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Understanding Patriotism, Nationalism & Sri Lankan Identity: A Reply To My Critics

By Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

The thing about being 58 years old and having been to at least thirty countries, is that one becomes bemused at the attempts to lecture Sri Lanka and Sri Lankans on patriotism and nationalism. From the ubiquitous US flag on porches to the carved names in the mairies (municipal headquarters, town halls really) of Paris of every soldier from the locality who died in every war fought by France (including inter-imperialist and colonial wars), you see patriotism and nationalism around you. Anyone who knows the meaning of the words of the revolutionary national anthem of Republican France, La Marseillaise, which was sung as Napoleon’s armies spread the ideas of the Enlightenment through Europe, knows of the invocation of “blood” as a marker of nationhood.

When someone pontificates on Sri Lankan patriotism and Sinhala nationalism from the safety of the Diaspora, not having been through the existential experience of the fires of suicide terrorism and civil war, one cannot help but smile wryly. When persons criticize Sinhala nationalism and Mahinda Rajapaksa without once mentioning Prabhakaran or the Tigers, leave alone the appeasement by Ranil Wickremesinghe, the feeling turns to disgust. When someone criticizes Mahinda Rajapaksa, Sinhala nationalism and the Nugegoda mass mobilization without once mentioning critically (or at all) the recent 11 page anti-Sinhala, proto-secessionist, Genocide Resolution of Wigneswaran and the Northern Provincial Council, then the feeling turns to revulsion.

As for the politically illiterate assertion that one cannot be nationalist and internationalist at the same time, there is Regis Debray’s point that no revolution—with the conspicuous exception of the Russian—ever took place against nationalism and only succeeded or stood any chance of success when it went with the tide of nationalism. The history of the 20th century is replete with examples from Cuba to Vietnam, from Nicaragua to China, of heroic revolutions and iconic revolutionaries epitomizing the fusion of patriotism, nationalism and internationalism.

To give but a single example, Liu Shao Chi, the great Chinese revolutionary and Communist wrote : ‘It is clear that the genuine patriotism of the masses of the people in all countries is not in contradiction to proletarian internationalism, but is, rather, intimately connected with it. During the period of the Anti-Japanese War, Comrade Mao Tse-tung wrote: “ For us, patriotism is intimately connected with internationalism…“Patriotism is the application of internationalism in the national revolutionary war.”… Lenin evaluated patriotism as one of the most profound manifestations of the sentiments of countries in the process of consolidation after having been split up in the course of many centuries of even millenniums.’ (Liu Shao Chi, ‘Genuine Patriotism is intimately connected with Internationalism’, in ‘Internationalism & Nationalism’, 1952)

In part a mini-manifesto, my interventions on Smart Patriotism and a New Nationalism represent an attempt at an approach which is classifiable, if one may coin a phrase, as political existentialism.

Scholarly texts from ideologically diverse quarters, published in recent years, are relevant to assumptions concerning Sri Lanka’s identity and nation-building project and process, as well as its orientation in the world system.

The three texts are an essay in Foreign Affairs (March-April 2008) by Prof Jerry Z. Muller entitled “Us and Them: The Enduring Power of Ethnic Nationalism” (and the ensuing debate in the July-August 2008 issue), Prof James Petras’ online essay of June 9th on “Separatism and Empire Building in the 21st Century” and Kishore Mahbubani’s “The Case Against the West”, also in Foreign Affairs (May-June 2008).

While many liberal or progressive critics uphold India’s model of national integration as the norm from which Sri Lanka has lamentably deviated due to Sinhala chauvinism, SWRD Bandaranaike, 1956 and the SLFP, the historical facts show that admirable and worthy of emulation as the Nehruvian model was and remains, it is not a norm from which Sri Lanka departed, but a glorious exception. As Jerry Z. Muller’s essay demonstrates, the project of 1956 was the norm, not a deviation, and a norm not merely in the postcolonial world but earlier, in the West. That path of development was almost certainly not the best available option, but it was no particular perversity of the Sinhalese, or the Sinhala Buddhists, still less of SWRD Bandaranaike and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party. That path has certainly been one of those that led to our contemporary tragedy, but our problem is a common one, and our search for solutions must also be from among those commonly arrived at in world history.

