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Two Disastrous Insurrections & Spurning Tamils Has Damaged The JVP: The JVP Must Banish The Demons Of Its Past

By Kumar David

Prof. Kumar David

“A political party’s attitude to its own mistakes is the surest way of judging how earnest it is and how it fulfils its obligations to its class and the working people. Acknowledging a mistake, ascertaining the reasons, analysing what led to it and debating the means of rectification – that’s the hallmark of a serious party; that’s how it must perform its duties, and how it should educate and train its class and the masses”. Lenin: “Left-Wing” Communism, an Infantile Disorder; April 1920.

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) has matured; its perspectives today are correct and we (ULF) have joined it in a progressive-democratic alliance for this presidential election, next year’s parliamentary elections, and beyond into the future to nurture a socialist, democratic, corruption-free alternative to the rotten political culture of today. Let that be said at the outset in no uncertain terms before I get on with the remainder of his essay which probes the JVP’s unhappy past. 

I am aware that the JVP has reflected on the two principal errors of its past, arrived at some conclusions and made amends by changing its strategies, but I am not aware how deep the evaluation has been. I have no interest in tearful public confessions, only sadists need that; my interest is to satisfy myself and others that the internal critical process has been thorough. As the remark by Lenin nearly 100 years ago quoted at the head of this essay says, that’s what matters. Let me add that at the end of the quote when Lenin says “class” what is in the mind of this master strategist of party building is the party’s cadres. 

The two costly blunders the JVP made were (a) ultra-left insurrections in 1971 and 1989, and (b) capitulation to Sinhala chauvinism on the “Tamil question”. I am not aware of any JVP anti-Muslim or anti-Christian bias, so I should not say National Question (NQ), but I will use the term since it is convenient. On insurrection and ultra-leftism, I am returning to the theme 48 years after the LSSP published my little pamphlet Tharunu Ugathunge Deshapalanaya (The politics of youthful intellectuals). Though not of profound depth it can stand up to scrutiny even today as the first Marxist critique of the 1971 insurrection. The English text dates to the insurrection and Ajith Samaranayake’s brilliant translation was printed in huge numbers in 1973 and sold by the party for Rs 1! That’s enough on that, let’s move on.

The blunder Wijeweera and the early JVP made has its theoretical roots in the Sino-Soviet conflict of the 1950s. Wijeweera took the Chinese side for which reason the Soviets refused him re-entry to college in the USSR after a short break at home. He refused to cave in and joined the Maoist wing of the Ceylon Communist Party of N. Sanmugadasan. Mao was steering his adherents all over the world into extremism and therefore disaster. The worst was1964 when Communists and the Chinese community in Indonesia lost half-a-million lives in a military coup after a struggle between Maoist politics and the army. Before that however the unexpected victory on 1 Jan 1959 of the Cuban revolution and the dazzling personality of Che Guevara stunned the JVP leaders (who below age 30 wasn’t at the time!); the Indonesian debacle made little impression. 

The ideological stance of the JVP from the 1960s to mid-1990s was to substitute a well organised revolutionary core (the party) for the people and the working class – a travesty of Marxism – and to advocate clandestine insurrectionary intervention of clusters of “revolutionaries” instead of raising the consciousness of the people as a whole (the masses). Lenin would have turned in his coffin in his Red Square mausoleum, but the JVP theory was not inconsistent with Mao’s worldwide stance against “revisionism” and his ultra-left adventurism. You know the whole story; Wijeweera-theory the 1971 putsch and a lightning speed grab for power by armed cadres was thought to be the revolution. That the leftist LSSP and CP were in coalition with Mrs B is not an excuse or explanation; the Coalition Government came into office at the end of May 1970, but planning of the 5 April 1971 insurrection was in progress many months ahead of this D-day. The LSSP-CP “sell-out to the bourgeoisie” affords little justification for the JVP’s insurrection thesis.  

Though enraptured by the iconic blaze of Che, the JVP did not abandon towns and cities and take-off into the hills to form “focos” – vanguard groups for guerrilla attacks to focus discontent and light the fires of insurrection. Actually, the JVP was not wedded to Guevara-Debray ideology; it was a rural-urban outfit playing big people’s games in a charade manned by young people. The suppression of the insurrection after about a week of uncertainty was foreseeable. I have many a story to tell about life on Peradeniya Campus and disputes within the LSSP in those days, but not now. Let it wait till my grandchildren grow up. 

