21 August, 2018

Blog

Unfortunately, Learned Academics Like Dayan Are Pushing The Country Down The Precipice In The Name Of Sinhala-Buddhist Nationalism!

By Veluppillai Thangavelu

Veluppillai Thangavelu

Dayan Jayatilleka (DJ) suffers from chronic anti-Tamil and federal phobia for no valid reasons. As the flag bearer of Sinhala-Buddhist racism and majoritarian, there is no surprise he is opposed to any form of power sharing. The allegation that the LTTE killed the greatest number of educated Tamil political personalities is old stuff. He is parroting such allegations for decades. He is simply shedding crocodile tears for the dead and not the living. The fact of the matter is war crimes committed by both the armed forces and LTTE should be investigated. That is exactly what Resolution 30/1 is demanding. However, in the eyes of the Tamil people, Prabhakaran is a war hero and continues to be venerated and celebrated cutting across party affiliation.

The irony is Dayan Jayatilleka has no tears or compassion for the thousands who perished when SLAF planes dropped cluster bombs indiscriminately. Even hospitals were not spared and Gotabhaya yelled that hospitals are legitimate military targets! He got the UN officials and NGOs out of the way to avoid eyewitnesses to the war. The Army for its part shelled the area knowing well there are hundreds and thousands of civilians in shelters!

Has DJ conveniently forgotten the fact that Rajiv Gandhi escaped death narrowly when sailor Vijitha Rohana Wijemuni attacked him with a rifle butt in 1987? This individual who has donned the robes of an Astrologer was in the news recently when he predicted the death of President Sirisena before January 26, 2018.

Prabhakaran was no Hitler since he never advocated the racial superiority of Tamils over Sinhalese. He stood for equality between the Sinhalese and Tamils. It is Mahinda Rajapaksa who eminently fits the personality of Hitler when he claimed:” I am a Sinhalese and this land belongs to the Sinhalese and Tamils should listen to what I say as a Sinhalese” in Kilinochchi in 2014.

As much as Prabhakaran by no means a Hitler so are Tamils are not Germans. When the victorious allied armies rolled into Berlin they were greeted with bouquets and flowers by the German people. But sadly there were no flowers or garlands for the Sinhalese armed forces, the so-called liberators according to DJ. Wherever the Sinhala army advanced the Tamil people fled to LTTE controlled area for safety. There is not a single occasion in which the Tamil people went over to the Army controlled area.

Nine years after the war the Tamils of Northeast hate the Sinhalese army who are still occupying large chunks of private land that belongs to the people. As I write the frustrated villagers sailed back to the island after tired of waiting. They attached white flags to the front of the dozens of fishing boats that were lined up and made their way towards the island. Wary of a heavy-handed military response, the white flags signalled the peacefulness of their demonstration.

The Iranativu island is located 6 Nautical Miles west of Nachchikuda and is made up of two islets, Iranativu North and Iranativu South covering an area of just 5.93 Sq.Kms. It comes under Poonakary Divisional Secretariat in Kilinochchi district. People from Iranativu were displaced in 1992 and settled down in Nachchikuda due to the military offensive. They have been living in Mulankavil for the past 26 years without any livelihood support and without any hope for the future. After the end of the war and following the resettlement from IDP camps in 2010, the residents made several attempts to move back to their own lands. On May 1, 2017, the residents of Iranativu began a peaceful protest calling for their lands to be released. Whilst permitting the villagers to stay, the Sri Lankan navy remains on the island, fuelling uncertainty about the residents right to live in their own lands. Thankfully, the Secretary to the Ministry of Resettlement who visited the island has agreed to release the lands and then help resettlement.

According to Presidential Secretariat, sources the armed forces continue to occupy 13,013.06 acres of land belonging to Tamil civilians. The highest occupation is in the Jaffna district where a total of 4,599 acres is under occupation by the Army. In Valikamam North out of a total of 6381.5 acres, only 2,475.6 (46.21%) acres have been released. The figures for Kilinochchi district is 1,515 acres, Mullaitivu district 1,150 acres, Vavuniya district 1,872 acres and Mannar district 2,391 acres. These figures are hotly contested by civil societies involved in resettlement.

There are large chunks of land still under occupation by the Army. The Army is using the occupied lands hotels, plantation, farming, horticulture etc.

