29 July, 2021

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The Only Way Forward For The JVP

By Kumar David

Prof. Kuma David

Yes I was a National List candidate for the NPP (National People’s Power) in the August 2020 election along with others of strong or not so strong association with the Left, as well as a few liberal-democratic candidates. Since then I have been a sort of post box for suggestions, discussions and criticisms though I have no sway in the Party. The discourse is worthy of follow-up and public comment and the JVP would be wise to take note of it. I will use abbreviated snippets from two emails I received in the last fortnight. The fist from a pretty young PhD, Ms SB (MSB) with whose doctoral thesis I had a minor association, the other an old codger – Engineering Faculty my vintage, later a professor and Dean, Prof. H. Sriyananda (Eich hereafter).

The compelling point that MSB makes is that “There is a view of the JVP among locals that they are always against better-off people because their Satan Phata is “Peeditha Panthiya“. But this class is diminishing in numbers and in any case many people don’t like to be called peeditha. Moreover, most JVP grass-roots members are not from the middle-class, but from poorer families. Hence they lack family ties with a majority of rural people and are not well positioned to penetrate the entire village”. This is true and has been much commented on since 1971. The leadership of the JVP is educationally, socially and intellectually far different from the “giants” of the old-left (NM-Colvin-Peiter-SA Wicks-Bernard), nor is it schooled in the Marxist classics nor English educated. This fact has been held up by analysts as proof that it is more authentic and closer to the people. The membership too is less cosmopolitan; the JVP cadre is more rural, more caste specific and largely from poor strata in the village. The membership of the old left parties spanned the urban working-class, the GCSU-CMU white collar classes and the intelligent and radicalised portion of the urban elite. The old left was ethnically pluralist; the JVP has no Dorics, Peiters, Karlos, Shans, Poky Kandiahs, Panudevans or Anamalais.

MSB has hit the nail on the head! Because of the social, class and intellectual composition of both membership and leadership, the JVP faces an obstacle in breaking into social layers other than its own provenance. To a large measure this explains why despite being the most sincere, incorrupt and dedicated outfit of recent times it has difficulty in breaking through the 5% total-vote ceiling when it goes-it-alone at general or presidential elections. MSB has, perhaps unwittingly, shown great insight: The JVP can’t win an election all on its own; it must form alliances with parties that represent other social layers and classes – urban and rural middle and working classes, the minorities and civil-society entities. A JVP-inclusive government will always be a coalition of some form. I don’t want to go down the road of speculating on suitable working-class, middleclass and liberal democratic coalition or united front allies, that’s a nitty gritty and obviously an ephemeral detail. Though the NPP is a step in the right direction; there is much further to go.

There is a second valuable point in MSB’s letter to me and it’s a corollary to the previous argument. It is that the JVP has been inconsistent and haphazard in the alliances that it has formed in the last thirty years – CBK (1994), Mahinda (2005), SF (2015) and RW-MS (2015). I am of the view that except for the line-up with Mahinda in 2005 the other alliances had a degree of merit to them, especially 2015. But MSB’s irritation is justified because the Party has given the impression that it is short-sighted and unanchored and hence it has lost some credibility. The problem is that the JVP has not formulated and enunciated a clear-cut theoretical policy-position on what alliances it will form, and why, and how. This is the conclusion that I was moving towards in the previous paragraph.

An adumbration of the class and social make up of rural, urban and minority-community Sri Lanka is readily available from scholarly and statistical sources. Next the JVP must take stock of its own class composition and radical ideology. Then it will be in business and it can construct a strategic assessment of what kind of political alliance it needs. These linkages will change as circumstances evolve but if the way of thinking is outlined to the people they will appreciate that the evolution of tactics with changing circumstances is not ad hoc but strategic. It must set its mind seriously to formulating a theory of alliances because by its class nature and radical-revolutionary agenda it can form a government not all on its own but through democratic electoral strategies built around principled alliances.

