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Theocratic Fascism & Latent Separatism

By Dayan Jayatilleka –

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

I’ve heard of home invasions but this is the first time I’ve watched a Ministry invasion. The country watched while the BBS swarmed into Rishad Bathiudeen’s Ministry in search of missing monk, to wit, Ven Watareka Vijitha thero. Was the latter a suspect in a case of murder, rape, child molestation or even theft? Nope. His alleged crime was not a crime according to any law. It was an offense in the eyes of the BBS though, because he is said to have taken the side of the Muslims in a dispute in Mahiyangana. He is now being hounded, including in the precincts of Government ministries. The manhunt or monk-hunt is being conducted in full public view, on mainstream TV. It is the new reality TV show.

It is difficult to identify which is worse: (a) the fact that there seems to be absolute impunity for this group which has openly arrogated to itself the right to police society and the state as well or (b) the fact that the Mahanayake of the Malwatte Chapter did not remonstrate publicly with the BBS delegation at its recent visit and instead good naturedly cheered them on (as seen on Derana News) to “do something” in furtherance of their declaration that they had the power to make and unmake governments. Add to this the uncritical remarks by Secretary Defence Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the opening of the BBS’ political academy at Meth Sevana last year and we seemingly have confirmation of Kalana Senaratne’s brilliant recent article in which he posits the thesis that the BBS is not the lunatic fringe but the murkier depths of the mainstream itself.

The BBS activity, most notably of the inspection/invasion of Minister Rishad Bathiuddeen’s Ministry and its declared intention to intervene anywhere it chooses to, bypassing existing laws and law enforcement amounts to a project of theocratic proto-fascism. The detention of the British nurse who had an un-caricatured tattoo of the Buddha on her shoulder and the arrest of a Catholic nun belonging to the Order of Mother Theresa a few years back (she was released after the Cardinal sent a clear message) indicates that the BBS is not merely an organization, but that it represents — and can get away with what it does because it represents— a state of mind, including within the state. The fact that this state of mind does not encompass the state as a whole is exemplified by the excellent conduct of the police officer, who refused to hand over the footage of the CCTV cameras outside Minister Bathiuddeen’s Ministry to the BBS monk who threateningly demanded it.

What the BBS seems to demand is the right to behave as if Sri Lanka is a theocratic state in which the BBS are the ayatollahs and cultural police. So if this trend continues, Sri Lankan citizens will not only have to live under an economic regime and state policy process that is describable as an oligarchy, but also live by the unwritten rules of a theocracy.

Now, one has the choice of analysing these phenomena to death or actually doing something about it fast. Insofar as all this appalling public behaviour of the BBS and like-minded formations is possible under the umbrella of the political Establishment, I suggest a five-point program to alter that status quo:

  1. Send CBK and SF to Parliament, now: While I have a very dim view of Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga as a Presidential candidate and Gen Sarath Fonseka as a future President, I urge that they be sent to parliament immediately in order to re-balance politics and denounce impunity. All it takes is for a UNP national list MP or two to be persuaded to step down, and CBK can go in to parliament and become a front bencher or even the leader of the opposition. The same goes for Gen Fonseka— and if there is a legal impediment, Mrs Anoma Fonseka can be sent instead. These two, namely CBK and Mr or Mrs Fonseka will rock the House. They may even attract some MPs from the other side. They will soften up the government and change the atmosphere before the crucial pair of elections early next year. If this is not done now, one can only conclude that the UNP cares more about something other than re-balancing Sri Lanka’s politics.
  2. Support a Left Opposition with the JVP at its core and vanguard. Encourage reunification or a JVP-FSP bloc. Without the Inter-University Student Federation, the JVP will lack an important campaigning arm, while without the JVP the FSP will lack any serious mass or national appeal and political prospect, representing radicalism at the margins. The JVP is the closest we have to a formation which takes an anti-racist, anti-religious extremist ideology to the masses. It is currently the most consistent agency of a rational, secular, progressive and modernist ideology. A strong JVP representation in the next parliament and a serious JVP presidential candidacy—Anura Kumara Dissanayake—will be positive factors under any circumstances.
  3. Effect a demarcation within the SLFP/UPFA in time for the Parliamentary elections. Work on detaching the moderates of the SLFP from the family-dominated regime, not at the Presidential election (it won’t work anyway) but at the parliamentary election. The aim should be to target the two thirds majority and encourage a strong, multiparty opposition. Of course if the Opposition’s presidential candidate is such that the Presidential election is a Charge of the Light Brigade for the Opposition, there will be no defectors from the SLFP or none who can fetch any votes.
  4. Rebuild the political centre: construct a centrist coalition; re-open the Middle Path in mainstream Lankan politics. This can be done only by a combination of the anti-familial succession (but not anti-Mahinda) element of the SLFP and the non-Ranil element of the UNP.
  5. Build the broadest possible multi-party united front under the leadership of the biggest Opposition party the UNP, but not under the existing leader who cannot even reunify and restore the UNP’s own base vote! The ideology and character of the broad united front must be national democratic and pluralist; not urban cosmopolitan. It must bring together the three aspects of the national, the democratic and the popular or mass (which in this country means the rural). An urban cosmopolitan NGO type liberal democratic platform which is not pronouncedly patriotic and national (in a broad pluralist sense) and which fails to resonant with the peasantry, is an absurdity. The target of the broad united front must not be Mahinda Rajapaksa, but the family oligarchy and the divine right to rule. Mahinda is understandably popular and respected. In the past, successful Opposition strategists went not for the most popular leader but for the harshest and most divisive: JRJ instead of Dudley; ‘Satan’ Felix much more than Sirimavo.

Tamil Self Determination

The worrisome national political picture is hardly helped by the news — and will be still less helped by the actual news coverage— of the TNA’s decision as announced by Mavai Senathiraja that the main theme of this year’s TNA May Day will be Self Determination. The Sri Lankan masses aren’t so stupid that they do not understand the coded language.  It is one thing to call for a measure of provincial self rule or autonomy. It would be even better to concretise this by calling for the full implementation of the 13th amendment. But provincial self rule or self-administration is different from self determination.  In anything other than a situation of colonialism or cross-border annexation recognised as illegal under international law; certainly in an independent sovereign state, Self Determination is a dangerously elastic or worse still, open-ended concept and slogan. The raising or renewal by the TNA at this stage, of the slogan of self determination not only retards the prospect of the renewal of political dialogue (what with elections a year away). It also makes the task of bridging the gap by South Africa and India far more fraught. With its susceptibility to emotionalism and its consequent ideological volatility, the TNA should not be a pre-election coalition partner of any serious Southern democratic partnership.

Prof Kumar David has returned to the fray to defend and support the dangerously de-stabilising slogan of national self-determination. He continues to interpret it open-endedly, asserting that size or proportion notwithstanding if any ethnic group regards itself a nation it can put forward the slogan of national self-determination which any liberal or progressive should support. He regards this as the National Question in the 21st century and an impeccable extension of Leninism. In the real world this opens up a Pandora box of the breakup of existing states, bloody conflicts and partition.

I distinctly recall Prof Kumar David writing a piece which was proudly carried on Tamil Net, in which he asserted with some panache and swagger that he as an academic with a science background, knew just how much technical knowledge and expertise would have gone into creating and operating the Air Tigers, and that he can confidently predict that with such expertise available, the LTTE could not be militarily defeated by the Sri Lankan armed forces anytime soon. In point of fact, the LTTE was crushed at Nandikadal just a few months— possibly several weeks–later!

Two very different leaders, Woodrow Wilson and Vladimir Lenin enunciated the right of nations to self determination within a year of each other, during the First World War with a strategic goal. They wished to stir up ethnic nationalism and undermine or break up the existing colonial and imperialist formations which were their rivals. Lenin was writing and working within the overall project of the rising tide of socialist revolution and the actual establishment of a socialist state as a rival power centre to the imperialist system. Since 1991 we live in a wholly different era, where socialist revolution is no longer on the agenda and the world system is capitalist. This is why, already in 1987, when he predicted the collapse of the USSR, Fidel Castro argued that the defence of national sovereignty and the territorial unity of states is once again a revolutionary slogan.