DJ is repeating the canard that the Sinhalese armed forces liberated the Tamils from the clutches of LTTE which is a blatant lie. He is simply mimicking his political master Mahinda Rajapaksa. If this is a fact how come the Tamil people voted against Mahinda Rajapaksa and his party in all the elections held since the end of the war? Why did the Liberator of Tamils lose so ignominiously? Mahinda Rajapaksa was never ever the Liberator of Tamils. On the contrary, he was the most shameful and ruthless oppressor of the Tamil people.

In the Presidential elections held in 2010, Mahinda Rajapaksa polled only 72,894 votes (28.34%) as opposed to 184,244 (71.66%) votes polled by Sarath Fonseka. In the 2015 Presidential elections, Mahinda Rajapaksa fared even worse. He polled 108,831 (20.89%) as against 394,991 (75.82%) votes polled by Maithripala Sirisena in the North.

DJ always makes the mistake of telling the people that they should forget about federalism. He should understand that the Tamils under international law are a people and therefore entitled to self-determination. Within Sri Lanka, the Supreme Court has in a landmark judgment has determined that the advocacy of federalism is not tantamount to the advocacy of secession. In doing so, it has for the first time recognised the Tamil minority as a ‘people’ entitled to the right to internal self-determination.

It is a pity that DJ does not want to accept the interpretation of what is federalism by a 3 judge bench of the Supreme Court. Not that he doesn’t understand what federalism is, but being a Sinhala- Buddhist supremacist he does not want to accept a landmark ruling. .

Right to Self Determination relating only to former colonies is over long ago. By the Declaration on Friendly Relations and Co-operation among States of 1970 and the Helsinki Accord of August 1, 1975 it has been elaborated and currently even within a Unitary form of Constitution in a Sovereign State if section of the people are continuously oppressed and have no meaningful access to government (as in the case of Sri Lanka), they have the right to self-determination.

Though Prof. Peiris is singing a different tune now, he was completely supportive of the Oslo Communiqué issued in December 2002. In the press conference that followed he addressed, he stated that the LTTE had changed their position from separation to power-sharing within the framework of a united, undivided, indivisible Sri Lanka.

Speaking in Parliament on 22 February 2017 TNA leader R.Sampanthan made it clear that his party is for sharing power and not separation. “What we are asking now is for extensive power-sharing within the framework of a united, undivided, indivisible Sri Lanka to ensure that Sri Lanka is undivided and indivisible, indivisible in perpetuity. But lately, he has warned the government that if the right of Tamils for internal-self-determination is denied then they are entitled to exercise external self-determination.

The Tamil National Question has been internationalized as never before. Resolution 30/1 of October 2015 adopted at the UNHRC is hanging like a millstone around the neck of Sri Lanka. Of importance  is clause 16  which clearly says “Welcomes the commitment of the Government of Sri Lanka to a political settlement by taking the necessary constitutional measures, encourages the Government’s efforts to fulfil its commitments on the devolution of political authority, which is integral to reconciliation and the full enjoyment of human rights by all members of its population; and also encourages the Government to ensure that all Provincial Councils are able to operate effectively, in accordance with the thirteenth amendment to the Constitution of Sri Lanka;” I hope the message is clear and for the likes of DJ they  can only  ignore it at their peril.

I have posed this question before and I will repeat one more time for the benefit Colombo Telegraph readers.  Who is Dayan to claim that federalism is dangerous and it will lead to eventual separation?  What is his status? He is not even a member of the Pradesha Sabha. He is a lone wolf, not even admired by his fellow Sinhala-Buddhist extremists,

DJ should read and digest the historical judgment rendered by a 3 member bench of the Sri Lanka Supreme Court on 4th August 2017. In the case filed by  Hikkadu Koralalage Don Chandrasoma of Keleniya Petitioner

Vs.

Mawai S. Senathirajah

Secretary,

Illankai Thamil Arasu Kadchi,

30, Martin Road, Jaffna.

1(a) K. Thurairajasingam

Secretary, llankai Thamil Arasu Kadchi,

30, Martin Road, Jaffna.

(Substituted 1st Respondent)

The Supreme Court  determined that advocating for a federal form of government within the existing state could not be considered as advocating separatism.