H. Sriyananda (known as Eich among close friends because of the way he pronounces his initial) discusses two matters. I will dispose of one quickly as it is straightforward (not unimportant). He argues that the NPP-JVP needs to develop a programme or manifesto encompassing the following important topics and it must take the manifesto to the people without awaiting announcement of elections:

  • Governance (Democracy, bribery & corruption, judiciary, public service.
  • Education (end rote learning, encourage thinking, knowledge of Sinhala, Tamil, the role of English, equitable education in a society that is diverse in many dimensions, university, vocational, community role, teaching different belief systems).
  • Environment and Development (What is development? Conservation, sensitivity among the people, role of education, impact on health)
  • Food and Agriculture (Organic agriculture and target dates, food security of marginalised communities, land reform, water resources and irrigation. Industry; Trade and Commerce; Finance, Transport & Communications – balancing public and private).
  • Health – Preventive vs. curative health, allopathic and indigenous systems
  • Power and Energy – Sustainability, renewables, time targets
  • Absolute and comparative poverty – Target Gini Index (say 25, suggestion by Sriyananda), time targets, strategies, monitoring mechanisms
  • Defence and External affairs

Obviously a huge task list which to be done systematically will need expertise beyond the Left, but that will be generously on offer if subject experts are convinced the matter is being addressed seriously.

The more important critique made by Eich is his other main point and I quote verbatim.

Quote: “The formation of the NPP is a step in the correct direction but it is not enough – a new left should not be immediately identified as the old JVP under a new name. My suggestion is that the NPP be rebranded as a political party with the JVP as an influential faction within it. Activities in the future should be conducted in the name of the new entity. A concerted effort should be made to make the party a national party, representing all communities. I pointed out earlier that no objections were raised by the JVP when Sunil Ratnayake was released last year, and that the series of public consultations that were conducted in different parts of the country on environmental destruction should have covered the Northern Province as well, especially as there it also involved human rights violations. It is not possible to win the country based only on the Sinhala-Buddhist faction, a faction that is largely anti-Buddhist in attitude”. End Quote.

Eich also gives me a punch in the solar-plexus in his mail: “It is totally unrealistic to expect the JVP to apologise to the people for what happened in 1989, and it is unnecessary to keep reminding them of it. Everyone makes mistakes, and these things happened long ago, and only a few who participated then are active now”. Of course he is cross because I harp on the JVP for not living up to the Leninist obligation that a revolutionary party must thoroughly analyse and openly correct its errors. Ok Eich, out of the window go old-fashioned Leninist norms of party building. I will hereafter stop picking on the JVP for 1971 and 1989.

The JVP is the single most important political entity in the country today. Its leaders and cadres are free of sleaze and they are genuine, it is serious minded about its duties and obligations in Parliament and in Councils where it is represented, it is dedicated and diligent. Anura is frequently rated the best MP by ‘manthri.lk’ an independent monthly web ranking site and Sunil Handunneththii was an outstanding COPE Chairman. His defeat at the 2020 election teaches us two lessons, first it proves that the Sri Lankan voter is a buffalo, second it confirms my previous song and dance about the JVP needing to go to the polls in alliances.

I know that the leadership and membership will take little note nor long remember what I say in this column; they are unlikely to pause even to give me the time of day. So why do I write it? Because what I have said here is indisputably true, so other people will pick it up, explore it and expand upon it. In this way the discourse will seep into the party; there is no other way out, or road ahead for the JVP.

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    May I quickly add that in view of the outbreak of protests in many parts of the country since this piece was drafted it has become more urgent for the NPP/JVP to work towards a wide action front. Don’t worry about leadership, it will smoothly and naturally devolve on the JVP for sure.

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      Dear Prof,
      thanks for the article. As always another eye opener to the silent majority.
      .
      Btw, let me draw your attention on the few typos in the 4th para.

      “There is a second valuable point in MSB’s letter to me and it’s a corollary to the previous argument. It is that the JVP has been inconsistent and haphazard in the alliances that it has formed in the last thirty years – CBK (1994), Mahinda (2005), SF (2015) and RW-MS (2015). (this should be ” SF (2010)) I am of the view that except for the line-up with Mahinda in 2005 the other alliances had a degree of merit to them, especially 2015. But MSB’s irritation is justified because the Party has given the impression that it is short-sighted and unanchored and hence it has lost some credibility. The problem is that the JVP has not formulated and enunciated a clear-cut theoretical policy-position on what alliances it will form, and why, and how. This is the conclusion that I was moving towards in the previous paragraph.”