It may be said that today we are closer to the era of Marx and Engels, in that the post-socialist era is similar to the pre-socialist one. In this era as in that of Marx and Engels, what we see is the return of geopolitical and economically driven strategic rivalry of big powers. Marx and Engels at no time wrote of the ‘right of nations to self determination’. The journalistic writing and the Selected Correspondence of Marx and Engels, as well as the military writings of Engels reveal a perspective that assessed every ethnic striving not from the view point of a ‘National Question’ or an abstract ‘Right of Self Determination’ but precisely on a concrete case-by-case basis, informed by whether or not the ethnic community was large or small and thereby capable of forming a state and whether or not the given community had a propensity to support imperialist and reactionary powers, i.e. the role such ethnic groups would play in big power rivalries.

That is the perspective that we would find most instructive in today’s world, and specifically with regard to Sri Lanka’s Tamil Question.

As for his dismissal of Antonio Gramsci (in which he follows fellow Trotskyite Prof Laksiri Fernando), Prof David simply displays ignorance and illiteracy. Louis Althusser concluded: “Who has really attempted to follow up the explorations of Marx and Engels? I can only think of Gramsci.” (‘For Marx’ p 114) If Althusser is a little too esoteric or tragic a figure for Prof David, here’s Eric Hobsbawm: “As Joseph Buttigieg notes, American anti-communists are worried because Gramsci can still inspire the post-Soviet Left, even when Lenin, Stalin, Trotsky and Mao no longer can. Yet while one hopes that Gramsci may still be a guide to successful political action for the left, it is already clear that his international influence has penetrated beyond the left, and indeed beyond the sphere of instrumental politics…He has survived the political conjunctures which first gave him international prominence…He has demonstrated his independence of the fluctuations of ideological fashion…” (Hobsbawm, ‘The Reception of Gramsci’, in ‘How to Change the World: Marx and Marxism 1840-2011’)

There is a reason that Marx, Guevara and Gramsci have survived into the 21st century in far better shape than Lenin and Leninism. The successful resurgence of the Latin American Left owes much more to Gramsci than to Lenin. Those movements are far more Gramscian than Leninist, having had to partially unlearn Leninism and learn Gramsci in order to succeed as they have done, after and despite the fall of the global socialist project.

*Dayan Jayatilleka latest book is The Fall of Global Socialism: A Counter-Narrative from the South, Palgrave Macmillan, London, 2014. He is also the author of Fidel’s Ethics of Violence: The Moral Dimension of the Political Thought of Fidel Castro, Pluto, London, 2007.

 

 

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  • 25
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    Has this rat started to swim away from the sinking ship and trying to find another boat?

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      Your guess is good as anyone else’s. I think he did his thing on over drive for a couple of months and during the last six weeks some of the diplomatic appointments he had the eye on were named and all his “Pundam” talk ignored.
      What a life.

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        .
        I feel sorry for DJ.

        I don’t think he ever reads his own column.

        :-)

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        This humbug Dayange, an ex-diplomat is trying to pull the wool over people’s eyes touting some half-baked knowledge of politics and social science.

        He thinks he is the ultimate authority in Sri Lankan politics and king making. What an idiot he is?

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        Marx, Guevara , Gramsci,Lenin ,Engels,Trotsky , Mao, Fidel bla bla…….what a loads of bollocks again !

        let’s analyze DJ’s famous theories

        1) I , Me and myself know every thing and i’m always right (i.e Mama Pora)
        2)Eternal support for My chosen leader (now MR)

        except the obvious BBS lunatic antics almost every thing else which has been written here falls on to the above 2 categories .

        just take a look at these hilarious statements ,

        “A strong JVP representation in the next parliament and a serious JVP presidential candidacy—Anura Kumara Dissanayake—will be positive factors under any circumstances.”

        presidential candidacy—Anura Kumara Dissanayake ???? who is DJ trying to fool ? first he doesn’t want CBK/Ven sobitha thero as the common opposition candidate (reasons best known to him ) and now soliciting AKD to consider of becoming a presidential candidate ?

        “the TNA should not be a pre-election coalition partner of any serious Southern democratic partnership.”

        Ahh ,now comes the best part , as usual DJ’s best practice of pick & choose strategy to highlight a vulnerable instance/situation to cause maximum damage to his rivals (TNA) , in other words DJ is fulfilling his chosen master’s contract by discouraging the opposition to seek help from TNA at the forthcoming PE ! food for thought DJ !

        “his can be done only by a combination of the anti-familial succession (but not anti-Mahinda) element of the SLFP and the non-Ranil element of the UNP.”

        cat is out of the bag ! hik …hik…hik

        “The target of the broad united front must not be Mahinda Rajapaksa, but the family oligarchy and the divine right to rule. Mahinda is understandably popular and respected.”

        Oiy DJ , your slip is open ….. why don’t you tell , please vote for MR at the next presidential election ???????????????

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      No, He still wants to keep the same President and same secretary of defense to do the racism part and thuggery part including genocide of Tamils. His worry is now that it no secret that Mahinda Rajapakse is the man behind the BBS and unlawful acts of the regime, particularly what happened in Hambantota where Rajapakse sent it Coolies with guns. Not a Single right thinking people will believe that what the regime told during this war and after war.

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      I have the feeling the style of current article has taken its way to some degree, different. These are the signs that even DJ the like personalities could also change with the time. The real wonder is if that would not be the case. Right at the moment, everyone one with a tiny little brain would see the gravity of injustice before us the general public. Lanken leader has lost his vision to zero levels – by not seeing the danger before the nation, if he would approve CASINO pacts of Parker to this country. We could bring various other projects if we need to maintain the growth rate values.

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      I have never been a supporter of JVP, but I agree with the way they raise issues in and out of parliament today.

      It is said that over 90% of the credits taken for gigantic devleopment projects have been wasted and given no nothing kind of transparency and accountablitiy reports. This has been done making every unborn child a life long debtor of 0.3 mio rupees

      Please read below, AKD raised the issue again and again.

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      JVP wants action against officials who made loss making investments
      April 24, 2014, 10:40 pm

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      By Saman Indrajith

      DNA Parliamentary Group Leader MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake demanded to know from the Government in parliament yesterday what action it would take against the officials who had decided to invest the monies of the Employees Provident Fund in loss making institutions.

      Making a special statement, the MP said the people, civil organisations, political parties and trade unions had opposed the government’s decision to invest EPF funds in private institutions. But, the government continued to maintain that investing funds in those institutions would be beneficial to the members of the EPF. However, the information now indicated that the funds had been invested in loss making institutions. According to an Audit Report 2011 by the Government Auditor H. A. S. Samaraweera EPF monies had been invested in 58 institutions in 2011 and the resulting loss was Rs 11.7 billion.

      The EPF had invested funds exceeding Rs. 63 billion (63,169,398,923) in 76 companies. It seemed that the government was gambling with poor man’s hard earned monies, Dissanayake said.

      Deputy Minister of Finance and Senior Minister for International Monetary Cooperation Dr. Sarath Amunugama responding to the MP said that the investing of EPF funds had not caused any loss to its members. The EPF funds were managed by the Monetary Board. The board had decided to diversify the investments and that had resulted in increasing profits annually. Therefore, there was no need to take any action against the officials of the board.

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      This is a very good video:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkwZVgeKG4o

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      Park:
      No, he isn’t on his way out, he’s just looking for a life-preserver until he can get back on the Rajapaksa (or other) ship.
      He has the nerve to talk about “murkier depths of the mainstream itself” in reference to the Rajapaksa government! What a joke! You don’t have to explore any “depths” to discover “murk” because it is apparent at the very top.
      Having to read Dayan de Silva’s b.s. should be part of the sentence to anyone whom we hate!