The two outstanding success stories of national building, those of the USA and India, must be understood in perspective. The United States is a story of migration, mobility and opportunity. Most societies such as ours have far older histories and smaller geographic spaces. This does not confer any intrinsic superiority upon Sri Lanka, as the parochial among us claim, but the specificity of the American Experience, a specificity that Americans celebrate—hence the notion of American Exceptionalism—must be grasped. Sri Lanka’s story is much closer to that of a great many others.

India’s success as a multiethnic state is largely the product of enlightened leadership but also of sheer size and scale. Secessionist movements have persisted in the far corners of India since 1947, and had the country been Sri Lanka’s size, the impact of these conflicts would have been far less peripheral and containable.

Professor of History at the Catholic University of America, Jerry Z. Muller explains “Why Ethnic nationalism will drive global politics for generations”. He argues that in societies unlike the USA, “for those who remain behind in lands where their ancestors have lived for generations, if not centuries, political identities often take ethnic form, producing competing communal claims to political power…far from having been superannuated in 1945, in many respects ethno nationalism was at its apogee in the years immediately after World War II. European stability during the Cold War era was in fact due partly to the widespread fulfillment of the ethno nationalist project. And since the end of the Cold war, ethnonationalism has continued to reshape European borders.[i]

“In short, ethnonationalism has played a more profound and lasting role in modern history than is commonly understood…Whether politically correct or not, ethno nationalism will continue to shape the world in the twenty-first century.”[ii]

While the liberal view of nationalism, also called civic nationalism, is in a normative sense clearly superior and must constitute our goal, the story of Sri Lanka and the rise of Sinhala nationalism, was not a deviation reflecting some intrinsic quirk, but the more probable trajectory. Muller writes that “the liberal view has competed with and often lost out to a different view, that of ethno-nationalism. The core of the ethno-nationalist idea is that nations are defined by a shared heritage, which usually includes a common language, a common faith and a common ethnic ancestry”[iii].

Contrary to the view of many Sri Lankan intellectuals and academics, not only is ethnonationalism not a vice limited to blighted spots like Sri Lanka, it is also not peculiar to “backward” societies of the Third World. As Muller reminds us “The ethno nationalist view has traditionally dominated through much of Europe and held its own even in the United States until recently. For substantial stretches of US history, it was believed that only the people of English origin, or those who were Protestant, or white, or hailed from North America, were real Americans. It was only in 1965 that the reform of US immigration law abolished the system of national –origin quotas…” [iv]  

Even our myopic policies of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s, have a fatalistic logic to them: “Economic growth, in turn, depended on mass literacy and easy communication, spurring policies to promote education and a common language—which led directly to conflicts over language and communal opportunities…Ethnic groups with largely peasant backgrounds… found that key positions in the government and the economy were already occupied… Speakers of the same language came to share a sense that they belonged together and to define themselves in contrast to other communities. And they eventually came to demand a nation-state of their own in which they would be masters, dominating politics, staffing the civil service, and controlling commerce.”[v]

The processes that affected the Ceylon Civil Service were part of a larger international phenomenon. In the debate that ensued over his essay in a subsequent issue of Foreign Affairs, Jerry Muller refers to Chinua Achebe’s 1960 novel No Longer at Ease about a young African civil servant torn between the norm of impartiality and the collective expectations of his community which regards the bureaucracy as “a form of group property”.

Muller concludes by blowing holes in the outlook of left–liberal social scientists. “Contemporary social scientists who write about nationalism tend to stress the contingent elements of group identity—the extent to which national consciousness is culturally and politically manufactured by ideologists and politicians… It is true, of course, that ethnonational identity is never as natural or ineluctable as nationalists claim. Yet it would be a mistake to think that because nationalism is partly constructed it is therefore fragile or infinitely malleable. Ethnonationalism was not a chance detour in European history: it corresponds to some enduring propensities of the human spirit that are heightened by the process of modern state creation, it is a crucial source of both solidarity and enmity, and in one form or another, it will remain for many generations to come. One can only profit from facing it directly.”[vi]

It is at this point that the second essay, that of one of the world’s most famous Marxist intellectuals (and one of my old professors from upstate New York) James Petras is utterly relevant. In a lengthy contribution, densely packed with historical and contemporary evidence he argues two points:  In any country in which the Empire building project “cannot secure a stable client regime, it resorts to financing and promoting separatist organizations and leaders using ethnic, religious and regional pretexts”[vii]. (They don’t have to be as heroic as Cuba to be a target; nor be like Cuba to possess the legitimate right of resistance or to be judged fit to be solidarized with!) In this, the Empire is repeating an old historical pattern and practice of divide and rule. Petras pays particular attention to the destruction of former Yugoslavia, right up to the secession under outright Western patronage, of Kosovo, the de-facto separate existence of Kurdistan in Northern Iraq, and the agitation in and over Tibet. He spotlights the use of global human rights propaganda campaigns to “weaken the central government”.