In the above three paragraphs I have given a compressed review of the Sino-Soviet backdrop and internal dynamics of early JVP ideology. There are scholarly works but that is not the same as a reappraisal by a party of itself which we don’t have. There are other crucial points on which I can’t spend three paragraphs each within the limits of this column. I will skip the 1989-90 exploit since it requires 5000 words for itself. Regarding other crucial matters I will only enumerate them. First there is the dominant and uncontested role of Rohana Wijeweera, his political beliefs and his ideology. Of his political beliefs the shortest remark I can make is that he was convinced that an insurrectionary grab for power by a few thousand armed-cadres could transform state and society. His ideology is summarised in the ‘five lectures’ where he outlines a simplistic take on global and domestic history and economy. One lecture is an anti-plantation-Tamil stance in the guise of containing “Indian expansionism”. The final lecture is about what I called political beliefs a moment ago.

A second point is class character. The JVP at its origin was Sinhala petty-bourgeois; neither working class, nor urban elite-intellectual like the LSSP and CP. (Today the JVP has a strong trade union base). It did not have roots, as the LSSP and CP had, among English speaking (and thinking) urbanised Marxist intellectuals who had cut their teeth in the émigré and socialist circles of inter-war European Marxism. The third point then is that absence of book-learned familiarity with the Marxist classics in the early JVP was one reason why the dominance of little-learned Wijeweera could not be challenged by the few intellectuals of those days, primary among them Lionel Bopage and briefly Victor Ivan, Uyangoda and a few others. What I have called a second point, the class nature of the JVP at its origin, has flowed seamlessly into this my third point about ideology. 

What is needed today is to strengthen the JVP cadre’s familiarity with global politics and to nurture a deeper appreciation of economic systems and alternatives (finance capital, Soviet-style centralised economic authoritarianism and the new Chinese-Vietnamese option). I think the leadership is aware of the need for cadre education and may get down to it after the hustle and bustle of elections.

My Editor is not infinitely generous, so I must hurry on to the JVP’s other big blunder. Before going further, it is fair that I convey what ULF comrades who interact with the JVP in People’s Power forums have reported back. The JVP is not hostile to Tamils, Muslims or Christians, nor is it Sinhala or Buddhist chauvinist. My few personal interactions confirm this. A welcome evolution but this is not the record from the past. The JVP must face up to and bury that demon from its past in the way that Lenin says these things should be done. 

There is little that the JVP can do before 16 November to attract Tamil voters; so badly has its past discombobulated them. To begin with, Wijeweera was a racist who participated in the 1966 effort to scuttle the Dudley-Chela agreement, even against the instructions of his then party, the Maoist CP. It opposed the Dudly-Chelva agreement as Sirima, and to their eternal shame the LSSP and CP, did. Throughout the civil-war it stridently supported the military with anti-LTTE slogans that sometimes appeared to be anti-Tamil. It was the foremost opponent of the 13-th Amendment and filed the court case that broke up of the N-E Provincial merger. (I grant the merger was anti-democratic because the people of the Eastern Province had not been consulted; but in principal merger is not a first step to dividing the country; that is a racist lie). Today the JVP is cagy about devolution requiring ULF negotiators in PP forums to invent imaginative verbal offerings. I could go on but this is indictment enough.

This is a frank but comradely interjection on the National Question. The JVP is a socialist party and its leaders are Marxists; so am I. It would be good if it expedites internal discourse on the NQ as it will surely have to; it cannot much longer duck its own cadres. The big beneficiary of such discourse will be the JVP itself since it is emerging as the core of a left-progressive formation worthy of state and governmental responsibility. The clock is ticking, there may be no more than five years left. Sorry about trying to compress into 1500 words what needs 20,000 words. 

The challenge for the rest of Lanka’s left is to understand and explain how the JVP, despite these blunders, has emerged as the principal left party in the country. And to strategize how to work in collaboration with it now that it is open for cooperative business.

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    > To begin with, Wijeweera was a racist who participated in the 1957 effort to scuttle the B-C pact, even against the instructions of his then party, the Maoist CP.

    Rascist or not, did he really do this in 1957? Born in 1943, he would have been only 14.

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      Exazctly, also there was no Maoist CP at that time. Better the writer revisits history.

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        Yes. That is another good point. The fact that the author can make such inaccurate statements creates doubt on the accuracy of the whole article.

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      Prof . Kumar David,

      See what another Sinhala Academic is saying about the current situation with the Para-Sinhala electorate and voters.

      https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=JPIcEX8Kqgw

      He says that the Para-Sinhala populace is imbibed with racism from head to toe, and for them the crooks, the killers and law and order and judicial independence are not of interest.

      Because the Para-Sinhala Buddhists are all imbibed in racism and hatred, all the other issues are immaterial to them. The Rajapaksa Mafia, like SWRD Banda, is trying to ride this racism wave.

      70 percent of the voters are Para-Sinhala “Buddhists “. As a first approximation, if you divide the percentage of votes Gota Rajapaksa Mafia gets by 70, you will get the percent of the Sinhala Buddhists who are racists, crooks , killers and imbeciles.

      Even the elections commissioner said that the majority of Sinhala Buddhists are racists.

      The balance Sinhala are the good Sinhala Buddhists, who will caste their votes to others.