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    This goes out to all the ‘thinkers’, ‘experts’ and right thinking activists –

    Discussing in a public portal, options, strategies and about possible decisions of opposition parties will only give a head start to the government in power… Hence, if any of you have any bright ideas, I suggest you discuss it with known members (prominent ones)of concerned opposition parties…

    All praise be to God, and I sure like to think people in the caliber of Dayan Jayatilleka would want a genuine change than having a bloated ego seeing their words and writings being telecast/published…

    Furthermore, it would only be an icing on the cake if what these ‘experts’ say translates into actions or becomes a rallying point… And considering the lethargic attitudes of the ‘academic high society’ in SL, I very much doubt that any of ’em would want to get out from the ‘comforts of their couches’!!

    As for myself, I am on the lookout for the next Che… and at the rate the country is proceeding I wouldn’t be surprised seeing a coup d’état by a right thinking military officer, however junior he may be… (since the top brass is well looked after/bribed by Gota)

    Hint hint… :)

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    Of course, are you surprised?

    Suddenly seems to have developed a soft spot for CBK LOL

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      Robert.R

      “Suddenly seems to have developed a soft spot for CBK LOL”

      Perhaps he must have discovered his own erogenous zone.

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    At last DJ has been awoken from his political coma.He has defended this Regime domestically and Internationally and sung for his supper even after being called an NGO supporter.In many of his articles DJ has stated that MR cannot be defeated by any Presedential candidate and today seems to suggest a formula to at least make an effort to defeat the incumbent.The conduct of BBS is the result of the highest in the land paying lip service to the rule of law.The manner in which the CJ was impeached and forced out her official residence.The incarceration of the Presedential candidate.The Presidents statemnet “Apa Miniha nissa shape karanda haduwa”refering to the NSB Chairman.The recent statement that people in Hambantota attacked oppostion MPs because of allegation made against development projects.This attitude is not of an individal who respects the rule of law or has a sense of right or wrong or basic decency.If the joint opposition fails to defeat the incumbent at the next Prsedential election this blessed country will end up a Banana Republic.

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    If he is not careful and living in Sri Lanka he should be beware of the White van.

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    cunnig DJ. Crticism of BBS and TNA on the same article.

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    This [Edited out] is playing double game, He praises Mahinda Dictator in one mouth and blame from back side, He should have known if he was smart enough how these village thugs behave, there is no return now, My mother country will be a prostitute den, Gambling joint, and a heaven for racketeers, Mahinda Looka, Basil ( always 20 % man)we have heard of him in america (Gas Station Attendant) and Gota all their sons will ruin our country beyond reversal, these SLPF bastards MPS know this, But they are being well bribed, and they do not want loose their perks, they will give anything to stay in the Govt at the expense of public.

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      Mahinda@,
      DJ has become today active “Mervin”. Mervin the vermin is said to be sick. So it is pathetic – that a man of DJ grade (Doctorate holders) to be fallen to this appalling level. DJ ´s articles have been reduced to the levels of gossipy monger notes.

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      This rare kind of syndrome has made DJ upside down. His utterances are changing akin to the skin colour changes of a Katussa – chameleon. It is the nature of him, but I still believe, time has reached that everyone to react fealessly to calling ” spade a spade”. Why to be caught by Rajapakshe mere rhetorics that almost destroyed the nation by all means to this day. He says something and giving the place for something totally the opposite, examples given below:

      a) Yesterday, having watched Hiru sender´s “Balaya” program, it became even clearer that the man – had previously approved with his signature a pact that contained – building of a hotel complex with casino as their gaming facilities; so that though later were changed because the opposition disgreed, – what one should be clear is HE HAD SIGNED IT BEFORE WITHOUT STUDYING IT CLEARELY.
      Even yestreday, he made public statements similar to ” NO GAMBLING IS GIVEN A CHANCE UNDER HIS REGIME “

      b) He goes on saying, we ” SRILANKENS AND I AM THE PRESIDENT FOR ALL COMMUNITIES”; but when rival party politicians visiting HAMBANTOTA were physically assulated on public eye, and defending it by the same CESPIT like mouth- it is just because UNP dont respect their develompment projects.
      Truth: All these developments projects are being introduced to earn them commissions on people´s cost. Please check it the facts and firgure.

      c) He assured that the country in the aftermath of the war end, will be given for its progress and to keep human values, but he got it fully cancelled to this day, by introducing 18 Amd that allows no police commision ( no independent police), no election commisions and several democratically favourable units in the society

      d) He himself supports any culprits to get bred today, by helping those culprits underhand. There are enough evidences to prove that.
      Tangalle murder incident in which britich tourist was murdered by UPFA party supporter, one another close man of Rajapakses direectly, being the key accused of having raped murdered tourist´s girl friend; the case is being waged just because the man´s relationship with the STUPID first family

      e) Not to forget, shortly before the SOUTHERN AND WESTERN PROVINCE elections, the man in power himself betrayed all LAW AND ORDER issues, by staging with his party men for their support, law was out its validity in such issues

      This is the nature of this megalomaniac Rajapakeh, that shold be removed from lanken soils as it was the case with Prabakaran is the what right thinking lanken feel to this day.

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      Not even in the current article, writer has uttered a single word about the way UNP MPs were attacked in Hambantota, but he has been telling something always against BBS. We are not pro BBS, we are also against Hambantota thugs. We further are disturbed by urban goons that were seen in the process against former CJ Dr: SB.
      So this particular writer to cry about every incidents, but not to do so when it is met out with UNPs shows his true colours. This kind of pundits are plenty in every corners where the bunch of Mervin (Kelaniya) are roaming.

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    DJ,
    “I distinctly recall Prof Kumar David writing a piece which was proudly carried on Tamil Net, in which he asserted with some panache and swagger that he as an academic with a science background, knew just how much technical knowledge and expertise would have gone into creating and operating the Air Tigers, and that he can confidently predict that with such expertise available, the LTTE could not be militarily defeated by the Sri Lankan armed forces anytime soon. In point of fact, the LTTE was crushed at Nandikadal just a few months— possibly several weeks–later!”

    Sri Lankan armed forces did not do it alone. INDIA, CHINA, USA, UK, Pakistan, …… all contributed to the mass murders.

    So David prediction was CORRECT.

    DJ’s Fidel’s ethics of violence ….
    http://groundviews.org/2008/12/07/fidels-ethics-of-violence/

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    And, the pendulum keeps on swinging!

    I wish that this forum would pause for a moment before attempting to dissect the ‘swing’, – its momentum and direction, in Dayan’s mood.

    Dayan will always cling on to and will never abdicate his precept, – Tamils are pure and simple a minority group within SL.

    There is no way for Tamils to call for, or be granted a nation status, – the right to Self Determination. Self Determination is a dangerously elastic or worse still, open-ended concept and slogan, he has decreed.

    His love for Mahinda, which he clearly parades in this article as well, will never cease. For, in Dayan’s mind, Mahinda is the only politician shrewd enough to be entrusted with this pet objective of Dayan. Not that the others in the present ruling clique are less of an ardent proponents or believers of his goal, but they are not as smart or cautious as Mahinda or he himself is.

    Dayan will not find it discomforting to swing to extremes within this pre-set paradigm, as long as Tamils are left buried in the minority community shackle, in perpetuity.

    This is the one common thread that is running through this invective. This is the only thread that knits his fabric tight; No other.

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      Nathan,
      I would like to suggest that it is not “Dayan’s love for Mahinda”, but looking at his record, it is his expectation that he still has a chance of getting some benefit (appointment etc) from Mahinda.

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        Thank you, EW Golding.

        Dayan has a love for his Mahinda. Dayan has a love for his ‘intelligence’. Dayan has a love for his ‘expectation’ from Mahinda. Dayan has many loves.