His second point follows from the first. Petras cautions against federalism, pointing out with concrete examples, that “the shift from ‘autonomy’ within a federal state to an ‘independent state’ is based on the aid channeled and administered by the imperial state to the ‘autonomous region’, thus strengthening its ‘de facto’ existence as a separate state”[viii].

Conflict transformation and nation-building must develop a third track, and constitute a policy triad. It requires an appropriate external policy, and this is where the third scholarly essay comes into view. While James Petras argues that the West is prone to support or be sympathetic to secessionist strivings and therefore belies the notion that our international line must take as primary our relationship with the West, Kishore Mahbubani goes further. The Dean of the widely respected Lee Kwan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, and that country’s former ambassador to the UN in New York, a post in which he was as controversially outspoken as his distinguished predecessor Tommy Koh, Mahbubani argues in the pages of Foreign Affairs that a great ‘power-shift’ in human history is underway, moving the global epicenter from the West to the East. In his appearances on western TV including BBC’s Hard Talk, he takes the offensive on the issue of human rights, pointing out that Asia is in advance of the West at a comparable stage of historical development, and arguably even today in certain theatres of western military engagement. Mahbubani concludes his Foreign Affairs essay, which in turn is adapted from his latest book The New Asian Hemisphere: The Irresistible Shift of Global Power to the East, thus: “The West is not welcoming Asia’s progress…Unfortunately, the West has gone from being the world’s primary problem solver to being its single biggest liability.” [ix]

Kishore Mahbubani’s well-developed argument easily dovetails with the thoughts of our martyred Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar whose 2005 speech at the opening of the new BCIS building most clearly reflected his line of reorienting the centre of gravity of Sri Lanka’s foreign policy towards the rising East rather than one which privileges partnership with the West.


[i]Muller. Z. Jerry, Us and Them: The Enduring Power of Ethnic Nationalism, Foreign Affairs Magazine, March-April 2008.

[ii] ibid.

[iii] Ibid.

[iv] ibid.

[v] Ibid.

[vi] Ibid.

[vii] Petras James, June 2008, Separatism and Empire Building in the 21st Century, Centre for Research on Globalization, available at http://www.globalresearch.ca/separatism-and-empire-building-in-the-21st-century/9246

[viii] Ibid.

[ix] Mahbhubani, Kishore, The case against the West, Foreign Affairs Magazine, May-June 2008.

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  • 77
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    “By 18 I had learned to paint like the masters, the rest of my life I have spent trying to paint like a child.” – Pablo Picasso

    Dayan,

    In the convoluted filigreed English language tapestry you always try to weave in the mistaken belief that dexterity in the English Language (a trap that many other Lankans also fall in to) is somehow equal to intelligence.

    What you lack and fail to see, is simple child-like honesty of thought.

    You start with a dishonest self-serving idea and think that others fall prey to your language skills or your display of the knowledge of Western culture.

    You are fooling no one but yourself. There are very clever ways to be foolish and at times even brilliant ways to be foolish.

    I too have lived/worked in many countries and also gone to some fine (in other peoples minds but not mine – I learned what not to learn and got myself a non-education, in other words to rely on simple honesty of thought) institutions of education and after all that only one thing resonates in my mind and that’s simple honesty of thought. That’s it.

    There is more honesty and class in the tip of the little finger of a housemaid who does a honest job in an Arab country to support her family than all the “patriots” put together who are trying to avoid a honest day’s work. But it’s interesting human-theatre to observe how they try to do it.

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      “…who are trying to avoid a honest day’s work.”

      Precisely. The problem in Sri Lanka is that a lot of people don’t want to do any actual work, and instead take to politics and propaganda to corrupt young minds and stay in the spotlight, while the country remains backward.

      Nalin de Silva couldn’t do any serious Physics or Math anymore, so he invented “Jathika Chinthanaya” and anti-Tamil rabble rousing theories to fool the masses and cover up his lazy mind. DJ cannot do any political “science” and has invented “smart patriotism” likewise. Little wonder that these people have found kindred spirits in uneducated and corrupt Weerawansas and Rajapaksas of this world.

