29 November, 2020

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The Wigneswaran Factor: Sampanthan’s Master-Stroke

By Dayan Jayatilleka –

Dr Dayan Jayatilleka

In this country, it is a rarity to witness really smart politics on strategic issues. We have just done so and got two breakthrough moves on the same issue. The first was by President Rajapaksa who chose to go ahead with the election to the Northern Provincial Council and have a meeting with Mr Sampanthan, the TNA leader. The second was by Mr Sampanthan who worked hard to persuade his coalition to field Justice Wigneswaran as the Chief Ministerial candidate.

Justice Wigneswaran is a candidate that every Tamil can be proud of to have as his and her representative, and may make a Chief Minister that most Sri Lankans of whichever ethnicity or religion can be proud of. In fact he will have the salutary effect of raising the bar of performance for every chief minister and Sri Lankan politician throughout the island.

The choice of Justice Wigneswaran illustrates the kind of strategic thinking that is needed in politics when fundamental issues are at stake; strategic thinking that is willing to stand up to and sacrifice more obvious ethno-populist passions and pressures for the defence of vital interests of the entirety of the people and place one represents. The choice further shows a capacity on the part of Mr Sampanthan (and his able young supporter Mr Sumanthiran) to think through those strategic interests in a manner that transcends baser ethno-populist sentiment. In short, Mr Sampanthan and Mr Sumanthiran have accurately understood strategic Tamil interests which they have not confused with the lowest common denominator of Tamil sentiments.

Justice Wigneswaran is a symbol of Tamil ‘soft power’; the kind of power which is being depleted in Sinhala society and most certainly the State. If handled correctly he can become a symbol of the soft power of Sri Lanka as a society and a country. The Sinhala Establishment has to get its head around the fact that though the Tigers were utterly defeated, the Tamil community has not been cowed and has bounced back politically. One of the reasons for this resilience and recovery is the continued availability of an educated elite, literate in an international language (English)—a sociological resource which has been depleted on the Sinhala side by and driven into alienation or exile by the state of suffocation imposed by the State.  On the Tamil side the English educated elite is still available for politics and public service and is welcomed by Tamil society while on the Sinhala side, the public welcomes the incorporation of the elite but the dominant monolingual petty bourgeoisie which monopolises the state apparatus, does not. The choice of Justice Wigneswaran as Chief Ministerial candidate shows firstly, that the Tamil professional elite is still intact and willing to engage in politics and secondly, that the Sinhala state which has shed the equivalent human resources will find it difficult to compete in the regional and international arena.

It is not however a zero-sum game in which Tamil interests win and Sinhala interests lose. Indeed the choice they have pushed for, Justice Wigneswaran is the best chance to make the 13th amendment work and is therefore the best hope for North-South reintegration on the basis of frankness, dignity and mutual respect.

Whether or not it was intended as such – and I suspect, not—the choices made by Mahinda Rajapaksa (to hold the election) and R. Sampathan (to field Justice Wigneswaran) can be considered as complementary, and when taken together, offer the best chance for political reconciliation. It could mark the beginning of winning the peace and building a new Sri Lankan nation.

If both sides get it wrong though, it could mark the end of the road for a united Sri Lanka.

The single most important factor about the choice of Justice Wigneswaran as Chief Minister is that by so doing, the TNA has upped the ante and raised the potential cost to Colombo of any unfair and peremptory dissolution of the Council.  In short, by choosing Justice Wigneswaran, Mr Sampanthan has cleverly installed a deterrent to arbitrary dissolution of the NPC.

Sri Lanka, it must be recalled, is haunted by the negative experience of the North Eastern Provincial Council. One of the reasons for its failure was the personality of Vardarajaperumal who was chosen as Chief Minister (despite my strenuous representations to the EPRLF leader K Pathmanabha as well as the Indian side). Perumal’s lack of political maturity and realism in dealing with the Sri Lankan state, his mercurial populism and alcohol-fuelled adventurism were among the main reasons for the mishandling of the inevitable contradictions between the periphery and the centre.

Justice Wigneswaran is hardly a Vardarajaperumal. Educated in Colombo and a distinguished senior representative of one of the arms of the Sri Lankan state itself, he has long functioned in a multiethnic social universe. A dignified yet outspoken, multilingual man, he is in the current circumstances, the best possible bridge between North and South. He is, in sum, the TNA’s Lakshman Kadirgamar.