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        Amarasiri,
        Racism of ‘Para’ Wellala Malabari Demalu who are the descendants of slaves brought by colonial parasites should be tacked with racism. These guys have forgotten that their ancestors were brought to Sinhale by Portuguese, Dutch and British, dumped them in Sinhale and vanished. Kind hearted Sinhalayo gave these Stateless guys citizenship in Sinhale. These guys should learn to mind their bloody business without putting their nose into the affairs of Native Sinhalayo.

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          Eagle Eye,

          That is another subject, the subject of the Malabars, and Tamils, and the associated caste system, which is another kind of racism. You have written about Sundaralingam and his crusade against the “low-caste “ Tamils in Jaffna.

          However, this election is about the low IQ and stupidity of the Para-Sinhala Para-“Buddhists” and their selection of the crooks of the Rajapaksa Mafia , that is an insult to common sense and intelligence, only low IQ imbeciles will do. In addition this is a distortion of Buddhism and is an Insult to the Buddha.

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            Amarasiri,
            All those who are with IQ above the mean will vote to Gotabhaya because only intelligent people can understand the policies presented by Gotabhaya. All those who are below the mean will vote to Sajith. They like a guy who says that he will visit the homes at night to check whether they are happy. A large majority of Malabar Demalu and Muslims will vote to Sajith because their IQ is low.

            Sinhala Buddhists are not insulting Buddha. In fact they follow what he preached. ‘Poojatha Pooja Neeyanam’ (Respect who deserve respect}. Rajapakses deserve respect for eliminating your Sun God and restoring peace in this country.

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              Eagle CONFUSED Eye,

              “All those who are with IQ above the mean will vote to Gotabhaya because only intelligent people can understand the policies presented by Gotabhaya”

              You are CONFUSED. A lot of people are confused on the Earth rotating on its axis and orbiting the Sun as well.

              Listen to Sarath Fonseka, for your education and edification. Hope you understand Sinhala and comprehend the message. Most low IQ imbeciles can’t.

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RF-JiaAqsJg&app=desktop

              ෆොන්සේකා ගෝඨාගේ රෙදිගලවපු ප්‍රෙස් එක (Full speech )

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                Amare, you have got to be a troll, even a lunatic wouldn’t post such rubbish.

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      Thank you Kapila Wasantha for pointing out that in 1957 JVP did not exist.
      Prof Kumar David was always an illiterate joker.

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      Kumar should correct the error as it is pointed out by Kapila Wasantha.

      Kumar says, “To begin with, Wijeweera was a racist who participated in the 1957 effort to scuttle the B-C pact, even against the instructions of his then party, the Maoist CP. It opposed the Dudly-Chelva agreement as Sirima, and to their eternal shame the LSSP and CP, did.” Many contradictions.

      It is not the B-C pact but D-C pact. It is not 1957 but 1967. There was no ‘Maoist CP’ in 1957! Sirima was not in politics in 1957! More than Wijeweera, the LSSP and the CP should be ashamed of their opposition to the D-C pact. Where was Kumar during that time and event? He was in the LSSP to my reckoning. Then why does he call Wijeweera ‘a racist’ based on that event? I am not defending Wijeweera or JVP on that issue or any other during that time. But Kumar’ sudden open barrage against the JVP is suspicious. He also has a penchant for name calling.

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    I’m not a Marxist. What I would appeal to non-Marxists is not to go on with what this author shows he knows very well.
    .
    “I have no interest in tearful public confessions, only sadists need that.”
    .
    People like him may never become members of the JVP. Well, I don’t know. But why on earth can’t all of us desist from acting like sadists? I had to ask it of this commentor named D. P.
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    I try to make him get relaxed and dispassionate, but I can’t get him to do that as you will see here:
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    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-mahesh-senanayake-candidacy/comment-page-1/#comments
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    I just can’t get him to regard Marxism as a “harmless et of ideas” that we needn’t get so scared of. It is partly immaturity on the part of D. P. He wants to sound superior, but ends up sounding Pathetic. A man like Kumar David has enough knowledge to turn nasty and humiliate but he doesn’t do that..

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    TAMIL AND MUSLIMS will vote for JVP. You can expect at least 50% of minority vote for JVP but, what about Sinhalese. Why Sinhalese are dump and do not understand the politics of JVP.. Do they still have fear of 1988/1989. It is all done by now. JVP of today is different JVP of past, Today, 90% of JVP leadership are highly educated,
    why do not you vote for them but vote for idiot SLPP and UNP. … when will Sinhalese wake up

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      Lankan,
      ‘Para’ Demalu and Muslims can do whatever they like. It is none of your business to tell Native Sinhalayo how to vote.

      Descendants of Kallathonis should stop poking their nose into the affairs of Native Sinhalayo.

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        Eagle Eye,

        Wht don’t you see a psychiatrist about your feelings of hatred and racism?