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      Dr. K.D, Sri Lanka and the JVP in 1989-90 period was played by COLD WAR forces intent on dividing the Left and finishing it off.
      Please read the book by Vincent Bevin – “Jakarta Method: Washington’s Anti-Communist Crusade and the Mass Murder Program that Shaped our World”.
      The Aesthetics of violence including sexual violence was very similar to what happened during the Coup in Indonesia and the destruction of the Communist Party of Indonesia, on of Asia’s largest Communist Parties. Now the JVP, certainly AKD is a wanna be bourgois party and is actually owned and funded by US elements, sad to say.
      The Left rather than analysing the Covid-19 hoax and COld War surveillance project of US has rushed to embrace the Covid-19 and now is learning that it is being used against liberties and freedoms. It is the USAID Covid-19 surveillence system that is being used to target ad lock down groups and people randomly by the Sri Lanka military to ensure that protests against the govt. and militarization are limited.

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    I have nothing against JVP. I was pro JVP in the University. I always I sensed that numbers are far short of the requirement to launch an armed revolution.
    Wijeweera lost even deposit.
    Second attempt at ’89 was absolute lunacy based on the numbers – can never be forgiven.
    Prior to an election JVP either thinks that they can cross +50% or knows that they cannot reach even 10%.
    They don’t deserve the vote either
    a) for such gross misjudgement of the society they live in
    or
    b) the dishonesty at the campaign.
    The Professor is guilty of the second. Being a ‘learned’ professor it is more honourable than to be guilty of the first charge.
    The way forward is to openly acknowledge the global fact that in standard democracies left polls less than 5%.
    If their declared target is to reach 10% I will vote for JVP next time.

    Soma

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      Soma
      Has the JVP done a serious soul search? (They call it Criticism — Self-criticism in some quarters.)
      If they cannot find out what went wrong and why, they will not get anything right.
      *
      FARC disarmed itself half a century after armed struggle in Colombia. they had a popular base, and their adopting the peace path did not pay dividends the way one may have expected. The government is still busy killing former FARC activists and other left and trade union activists.
      But something has changed in Colombia for the better. The public has become more militant. There is penetration of progressive thought which the state cannot suppress in the name of fighting red terror.
      *
      FARC was an open book to the people that it worked for. Fears about underhand schemes are fading.
      *
      When will the JVP take up the challenge?
      *
      BTW, in Latin America the left (besides the centre-left in Chile, Brazil or Argentina) commands more than 30% support in several countries.

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        SJ
        “If they cannot find out what went wrong and why, they will not get anything right”
        .
        You, me, JVP or the Professor cannot help the fact that in standard democracies the ‘left’ polls less than 5%. Parties with the prefix “Communist” have totally disappeared.
        .
        “Has the JVP done a serious soul search?”
        JVP can search their soul till cows come home.
        The Professor needs brain surgery.

        Soma

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      Soma,
      “If their declared target is to reach 10% I will vote for JVP next time.”
      What political party will openly declare that they want only 10%? If Basil forms a new party, maybe……

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        The trouble with the JVP is that people still think these are the same hooligans that seized their ID cards, declared curfews, and bumped off disobedient ordinary citizens in a way that even the LTTE might not have done.
        The fact that the JVP/ NPP now is no longer a bunch of revolutionary murderers makes no difference in the public perception. In fact, I have a feeling that they would have done better if they stuck to the earlier Sinhala chauvinist line, like Weerawansa. But, to their credit, they haven’t, even though this is a country where principles don’t win you votes. I admired the way that JVP leaders stuck their necks out for Tamil citizens who were being forcibly expelled from Colombo. That was a turning point.

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          OC
          “…bumped off disobedient ordinary citizens in a way that even the LTTE might not have done”
          Are you sure?
          The JVP did in during a short period, that LTTE over an extended period.
          *
          The legacy of RW is hard to shake off. But has to be if the JVP wants wider acceptance.
          The JVP went to pay pooja to the Mahanayakes in 2002 (was it that year?) a step further than Colvin’s going to the Maligawa with his ‘mal wattiya’ in 1970.
          *
          The JVP has to seriously ask itself if it is a Marxist party. If it wants to reconfigure itself as a serious Marxist outfit, there is help.
          But it is mainly interested in collecting vote by hook or by crook; and the author is happily oblivious to that reality.

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            S.J,
            “Are you sure?”
            That’s where the “might have” comes in. I did experience the JVP’s activities personally. Anyway, since the JVP was active for a short time, its impact was perceived as much more concentrated .

            • 0
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              Agree

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        S
        “… in standard democracies the ‘left’ polls less than 5%.”
        Have you checked on voting figures in Latin America these days?
        The two main parliamentary left factions of Nepal together have generally polled over 40% and on occasion 50%. this century.

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          S.J,
          Don’t forget the Marxist governments in Kerala and W.Bengal, and the Italian Communist Party.