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      When you read comments here, It looks like whole country is sympathetic towards DJ DeSilva and trying to teach him to be a better human, but he is still not getting it..

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    Dayan,

    We are sick of reading your articles and responding to utter foolishness of your psyche. I do not even bother reading it, as it’s a waste of time. Be grateful to CT for still allowing you to write your crap, if it was under your MASTER BRUTE DICTATOR MARA, you would have been a history by now.

    I have provided you a list many times of the atrocities of your BRUTE,RACIST,SADIST DICTATOR. Why not elaborate at least once on those lines and give us an insight, if we are all wrong and only you are right.

    Dwell into that first D….., before talking nonsense. Hope you figure out what those dotted lines mean. I do not intend calling you that even, not to insult an animal which is at least useful in some instances. You are…….?

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      ansar,we are sick of seeing you paraya here

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        dil

        “ansar,we are sick of seeing you paraya here”

        What does paraya mean?

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          Knavite Dev, the word ” means ‘the one who speaks’, Homo-Sapien not Cro-Magnons whom your kind killed yeons before.

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            Combosis

            “Knavite Dev, the word ” means ‘the one who speaks’, Homo-Sapien not Cro-Magnons whom your kind killed yeons before.”

            Good response, but unconvincing.

            How is it that Parayas are alive though they were killed eons ago? It is only possible under Tamil/Sinhala logic.

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              Ahhh Native Vedda

              WHat are the latest Books you have read this time?? Must be excited to preach your Brainless (i just lifted this article from this book)
              and now comment here. and you still get the facts wrong. NAtive Banda Dr Dayan is a great man, maybe you should write a open letter here to protest againt his policy if you feel his policy is wrong. Why dont u put ur Bookish with againt Dr Dayan Ground reality and see.

              oh say hi to you bookworm persona NAVIN

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                Native Gona Vedda the Pook,

                The Bore that ran away from the onslaught is boring and boring holding hands to keep the sky coming down.

                D Silva J, is another bottle karaya who thought just like the Kapil Dev concept at the Taj Samudra and got away at South Block New Delhi.
                Those scum are known as `angre ka putra` (son of the english) in Hindia.

                While we even as students were invitees to the homes of Air Vice marshall for johhny walker and the best of punjabi food just after every sessional.

                See you schedule class Goota who spent time at Madras but he was SC so he got a wacking at the from Lathi RSS.
                So Silva DJ and combo are just sitting on hot bricks.
                You dont even know the `I` in you to estimate others or NV .

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                Native Gona Vedda

                “oh say hi to you bookworm persona NAVIN”

                Why don’t you say it yourself in this forum?

                Is it because you are sitting on your brain?

                For a state/country which burnt down 90,000 books and old ola manuscripts, reading,learning and then thinking is a heavy burden on its people and a waste of time, isn’t it old chap.

                It appears you have a chip on your shoulder, rage 24/7/52, born with a brain where it shouldn’t be, consistent with rest of the little islanders, therefore it is natural for you to believe NAtive Banda Dr Dayan is a great man.

                Spend a spell in the jungle, it will do you good, may cure you from your genetic mutation or prevent you from reverse your evolution.

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        @ dil

        “paraya” – Is that what your parents call you? Can’t you respond in a very professional manner?

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    DJ,

    Quotes from the likes of Gramsci, Castro, Che, Daniel Ortega, Jose Maria Sison, Mao, Den Xiaoping, Regis Debray, Allende etc are missing here. Why ? (i did not mention Marx and Lenin)!

    What do you say about Singapore Government’s policy towards West of which Mahbubani was a faithful servant? If I remember correct still the Americans having some Naval facilities at Sembawang in Singapore.

    If LK was to live and observe what is happening today, he would have had different ideas. I must say that I am thankful to the LTTE for assassinating LK because if he happened to live under Rajapaksa rule he would have been called as a traitor!

    Are you still in touch with your former colleagues of Northern provincial council? Please have a chat if you have any contacts. It might help you to regain consciousness.

    By the way, is there any sign of getting Ambassadorial appointment to a coller capital? From your writing and Nugegoda appearance it looks like you are not getting that!