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        This that ballige putha Mahindapala from Down under. He would also shed his last breath, being stuck with the thoughts towards minorities in the country.
        ;
        Unfortunately, ballige putha does not seem to know that he as a migrant in Australia should be made clear, that we should all treat with the same spoon.
        :
        Not even decaying worms in the earth would welcome this ultra racist, who is now in his early 80ties.
        :
        How racial some of our sinhalayas have been. I think it should be connected with their genetics. Not even antisemiten of the day would have such hatreds on their minorities today. People learn it with the time, but ballige puthas Eagele Eveil aka Mahinda pala seems to be far from getting it.

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      The JVP did not cause any physical harm to Tamils or Muslims because they were Tamils or Muslims. They were for and against issues according to their thinking and they did not have any secret agenda affecting the interests of the Tamils or Muslims. They were frank and outspoken unlike other parties who said one thing on the platforms and acted differently.

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    There WAS nothing wrong with Marxism. But, it has run its course. Marxism is no more judicious. Kumar and other hardcore exponents of Marxist theories may disagree but I am not here to argue with them. Present day economies require a different and better approach.
    Yet, we are better off with today’s JVP than with other national parties. If we keep regurgitating our fancies of old, we may as well say good bye to national progress. If we keep insisting on a pound for pound from JVP, we we may end up being more wrongful than JVP itself.
    Time and tide waits for no man!

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      Hello Thappu,
      Thanks.
      International capitalism is in the last throes – death accelerated by the glaring wealth gap between the owners of capital and those who do not own capital (I did not use working class). Negative interest rates and debasing currencies will support the present financial system for some time. Turmoil in several countries (Argentina, Chile, Lebanon, Iraq, Egypt, and nationalist movements (BREXIT) constitute evidence of such an impending change.
      Sri Lanka will not lead the change, we will eliminate hundreds of thousands with impunity before any semblance of a change.

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    Then how about SLPP? They have a better history than JVP on Tamils but they are winning the election!

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      Iqbal
      Basil R’s SLPP under slogan “No reconciliation with ‘Others’ meaning Tamils” did well, but only just, in the February 2018 Local Government elections.
      The political scene was not stagnant. SLPP winning the Presidential election is not yet a foregone thingy.

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    the jvp lost the plot post 1984 where they ditched principle for political gain by converting to anti minority. but if you were to look at history NM Perera and LSSP have been Oracle’s. had they been listened to in 1956 much pain could have been avoided. as Colin De silva said one language two bleeding nations or two language one nation.

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    I hope this is not a justification for ULF summersaults on Kumar’s part!

    However it is true that the JVP’s internal critical process has not been thorough of the past, particularly of the two insurrections. I have clear examples, although AKD several times admitted the mistakes. There is obviously still some duality within the JVP on this self-criticism. That is one reason why I expressed reservations on the concept or the advocacy of People’s Power. I also have found this duality even when I listened recently to a former JVP leader of 1971, who otherwise have completely given up the concept of arms struggle or violence and have been instrumental in developing proper perspectives on the national question.

    As AKD is put forward as a common candidate of the left or the NPP, the ULF also taking a major role in the decision, I don’t see the logic in raising this issue publicly on behalf of the ULF at this moment unless as an excuse to reverse the decision. The ULF could have engaged in a painstaking dialogue. Of course Kumar or the ULF can reverse decisions and play summersaults. This is the most opportune (election) time for summersaults!

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      Of course I agree with Kumar’s last paragraph. “The challenge for the rest of Lanka’s left is to understand and explain how the JVP, despite these blunders, has emerged as the principal left party in the country. And to strategize how to work in collaboration with it now that it is open for cooperative business.” But the main contents of the article does not convey that message.

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        Laksiri,
        I don’t think that one has to look for big theories to explain how JVP got to its current position. They did it by filling the vacuum left by the old guards (LSSP, CP, etc) mostly in the trade unions. The rural base of LSSP & CP is taken away by SLFP & now by SLPP. Even the JVP’s own former rural base is largely collapsed now (Tissamaharama was the last PS they had). The money flow from the Middle East and the weakening of caste system are some reasons. This the irony JVP must face: The better off the people are the worse off the JVP become. This explain why JVP prefer GoRa’s victory.

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    Russian and Cuban revolution took place to eliminate religious fanatics. When I attended Dr. N.M Perera political rally in in 1962 he said “If Appuhamy in the south has 3 times meals and Supremanium in the north have 3 times meals that we want” JVP slogan is same today which is economy. Tamils, Singhalese And muslims want to eliminate Sinhala chauvrnism. It will be New day for Sri Lanka. But it will be difficult because Sri Lanka is ruled by the Malwattha and Asgiria. I am here in USA over fifty years but I really appreciate our faounding fathers visision. Delaware very small state but California 30 times larger than Delaware has the same representation but singhalese chauvinism will never come to grasp all are created equals

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      Talking about Delware and California, during the Donoughmore reforms Sinhala leaders supported this sort of arrangement if the Tamil politicians are ready to let go Communal representation . The Tamil politicians did not agree .