If the deep state is hoping to de-stabilise the elected Northern provincial council, the security managers will have to think again. In the event of a manufactured crisis and a creeping or dramatic coup by the capital, who would be the better interlocutor with the world community; who would be better able to convince the world’s capitals?  The national security fundamentalists or an erudite, reasonable, articulate ex-Supreme Court judge?

With Sampanthan, Sumanthiran and Wigneswaran, the fate of the Tamil community is in the best possible democratic hands.

I am especially gratified at the turn of events not only since I have been a supporter of devolution since 1984 and a Minister in the first North-eastern Provincial Council a quarter of a century ago, but because it bears out what I told the (then) Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams in early 2007, when he called on President Rajapaksa. There were several Cabinet Ministers, senior officials and Church personalities including Bishop Duleep de Chickera at the meeting. I gave a brief run down on the war as satisfying the major criteria of Just War theory. The Archbishop of Canterbury challenged me with a counter question. He had been wrestling with just war theory for about fifteen years and was concerned about a ‘just outcome’. Did I think that this war would lead to one and if so why and what were the chances? He queried. I replied that the military defeat of the LTTE by the armed forces of the state would be accompanied by the automatic re-enfranchisement of the Tamil people. This inevitable reopening of electoral space and the re-enfranchisement of the Tamil voter would give the Tamil people the leverage to re-insert their issues and demands at the very centre of Lankan politics. The revival of a political process in those areas would enable the criteria of a ‘just outcome’ to be met to some degree while further advance towards that goal was possible by negotiation between the state and the elected Tamil representatives. That was my answer, and current dynamics seem to be proving it right.

If a troika can crystallise, comprising the war-winning and pragmatic President Rajapaksa, the TNA’s R Sampanthan and the Northern provincial council’s Wigneswaran, Sri Lanka may yet win the peace, 30 years after Black July 1983. With the forces of ‘radical evil’ (as the great Goethe designated it) defeated in the North and East but not yet in the South, it will be a harsh and bitter struggle though—and a grim, emotive, turbulent transition. Living with and accommodating a TNA run Northern provincial council led by Justice Wigneswaran will require and may generate a profound shift in the collective psyche.

Justice Wigneswaran is no Alfred Duraiyappa. He will not bend the knee and tug his forelock before the Sinhala Establishment. He is nobody’s “malli”. An interview given to Ayesha Zuhair in 2011 reveals him to be a federalist who stands for the right of self-determination, though he never strays into endorsing secession. What is tricky is not the federalism but the fact that in most parts of the world, federalists do not stand for self –determination, though he belongs to that tendency which does. A Council led by him will be a counterweight to the dangerous neo-conservative surge which threatens not merely Northern lands but Southern film making! The Northern Council with him as Chief Minister will not be the answer to Sri Lanka’s needs but will constitute a counterpoint which will in turn help us discover a middle path, a golden mean between the nationalisms of the South and North. He is a challenge but the challenge he will constitute could be a positive one; just the benign shock therapy that the Sri Lankan state and Sinhala society need to accommodate and integrate if they are to catch up with the 21st century world.

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    Good one again Dayan. In fact, all right thinking Sri Lankans can be proud of Justice Wigneswaran as the TNA candidate and an almost certain chief minister. Provincial Councils have never seen a CM with these credentials ever before and it is certainly something the south could take a lesson from.

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      Gotabaya the Goon, the leader of the DEEP STATE and Lanka’s military business complex and dictator in waiting will sabotage any troika to win the peace and secure minority rights in lanka!

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        Spot on JB!

        Gotabaya Rajapakse is the ENEMY WITHIN the body politic, intent on destroying Sri Lanka’s multicultural social fabric in order to consolidate his deep state and military dictatorship.
        Goon Gota is behind the Balu Sena and other Saffron Terror organizations that are attacking Muslims, Hindus, Tamils, Christians etc.

        Hope Sinhala modayas community wakes up and sees reality!

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      Choice of Former Justice Warawewa to represent Central province is a similar achievement, voters in the central province highly appreciate this decision. The opposition is strong in the Central province, traditionally trend is to register victory in these districts, and appointment of Justice Warawewa confirms victory for them.

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        Central province is a crucial factor when it comes to elections.

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    Good well reasoned article ! There might still be hope for SL afterall

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    what a lie this man utter in here – …”President Rajapaksa who chose to go ahead with the election to the Northern Provincial Council “

    The go ahead with the elections was by the good work from Indian external affairs ministry in talking in a not so diplomatic language to Rajapakshas which only they do understand.