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    Dyan:

    When someone pontificates on Sri Lankan patriotism and Sinhala nationalism from the safety of the Diaspora, not having been through the existential experience of the fires of suicide terrorism and civil war, one cannot help but smile wryly. When persons criticize Sinhala nationalism and Mahinda Rajapaksa without once mentioning Prabhakaran or the Tigers, leave alone the appeasement by Ranil Wickremesinghe, the feeling turns to disgust. When someone criticizes Mahinda Rajapaksa, Sinhala nationalism and the Nugegoda mass mobilization without once mentioning critically (or at all) the recent 11 page anti-Sinhala, proto-secessionist, Genocide Resolution of Wigneswaran and the Northern Provincial Council, then the feeling turns to revulsion.

    *** You and MR will have your day in Court at the HAGUE when MR is indicted for War Crimes. There is nothing in Sinhala Lanka for the Tamils to be Patriotic about when Sinhala Nationalism is the order of the day.

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    Quote “When persons criticize Sinhala nationalism and Mahinda Rajapaksa without once mentioning Prabhakaran or the Tigers, leave alone the appeasement by Ranil Wickremesinghe, the feeling turns to disgust” unquote.

    Tell me Dayan, when thousands of our people both military and civilians sacrificed their lives to defeat terrorism and bring peace to our land and that very freedom is robbed by your megalomaniac Mahinda to enrich only himself and his family by murder, corruption, nepotism, robbery….etc WHAT SHOULD OUR FEELINGS BE? SHOULD THE PEOPLE VOTE FOR THE RETURN OF ‘MAHA HENE RIRI YAKA’ ON THE ADVISE OF A FAILED DIPLOMAT?

    You blame Ranil for appeasement but your godfather Mahinda Rajapakaya paid millions to LTTE to obstruct a democratic election, made a mass murderer Karuna responsible for the death of +800 policemen an MP and SLFP committee member, connived with KP (LTTE’s procurement chief) to be the beneficiary of LTTE assets. Further we find Horpakse’s brother promoted the cocaine trade, supplied arms to international terrorist outfits, etc. SO IS THIS THE PATRIOTISM DAYAN JAYATHILEKA PRACTICES AND WANTS OTHERS TO FOLLOW?

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    just as we all thought DJ cannot stoop any lower he proves us all wrong by sharing the stage with Gnanasara,wimal,UG (the poster boys of sinhala buddhist chauvanism) et al and reads out a speech of MR with such passion that MR himself would have envied.
    International Conspiracy they say…then why did MR call for elections two year early,wimal accused basil for MR’s defeat…given the above scanario if ever there was a conspiracy MR & BR are it’s main players/authors.Did they not play the same card during the election campeign(and failed)..wasnt the nugegoda rally slogans reminiscent of the election campeign slogans.
    The more i read of DJ the more convinced I am that Mervyn silva and NOT mervyn desilva must be DJ’s father.After all they both possess PHDs.

    JUST THINKING DOES DJ’S WIFE READ THE CRAP DJ WRITES…..OBVIOUSLY THE CT READERS HAVE FAILED IN ITS ENDEVOURS TO PREVENT THE DOWNWARD SPIRALING OF DJ….WONDER IF HIS WIFE HAS GIVEN UP ON HIM TOO…JUDGING BY THE FREQUENCY OF HIS WRITINGS,AND HIS PARTICIPATION AT THE NUGEGODA RALLY IT SURE SEEMS THAT WAY

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    None knows better than MR that how stupid are the voters who voted for him including DJ. Corrupt the system to the core and to get these many votes, what does it say?. They are prepared support any Sinhala Buddhist who is prepared to annihilate minorities and condone nepotism, cronyism, war crimes, you name it. It is not patriotism; if it is patriotism where were they when SF who won the war was put to the sword. It is as if when a team won a game, all accolades goes to the club president, not the captain of the team. Those support is simply driven by racism, nothing else. This guy DJ sees that, he likes socialists ideology but live in western countries like Tamara have different agenda than the stupid, goes around to find a squeaky clean definition to what motivates him to do what he does and come out with smart patriotism.

    Then looking at the same dais with all dump or not so smart periotic, he looked like a fool, worse than Buroova.

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    DJ begged Maithripala to offer him Foreign Affairs portfolio in return for his support. What a principled political scientist he is!

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    After that incident at Kanatte in late 1993[Funeral of Lalith Athulathmudali] where young Dayan had his Trousers removed[unfortunately in the presence of his wife] he has turned a new Leaf.Earlier,it was Penis is mightier than the Sword.
    Now it is the Pen is mightier than the sword! He lost his rise after that incident.