        But, leading the list is his ‘love’ for Tamils.

        For further, please follow my reply to Crazyoldmansl.

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      Hang your bloody Tamils. They are every bit as foolish as this DJ cannot you see? Here we are being crushed by creeping fascism which for the first time since the second world war has taken over a nation state and has already begun to use it to spread globally and YOU TAMILS could only stat a dance to set up your own FASCISM!!! Have you been any different? Look what your damn TIGERS did! Nothing better than the LIONS.

      DJ is the lead sinhala buddhist fascist. Someone has squeezed his Ba— and so he has written this piece very reluctantly but he will be back to legitimizing and defending fascism again.

      If the TAMILS want to be taken seriously they had better OPPOSE fascism themselves. Let me make one thing clear to all TAMILS: YOU CANNOT OPPOSE SINHALA SPEAKING FASCISTS WITHOUT FIRST OPPOSING TAMIL SPEAKING FASCISTS! So let me see you do that because IF NOT YOU ARE NO DIFFERENT FROM THIS SCUM DJ!

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        Crazy Old Man, the Tamils who write here live abroad in democracies. They are not bothered about fascism in Sri Lanka, in fact they would welcome it to give credence to their constant claim of Eelam.

        Their agenda is revenge. The fact that their fellow Tamils in Sri Lanka will suffer under this creeping fascism as much as the Sinhalese and Muslims is of no concern to them.

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          This is not the place for you to try to be a smarty.

          Read my reply to Crazyoldmansl.

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            Nathan, yes machan you be a smarty (sic). That’s all you are fit for.

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          I do not know about the Tamils who live abroad but I do know that the Tamils AND Sinhalese who live here BOTH LOVE FASCISM. They ARE fascists and they FULLY SUPPORT FASCISM.

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        You are disturbed that I fail to see the growing fascism, in the country. You are a disturbed man, alright.

        You might think that I haven’t noticed it. But, I have.

        The article is not about BBS, or about any other fascist development. My comment was focused on the article of fascist DJ.

        DJ’s chorus is on his declared precept, – Tamils are pure and simple a minority group within SL. He swings to extremes within this pre-set paradigm.

        And, in your disturbed mind, you fail to see and admit that it is the fascism in you both that has come back to bite you.

        Let me deal with the devil in you, before I join you to deal with the demon you both have created.

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          Have you – or any other Tamil – noticed and opposed the fascism of the Tamil separatist movement? It is precisely this blindness to and consequent support of Tamil fascism on the part of Tamils and blindness to and consequent support of Sinhala fascism on the part of the Sinhalese that disturbs me.

          I hope you are not implying that the Tamils are a majority within Sri Lanka. That would make YOU crazy.

          What and where is this demon that you seem to think I have created with this DJ?

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      Nathan
      “..Tamils are left in the minority community shackle in perpetuity.”

      That’s is the only way for Sinhala survival,otherwise they would immolate themselves.

      Remember what JRJ said “starve the Tamils for Sinhala happiness”.

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    I think he spoke too soon. MR was contemplating a diplomatic position for him with the rest of the clan in HELL! DJ can join them soon with Gnasara en route to the same destination. POMPOUS boot licking PIMPS who are worthless to clean Che’s toilets in BOLIVIA!

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      You just add about Buddhism, I raise the question, what is not betrayed by MR thugs by this day ?

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    There is a sense of frustration or even desperation in the tone of the article. Is this a signal of admission that the country is drawing closer and closer to doomsday?

    It is funny that Dayan is desperately trying to separate the Head of the family (or, rather the siblings) from the rest! Is it another desperate attempt to woo him for a minor plum of office?

    Sengodan. M

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    Panic! Panic! Panic! … Dayan Jumping into the crying babies’ cradle to beat his chest with them. What to do? If one went on the wrong path, he/she has to come back and open the mouth fully to show the teeth.

    As his another one of his confused theories here he is confused about how the Sri Lankan Parliament.

    Before we go into look at that I should confess I wish somebody give their seats to these two more war criminals named as CBK and Fonseka. I am not contributing to DJ theory on these war criminals prospects of becoming presidents. I do not know if they can or cannot become future Sri Lankan King or queen. But, because by his Modaya heroism of claiming the electric chair for himself alone, it appears the king has saved these two war criminals from an international tribunal. If they get into the wagon of this government only their fair chance of the talk of electric chair for them can be started. Whatever it is I am in the same car with DJ on this. Arranging another inquiry just for them is next to impossible. They should serve in this government to be included them in the inquiry.

    In addition to this, now, as I accept that neither of these war criminals can dream of a presidential positions, not because of the accusation of war crime, after all it is a qualification to become a Sri Lankan President, their lost majesty overrides their war crime qualification. So, I would suggest to Anoma to give try for Presidential positions and I would be happily satisfied with CBK and Fonseka going to parliament.

    Now we can go back to Sri Lankan parliament working condition. It does not work with logic and brain of the MPs. As per DJ, it is run with gas named Gold and Perl Kings’ Smile. So the General so many times had swing between praising the government and opposing the government. His mood is not much different like the way DJ is struggling to get for diplomat position. He his son-in-low is not known of where is he? His case is blocking to stand for a political position. (Everybody know he can even vote only if the king smiles.) Many of his balls are in the hand of the King. If the King cast a smile with 75 UNPers crossed line, 75+1 will be 76.

    Atanahala princes has written all her properties on some else name. She is so scared of the king on that. When mommy told her to leave husband’s party so she can get the premiership in SLFP, she without falling carefully jumped from the old wagon to the new Benz. That is how mommy made to be the president. Now, she would like to have an accommodation to bring back the baby prince and the princes. For all these King has to cast a smile. Whether she want to do that or nor King purposely avoided the Chandrika’s non – peace time from LLRC inquiry. He just likes to jump into that bucket and swim all alone. But now he is facing some trouble, because the Western Countries caught it and they are investigating also only LLRC time. It is slight slide back. But the King has so many other techniques to make her to cross the line. It is not a big deal.

    Leaving these aside, these two never showed any intellectual capacity like JR did to break up Sirimavo’s fake popularity. These two not showing any intellectual capacity to breakup King popularity. Their current popularity is not enough to pass over Kings Popularity and to do anything stunning with the vultures waiting in the in the parliament for rotten meat the king would throw. The main disadvantage is oppositions are split. There is multipolar action in the opposition. This is not just within UNP even with JVP, TNA; none of them can unite and achieve anything. In that condition, these two who cannot smile properly (wealthy) enough to split the King’s asses herd, but it is only going to split the opposition further. None of these can bring money with their smile like King can do; no Kings party’s asses will come to opposition. Ranil, Sajit Anura kumara will have more troubles in getting along with Chandrika and Fonseka rather than Smile King.

    There is no way the opposition can have 2/3 in the parliament to do anything substantial. Further there is no point in panicking for the “before election”. This situation is not known for Lanka. Sri Lanka has been undemocratic like this from its freedoms day. The sky did not fall down far. I assure that the sky is not going to fall down before the (so far undeclared, if there is going to be one next election) election too.

    Say some or how these war criminals managed to draw 2/3; still the King is the King. He will have no obstacle to dissolve the parliament without any reason. This is what Chandrika did for Ranil. That is how King became prime minister in Chandrika’s government. King has all tools with him, in the event if any one of them gain the power, to dissolve the parliament and bring Perris or Namal as the prime Minister.

    Ranil does not have the support of the UNPer to make anybody to give their seat to these people. King can do it very well. He has told to Fonseka many times that it was India inserted the wedge between them. So if he calls to come back and join him, Fonseka will do it happily too.

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    DJ,

    Your love of Premadasa, Putin, Kadyrov, Devananda, and Mahinda Rajapaksa has always shown your moral turpitude, making a mockery of any claims of your having progressive values.