      Sinhala racism is a single issue. There is tamil and muslim racism in far heinous levels in SL society

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      Stop talking out of your posterior if you fled the country 50 years ago. Bladdy hypocrites coming to comment here. How did you survive there 50 years with such appalling english skills anyway

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    “The two costly blunders the JVP made were (a) ultra-left insurrections in 1971 and 1989, and (b) capitulation to Sinhala chauvinism on the “Tamil question”. I am not aware of any JVP anti-Muslim or anti-Christian bias, so I should not say National Question (NQ), but I will use the term since it is convenient.”

    Instead of using ‘TQ’, for his convenience this guy prefers to call ‘Tamil Question’ as ‘National Question’ (NQ). Typical ‘Para’ Wellala Malabari Demala strategy to distort the true situation and blow a problem that affected a tiny minority in Demala community out of proportion. The so called ‘Tamil Question’ was losing the privileged status enjoyed by Wellala Malabari Demalu by licking the a*s of Suddas and inability to oppress majority Native Sinhalayo. This so called ‘Tamil Question’ was not a question for the Daliths who are around 70% of Malabari Demala people in Yapanaya or Demalu in Madakalapuwa or in the Central part of the country.

    This time Daliths should not believe what Wellala elite politicians say and vote. These Wellala elite politicians do not care for Daliths who are being oppressed by Wellala Demalu. Wellala Demalu are losing their grip over Daliths and are trying hard to maintain their superior status among Demala people in the North using racism.

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    “The JVP Must Banish The Demons Of Its Past”. From what I heard from the Leader himself was: “We admit our mistakes in the past and learned never to commit those again. Our future actions will be Democratic and people friendly” Aren’t they acting on those themes at present? Yes and I am confident. The question is: WHO speaks of their “Past”? Those are none other than, who have brought misery to this country by the use of “Power” vested in them to manage the Governing functions. Forget the past “71 Years”. Isn’t this the situation, we have witnessed since 2009 to now? Just 10 years. Now the very Leaders and their political parties who are responsible for creating that “Demonized State” for 10 years, want us to hand over again and again to them the “Power” of administration of the Governing functions. Don’t they have even an “Atom” of honor to ask that from us? But they have all the “Courage”, because they think only of a “Heard of Cattle” who could be duped with “Honey Sweet Promises”. This must STOP and “THEY” must be STOPPED.

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    people hvent forgotten the jvp,s brutality such as cutting off peoples heads and hanging them on trees
    that is why the jvp has no impct in the rural areas
    as far as i am concerned the leopard cannot change its spots and socialism is dead as a dodo throughout the world

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    Prof David
    No one has so far presented a draft proposal for discussion on a power sharing scheme which encompasses at least 80% of minorities ( all Tamil speaking people irrespective of their religion, caste or the date of arrival scattered across the island) in Sri Lanka. Let’s not blame the politicians. It is up to the intellectuals of your calibre to take the initiative. I suggest you do a sketch of a geographic power sharing scheme covering at least 80% of minorities for the benefit of the CT readers.
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    Whichever way you think of it +50 Tamils (all Tamil speaking people irrespective of their religion caste or the date of arrival) presently living outside NE is an insurmountable problem in search for a solution to the TQ.

    Soma

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    I agree it was the petty-bourgeois class background of the youth (coupled with the caste dynamics of the time, if I may add) and the lack of a proper ideology, made even worse by the demented leadership of Wijeweera that led to the ultra-left catastrophes of 1971 and 1988/89. Surely the present JVP led by AKD is a very different political organization. It is not a secretive group engaging in clandestine activities to promote violence in the country anymore. It has joined the democratic mainstream (whatever that is). Paradoxically, today JVP seems to be the only party (leaving aside the 3-Wheeler parties) that is practicing inner party democracy, is transparent in its decision making, is open to public feedback, is free of corruption and dynasticism, and I would argue, the least racist party in the country today. Though JVP is trailing in electoral support, there is a widespread consensus in the country that AKD is the only leader who is honest, straight-forward and trustworthy. The two major parties are long past their prime and are now steadily degenerating into chaos. The JVP seems to be the Party of the Future.

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    ‘Para’ Malabari Demalu who were brought to Sinhale illegally from Malabar by colonial parasites exploited them to make money, dumped them in Sinhale and vanished making them Stateless.

    ‘Para’ Muslims in Sinhale included two groups; Arabs who came as traders because Sinhale was a trading center between East and West and Hindusthani Demala Muslims who sought refuge when they were persecuted by Hindus. These people were also became Stateless.