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    Dayan:

    “When someone pontificates on Sri Lankan patriotism and Sinhala nationalism from the safety of the Diaspora, not having been through the existential experience of the fires of suicide terrorism and civil war, one cannot help but smile wryly.”

    Does your list of non-patriots include Basil and Gotabaya who fled the country and returned only when their brother became president? They were in fact green card holders in USA. Basil seems to have vanished. It is a bit tricky for Gotabaya now as there is a likelihood of a huge sledgehammer above his head.

    As for decrying that your “adversaries” had not mentioned about Prabhakaran, you are a pathetic liar. You continue to carry that label even now. Both Romesh and Laksiri had not only mentioned but condemned what Prabhakaran did, just that they are straight enough in discussing an instant issue which had no relevance to Prabhakaran. The best person for you to raise that is your uncle MR who had declared that Prabhakaran is dead and gone. If you are still keen in reviving his ghost, I have no problem with that.

    As for Wiggie’s 11 page statement, you still have not disputed the events and atrocities outlined and we find it very reasonable and even right for CW to raise the genocide issue. When you cosily and with no bloody conscience at all bluffed in the UNHRC to get a resolution passed, you deserve what and where you are now. It took some time to proof your bluff but is has torn your pretense of that intellectual garbed as a nationalist. You have been check-mated and now loathe to get some breathing air. Despite all your showmanship in support of MR, today he is the one standing accused as a traitor for an alleged coup attempt. Don’t worry, it is a matter of time that SLankans will come to know the real MR, Wimal Weerawansa and Vasudev Nanayakara. Their former ministries are very much riddled with unexplained corruption and they just want to hide behind Mahinda’s skirt. Hope you have nothing more to hide that has warranted your charming praises of MR. I am sorry, but today anyone praising your defeated “hero” is seen as seeking refuge for their past misdeeds. Hope you are not on the final list.

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    Sri Lanka is hopelessly divided across not only ethnic lines but also along pro western and pro-eastern lines.

    Good luck to Ranil W and his coalition, it will be very difficult to please everybody.

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    Dyan GO LICK MAHIND’S … AND JOIN ALL THOSE SPENT OUT FORCE YOU R ONLY GOOD FOR THAT NOW.

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    You prove that you don’t need any common sense, intellectual capacity or
    honesty to get a PhD somewhere. You don’t even deserve a Clark position in a state institution no matter your language skills to impress others.

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    @kali Srilanka didn’t sign the Rome convention and cannot be taken into International Criminal Court.

    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/States_parties_to_the_Rome_Statute_of_the_International_Criminal_Court)

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      Lanka did sign on Genocide at the UN and Bombastic Boris is no fool he would kick any Red Ken in the ba**s. Ask your lawyer kali for details before you get your tics minus.

      Ignorance and fraud go hand in glove- C Jung.

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      Stinker,
      did you send your woman to the medieval middle east? No then send more sihal buddhist try Somali as they are in demand after the sea kidnapping then you can start your bestiality process Heyna Crocuta skin head skunk.

      ______________________

      Sinhala Lanka became a signatory on the 12th October 1950 1 . Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide Paris, 9 December 1948 1 Entry into force : 12 January 1951, in accordance with article XIII. Registration : 12 January 1951, No. 1021 Participant 2 Signature Accession(a), Succession(d), Ratification Sri Lanka 12 Oct 1950 Status : Signatories : 41. Parties : 144 Text : United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 78, p. 277.
      _________________________________________________
      _______________

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    DJ
    You are intelligent enough to seek cover under Sinhala nationalism to hide your Christian track, like the forgone so called leaders. No wonder many Sri Lankan Leaders did before and succeeded, Solomon WRD Bandaranake, Junius Richard Jayawardena, John Kotelawa to mention a few. History repeats.

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    Dil,

    Sorry pal, you and your likes get more thumbs down than I do.

    So, it is evident that who is the odd one here. BTW, did I hear you say Paraya?

    What are you my friend…?

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    DJ,
    Converts always try to show (but not in real sense) they are more patriotic than others. You are not an exception. Try your luck for a position and perks if MR can turn up again by fooling people with the same patriotism trump card. Many patriotic solders who lost their life and limps are cursing you from the grave.

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    DJ,

    Are you patriotic to Sinhalese language or race. We Sri Lankans are no more fools to here your patriotic trump card play. Go to a nursery and learn to be true Sri Lankan (Hindus,Buddhists,Christians,Muslims,Sinhalese,Tamils are all Sri Lankans). If you are patriotic to Sinhalese language, then you should write in Sinhala language not in the colonial English. This is your patriotism.