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            OC
            Thanks.
            In WB the CPIM screwed it up a decade ago in Nandigram.
            Italy the support base is there but they go under another name.

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            OC, there are interesting developments taking place in Nepal which are exactly similar to Lanka. Now ex PM and Communist party leader was elected in 2018 with 2/3 majority. He gained overnight popularity after he stood up to India ‘s economic blockade gaining the image of Nationalist and moved towards China to address the shortage of essential commodities. The 2/3 was gained by merging of different communist factions (Mao, Lenin,Marxist) under one umbrella called Nepal Communist Party, a rare feat after 30 years of political instability. As Rajapaksas, PM Oli too coined catchy slogans like “prosperous Nepal, Happy Nepalis” promising improvement in their standard of living. He too promised splendor and prosperity by connecting waterways with India, centrally distributed gas supply, zero tolerance towards corruption. Oli brought all the investigation agencies under his sole purview. continued.

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              Midway Oli started ignoring his allies giving step motherly treatment. When they pulled out support and their ministers out of cabinet, Oli took the constitution in his own hand. He dissolved the parliament twice abruptly (at his own will) saying parliament was obstructing the delivery of his promises, not heeding warnings that constitution restricts such moves. The Supreme court declared the move null and void and reinstated the parliament. But Oli began avoid holding parliament sessions and preferred to rule by ordinance like our Mr.Sircular. Eventually SC had to step in again to get rid of him. There is more to this drama which is a repeat of Rajapaksas play book. Does it matter if Rajapaksas were communist ???

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                Chiv,
                Nowadays, it’s just a label to differentiate you from the others. Someone said that the Chinese Communist Party might as well name itself the Chinese Cultural Party.
                A “Communist”can be as corrupt as anyone else.

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    Was thinking of Gota himself. But nah….he has The Family to contend with, and now they have brought in Basil also. Ranil is too capitalistic mad. Premadasa might cut it, but there will be too many clashes on ideology. Sirisena is on the weak side. Only thing left is the Sinhala alliance of JVP-NPP with the Tamil National Alliance. Best would be Gota of course with the JVP-NPP and the Tamil National Alliance.

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      Many thanks, dear RTF,
      .
      I agreed with almost all that you have said, but so much do I disapprove of Gota that I gave your comment a dislike
      .
      The JVP has now formed an alliance to become the NPP. They could welcome other non- discredited groups to join. I don’t decide such things, but unless the NPP does something terribly bad (aligning with Gota would be one such!) they are assured not only of my support, but also of my quiet oral support in Sinhala.

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    I think MR is the only truly intelligent analyst of Sri Lanka.

    MR has understood ( or shall we say feels in his gut, because understanding is an intellectual process for which MR is not equipped) the utter emptiness of the country’s soul and plays his cards accordingly.

    He knows their small capabilities and big ambitions. He knows the essential incompetence , foolishness, selfishness and the greed of Sri Lankans . MR knows all this because he is of them, and at least knows himself and his family well.

    The others are using various foreign ways of thinking ( as they understand these methods) and attempt to apply these methods to an empty society.

    NM and crowd thought there was a revolutionary potential here. So silly !

    JVP thinks the poor classes are intelligent enough to comprehend their plight and will reward the JVP honesty and their debating points.

    JVP and all other idealist imagine that the people of this country have the potential to create something better for themselves. Do they ? Can they ?

    Want to bet bet on that ?

    Have you ever tried to analyse rat behaviour using human yardsticks ? Same result !

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      Much money shamefully thrown around too, together with torture and death.

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      Deepthi Silva you are absolutely right. There are few of us who have accepted reality.

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    Mr Soma I would accept guilt if I was guilty of either (a) or (b). The truth is I am guilty of neither. Maybe you are unaware of anything I said on the campaign or on TV. My position internally among comrades throughout July was that I would be delighted with seven to ten seats. It is better to refrain from making untruthful allegations.

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      Kumar,
      .
      This man doesn’t have the guts to proclaim himself to be Mr Gaminj Somaratne, lately of the Navy and Avant Garde.
      .
      This is from my mobile phone; once I’m at my desktop, I will provide him with links to your prophetic articles.
      .
      If you are going to be so decent and transparent a

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        SM,
        Soma is not an ex-Navy hit-man. He is a retired engineer and his initial is not G but C.
        Don’t ask me how I know…..

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          S.M,
          If I told you how I know, I would be outed as well.