    MA-RA and his GOAT brother tried to get off with elections until the amendments like dilute the police powers etc and with Indians intervention in the right time save the day.

    Its interesting to see what Gota’s lackies like BBS/Champika/Wimal and dubious patriots have to say here.. seems to be they all are hiding with the elections going ahead and MARA have to follow the accord in 1987.

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    Thanks Dayan for an excellent insight!
    Yes! The Tamils has taken Sri Lankan politics to a higher plane. This is TNA’s reply to the chauvinist demand for the abolition of 13 A?
    Do the racist still claim that the TNA has a separatist agenda? And it is dangerous to devolve police and land powers to the north? And 13 A is an international conspiracy to divide Sri Lanka

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    Don’t get too excited mate.

    Isn’t it Indian Menon who overruled the gang of Fourteen including Sumanathiran who is one of your magnificent Trio?.

    Vellala Wiggi and his TNA board still have to get past the post.

    This is what this aspiring CM said to DM.

    “If the Govt doesn’t give us our own Police and Land now , there will be another terrorist uprising in twenty years”.

    Aren’t the inhabitant more worried about a “TNA police” lead confrontation to get the Dispora IC involved to give a helping hand for a SGA, leading to Separation?.

    If you extrapolate the current economic growth since Nanthikadal , what would be the Per Capita in 20 years?.

    That is of course if the current peace , harmony and development is allowed to continue without sabotage by playing the same politics that the ” Elite” have been at so far.

    You have clearly said here that the Tamil pollies are well educated , English speakers. even after three decades of no Education let alone Elocution in the Tamil Homeland.

    Now that all education facilities are restored and all kids are back at school just imagine what the Socio Economic status of these kids will be in 20 yeras.

    Would they join a new Praba , even an imported one to give Diaspora and Vaiko an Eelaam?.

    Wouldn’t even the Diaspora kids who can’t get decent jobs in the deminishing job markets in the West be working in Foreign Firms in Srilanka as the Singaporeans and Malayasians and Hongkonese do?.

    If I was to judge his interview, Wine loving Vella will get a big Zero for his “Vision.”

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      That is why they killed 5 student in Trinco.

      “You have clearly said here that the Tamil pollies are well educated , English speakers. even after three decades of no Education let alone Elocution in the Tamil Homeland”.

      Your Jakass Education ministers are destroying the Education. and they want some bone sucker like you to follow them.

      Leela AKA Sumanawathiee;.

      You must rememmber Empty vessels like you and your MaRA clan’s make big sound and grab others credits by force,

      touch your head and check if got your horns any damage unto them.

      REMEMMBER,
      You have A Heard of Cheap Ministers, who can put in to Harrows or insemination perpose.

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      Leela ( KA Sumansekera) your talking of harmony and development since Nanthikadal,machan please can you elaborate the harmony part? esp with BBS in the picture?

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      There you go again Mr Sumanasekera (or Leelananda, or Lee Potter, whichever you prefer)….. what exactly are you trying to say here? …. I’m afraid your gibberish doesn’t persuade the majority of the people around this subject. Don’t you want to give peace a chance? If you do, you’d be tugging at this new hope enthusiastically rather than frenetically trying to de-stabilise it. Get a life man!

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    Well said Dayan! a very realistic assessment of existing affairs which every Sri Lankan should come to terms with. You belong to the same calibre as CVV and have you not thought of a political future! Food for thought! worthy of consideration! May the Triple Gem trigger your entry in to the world of politics so our future generations could dream of a peaceful and corruption-free Sri Lanka.

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    One of the best articles by Dr. Dayan! The analysis makes perfect sense while the predictive logic even more. The counterpoint to check-and-balance the neo’s is a great one, good identification Dr. Dayan. Look at the trend and line up of “The Company’s” candidates: Daya Master, Tamilini, KP, Karuna, etc…they duplicated their practice on the Sinhala community like fielding scoundrels with cheap, unsustainable popularity like the “Teacher Kneeler” and many other cheap drama pupularists that are like pop stars…does anyone even talk about the biggest of pop stars like Michael Jackson now..although he was of much better standards and credibility like the jokers am yrying to draw a parallel with..? I hope at least with ahpn. justice Wickneshwaran’s nomination that our Sinhala political leadership will begin to give precedence to the intellectual, academic and those of better genetic breeding…time to rehabilitate the judiciary, police and even the parliamentarians. I care less for the latter but we are now in a state where trishaw drivers are lined up to shout filth in front of the Supreme Courts!! Sri Lsnka should miraculously come out of this mess for the betterment and peace or be consumed by the US like its colony of Puerto Rico…at least then we would have real franchise, rights, opportunities, fair play and English language and real healthcare for all!