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    Nationalism is a wonderful concept but it is not restricted to the Sinhala-Buddhists alone. All Sri Lankans, be they Sinhala-Buddhists, Christians, Muslims, Burghers or whatever, must be free to embrace it. Sri Lanka is our country. This is the reason I am saddened by the celebration of winning a conflict that is construed as a war, but in reality a civil rebellion that killed thousands of Sri Lankans. Their religion or race is immaterial. UK too won a 30 year conflict recently against the Irish Naionalists, but they would not dream of celebrating it as a victory of sorts.

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      Not quite comparable. The Irish Nationalists were amenable to negotiation. They got some of what they demanded and joined the political process. Sri Lankans did not have that luxury.

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        Typical Sihala speaking Tamil kallathoni/hora oru of Ship shap Shape shape shape.
        IR were were amenable? So we have the New and young IRA!

        Their purse strings in the US were cut after 9/11 same as LTTE and now true matters are dripping to surface.

        Major was PM with just one vote of the number yacht builders of the world therefore Belfast stays with the kingdom. Whereas JT is genocide because they have nothing and life is hard so they slog, succeed and you parasites- indigovas.

        You stupid pricks comment for the sake of to just belch and fart and have sex on demand.

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    DJ,
    When a poor Indian fisherman cross the IMB you shout ‘Sri Lankan Sovereignty’ When the crooked Chinese nuclear sub-marine dock in the Colombo harbor you say ‘diplomacy’. This is how patriotic you & MR clan fooled the Sri Lankans. China is investing in Sri Lanka not because of love of Sri Lanakans but because of their own benefits and expansion interests. (More than 6% interest on loans from China where as IMF loans are less than 1% interest).

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      one is short term and the other is long term- BTW IMF is a big shark too- their consultants can be wankers with low qualification & former government servants with the clout- its all a corrupt family – look at sex pot president and only european.

      There are benefits in short term but as with all chinese products the customer must give the specs- its the difference in culture of individuals which they respect- its just your education is western oriented and theirs chinese straits of individual. So if the investment was going to bring in returns like most do on ebay as a middle class living everyone at lanka would be happy.
      But Lanka is FRAUD from 48 everyone wants to make a dynesty because the fact is you never had a real king but big chiefs with no shit.
      You can only be ruled from offhore by others to stay calm and prosperous.
      Today there are no countries and especially the small ones are ruled by multinationals which you are not aware of- the hidden hands in the shadow.

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    DJ,

    MR & GR had a secret deal with KP (LTTE second in command) and Karuna (LTTE Batti commander) terrorist/murderers and let them free. Is it this patriotism you are after? Sri Lankans are no more fools to understand this. You still cry ‘wolf(tiger)’.

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      they are priced witnesses to the whole show that unfolded and
      would ultimately get exile in the west like Musharraf had
      before he went back again.

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    Divided is right SL is being tugged apart by forces trying to disrupt the present govt. They need all the support from obviously staunchly patriotic ‘intelligentsia’ like all of you. Let’s rally round in whatever way we can. Several pressing issues are at stake
    Is it necessary to abolish the Executive Presidency when all of us know how Parliamentary democracy can lead to apathy. Nothing is done because no one is allowed to do anything as everyone has a different agenda.
    Anyone who has attended a meeting where nothing concrete has arisen except the refreshments will know. The old Fox, realised the need for an EP; Premadasa commented that he would not have achieved anything if not for the EP; S’pore came up b’cos of the iron hand of its President etc. etc. MS AND RW being honourable gentlemen will try to honour their promises unless intelligent people like yourselves tell them having an EP with whose hands are untied whilst being accountable is the ideal

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    Dayan I believe is simply trying to be in the limelight by his provocative pronouncements and association with Mahinda Rajapaksa’s fan club of Sinhala racist rabble rousers, thieves and murderers.

    The man had no job and had no purpose in life. The opportunity arose for him to campaign to bring back the thieving dictator Rajapaksa back to power and he is now fully immersed towards achieving that. In the process of doing so he has exposed himself to the world as a closet Sinhala racist. What he is doing is so shameless because the man he is fighting for simply dismissed him as just another NGO walla.