    It was Native Sinhalayo who gave citizenship to both these groups in Sinhale. Sadly, instead of being grateful to Native Sinhalayo for their kind gesture, a FEW from these two communities carry out a mud-slinging campaign against Native Sinhalayo and Buddhism that a large majority follow. If this few have a problem with living in Sinhale, blame Portuguese, Dutch and British for bringing your ancestors to this country. Blame your ancestors who decided to come to this country as coolies to serve colonial parasites. Blame your ancestors for accepting the citizenship in this country instead of returning to their ‘Homeland’ in Hindusthan. These guys should realize that Native Sinhalayo are not in any way responsible for their presence in this country but Native Sinhalayo are responsible for accommodating the Stateless people and giving citizenship to them in Sinhale.

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      Eagle Eye,

      Your history lessons, whether accurate or not, are irrelevant to the present context.

      Anyway, why don’t you seek psychiatric help to overcome your feelings of hatred and racism?

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    Profesuri, It is nice to read an article that really is intellectually honest admitting LSSP mistakes as well
    I wish you were young and the country now and participate in politics actively as you were in the seventies

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    Prof Kum, as usual goes on with a long dissertation. Yes! The stigma that is attached to it is the violent uprisings of 1971 and 1988 where civilians were killed by the JVP for not carrying out its orders. Although they have been good whistleblowers in the recent past telling the society what the norms of government conduct should be, one wonders what draconian steps they might take if they are given power. To put a long story short we still fear whether they might resort to “summary punishments”. The real challenge to a man wielding authority is that his policies are implemented very slowly amounting to nothing by the machinery. Under such circumstances the temptation to act above the law is great, which is true even for the other main party candidates, namely Sajith and Gotabhaya. It is known that once a management assistant in a state institution had obtained a gratification. The incensed head of the institution took the minion to the washroom and dipped the head into the closet basin saying “Umba Jarawa Kevanan than Jarawa Kapang”. If the person in authority is passionate on his program and judicial decisions are a stumbling block then there is a possibility of stoning judges’ houses as it happened in the 1980’s. I have been watching the general behavior of the JVP. In terms of policy there is no question of any racial or ethnic discrimination and I find it difficult to digest Prof Kum’s statement that they have been capitulated by Sinhala chauvinism.

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    https://en.m.wikipedia.org › wiki
    Web results
    Switzerland – Wikipedia

    What matters is not the Presidential election or who becomes president, that is not relevant to the future of Sri Lanka or its people.

    What matters is the first decision of the new President when he takes office .

    1) declare emergency rule and dissolve parliament and appoint a caretaker government for an indefinite period?

    2) Dissolve parliament and call for General elections ?

    3) Try to muster a majority in parliament and secure a people supreme parliament.

    Well if its going to be a General Election then there will be a huge change in parliament.

    Either way if a Constitution is not formed to make every decision of the country by anyone accountable to the parliament and further 100% transparency with people sharing economy and participation in governance, protection of heritage ( Mainly Buddhist and Hindu past cultral) , natural resources , *(Land, hills, rivers , ocean, granite and other mines, forests and trees) and development of The country representation of all ethnicities by percentage in the armed forces, police and public services and education , health and housing and freedom of religous practice and protection to everyone’s religous places .
    If The above can bot be achieved ,

    nothing will ever change .
    everything is connected with a new Constitutional change not change of political leaders.

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    KD,
    The apology is too little, too late but I’m glad see at least the third generation of JVP beginning to come to grip with their past mistakes. However, one haunting question – or one may call a daunting task – still remains: How to apologize to innocent victims & to their families who sacrificed their lives for a cause they never knew as a deadly mistake!

    JVP may have given up the insurgency as the mean to overthrow elected Gvts but as KD admit -right word should be: confess – he and JVP – I don’t know what official right KD has to speak for JVP – still adhere to the failed Marxist theory. Therefore, the apology certainly doesn’t go far enough. AS KD himself confesses, the lack of “book-learned” leadership among the current JVP explains why they still call themselves Marxists but what about KD himself who claims himself to be a “book-learned”?

    Let me say first the very simple fact one doesn’t have to be “book-learned” to be able to observe how all the experiment of Marxist regime collapsed right in front of our own eyes since 1990 (Soviet began to crumble long before). That is the practical side of the failure and “book-learned” must understand that no theory can survive if it fail application! Einstein theory of relativity remained as a controversial hypothesis for seven years until one of its prediction was proven correct in 1919 (see my reply to KD’s CT essay on capitalism).

    continues…….