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    Oh, and my gratitude to our brother India for talking in not-so-diplomatic language The Big Rajapassa and his Nilly GOAT brother understand..to bend their arm into holding the Northern Elections.

    We once visited Nilaweli after the war and some of the day workers at the beach that push boats, rent toilet facilities etc. to survive said they were the owners of the houses and lands in front of these facilities…currently being held by the Navy…to hold long enough to hand over to the MaRa brotherhood so they in turn can sell at a trumpeted price like Sheikh Mohamed sold sand and blueprints in Dubai!! He crashed humiliation but the MaRa brothers were smart enough to sell and make a clean buck as evident in the strip of Nilaveli, Passikudah etc….the point is, state of affairs is worse and even Indian intervention is highly appreciated for the sake of our love for this motherland and the future of our offspring and their peaceful life! …something we grew up lacking..

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      May be the name “Lasantha” let you speak the truth. Thanks

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        manisekaran thangavelu

        Could we have your denial, defense, generalisation, excuses,……… observation, comments, suggestions,..
        on the following stories:

        Terror at Jharkhand missionary hostel: After rapes, 96 girls live in fear – NDTV – July 17, 2013

        Five-year-old fighting for life in Kerala after horrific abuse – NDTV July 17, 2013

        80-year-old woman raped in Tamil Nadu –
        NDTV May 11, 2013

        Verdict on adivasi women raped in Tamil Nadu – NDTV News
        29 September 2011

        269 convicted for raping adivasi women
        Sep 29, 2011

        Adivasi woman, daughter gang-raped –
        The Hindu April 14, 2012

        What are you going to do about it?
        Are you going to amend the recent new anti-rape laws?

        May be mass production of chastity belts for women would do.

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          how relevant is this in current discussion here NV?

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            manisekaran thangavelu

            It is relevant that 99% of the rapes I quoted above has female members and all of them were Adhivasies.

            How come you are silent on the plight of my cousins in India yet you support your stupid brethren, both Sinhalese and Tamils in Sri Lanka?

            You are silent because you want their land for “development” in other words your people want to keep my cousins down so that your greed driven corporatists could grab their ancestral land.

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    Look at all the support and rejoicing of the selection of Wigneswaran instead of Mavai Senathirajah the next TNA leader next year.

    This decision is hailed by RAW, Vet Narendran, All old Royalist,leftist, communist, Nanayakara’s (In laws) and the dubious Dayan Jayatileke a one time member of the original Varadarajaperumal’s NEPC outfit before he fled to Mother India. LMAO.

    Now Sampanthan has expedited his exit from politics and farewell to Chennai retirement, and Mavai S will be appointed as the leader of the entire party than just be the cash strapped NPC CM battling the two military commanders General Chandrasiri and Mahinda Hathurusinghe. Where will the funds to operate the NPC come from? The additional taxes of the Tamils in the North or Buddha’s begging bowl where Wigneswaran will be going from one Rajapakse to another. Finance minister, Defense Minister, President, Defense Secretary/UDA,(Gotha)-Speaker Chamal, Economic Minister, (Basil)or Super brat Namal. Maybe his friend Nirupama Rajapakse’s husband Thirukumar Nadesan might also have to help out in obtaining funds (Super broker/agent), or relative Killi Rajamahendran of MTV/Maharajah fame.

    It would be interesting to see how all the Rajapakses would respond to the new CM, and will UDA back off their monopolies like in Colombo, and the military would stop dumping vegetables in the Jaffna wholesale markets undercutting the farmers, without paying any local taxes. I support Wigneswaran in his future battles in Colombo. Mavai should be happy that he does not have to do the “begging” either in Tamil, Sinhalese or English which Wigneswaran can perform without batting an eyelid. In law Nanayakara the leftist would be ever ready to help???

    Even Dayan Jayatileke would be ready to give an assit like in basketball. lol. DJ never played basketball, I suppose or other games for college? Please correct me DJ!!!!!!!!!!