    And you continue to pick on ‘Tamil self-determination’ claims by the TNA, which is merely for Federalism within a united SL.

    Objectively speaking, Dr. David’s wonder at the LTTE having developed some flying capability, while being a proscribed group in many countries and made up of cadres without formal education, was justified. He was wrong in concluding that such capacity would prevent the LTTE’s defeat, given the steadily shrinking area under its control. But that is a separate issue. It was still remarkable for a group like the LTTE to have developed air capability, however rudimentary it was.

    While you were still singing the praises of the Rajapaksa regime a few years back, I advocated CBK coming into parliament on the national list and leading a united opposition front.

    Kalana Senaratne’s claim: “….BBS is not the lunatic fringe but the murkier depths of the mainstream itself,” when extended to plain language is this:

    While there are many fair-minded and progressive people in the Sinhalese society, the fact that voters at large keep electing the Rajapaksas, and the fact that you yourself supported the Rajapaksa regime, shows that Sinhalese society has many deep-rooted problems, including love of family oligarchy, thuggery and racism, which are not solvable in the near term. Which makes it impossible to build a pluralistic democracy within a reasonable time-frame; so the demands by minorities for more autonomy along the lines of Federalism are justified.

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      Agnos,

      The Sinhala are collectively chronically insecure. I agree with you; the BBS is a form of manifestation of that insecurity. The Sinhala society gives tacit support to the hegemonic chauvinism and the learned are not exempted.

      When the LTTE was defeated Dr DJ exclaimed to MR that the Sinhala had prevailed over the Tamils. This statement is much deeper than one would think. His objection to 13A+ is deep-rooted because of out of fear of Tamil secessionism. His Left ideals have been mortgaged and the majority insecurity has totally consumed him; this is why he often sounds hypocritical in his views!

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      @Agnos
      UNP is unlikely to offer CBK a place in parliament via their national list. Shall we then recommend that the TNA does this? Sumanthiran can take a holiday and CBK (or even better, SF) can take his place.

      Just the same way you claim Sinhala society having deep rooted problems for voting Rajapakse, why don’t we think Tamil society has similar problems because they supported a fascist thug who murdered many of his own people, and some in the Tamil society continue to sing the bugger’s glory?

      By the way, your track record in recommending people for posts is not particularly good. Remember you recommended Prof Hoole to be our VC?

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        Hanns,

        There is one thing on which that I agree with DJ, and that is any Sinhalese party closed allied to the TNA will lose votes in the South in a big way. The reason is obvious from my take on the society. So forget about CBK on the TNA national list.

        I agree that Tamil society has many problems of its own, but it is easier for a common Tamil man to deal with a Tamil speaking thug than a Sinhalese speaking thug, especially when that Tamil thug doesn’t have the support of the politico-military establishment.

        I supported Dr. Hoole because his connections in the US and UK will bring better visibility for Jaffna university, raise its profile and offer more opportunities for the kids in Jaffna. I wasn’t focused on the politics.

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    The Tamils of Sri Lanka, in view of their distinctness as ‘a people’ with their distinct language, culture and traditions and their historical occupation of a contiguous area of land are fully entitled to their right of self determination and nobody can take that away and nobody can deny same. That is their birthright enshrined in the UN charter and that could be taken away by the Sri Lankan government only if it quits the UN.

    Incidentally, a people asserting their right of self determination does not necessarily amount to secession or separatism. There are political formulae to accommodate that within an undivided country. The full realisation of the right of self determination can take place even in stages.

    Sengodan. M

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    Heavens what tiresome pomposity. This fellow is now trying to advice the left; presumably advising the Rajapakses has yielded no profit – so far. Readers don’t worry; the JVP, FSP and IUSF will all show this fellow the door.

    This note however is not for this purpose. I can’t waste column inches replying to him in another of my substantive pieces so this is to clarify his distortion of my piece about LTTE aircraft that appeared in TamilNet a few years ago.

    First the ad hominem terms: “proudly”, “swagger”, “panache”; what’s the problem man, feel some heartburn?

    Second I don’t claim to be a quality scientist, I am! An IEEE Fellowship, 150 papers and 25 PhD graduates is slightly better science and technology than you have achieved as a ‘social scientist’.

    Third your distortion. I said then and I repeat now, the LTTE putting up a fledgling air force is something of an achievement for that type of organisation. I say this as an engineer who knows a little bit more than you about nuts, bolts and aerofoils. And I did not say the LTTE could not be defeated; it would all depend, I always said. And they were idiots and committed suicide.

    And fourthly, I guess your real motive is this. You think by this kind of innuendo you can incite Gota’s men to send a white van for me (Laksiri has already said you are this kind of slime ball) or that you can get those who hold you in low esteem, like me, to cringe in fear. Ha have another thought!

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      Prof Kumar David ,

      well said prof.

      i particularly love the the following para,

      “Second I don’t claim to be a quality scientist, I am! An IEEE Fellowship, 150 papers and 25 PhD graduates is slightly better science and technology than you have achieved as a ‘social scientist’. “

      please don’t forget that he calls himself “A political scientist” .

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      His interlectual masturbation, he cant be without is irritating to many of us CT readers. In sinhala TV/Radio discussions, he sounds as if he is the “only know-all about the EA matters”. All these verbose writings are for purity of his soul. May be the guy is also fallen into the same asylum where UPFA ministers are given today. Even a simdgen of shame remained with DJ, he would not have continued the same way of MR apologetic articles.

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        In the last Presidential election, Mahinda Rajapaksa received 57.8% of the vote against General Sarath Fonseka’s 40% i.e nearly 50% more votes than SF. In CT however, over 90% of the commentators are against MR and his government. This makes me wonder whether these people are Sri Lankan voters at all, and if so how unrepresentative they are of the general populace of the country.

        To this extent it may be wise to take the doomsday predictions made here with a pinch of salt.

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          Accuracy of last election results (2010)should still be studied.

          Former EC was under all kind of tensions, nothing like any explanations were given to the media where he could have been on the critical day, he made a public speech as no other times in his previous times.

          So, we cant rely on the results issued after all these calamities. Jilmart word was also introduced to the nation only that election.

          After the election, ballot papers were founds several places, that had been valid to SF, were not being investigated.

          In today´s context, when studying every kind of investigationn being carried out by local authorities their acucracies, one would not bel able kepe any hope about anything being fair to the publc

          Let alone, Baratha murder, Hambantota tourist murder, hundreds loads of Heroin smuggle, and many crimes that they advocated to have just started with investigations are not transparent to anyone yet

          Secondly, not many of lankens read CT. That is not representative

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      Salaam David Saar! You just payed the DJ the ultimate compliment by playing his own game. Nice to know about the AIYEEEE, the AIYOOO and the GRAND total of 25 Peee Hech Dees and the HUGE bundle of VUN UNDRED AND PIPTEEE PAPERS all that. You are a nice red professor I must say with nice white trimmings like SANTA CLAUSE. No white van for you man. You will get a nice sledge with a full complement of reindeer all dressed in red and all that with golden bells and balls as well. Perhaps youda like snow white to accompany you into battle with the DJ with his swagger, pride and panache? Nice, nice, Sri Lankan mice nipping each others twits while the cats have their day.

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      Excellent response to this slime ball Prof. Kumar David. Truly educated scholars/intellects/academics must refrain from debating with people of low mentality, narrow mindedness and shallow thinking like this fellow who stoops down very low and uses cheap tactics when his imaginary self-esteem is brought down.

      Dr. Laksiri Fernando also said, “this liar (Dayan J) is pathetically dangerous from a security point of view in the evolving Security State. He is trying to implicate us/me for Tiger secessionism. Let me tell the Colombo Telegraph that I completely refrain from debating with this fellow any longer”.

      He keeps advising but nobody seems to be interested in his advice anymore. Everybody knows who Dayan Jayatilleka is and how to deal with such low life parasites.

