really happened that time, is talking about Secret Solution that is yet to be drafted, is clashing with Supreme Court. What creative movie scene maker! We accept that Chandrika was the one renamed War crimes as War for Peace, but can Thero tell us what Old King was planning to by coming on the 18A as the third term president. Was he planning to liberate the Wildlife Sanctuary even from the Sinhala Buddhist or under his new terminology, Sinhala Rights? Had the Old King come back power, first man he would have cleaned is this comedy piece. Then he would have brought in 2016’s (a reflection of 1956) “Chinese Only “to maximize his commissions.

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    Fathima why don’t you dish your Abhaya and don an amude, will suit you well.

    You think the readers of this forum is bloody fools like you and your Ace Racist Leader MARA, not to know, you are a decoy and another Ace Racist, in the name of Fathima.

    As Tissaranee rightly said, you bloody racists will set the whole country in blaze if that will only give back the power to destroy the country again.

    Day Dream you………. and if you have the bone at least act like a man, without being a coward and a hypocrite just like your leader MARAYA, the accomplice to all Murders under his rule by his murderous brother Gota.

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    The language Tamil unite the Tamils and Muslims. If you really go back and asses the Muslims in Srilanaka are not from Arabia. They are from South India. This why they speak Tamil whether the live in Jaffna or Hambantota. They have been praying to Allaha in Tamil. Unfortunately with the Sinhala only act coming into effect some Muslims in the South played a double game to escape from the wrath of the anti Tamil riots in 1956,1958,1971,1977, and 1983. If North and East comes under single federal state More than 75% of the problem between the two ethnic? groups will be solved. What is left out will be the land problem which could be sorted out in Tamil Language. In variably the the Muslims in the south try to get the best of worth worlds. This resulted in the Muslims being chased out from Jaffna, though unacceptable.
    Muslim is a religion as much as Hindu, Christians and Roman Catholics mostly in the coastal areas. Roman Catholics did not come from Rome as much the Muslims did not come from Arabia- I repeat. Most of the Muslim leaders are selfish and self centred thus they never cared for the Muslim population as a whole. This resulted in the successive Sinhala governments driving a wedge between the Tamils and the Muslims to divide and destroy.Well no amount of writing will solve the ethnic problem as a whole, unless the elected Government rules and not leave it to the Asgiriya and Malwatte chapters.

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    The hot pot of the nation politics by that proposed “New Constitution” having so much phases given birth to Tamil-Eealm advocated by LTTE and TNA?
    The Words of phrases on ‘United’, ’13 plus’, ‘maximum power devolution to PC’, “Federalism-North-East” , ‘Autonomy for regional power’ and “Second Chamber”, by granted police-powers and land to North and Eastern Provinces are basically want laid foundation for “Tamil Homeland”. By denied Unitary character of state of Republic of Sri lanka an opposed by minority Tamils in our soil.

    All major clauses an embodied into that proposed— New constitution is nothing else are the very aspiration of Tamil Eealm or Tamil Homeland by hidden agenda of TNA and their proxies of Tamil diasporas.

    But in fact CBK political interest of Federalism for Tamils is that fundamentally different an objectives are hidden behind by another political phenomena ?
    Why is that she as SLFP-nepotism an advocated Federalism? She knows very well that her father of SWRD Banadarake generation from the Tamil decedents.

    SWRD had two political objects on…….. , One certain social -political- economic reforms has been unfinished by UNP leadership to be taken over by SLFP. Other one Tamils -Federalism was advocated since 1929 by SWRD . Hence SWRD understood that Federalism for Tamils was not been reviewed under his mandate 1956 landslide victory. He secretly sing Federal accord with Federal Party leader of SJV by granting North-East Federal region for Tamils?
    When its come to majority people sense, they an opposed to SWRD Banada move was wrong, then he was compelled tear out that accord with SJV-Federal Party for Tamil Federal region …North
    To memory of her father that daughters of CBK & SB want to be revive that Federalism by proposed New Constitution.
    Even both daughters are ready give “Tamil Homeland” for North’ ”East; if they can misled majority Sinhalese by saying Tamil Homeland is nothing will happen to the Majority.?
    Needless to say this is tragedy of Island to be political separatism by promoted & encourage the politics of Old SLFP power nepotism , which is the majority people become Victims of their own land by current SLFP leadership of CBK and MS.