    Well, the proof of the pudding is in the eating. Let us see what happens in the new NPC…. and the TNA under Mavai’s leadership. The former quisling groups such as TELO, PLOTE, EPRLF, EROS and TULF under Anandasangary are also excited that Mavai is not the CM candidate, little realizing that Mavai will be the TNA leader sooner than they all thought and Sampanthan will retire faster…..

    Best Wishes to the future CM and personal votes at the NPC elections.

    Donald Gnanakone
    Tamils For Justice.

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      ‘Donald Gnanakone
      Tamils For Justice’. How much you earn $ using these kind of words?.

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      What a great philosophy. For Thirty years, Tamils only funded violence and carnage. It is the money, that could have spent in the south, spent in the north. Now, give tamils their govt and give them money too. So that, Tamils living overseas can visit and show how grand their living overseas is and go back. They will be happy that they have their own eelam too.

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      Name a better CM candidate, and please give reasons.

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        See my comments on the first 3 preferences of the people and voters. Those 3 have put in the time, served jail sentences and endured torture, beatings, threats and losses.
        Choice # 4 is former Justice W.
        Choice #1 of RAW is Mr. W as admitted by Tamil quislings and outsiders who have only ill well for the Tamils.

        My #1 choice for Deputy CM and very powerful ministry is Mr. W. That is even after his close relative/relationship to political chameleon leftist/communist Nananayakara.

        Looking back for 48 hours, Mavai has been saved all the embarrassment of the next 5 years, being the powerless CM, and let him become the Tamil leader overall, including of Mr W, soon.
        May be the likes of Gajen Ponnampalam, Sivajilingam, Padmini S, Kuthirai Gajendran all should be given nomination to contest the NPC elections under the TNA. lol. (Under the name of unity)… And if they win they can work with Mr. W the CM and other elected TNA NPC’s.

        Donald Gnanakone
        Tamils For Justice.

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    Dayan Jayathilleka’s article giving the due credit to Sampanthan who worked hard to persuade his coalition to field Justice Wigneswaran as the Chief Ministerial candidate is good. However, giving credit to President Rajapaksa at the same time makes one wonder what Dayan is up to. Is it to get ginger points from the president? Matilda Ellepola’s comment on 17th 12.23 pm explains why Rajapaksa chose to go ahead with the election to the Northern Provincial Council.

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      ‘Dayan giving credit to…..’. Such references are unavoidable according to realities. Is it not so? There are a few others too who want to say the truth but still have to honour whom they are obliged to.

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      DJ has to praise him. Let’s wait and see, maybe ambassadorship in Washington is his aim.

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    Im still waiting for the response to this article from Dr DJ’s usual opponents and professional enviers like HLD Mahindapala and crowd. Maybe this time, even they are convinced he is right.Also, where is that Leela fellow, Lester the jester and other communal minded good-for-nothings?

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    With due respect to Justice Wigneswaran (presumably unknown to many) the author’s contention that every Tamil and all Sri Lankans irrespective of race or religion can be proud of him seems taking matters to an absurd level. His assertion that Justice Wigneswaran will surpass all other Chief Ministers and every politician throughout the Island in respect of performance seem ridiculous to the extent of embarrassing not only the general reader but most probably Justice Wigneswaran. The statement that soft power is depleted in the Sinhala society should be seen as more appropriate to the attitude of the TNA.

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    A good example to follow in other PC’s. Appoint emminent, respectable, educated people as Governors and Chief Ministers. Of course the Regime will not relish having to surrender its power to people who may not agree to follow their orders. Educated people are the abomination of the Political Thugs.

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    we should understand that the change of attitude of President Rajapakse came suddenly from goodwill. It is a desperate stage. We should thank the the international community, particularly India to pressurize Rajapkase regime towards holding the NPC election. At this stage Rajapakse has no other alternative than listen to India’s orders, otherwise his future and his family’s future is in danger. Since this decision is not voluntary and the historical evidence from the behaviour of Rajapakse regime you cannot trust and hope that something good will happen to the nation.

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    DJ,

    We don’t have such short memories to forget that only a few years ago, you advocated the Chechen solution to the North, with your “friend” Douglas Devananda, whom you called “cerebral,” playing the same role for your master, Mahinda Rajapaksa, that Ramzan Kadyrov plays for Vladimir Putin.
    And now we are hearing of a “master stroke.” Hmm..

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      That was four years back. Lots of water under the bridge.

      ‘Cerebral’? Never. Please quote.