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    Armed with knowledge, expertise and maturity, DJ sees things as they are – not through disfigured political glasses. And loyalty in politics is moving target.

    Changing loyalties is the order of the day in Sri Lanka’s political history. Start with two Bandaranaike siblings through to most of todays cabinet ministers.

    As time evolves we all try to find out the least corrupt, hypocritical, opportunistic and foolish out of the lot called politicians who are driven by nothing else but self interest.

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    Dear Prof DJ,

    You should change your stance viz-a-viz 13th amendment to sustainable outcome based on internal discourse. FYI, India and South Africa both supports the PSA.

    Mavai Senathiraja was sidelined from the visit to South Africa. Tamils habitually reach out for the lazy nazi. So the guy is beating the TamiNazi drum to become relevant again.

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    Dayan should stop with his insights into the prevailing, in his words, “theocratic fascism” existing in Sri Lanka without bringing his pet peeve into the discussion of bashing Tamil self-determination – typical. Dayan gives away the plot every time!

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    DJ,

    im not a MR fan….what i can say is that you are [Edited out].

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    I endorse Dayan’s brilliant suggestion that Chandrika Kumaratunge and Sarath/Anoma Fonseka should be immediately nominated by the UNP as its national list MPs to parliament. The possibility of nominating Medaluwewe Sobitha Thera should be also considered, to give a voice for rational Buddhism in parliament. This would set some cats among the rats and get the ball rolling immediately in the direction of the much needed change of government.

    The large number of MPs ( 60 +) who have abstained from voting on the gazette notification relating to the suspected Casino project is an interesting development. Namal Rajaoakse is of course playing rugby in South Korea and hence absent during the vote,

    As to the utterance of the words ‘ Self determination’ by Mavai Senathiraja, the ‘Goni Billa’ words that can yet raise the ire of Dayan, I would like to know the exact words he used in Tamil. Were the words, ‘ Suya Aatchchi’ ( self government) or ‘Suya Nirnayam’ ( self determination)? Further, Mavai is considered the empty headed giant by most Tamils and should not be given undue importance in our current discourse. Old diehards and mavericks should be ignored, if we are to regain our sanity as a nation. However, thugs masquerading as politicians and monks, should be put where they belong- jail or a lunatic asylum.

    Dayan has been very lucid in endorsing the need to change this government in his opening paragraphs, but has unnecessarily meandered into his now familiar ‘ Goni Billa’ issue.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      If you endorse DJ´s as brilliant, I doubt your assessments from this day on. I really do.
      For my DJ´s are inconsistent. He has not yet opened his views towards MR´s rule.

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        We can disagree and agree . However, it is outright wrong to reject what someone says, In this instance I find Dayan’s specific suggestion , which has to my knowledge has not been proposed by anyone else both innovative, doable and with a high probability of producing results. Hence it is brilliant.

        RN

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          Dr. Rajasingham Narendran

          “In this instance I find Dayan’s specific suggestion , which has to my knowledge has not been proposed by anyone else”

          He takes 64 positions all at the same time. He picks and mixes ideas which have been already in the public domain. Time and again he states what many believe to be recycled, stale and discredited concepts so as to undermine the minority’s positions.

          Few months before the elections this shameless man proposed an interim council to run the Northern Province, appointed by MR which was to include all discredited politicians and unknown faces.

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            Dr Veternarian:

            Despite your tendency to go off track just like the rat Dayan I take your comments as indicating a naivity from which you only changed recently, earlier endorsing the good Mahinda fellow.

            I still find the most apt metaphor for Dayan the following contributed by Mr. Park:

            Has this rat started to swim away from the sinking ship and trying to find another boat?

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          Thanks, but no means in curret context ?

          DJ ´s analyses are incomplete. Not many of the gravy issues are being addressed by him. Instead just trying to premadasa´s to win but nobody else – motive is clear to everyone -self survival….

          DJ is the most selfish mind set in lanken public domain these days. People cant keep the faith on him at all.

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    Hey

    Didn’t this guy defend this state a few years ago

    did he finally realise he still isn’t going to get political appointment that he finally istrying to change his tune

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    To expect Chandrika to do thing (look after democratic values etc) as an MP when she couldn’t care less of it as the president, is like assign a tortoise to look after the flying school.

    I don’t know about SF’s wife, but I am positive, the man doesn’t know how to spell democracy. He just talk BS. Being served with a ‘red notice’ and used to chits issued by the JVP in the late eighties, I know what we can expect from them if they ever come to power. Are JVP different today? I doubt it very much. Need not talk about UNP for we all have enough experience with them. UNP want the majority to adjust to values of the minority.

    But it’s only the other day that David Cameron, master egalitarian and the British PM said; “Britain is a Christian country.” And Jack Straw, an opposition leader talked about “Christian based values the Muslim majority schools in Britain must follow.” Our fellows do not read any of these signs. They would unsettle this country to the brink of breaking it up if they can grab power.

    MR is the sign of peace, stability and prosperity. And majority people know it. That’s why, with all his short comings, a lot of people vote MR and his party.

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      A) Do you know how to spell ” democracy” ? BEING in your early 70 ties If my memory is right ?

      B) In today ´s context people are becoming clear that they are caught by mere Rherotics of Rajapakshe

      “Mathata thitha” – stop for drugs/alcohol – has now to this date been made to “Mathata Matha”, creating all nurseries for breeding drug trafficking culture.

      What happened to the heavy loads of Heroin smuggled to the country lately ?
      What the the stand of the respective investigations of them ?

      C) Anyone who would study it closely, would realize that MR will be a greater threat to lanken future.

      Yesterday- pro casino pact got passed in parliament abusing their so called 2/3 mandate, but

      where has the mandate been gone ? in terms of abolishing Excutive Presidency as promised ?

      D) MR is the sign of all unethical abuses, courruption (incl. drug and casino promotions)

      No means the sign of Peace.

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      Banda

      Thanks for your Sinhala/Buddhist sermon.

      Now tell us about the differences between all those established values that you have observed among Christian, Islam, Hindu, Jain, Saivaite, Tamil Saivaite, Vira Saivaite, Buddhist, Sinahala/Buddhists, Theravada Buddhist, Mahayana Buddhist, Hinayina Buddhist, Jewish, Pagan, ……Mormon, Morons,Pattini devotees, ………..

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    Hi Dayan,

    This is a slightly better version. Seems that you are no longer flogging the non stater combo Sajith + Karu.

    Wonder if you would be offended if we compare you to the Great Tamil theoretician Anton who did a marxist Leninist combo to support the Tamil Cause. No one really cared what that combo was as long as it was for the “cause”

    We can clearly see you doing the same with a Gramsci Lenin combo on behalf of the ” great majority” whose leadership has been continuously re cycled by the Tamil cause.

    Perhaps the TNA is the best best for hoisting the Sinhalese Prabakaran ? You seem to place them on traitor list following Anton ?

    Please do not copy him.

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    CAN THE GOVT DEMONSTRATE ITS HONESTY?
    Sir with all due respect to you, I presume that nothing can be done in this era where almost every politician at every level is corrupt. Though the UNP alleges of 10 – 30 percent corruption now it has generally reached to over 50 percent. In certain occasion it goes upto 100 percent, because they approved the work but not implemented. Carpeting the roads is the easy way to siphon off the public money within the short period. But all those who are in the deal will not give up these lucrative job.

    I knew a little bit of in and out of CBK. She was running her office with a group of inefficient lot at TT where she was proud to say “see these are the public servants we have and they can’t dictate a letter even, I have to do that also. That was her fault. If you are not efficient at least you should know to select some efficient officials to run the office. Now let the by gone be by gone.

    Any how the government at last, at least to appease the minorities, in words announced that No one will be allowed to take the law unto their hands. But the whole world know that with the blessing of the Rulers BBS did enough damages to the country and Buddhism while they commit cruelty on Muslims.