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    Jayatilleke, suggest you just get lost. No time for you anymore. You just sold your soul this last Wednesday for a brass farthing. We consider you just a sycophant, not a professional anymore.

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    Few years ago, a theroetical physicist named Dr. Nalin de Silva, Cosmologist and a Marxist Trotskyite, spread hatred under the guise of ‘academic analysis’.

    It is now Dr. Dayan’s turn to spread hatred under ‘academic analysis’….

    Humbug…

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      Nalin Silva has lost his mind everyone who is in the academic circles, and sees him day today knows it. It is the national media that takes him seriously not anyone in the academia. Who quotes him as academic opinion I don’t know. Personally he too has some mental issue. every student and faculty knows it. Theoretical physicist started to say in his dream some local demi-god appeared to him in sleep and told him the reason for Kidney disease and refuted all the findings about that. It is not a joke he seriously said that, and And many scientists who actually worked on it has even filed a case against that. So giving credence to mentally unstable people like that shows the how low MARA campaign is. What we should do is expose these experts true self. We have a MARA/SB appointed VC in Pera Prof Athula Senaratne who claimed he can predict Tsunami using Astrology. So that is the state of our academia is in. DJ and and Rajiva fits right in the lunatic fringe. What is common for all these people are mediocre intelligence, comparatively better comand in English, and abilty to boot loick politicians. Like someone comment above said, they believe they are intelligent because they are better in communication in English.

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    DJ, What is the relevance of your 58 years, to this story?

    It is a superior claim to wisdom, which comes with age as we know?

    There aren’t any signs of it though in your works, despite the 58.

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      Thats for BBS to put it right. You may find him in the wayside like sooriarachi intentional accident just before one of his terror lectures on the streets.
      Low standard of british education with trade union membership to qualify for degree leads to politics never professional excellence.
      eg. there you can enter law college after school or enter uni and be one in 3-4 years.
      However in Canada you complete MA in 6 years then spend another 4 years doing Law so 10 years to get that degree. Engineering minum 6 years.
      So you see david Kumar batting unabahed for champika- there is no educational quality but pure politics- speak the truth and sandwich with lies `shamelessly`- for a bottle or 2 they speak to your delight.

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    Dr. DJ: Having reached the age of 58 years, you should have “grown” to be more “wiser” than what you are doing now. When I saw you reading that “message” from the Ex President Nr. Mahinda Rajapakse, at the Nugegoda meeting on 18th February, the little respect that you carried as belonging to the “intellectual” community was completely lost. Now you have “qualified” to be with that “bunch” of “self seeking” “bastards” who look for nothing but preying even on foul smelling remains. Good luck and enjoy the feast on remains.

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    Yeah right..By the way, did Mahinda give it to your ass before going to Nugegoda? When i saw you talking at the rally i thought you were having an orgasm..Just a thought

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    If “Cro-Magnon” dayan jayatileka considers himself as a liberal, let him forget it.All this time I thought that he was an educated liberal minded decent character,inspite of his support for blood sucking animals like Ranasinghe Premadasa and Mihinda Rajapakse.He has exposed his back side by attending this rally the likes of lepers like Dinesh, Wimal and Gamanpila.Vasu is a dust bin fed thrash.

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      its typical Lankan mentality – you called big chat chief THE KING not for want of language
      similarly Professor as decent liberal.

      For 100 years we have know Bill Gates & Mark characters- they showed their middle finger to the profs and left.
      So most of us don’t think a prof is great unless he can lecture 2 hours and there is pin drop silence in a history lesson where he does not permit a student to take notes which would follow later from notes to notes.
      The best we have found generally are lecturers with a professional practice of their own – they are a treat to listen to especially in engineering and medicine. Their salary is peanuts to them but their love for the subject and learning is a process that never stops.
      Some of us work in their offices for free (generally a small sum like travel and meal after campus (2-3 hrs)so that when we pass out we are `rusty nails while the gold medalist is still a sap and ends up lecturing to become a professor because professional practice is beyond him.
      Rajiv, DJand the rest in politics are just school teachers like the high flying priest in the west with empty pews.
      What you need is to lock them up in a Zoo at Nugegoda.
      JVP started there Tamil terror with cricketer playing for oxford unable to represent our test side. politics at campus with free education. pay for it then like late Bawas Garden the place stays clean .

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    Still continues to write crap , thinking people will listen. Better find all the free time to do something useful. Never was worth reading. Only looked up the comments for a good laugh. A flop all right.

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