      Douglas would have been the best bet…four years ago. But not after he agreed to contest on the UPFA symbol. He should have done what the SLMC did.

      I told him so.

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        Agnos’s revelation is news to many. Promoting Douglas Devananda who according to Wikipedia has been a “Sri Lanka Tamil militant who fought against the Sri Lankan government for an independent Tamil Eelam” is unacceptable. Promoting Douglas Devanada then and Justice Wigneswaran now shows the Hypocrisy of Dayan J.

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        I can guarantee if (may be I should say when) Justice Wigneswaran becomes the CM, Douglas will join TNA. At the end TNA is an alliance of many political parties and Douglas joining TNA will only make him a leader of Tamils not a licker of the ruling party crumbs.

        In fact I will not be surprised if KP joins Wigneswarn if KP truly believes in helping Tamils.

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        Different seasons different reasons??? LOL.
        Here is a response from Australia for Jayatileke.

        srilankaguardian.org/2013/07/dr-jayatilleke-is-not-jaffna-tamil.html

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    “If both sides get it wrong though, it could mark the end of the road for a united Sri Lanka.”
    You Bet..Dayan.. Sri Lanka Will prevail in one piece. IF Endia wants war.. they got.. it. ..Sucker-bones will be suckerbones. The Begging Question is can we trust what you have done as our ambassador in La Parsee as well. Forget Geneva…

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    A great article by Dayan,lets just hope the Election will be free and fair

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    Dayan,thank you for your sensible and creative article.what JW should do is to create an economy to export Jaffna based products,sea food based products and palmyrah based products.Tamil from all over the world will buy.they have enough foreign exchange to buy and help their brethren.Singapore was like that 60 years ago.lee kuan yew along with a Jaffna born Tamil minister S.Rajarstnam developed an export oriented economy and today it’s the worlds one of the best economy.then education should be the priority.north has the potential to become another Singapore.or else give one of the island on a long lease to Singapore for 100 years then they will develop it.

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      As long as you have a vision,a master plan, Industrious labour and with well educated, honest, disciplene and qualified staff you could do wonders.

      There are ample natural resources available in and around Jaffna and with assistance of foreign scientists and technology, they could be exploited.

      Also Tamils have a large expatriate community who could invest on their research, technology and manpower towards economy and foreign corporations could help establish FTZes, Technical, agriculture and IT industry.

      Also with the help of Harbour and Airport in visinity, they could have direct access to the world with their own fleet of Ships and planes.

      I see a very high potential for North to become the next miracle of Asia
      provided GOSL give them freedom to do their own development and by cutting Govt. red tape.

      It’s no point feeling Jealours or envey for your own brothern when they struggle to rise up in life, who sacrificed 30 long years at war and lost everything they had. It’s their time now.

      I think Playing Sinhala Buddhist hegemony card here will not going to help nobody. It’s era is gone.

      The difference is when the Tamil man select their own Race of Honest, qualified and well reputed ex CJ as CM candidate, our Sinhala Man Kicks out our own Honest, qualified and well reputed CJ from her office through a fake PSC and still awaiting trial. Is this Rajapakse’s Sinhala Buddhist Asia’s Miracle. We need answers, not fake Coward cardboard sando Jokers.

      Already our Sinhala war hiro Army General who liberated our country served Jail Time and now under house arrest.

      I see the end of Fake Sinhala Buddhist Hegemony Crook Racist card at the horizon, and It’s time to take back our country from these absolute fake Alibaba comedy jokers.

      Let’s Sinhala South follow what the Tamils started in the North.

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    “He is, in sum, the TNA’s Lakshman Kadirgamar” – hope he does not become another Kadirgamar, in principle

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    A sharply focused understanding of Sri Lanka’s past is essential for making sense of Sri lanka’s present complex by Tamil,Eelamist distortion contemporary writing on the nation.
    The Ex-Justice Wigneseran factor nothing more than, that to be create which legal base for future land & police power,one by one for legal check for separatism in North part of Island.
    As sovereignty and an Independence of Sri lanka, we have to made every effort to avoid the so-called distortions arising from Tamil Eealimist emotional and chauvinist-Tamil ideological of all kinds, that disfigure Sri lanka after the end of War 2009 May.
    It is important for example not to allow admiration for greatness of Sri lanka Buddhist base civilization ,nor sympathy with her humiliation during 450 years between 1505 to 1948 or the difficulties of her present situation,political economics ,and cultural to prevent a realistic appraisal of her as being,over the longer run,a highly successful Western and Indian power.
    At the present moment Sri lanka North PC election and repeal 13 A are concern,which take for their domain the ideas and actions of about a 22 Millions out of 7 Billions human race,are almost wholly neglected even at our greater values of universities.
    We should feel more than rewarded for our own efforts unity of land ,to back and renascence sovereignty home how profoundly both general cultural, historical and practical political realism require an understanding of one Sri lanka greatest democratic and civilization that is also,one of the great Global power of today.