    Now it is a welcome move on the part of IGP to declare that “No Muslim extremist groups- IGP (Island Lead story 25/4/2014). But it has deep rooted into the minds of the people by the BBS act that there is Muslim extremism. It was shown to Malwatta Mahanayake Thero also recently. What I grasped from the footage showed by BBS to Malwatta Mahanayake Thero was a ” different of opinion about Buddhism preached by a Muslim person where he interpreted the triple gem as three stones. That showed the level of intellectuality and intelligence of that person. If you see the dictionary to know the meaning of Gem- one meaning is “an outstanding person”

    This is what has happened to present day Islam and Buddhism in the country due to Thowheed and BBS Monks in Sri Lanka. They are half baked and interpret the things as they want and they know. But anyhow the damage is already done. Now there is a huge fear psycho purposely created by BBS to say that there is Muslim extremism in the country. I am doubtful whether the IGP and the Police can allay this fear and myth created among the ordinary Sinhalese people. I do not know how the Sinhala media will react to this assurance of IGP on Muslim extremism because they want to retain their readership for the business.

    I do not think there is a need for the Minister Vasudewa Nanayakkara’s prposed Anti Hate speech law if the Police was asked to make use of the provisions of the Penal Code to deal with thuggerism and planned violent perpetrated by the BBS. It is enough. In fact what has happened is a status of impunity enjoyed by the BBS is the problem. There is nothing to hide. If there is a will there is a place for the government within the existing law to curb hate actions by the BBS. It wont happen because the government survive by whipping up communalism and even the people are in the dark about the development and the CBSL is deceiving the people with the stats. of mere econ.growth which has no dividend.

    Can the Government demonstrate its genuineness by translating these sentiments made through media into action.? Most of the policy statements made through media have not been translated into actions. The latest before the BBS related issue was the directive issued by the President for the cancellation of a Gazette Notification with regard to licence sought by the private medical College. Where there was a phrase called ” may seek” should be converted into “Shall seek” was the would be result of the order of the President given to Higher Education Secretary. But still the all powerful GMOA is fighting for it without success.

    SOME BUDDHIS MONKS SHOULD BE TAKEN TO SOME OTHER COUNTRIES TO SEE FOR THEMSELVES HOW THE PEOPLE LIVE THERE PEACEFULLY AS ONE NATION WHILE RESPECTING THE HUMAN VALUES WHICH HARDLY WE SEE UNDER THE PRESENT DAY BUDDHIST EXTREMIST HERE.

    In india they had both President and PM from minority communities. Here even a GA, AGA, or a GN from minority community is not appointed to run the administration of an area where Muslims are living in large numbers (For example Ampara, Trincomalee Batticaloa, Vavuniya, Mannar distrcits). Under these circumstances any peace loving Sri Lankan can expect that the pece will dawn here in the near future. On the other hand the situation has been allowed to be aggravated with the tacit support of the rulers.

    The way Police has acted (Cannot be its own) proves the BBS enjoys the impunity where it will lead the country into anarchy. Who wants this situation perpetuate.? definitely not the people of this country.

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    I do hope and pray you have the courage and guts to declare that the people of this country have been deprived of their right to know what is happening in the country. Media is not fulfilling its social responsibility and the reason why it is not so.

    Do you advocate that if the people are well informed they will take a well informed decision about this extremism and politics if the current perception wrong.Pl enlighten us

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      “Media is not fulfilling its social responsibility and the reason why it is not so.”

      Media has no such environment to do so, within the varied mechanisms which are active without the knowledge of the public in today´s context.

      Please wake up – at the time, CHOGEM interviews were given, I myself happened to see audience raising higher number of good questions, in the few forums allowed there, but none of those responses were seen in local media, nor have I read them on other media. Why ?

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      You seem to be educated and writing good English. You seem to be assuming you have understood the problem, but not the mass. Then you put the problem of ‘the peoples not informed” on the head of the media. It appears, it is up to where your understanding of the Sri Lanka’s problem cans go. I wonder if you have been reading on the other side the CT has been writing of its own problems. In other words educating the mass is not going to work in the same way the education failed in your case.

      DS destroyed the democracy by disenfranchising the Tamils. SWRD came to power by this. SWRD brought Sinhala only. The woman who did not go a college, Sirimavo, come to power because of this racism.(What a slip; just in few years ago the country was run by those who had the designation of “SIR”) Sirimavo nationalized Lake House because it published an Obituary as Death of D.E.M.O Cracy. The story goes in the way until now, with the same acceleration. Who is to blame for the media’s short coming? Don’t you get it, it is Soulbury’s mistake? If appears you suddenly got enlighten this morning and put the blame on Media. So funny.
      First accept Dyan’s new vocabulary :“theocratic fascism”

      If you interpret it properly, what is he trying to say is to fix Lanka, you need 20 million Americas. The justification you need one America- fully, to fix one “theocratic fascist” Osama bin laden. So to fix a country of 20 million “theocratic fascists” you need 20 million Americas. It is so easy to put the blame on the media rather than accepting their own heart pointing at them. The entire nation, hiding its own conscience, interpreted a struggle to freedom as terrorism and now finding itself as a nation of “theocratic fascism”

      Ramanathan and others advocated the parliamentary system through a general election is not good for Sinhalese. The best would have been for a united Sri Lanka is the way G.G. suggested the 50:50. That is how Tamils contribution to democracy could have been possible. If you are in that opinion it is welcome.

      If CV can be made as president, he may need one year with 18th amendment to undo the damages the 18th did. First he needs the power of 18th amendment to fire all the vultures who have been appointed in the important services, starting with the CJ. Once all those are fired, he can repeal it. Then he has to appoint a Constitutional Commission that can write a constitution to accommodate 50:50 so the Dayan’s “theocratic fascism” will not destroy the country any more in the future. The commission might need one year to complete the job. He might need one more year to improve the police power to close down the “appe aanduwa” family business and force back the saffron robed rowdies to monasteries. End the third year he can conduct a fair and just election. With the 50:50 protection, country will never fall into oligarchy. Democracy will thrive.
      Only other choice is to let Tamils to go alone. This wills un-teeth the “theocratic fascism”. Then the Sinhalese will be able to enjoy natural democracy. They cannot achieve it as long as they have Tamils with them. It is like putting a beautiful woman and a rowdy in the same room with closed door of the privacy of rowdy (infringement of sovereignty of Lanka) and talking about women’s rights. Unless somebody take the woman out of the room she not going to safe or he cannot escape from ending up on the hand of International Human right and Humanitarian laws. These panic cries are not going to save the country.

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    There is one thing DJ got wrong, and that is the assumption that Tamil separatism is latent. It is as much in evidence today as it ever was, except for the near-death of terrorism. We must never ever make the same mistake of allowing it to raise it’s ugly head again within our shores, though as with recent history attempts will be made, by the overtly racist factions within the “refugees” and “asylum-seekers” abroad.

    The named, banned individuals must be pursued, arrested and brought back to Sri Lanka to face justice.

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      Ram:

      You have a lot of dirty rats running in the south, eating away anything that is in their sight. Clean your house first and get rid of the rats in your own backyard. Cheers.

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    Dr.Dayan Jayatilleka,

    Me as a CT reader like to read your columns. But what I noticed here was that you started your column from one topic and ended up somewhere else. It’s like “Koheda yanne….Malle Pol”.

    It made me confused to find what your real message is, and finally you say…… “The target of the broad united front must not be Mahinda Rajapaksa, but the family oligarchy and the divine right to rule. Mahinda is understandably popular and respected.” ……..It’s so hilarious to us CT readers. Let me get back to that later.

    Let me start from your topic from how the BBS thugs infiltrated into a high security zone Ministry of Trade.

    This MOT store many trade deals, secret information relating to State to State Business and trade, govt. contracts, Investments, State to State developments, projects Businesses and Technology Info. etc,etc.