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    The effort to absolve the leaders of the LSSP who gave up parity and joined Mrs B should be abandoned. Their pursuit of power was at the cost of the left movement. Many Tamils became disenchanted with the left. Neither is it appropriate to put the blame on the Maoists. The CP (Mao wing) had a following among the Tamils. It could not be considered racist. I was at the Colombo campus during the time of the insurgency. Many Sinhalese students were members of the JVP. They were disgruntled because they knew that the Colombo Arts Faculty was a massive con job. Neither do I think that despite Wijeweera’s five lectures, the students were racist. That was not made visible to the Tamil students at that time. They did not have a common language but they bore no visible animosity to the Tamil students. I think that the young Sinhalese today are not beguiled by racist rhetoric to any great extent. It is that pool that JVP should cultivate so that it could emerge as a national party with the future of winning government.

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    How on earth some racist sinhalese vote for Gota who….
    Has looted public money..
    has killed many people..
    has insulted journalists
    has failed to debate with Sajith..
    has scared to answer to questions from media
    Has no basic academic qualification or experience in politics ..
    yet, want to contest election to cover up his family fraud and corruption. why dump Sinhalese want him..
    because they do not love this nation but only their race, religion and want to take this country into brink of economic collapse
    We know 100% Rajapaksa will loot public money again.
    All this election expenses are from looted money..

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    ……..continued.
    The true difference between true “book-learned” and cadres lies on the expertise on theoretical and philosophical base. This is where I have the biggest question about the so-called Marxist intellectuals b’cos even high school economic students now know that the “labor theory of value LTV)” on which the whole Marxism is based has long been discarded. When Marx developed his theory, the concept of supply & demand was not developed. Marx formulated his theory in response to the Adam Smith’s concept of profit (the invisible hand) as the driving force of the economy. If success of economies can be measured only by social needs as LTV claims, why should economies ever improve? On the other hand, as Marx himself noted, if technologies are the reason for improvement, why should the improvement stall at a certain point leading to clash by mean of a class struggle? On the contrary, what we are observing is a continuous improvement in technology sustaining supply & demand with some intermittent hiccups known as recessions which themselves are products of human greed itself.

    As I have explained several time before mostly in replying to KD, The Marxist philosophy is also equally bankrupt. It is destined to be so b’cos it is nothing but a copy of now debunked Hegel’s dialectics dressed in non-extent materialism. The proud claim that Marxism is a scientific theory b’cos its philosophy is materialistic is a myth. Marx called his theory a materialistic not b’cos it did follow the tradition of science but b’cos, in contrast to Hegel’s subject of knowledge, it addressed material aspect of society (economics). But, as all “book-learned” know in their bones, no theory based on value judgments (profit is bad b’cos it is product of exploitation) qualify to be materialistic. For example, theory of evolution doesn’t say that natural selection is bad b’cos it drives unfit species to extinction. It is a totally different matter how this knowledge is used on debates about environment protection.

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      ……….continued.
      Finally,
      If KD wish to call his critics “sadists”, that is his prerogative but as a person who love science, such allegation will not stop me digging deeper to expose falsehoods in wrong theories. If their is any error in my part, it is not being “book learned” enough to save those who sacrificed their lives on behalf of a false theory of Marxism or at least, as KD himself openly admit, on behalf of misguided leadership of Rohana W. If KD’s conclusion about Rohana W is the truth (it is), then JVP must consider their founder as an enemy of people, not as a hero. Doing so wouldn’t hurt JVP politics b’cos socialist left politics doesn’t need Marxists; for, socialism is an inherent obligation of all politics. The debate in politics is not whether to have socialism; rather about how to best it can be achieved.

      I’m surprised to see KD trying to dig in to JVP’s rotten past in the heat of an election. Since renewing bad memories is a very poor election strategy, it is possible that JVP propagandists would become furious at KD. Instead of attacking opponents, JVP now will have some explanations to do as to whether they agree with KD’s assessment of Rohana W.

      What ever the case may be, the current JVP cannot avoid being like Rohana W b’cos they cannot stop losing their cadres to FSP unless they keep they keep their revolutionary mode alive. Whether to be self sacrificed to produce tax-paying billionaires and lose membership thereby or fight on behalf of the poor & powerless in order to grow as a movement is the eternal dilemma of Marxists. In this PE, JVP has chosen the latter.

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    The JVP will never win more than a few lakhs of votes, of their hardcore membership and their families.
    /
    But, the JVP succumbing to alleged ‘Sinhala chauvinism’ (a hackneyed, meaningless lie if ever there was one) on the Tamil Question was definitely better than other failed so-called ‘Leftist’ hacks and NGOs pushing the cart of Tamil separatism and terrorism!
    /
    Down with terrorism and its hidden supporters.