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    “… and have a meeting with Mr Sampanthan, the TNA leader…” This 2nd
    factor, initiated at the urge of the visiting Mr. Menon, was a further attempt to trap Mr Sampanthan and the TNA to fall in line with the umpteenth insincere attempt to hoodwink the country and the world. Mr Rajapakse, as we all recall, called several time-consuming devices to wreck them while they are afloat. Ask Prof Vitharna. The poorly hatched plan is to get the TNA into the PSC and then outvote them in the regime-packed PSC and tell the world a consensus was produced democratically. Tamils will not fall into this.

    “He is, in sum, the TNA’s Lakshman Kadirgamar” I am afraid to most Tamils this will be an unacceptable comparison. I have little wish to get into a controversy but with all due respect to the late Mr Kadirgamar as a lawyer, Tamils have little to do with this man who merely carried a Tamil name. Vignesewaren’s consistent love of the Tamils, their language, their culture and his open sympathy to their painful tribulations of the past 6 decades, his passionate will to help them overcome this imposed fate – is all too well known to be repeated here.

    “..reveals him to be a federalist who stands for the right of self-determination..” Federalist and Self-determination are terms that enrage and even the most liberal Sinhalese. It is internal-rule rather than self-determination – the latter having a secessionist flavour. As to the Federal path, that can cure most of our ills despite the poisoned nomenclature, if the Tamil-speaking majority in the NEP are allowed to take care of themselves, this becomes irrelevant.

    Senguttuvan

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      @Senguttavan. You are right. Mr W is a very honorable person and now cares for the Tamils sincerely. Do not get into arguments with morons like M.

      Lakshaman Kadirgamar was only a Tamil by name and used the Tamil name of his illustrious father and family (brothers)to earn money, and for politics like some Sinhalese claim to fame is that their relationship to some President and being a Sinhalese. Lakshman is no worse than Ettapan or Judas Iscariot.

      My support is for Mr. W, although he was my #4 choice after Mavai, Sivagnanam and Vidyaharan. I had my reasons and publicly aired it as a democracy than these Tamil sanctimonious cats and quislings.

      TNA and Sampanthan/RAW did a big favor for Mavai. Now the old Royalist can talk in Singhalese to all the Rajapakses with the NPC begging bowl in one hand and Sinhala Lion flag (Like Sampanthan) on the other hand.
      Sampanthan will retire and return to Chennai and RAW much sooner than later.

      See my response to your fellow Canadian, this so called Thanga. LMAO.

      Donald Gnanakone.
      USA….

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        How true is it that the Christian Jaffna Tamils are low caste and the Hindus High caste people. Did you family convert fishing boats to ship sometime after the white man landed?

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    Well written paper except that I do not know whether Wigneswaran is TNA’s Lakshman Kadirgamar. I have my reservations on this. Bensen

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      Shit Head Bensen Burner,
      What is your reservation?

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    The future is directly linked to what GOTA has repeatedly stated. We
    all hope for the best for Mother Lanka as a whole, whilst in realty
    the existence of the Dynasty is all that matters to the Regimes cabal
    and henchmen. No change of heart took place in the Regime at all for
    the changing direction, is the hard fact.

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    This is a good article and Dayan strives to strike a balance. However we still have to see justice Vigneshwarn as a political leader. Lakshman Kadiragama will remain as of today as the only Tamil leader to whom the typical Sinhala man on the street would get up in the morning , stand in line and vote for. That is a pretty tough act to follow. Let’s wait and see. As for the 13th amendment, I fear the clock is ticking. These two races are overwhelmed by two fears. Most Sinhalese feel that Tamils would use whatever devolution given as a scaffolding towards a future Eaalm and most Tamils feel that the Sinhalese will never give them their true recognition unless by force or international pressure. In the presence of these two fears, I fear the Sinhala voters carrying majority votes will kick out any politician who attempts any type of devolution. Which politician would sacrifice votes for reconciliation?