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          Thank you, oc.
          .
          It’s quite possible that you are right, but I was almost certain.
          .
          Thanks, my friend, oc
          .
          Given the content of his comments, I can hardly call Soma a friend.

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            S.M,
            Nobody can claim infallibility, including us. CT wouldn’t be very interesting , would it, if we were all scratching each others backs..?

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          Try again

          Soma

      • 0
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        Try again.

        Soma

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    India and the West helped crush JVP insurrections in the past.

    Anything Marxist in Sri Lanka will not be taken lightly by the West, especially as Communist China has established bridgeheads in Sri Lanka.

    With the QUAD already in place to contain China’s spreading the dragon-wings in the Indian Ocean,
    it will be disaster for any Marxist party taking power in Colombo.

    In my opinion geopolitical events will shape Sri Lanka’s future as they did during the colonial era.

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      T
      Relax.
      QUAD has not even got its agenda in place.
      With Chinese ‘expansion’ in the Indian Ocean a purely trade-based venture, containing China can only mean waging war without justification.
      Is that what you are dreaming for?
      Whoever wins that war, we will be the losers.

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    JVP/NPP are another powder keg.

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      HP,
      .
      so what is the alternative according to you ?
      :
      People those who stand against NPP/JVP should finally name the options. ‘
      :

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    NPP is a good name of a Political Party for all the “RIGHT” thinking/law abiding progressive SL citizens. I am still of the opinion JUSTICE party is a good name to attract all ethnic groups. The immediate danger is our country becoming like Myanmar[Burma]. The military should always stand with the innocents and not with the corrupt stupid Politicians. The defence forces should not break up the peaceful protests.

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      I wonder why the shopping list for the JVP has left out the national question (devolution etc.) and stand on imperialism (not clearly stated under foreign affairs, and is very relevant to development concepts).

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        I sincerely regret the following omission. Under Governance Sriyanada included “The National question and sharing of power'”. While cutting and chopping to make things shorter and manageable I gave it an accidental chop – yes unforgivable.

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          Kumar
          The national question is not just a part of governance.
          It is a major contradiction in its own right that can at times be on par with even the class contradiction.
          It has been used to divert attention form pressing issues like economic issues, privatization and undermining the country’s non-alignment.
          *
          Devolution may come under governance, provided that the mechanism is first worked out (based on the national question).
          Even there a good understanding of what is at stake is essential.

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      N
      Myanmar has been ruled by the military after a coup by General Ne Win. The Army has slightly loosened its grip, but the hold is strong.
      Student protests achieved something in the 8888 uprising of 1988 in getting Ne Win replaced but could not deliver democracy. Ne Win had a say in government even afterwards.
      The current wave of protest is more complex, and cannot be suppressed by force alone.
      *
      This country had an attempted coup in 1962 that was stillborn.
      The armed forces could seize power but need a mass political base to sustain it.
      Let us not write off the potential of the people to defend democracy for whatever it is worth.
      To talk of our becoming a Myanmar means first getting to where Myanmar was in 1962.
      From there, becoming today’s Myanmar will be a good thing, because people are revolting against military rule.

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    The quick comment by Prof: David to his own essay says it all.
    The time is opportune.
    Time and Tide wait for no Man.
    JVP: Strike while the iron is hot. Rope in the Cultur types as well to move forward.

    In the photo to this essay, there appears to be just one culta, tie and all……

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    I would probably agree with the point re class issue and to an extent with the alliance forming issue also. However, more than thoretical analysis what the JVP needs is to learn from a cross section of people in each District/electorate. Has it got the willingness and desire to learn from the people other than in elections? I don’t know. Going by the experience in Australia where there is a movement for identifying and promoting independent candidates for federal elections, I think the JVP can organise small group discussions in each district/electorae to obtain the concerns,suggesed solutions, people’s views about political representation and what changes are needed? Such discussions should be held without arguing with ech other in a spirit of friendship and brotherhood.Once information is collecged,and collated into a report it shall be used to develop the political and economic strategy including the communication strategy. Aim should be to gert a significant number of MPs elected to the parliament in the first place. Which electorates to contest? rather than contesting a large number of unwinnable electorates ,JVP should identify most marginal ones to contest and leave out others. In short: rather than the party asking people/voters to follow their ideology/policies/strategies, it shall follow what the people want/suggest through the locally based small group discussions. I am suggesting a ground-up process here.