    Therefore BBS invading a highly critical and sensitive MOT is a criminal offense and should be punished.

    How can another Country keep confidence and faith in Sri Lanka on sensitive business deals when these BBS Jackasses invade even Ministries whenever they want. How could they do Trade and business with GOSL. It’s crazy.

    Yes we have many Theocratic Fascism under Rajapakse Oligarch. BBS is the Latest who have authority to close down transporting Cattle, close down slaughter houses, attack other religious churches, businesses, change dress codes etc,etc.

    How about Kelani Mervin who tight an innocent man to a tree and his son attacked an Army officer who went unemployed after the incident. Also he stopped selling meat in Kelaniya overnight. Who gave him authority.

    How about the Thangalle Mayor and his gang who murdered and raped tourists.
    How about Hambanthota Mayor wailing a Gun to attack UNP MPs.

    These are few but part of Rajapakse Theocratic Fascism and Authoritarian rule.

    Why didn’t Rajapakse made English as the language to communicate between Sinhala and Tamil people infact of each other learning others languages.

    With computers and Information Technology and Tourists influx and our labour seeking foreign employment, it would have been much better if English would have promoted as the language to communicate among communities.

    Also JVPs agenda of our Labour as the Largest Foreign exchange earner, we have to adjust our school education curriculum to fulfill both Local and Foreign Labour markets. We no longer an Individual state but part of the Globalized community. Therefore JVPs future agenda, education, social and employment stratgies should consist with both Local and Globalists in mind.

    Bottom line is our labout output is more of a quantity than quality. We still survive with British introduced Tea estates and Free Trade zones as the major foreign exchange earners. Where’s innovations, technology, agriculture,animal husbandry, distribution, storage facilities,fishing industry, quality professors and lecturers books coming out,quality arts and crafts and quality drama and movies….etc,etc. All gone to dogs.

    Same with old oriental dancing and copying from India is becomming boring with no innovations and styles.

    Finally Dr.Dayan, until we get help from honest, real patriot visionaries, intellectuals,innovators, businessmen, engineers,doctors and reseatch personnel etc,etc, how much of other theorists such as Marx and Engels,Lenin or Antonio Gramsci or Trotskyite will never help us.

    GET RID OF CORRUPTION, FAMILY OLIGARS, FAMILY MAFIA CARTELS, FAVOURISM, THUGISM AND FAKE BBS BUDDHISM AND GIVE THA PLACE TO PROPER AND QUALIFIED PERSONNEL AND ONLY THEN SRI LANKA WILL DEVELOP.

    Adjust and work according to the ever changing world and labour markets and maximise our limited resources,and support for constant research, discoveries and innovations will only develop Sri Lanka. Learn from South Korea, Japan and China. Today Chinas Billioneers are only second to USA. Business, innovation and research and Developments are talent and cannot be copied.

    If proper testing on Hambanthota soil and climatic conditions were conducted I presume Hambanthota is ideal to grow Aloy trees, cactus, Oranges,mangoes,durian,date trees,jack fruits,Palmyrah trees, Teak and Mahogany trees and ideal to produce natural honey which brings enormous Foreign exchange to Sri Lanka.

    Also Hambanthota is ideal best place to produce all types of “Karawala” dry fish and Jadi as it has natural salt latrines as well as huge ocean surrounding it. These could have brought more foreign exchange and find employment than these white elephant projects.

    We need visionaries and not muts to govern our country.

    If Pres.Rajapakse thinks, covering over 10,000 acres of land with concrete to build Airports, harbours, stadiums, fun cities etc,so the Land price will go up…….he is mistaken.

    Hambanthota is the worst climate for open air sports due to dry heat. That’s why many cricketers got cramps while playing even during Night cricket. Just imagine Athletics, Foot Ball, Rugby or any other sport except Motor car races. Hambanthota is the worst place for Open sports.
    Donkeys don’t have brains.

    Finally Dr. Dayan you say……”Mahinda is understandably popular and respected”.

    Where did you find this from…… Don’t you know that all Oligars are pure dramatists and jokers. Watch how North Korian Kim Jong un, Mugabe,Saddham Husain, Gaddafi, etc,etc…Please read following web.

    http://www.voanews.com/content/north-korean-leader-gets-100-percent-election-win/1867762.html

    Pres.Rajapakse is a mere actor. Where is Rajapakses today without the imported 60 UNP MPs and 17 other parties who joined him, Crony CJ Mohan Peiris, crony Police dept,crony election commissioner, laptop journalists, Duty free car permit Judges, 85 billion rupee divineguma receipients, Benz cars and luxury SUVs given to Buddhist monks, thugs and other bribery given Govt.servants, Rajapakse favoured media, TV,radio and press personnel.

    Is this how country’s money is spent.

    Pres.Rajapakse sends over 2,000 security personal two weeks before he visits any place and also takes his over 500 entourage including the drama team where ever he goes.That’s why you say he is popular.

    Who is UPFA without the Imports……UPFA is mere four Rajapakse Brothers and Company Unlimited who control 90% of economy.

    Both Pres.Mahinda Rajapakse and his brothers are Four in one and one in four.They only act differently, but have same agenda.

    How come one WP PC UPFA candidate spends 1,125 Million rupees during last PC elections. Who funded him.Where the money came from. It was in the news, and now you see Gold and Jewlrey shops as well as Banks are been broken into during day light robberies.

    Who introduced the ever cursed 18th Amendment. Can Pres.Rajapakse survive without the 18th Amendment…..What happened to Gen.Sarath Fonseka, CJ Shirani Bandaranaike, Lasantha Wickrematinga, Pradeep Ekneligoda, Ven.Watarekka Vijitha Sadu etc,etc.

    Without giving huge mega Briberies and thugs Rajapakses will be history by now.

    Yes Madam Chandrika along with Gen. Sarath Fonseka will bring hope, peace and prosperity to all,and only when 18th Amendment is abolished and without White Vans.

    What use we have with world youth Parliament conference to be held next month with over 100 countries participating when even UNP MPs cannot go to Hambanthota safely.

    I could write books…..but Just want to keep you cool….Pl.watch folowing video. Enjoy.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3p4MZJsexEs

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      Jayantha@,

      dont take them serious. They are more less like just coffee break talks. U know ? Nothing like consistencies you would ever find in DJ´s idiosyncratic text. May be he should be feeling very like PISSU these days not receiving any kind of attention from MR regime.
      There are times, I feel, DJ s a person that just adds his views without thinking twice. There are times he goes contra 13 Amd, then again pro, in the same time telling something totally wittig in terms of the serious issues such as UNHRC:
      However, I also believe that govt needs to stay closely with those countries that keep criticising srilanken nation. There I agree with DJ. But latter is not the common view of the many with some sort of vision about the future. There we dont need to have years long collected experience in political science, or be a political analyst. That is just a view by any healthy ones feeling about the country´s future.

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        sama,

        Well I appreciate Dr.Dayan’s contribution to CT. CT Readers will judge his writings.

        Also I like Dr.Dayan’s suggestion of Madam CBK and Gen SF joining Parliament. Also I suggest if Ven.Sobitha Thero joining them.

        But nothing could be achieved until 18th Amendment is removed.

        18th Amendment is MR’s trump card to stay in power and a curse for opposition parties to win elections.

        Therefore the priority of opposition parties is to get rid of 18th Amendment before next elections.

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    Dayan
    How stupid are you to condemn Tamils for seeking Self Determination. Instead of yelling at them why don’t you address the cause. A military occupation of North, unleashing of violence,rape,abduction and extra judicial killing,land grab,forced colonisation by Sinhalese aided by army,a people overcome by fear and subjugation. These are the forerunners of Self Determination. Unless you stop these Self Determination cannot be stopped.

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    Dr J the people are not concerned what Gramsci said, they are more concerned about Gotaramsci and his psychotic
    behaviour.

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