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      Do not blame the Sinhala voters. Blame and damn the Sinhala politicians who deliberately and untruthfully stir doubts and raise apprehensions about devolution. Chandrika Kumaratunge was able to convince a majority in the Sinhala electorate about the desirability of devolution. Where are the TV programs of her day that extolled the virtues of reconciliation and national unity? MR and only MR has to be blamed for engineering the present political climate in the past one and a half years! The others who make rabid remarks are in his kennel and are let out on a long or short leach as he wants, to create the climate for what he wants to achieve.

      Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      I do not agree with the quote that Lakshman Kathirmar as a Tamil Leader. He never been a elected or selected leader of Tamils. Sinhala politics never tried to elect Kathirkamar as a people’s representaive or to make him as a Prime minister. Sinhala politics used him because he was prepared to betray Tamil community and act on behalf of Sinhala racism.

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    All this euphoria about Wigneswaran’s selection as chief ministerial candidate by TNA has no validity & is indeed idiotic.
    The same status quo as of now will prevail,even if TNA wins overall majority.
    The military governor has overall powers to veto any proposal by the council.
    Even now this is happening in the nothern and eastern provincial councils. The president is quoted as having told the EPC members to “patch up their differences with the governor”.
    Just because Wigneswaran is an ex-justice of the supreme court,the military governer is not going to change his stance – which is to have full control so that the ‘occupying army’ can do what they want.
    The army not only has “police powers” but also “judicial powers”,as they can ‘arrest’ any citizen and hold him in custody in any army camp,without producing him before a magistrate.
    The writ of the military will continue to prevail over the democratic rights of citizens.

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    Dayan my learned friend.. what masterstroke did MARA had in appointing Pilleyan as the Chief Minister of Eastern province?

    A LTTE child soldier/killer in the lowest grade/uneducated and just compare the 2 CMs we are going to have in North and East?

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      Pilleyan is not the CM now.

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      This is nothing compared to how he bribed VP to stop NE voters at the Presidential elections. Also Bribing Opposition MPs to cross over to get 2/3 majority, Jailing Gen. Sarath Fonseka after winning the war and Impeaching CJ Dr.Shirani Bandaranayake.

      Time is short for Master Strokers.

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    Great insight DJ. May the quiet dignity of Justice Wigneswaran and what he stands for, win Sri Lanka back for all Lankans.
    BTW Loved the allusion to the ‘the dangerous neo-conservative surge which threatens not merely Northern lands but Southern film making! ‘

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    Dayan Jayathilake is Ecstatic. But, both wigneswaran and Senathiraja will share the responsibility of the Chief minister post half and half each.

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    A great analysis and analytically skilled artical by Dr.Dayan Jayatilleke.

    It shows your analysis, vision and judgment of the re-shaping of politicl culture in future Sri Lanka.

    Also it is you type of Diplomats who President Rajapakse got rid of.

    We could witness the difference between selections of CM’s in the North and South.
    We saw Mr Sampanthan’s Daily Mirror interview and saw his Political knowledge and his vision for a potential future Plan with economically, socially and a politically developped Tamil majority State in North under a unitary state of Sri Lanka.

    Yes the time is ripe for People to demand and fulfill their dreams in life, Freedom, justice,respect and peace and to claim their social, cultural and religion rights.

    Mr.Sampanthan said Tamils are Industrious and hard working people and Notherners and yet to diliver and are awaiting to prove it given their rights to govern.

    Appointing Justice Wigneswaran as the Chief Ministerial candidate in North is a brain child of Mr.Sampanthan.

    If so President Rajapakse’s dream of Asia’s Paradise or Singapore or Wonderland could commence from Jaffna.

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      I disagree with this guy with a bogus name.

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        Give me your point DJG without reputing. Don’t worry on my name. Focus on what I have written.

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          I do not respond or even read too much of people with bogus names.

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    The choice of Justice C.V.Wigneswaran as the Chief Ministerial candidate is a wise move. It is also a step for the educated and the professional to enter into politics and address the main concern of the Tamils. Though there is nothing in the 13th Amendment, Justice C.V.Wigneswaran has the capability to negotiate with the Government to add and strengthen it with some improvements to make it more meaningful for the Provincial Councils as well as for the entire country. What is required is forward thinking by everyone.If all the Provincial Councils can have persons of the calibre of Justice C.V.Wigneswaran, then the country can move forward towards a meaningful democracy.

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