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    The Trostkist line of political thinker of that writer an ideology belongs to an adventurism . Indeed that practices has proven by JVP who were that destroy very foundation norms of values of Democracy in an Island by history of JVP.
    He has no right to claim for that V.I Lenin theory and theses to be gain and justified by current politics of that JVP, of ADK that Presidential candidature.
    In fact that background that JVP is losing the political terrorism. to nowadays covered up right-wing politics of JVP by that writer..
    While JVP was/is of anarchism roots has gone to since 1965 day of that foundation by PDN Wijeweera.
    Indeed that JVP stand for which position? .Lenin said ” by revolutionary phrases- making we mean the repetition of revolutionary slogans irrespective of objective circumstances at a give turn in events, the given state of affairs obtaining at the time..The slogans are superb,alluring intoxicating ,but there are no grounds for them;such is the nature of the revolutionary phrase.

    Eventually that JVP is/was not Marxist political party that a Political party serve of the lip services for UNP, which is that classes of bunch of lumpen being representatives in helmsmen on govt. by that vested interest of USA … by $$$$.
    Needless to say that JVP movement has done irreparable damage to democracy of our People and Country last 55 years by politics of handpicks of that AKD’s of JVP !.
    When I said that Vote for JVP is vote for only support that corrupted politics of UNP by us.

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    It is noteworthy to take time and scan through MR’s pledge inb2015 about the constitution.
    Its almost very close to what I have consistently been commenting about.
    Quote:
    https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/an-unprecedented-mandate-12-million-votes-to-repeal-78-constitution/&sa=U&ved=2ahUKEwj_ofbC7bvlAhUG8XMBHaroCLYQFjAAegQIBxAB&usg=AOvVaw2cf0dvmaNtcW4vugGOIouk
    Unquote:

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    If GR comes into power, it would be the end of everything except Family and its closest stooges. No point in hope for things that would not be achieved for ever. Anura must join with Sajith, Mahesh and Pallewatte (forgetting all their manifestos in the crowd) to defeat Hitler. If these four are not intelligent enough to understand the current situation that would be the end of the road to them and us both.

    it is not done now

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    Dear Dr David,
    Thank you for the brilliantly written analysis of the evolution of the JVP.
    Going back to my Peradeniya days, I still vividly remember the secrecy and the naivety of a group of quixotic undergraduates who promoted JVP thinking. Undergraduates should have had sufficient maturity to understand the inevitable outcome.
    That was in 1971. JVP merely repeated the same mistake in the eighties. The sensible left would have been in power if not for the JVP whose only achievement was the destruction of the progressive left.
    As a consequence, we have two political parties that are rotten to the core. The Sri Lankan voters (absolute idiots!!) will elect one group of politicians who will continue to do what previous governments have done. Rob the country and destroy what is left of it.

    There is no justification to expect JVP to do any better now. (I have not provided evidence to justify such a view). A rhetorical question is ‘What can one expect from a party that led thousands to death twice?

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      Sunil Abeyratne,

      ‘What can one expect from a party that led thousands to death twice?’

      Conversely, is there a better alternative? I think not..

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        Thanks Lankan!
        There is no alternative!!
        Absolutely not the existing rogues!!!
        Nagananda would have been a good candidate – well it just did not happen.

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    Why is JVP Kumara wearing a Green Shirt during his hustings?..

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    Dear Sir

    Thank you for the article.

    The JVP had something in common with FP/TULF/TNA is both terrorised and killed their fellow countrymen since independence.

    I agree with the the comment by Sunil above with regard to the ‘sensible left’ that would have delivered all the aspirations of our Nation of people eventually.

    It was the Cold War that broke all the developing world who were mostly non aligned to their knees…….by regime changes/toppling governments/arming the children/assassinating the leaders continue today in a different format.

    We needed all the University children to complete their studies (under all the hardship) and acquire skills to deliver the Nation building program/take ownership etc.

    The Tamils were not allowed to express and change path away from the so called undemocratic Tamil leadership in an democracy………..they did brave since 1970 started with Vaddukottai complemented the ‘sensible left’ and then succumbed to the thuggery and foreign nations state sponsored terrorism.

    This is what we have lived through for the past 40 years of blood letting.

    However JVP has evolved as a National party with nations policies but the FP/ITAK/TULD/TNA has not…….until this folly is brought to the books we can not progress.

    However respect to the GOSL/Soldiers have protected the same from decimation and allowed them to the parliament on an equal playing fields just as was done with the JVP and what you get in return……want to take the armed forces to tribunals run by the same geo political masters.

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    Why is the JVP Prince wearing a Green Shirt???..

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    JVP has to go long way to become a people’s party. So far they have not proved that they can get at least 10 or 15% of the voters bank. That shows they are not working hard enough to get the people’s trust. Before you going to the national politics you should have strengthened at the local government levels. The left movement at the initial period after independence had a good support of the people but they lost the peoples trust over the time and now completely surrendered to racism, fundamentalism, capitalism and opportunism. Now they are the worst racists in this country. Eg. Vasudeva and Weerawansa. It is very difficult to predict now how the voters going to give their votes among major three candidates.However, all the party’s have a real chance to compete each other in the next parliamentary elections to make sure their power in the governance.

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