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    Dayan Jayatilleka stole “The One & Only Path” to from ‘laser surgical thinker’ Emeritus Prof Richard Falk to rub in that Falk is a friend of his and Dayan also has that laser mind – whatever it is. Falk’s one state Palestine/Israel is daft.
    In a nutshell Dayan says that the New Constitution will not work.
    Instead ~ “It needs the President to chair an all-parties conclave, as Vasudeva Nanayakkara has suggested”. The dumbest of dumb know the outcome of such a ‘conclave’ if one is ever held.

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    Dr.Dyan Jeyatileka

    The general gist of your article is that the Tamils should be kept as second class citizens in Sri Lanka for ever. I find that there is a complex in your mind which is destroying you .
    The Tamils all along wanted to live side by side with the Sinhalese with equal status. The Tamils have always helped the Sinhalese in many ways. The best solution, which was initially subscribed by SWRD and by the Kandiyan Sinhalese was a federal solution to Sri Lanka, and of course declaimed by the then leaders of the Tamil Nation. Tamil Eelam is a Nation with a distinguished and Longstanding language and an area where they live in large numbers. From the time 1950s and 1960s the Tamils were agitating for power sharing in the form of a Federal state. So there will be 5 or 6 Federal states in Sri Lanka with the Centre with Financial and Defence powers.. There are several countries with such governments.
    Because the Sinhalese failed to acknowledge the requests from the Tamils, the Tamil youths took up to arms( which of course damaged the minorities mostly and the government) .
    The Above facts are well known to you which you fail to accept publicly although in your mind you accept it.

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    From day one when the 1978 constitution was formulated there were widespread opposition to the way it was formulated.

    The 17 year long UNP regime was corrupt, dictatorial; anti democratic and the law including constitutions being manipulated with astuteness.

    The ordinary people were angry and were waiting for an opportunity to restore everything to do with and UNP and their constitution.

    It was not done then. It was not the agenda of Ranil or the West, but that of ordinary people. Ranil only recently hijacked this slogan.
    The Unitary state and the foremost place to Buddhism was part of the Constitution from 1972 onwards. Does it anyway contribute to the country going very near to be separated during the 30 year conflict? It was not the President or the constitution that came to Sri Lankan rescue, but the international community.

    Neither Unitary nor foremost place to Buddhism could be treated as sacrosanct since it has not in any way kept the country united.

    Unitary state is not the panacea.

    Let us open our mindset and be receptive to any idea that could rescue us from our present plight.

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      Sri-Krish

      “Neither Unitary nor foremost place to Buddhism could be treated as sacrosanct since it has not in any way kept the country united.”

      However the possibility of removal of Buddhism from constitution has given the noisy Sinhala/Buddhist fascist the preparatory propaganda for planned putsch. The danger is not many liberal Sinhalese are actively challenging the bigots and racists who over a period of time will be able to poison minds of the ordinary Apuhamy.

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    Continued from my previous post

    The demand of the Tamil people for a Federal solution is genuine, sincere and patriotic. The Sinhalese on the other hand is not patriotic but selfish, arrogant and destroying the county.
    What is the alternative for the Tamils if their demands are not met. They would like to secede.
    There are many nations in this state. To name a few
    South Sudan declared it independence from Sudan in 2011.
    Quebec is clamouring secede from Canada
    Scotland is going to have another referendum to free themselves from Great Britain.
    Wroclaw wants to secede from Poland
    Crimea is already seceded from Ukraine
    Venice from Italy
    Catalonia from Spain
    Belgium will split into two nations ( Wallonia and Flanders), one is French speaking and the other Dutch speaking people.
    Somaliland from Somalia
    Kosovo has already broken away with the help of the UN
    Palestine demands a separate statehood.
    Today there are many more countries around the world that want to secede from their own nations, one that suits the needs of the local group of people and Sri lanka is no different. When there are corrupt governments and rejects and deprive others of their freedom and recognition, then they will be uprisings.
    The new constitution I presume is not in anyway going to solve the Tamil demands and the Tamil leadership is again going to fail in their presumptions. The alternative is for a referendum in the North and East, similar to Catalonian’s did.

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    Ill save you the hassle of reading this whole long winded article. What DJ says in simple English is ‘Sinhalese wont allow any kind of devolution’
    And he is right and most of us know it. Which is why the international community will have to step in. And if that does not happen, god will keep sending natural disasters to the island.

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