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    JVP should be patient and their polices should evolve from the rank and file, not flow from armchair well wishers or suppose to be well meaning intellectuals.
    The slogans, like peace, bread and land of the Russian revolution was grounded on reality of those times.
    The JVP slogans should be simple, relevant and really strike to the heart of ordinary people, not high-sounding abstract Marxist Leninist theories.
    Do JVP has any catchy slogans that galvanize people?
    .JVP need not worry much about coalitions until they become a real alternative third force.

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    JVP has a long history in Sri Lankan politics but still unable to penetrate ordinary people. Since the two major political parties blackmailed by people in the name of Lord Buddha and Buddhism through opportunistic Buddhist Monks it is difficult to change them through left identity even though both major political parties and leadership do not like or practice Buddha and Buddhism. Even one time popular left movements lead by SA Wickremasinghe, Colvin R De Silva, NM Perera etc. have to surrender their communism to the Buddhist Sinhala Fundamentalism. Rajapaksas became powerful because of the so called Buddhism. It is impossible to educate the ordinary people about the fake patriots of Buddhism and Sri Lanka.

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    All that is required to be presented to the people in a “Manifesto” is open and made public. What is urgently required is to present the “NPP” (National Peoples Power) as the next NEXT BEST ALTERNATIVE to the people. The JVP can be the prime mover of the program among many others who are in this “Political Movement”. The next requirement is for the NPP to show what is meant by “NATIONAL”. That must include all “Ethenic” groups, grouped into executing a “Common Program” for “Unity”, “Economic Stability”, “Social Integration”, “Unitary System of Education”, “Independence Of The Judicial System”., “Compact Health System”, “Comprehensive Environment Safety”, “Industry and Commerce” opened on a “State & Private Partnership”.

    That “Common Program” must be totally “Indigenous” based, properly carved out by the expertise of the NPP group. That “GROUP” must be made public and introduced to communicate with the public as soon as possible. We want to know “WHO” are the others, other than AKD, Wijitha Hearth, Nalinda Jayatissa, Handunneththi, Samarasinghe, Tilvin, Bimal, and several other “Comrades” we see on a regular basis.

    We want MORE of Ms. Harini Amarasuriya types among us. Bring them to the stage and get them to visit the electorates and villages to spread the news of the “ARRIVAL” of an “ALTERNATIVE” prepared to take the country towards RECOVERY. That is the way forward for NPP, the alternative with the JVP.

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    Prof. Kum, in his dissection of the JVP and the old left, attributes the defeat of Sunil Handunneththi to the stupidity of the voters. (Sri Lankan voter is a buffalo). Alas! We practice democracy and must accept the verdict of the majority. For quite some time, the voters in General Elections choose to vote for the so called “chief opposition” of the ruling party in disgust against the existing ruling party. The policies or the actual implementation of the party that is coming into power is immaterial. I wonder why Prof. Kum did not factor that out before calling the Sri Lankan voter a buffalo. True! Sunil has mastered the art of public finance. Whatever be the party and policies, he, being out of parliament is a loss to the nation. But does that give a license to describe the Sri Lankan voter a buffalo when, it is the voters in the Matara District who decided his fate not those of entire Sri Lanka? Since the contribution of Sunil is invaluable, Prof Kum is silent on why the JVP did not place him in the National List instead of contesting an electorate.

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    Today,s article by L. Harees has the answers. The oldest parties SLFP and UNP are extinct (if not near extinct). That makes JVP as the GOP, at national level. That says a lot about Lankan Buffaloes. Are we truly independent or under family autocracies ?? JVP has enough to answer even before they are established as a party. Yes NPP may be genuine and less corrupt , but are our buffaloes ready for such people to lead ??? People need to find answers for having family autocracies without failure, since independence so that it may help JVP to move forward. So the question is more than JVP are our buffaloes ready to move forward.

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      “That says a lot about Lankan Buffaloes. “
      “…are our buffaloes ready to move forward.”
      *
      Are the buffaloes that crossed the waters any wiser?

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        Not at all. Are you one of those??

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          Always crossed back.
          Are you stuck?

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            are you gloating ???

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              Not at all. I just cleared a doubt.

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    The most talked about political difference our public had made in last two to three decades of amazing Lankan political history , is to get away from Rajapaksas clutches , (only) to follow MR/RW briefly and then return back. To prevent such minor aberrations in future Rajapaksas decided to dismantle both SLFP and UNP. Truly AMAZING.

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