The petitioner in the case alleged that ITAK stands for confederation and not a federation. But the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka ruled that federalism is not separation. Under international law “A state whose government represent whole of the people or peoples resident within its territory, on the basis of equality and without discrimination and respects the principle of self-determination in its internal arrangements, is entitled to maintain its territorial integrity under international law and to have that territorial integrity recognized by other states”. But when there are bias and discrimination the people have a right to exercise self-determination. The SC went on to state” The labelling of states as unitary and federal sometimes may be misleading. There could be unitary states with features or attributes of a federal state and vice versa. In a unitary state if more powers are given to the units it could be considered as a federal state. Similarly in a federal state if the centre is powerful and the power is concentrated in the centre it could be considered as a unitary state. Therefore sharing of sovereignty, devolution of power and decentralization will pave the way for a federal form of government within a unitary state. The Thirteen Amendment to the Constitution devolved powers on the provinces. The ITAK is advocating for a federalist form of government by devolving more powers to the provinces within the framework of a unitary state. Advocating for a federal form of government within the existing state could not be considered as advocating separatism.

The SC went on to determine that “ITAK support or advocate the establishment of a federal State within united Sri Lanka. It does not, support, espouse, promote, finance, encourage or advocate the establishment of a separate State within the territory of Sri Lanka as envisaged under Article 157A of the Constitution. Therefore Petitioner is not entitled to a declaration under Article 157A (4) of the Constitution. Here are further extracts from the relevant historical judgment,

The Learned Counsel for the Petitioner referred to two covenants on human rights adopted by the United Nations in 1966. They are International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and both these Covenants proclaimed the right of self-determination in the Common Article 1 which reads as follows:

“All peoples have the right of self-determination. By virtue of that right, they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development.”

The Learned Counsel for the Substituted 1st Respondent underscores the fact that it is “peoples” who are repositories under international law for the right to self- determination and thus the ITAK hold that the Tamil people are a “people” in terms of the above international covenants, and therefore, it is axiomatic that the Tamil people are also entitled to the right to self-determination.

The Petitioner and the Substituted 1st Respondent both referred to Canadian Supreme Court Judgment in ‘Reference re Secession of Quebec’ (1998) 161 DLR (4th) (385). In that reference, the main question that has to be determined is whether under the Constitution or under international law can the National State Assembly, legislature or the Government of Quebec effect the secession of Canada unilaterally? The following passage in the Judgment is relevant to the application before this Court.

‘The Court was also required to consider whether a right to unilateral secession exist under international law. Some supporting the affirmative answer did so on the basis of the recognized right to self-determination that belongs to “all peoples”. Although much of the Quebec population certainly shares many of the characteristics of a people, it is not necessary to decide the “people” issue because, whatever may be the correct determination of this issue in the context of Quebec, a right to secession only arises the principle of self-determination of people at international law where “a people” is governed as apart of colonial empire; where “a people” is subject to alien subjugation, domination or exploitation; and possibly where “ a people” is denied any meaningful exercise its rights of self-determination within the state of which it forms a part. In other circumstances, peoples are expected to achieve self-determination within the framework of their existing state. A state whose government represent whole of the people or peoples resident within its territory, on the basis of equality and without discrimination and respects the principle of self-determination in its internal arrangements, is entitled to maintain its territorial integrity under international law and to have that territorial integrity recognized by other states”.

In Federalism and Diversity in Canada by Ronald L. Watts published in Autonomy and Ethnicity – Negotiating Competing Claims in Multi-ethnic States” Edited by Yash Ghai, at page 48) it was stated:

“Where all the evidence points to the fact that, if there had not already been provincial autonomy, the movement for secession would have been much stronger, not weaker. It is not insignificant that referendum results and repeated recent public opinion surveys have persistently pointed to the fact that a large majority of Quebeckers want greater autonomy, but combined with continued association with the rest of Canada”

In the 2010 Kosovo Advisory Opinion delivered by the International Court of Justice, Judge Cancado Trindade in a separate opinion in page 184 held as follows:

“Recent developments in contemporary international law were to disclose both the external and internal dimensions of the right of self-determination of peoples: the former meant the right of every people to be free from any form of foreign domination, and the latter referred to the right of every people to choose their destiny in accordance with their own will, if necessary – in case of systematic oppression and subjugation – against their own government. This distinction challenges the purely inter-state paradigm of classic international law. In the current evolution of international law, international practice (of States and of international organizations) provides support for the exercise of self- determination by peoples under permanent adversity or systematic repression, beyond the traditional confines of the historical process of decolonization. The contemporary international law is no longer insensitive to patterns of systematic oppression and subjugation.”

Based on the above opinion the Substituted 1st Respondent submitted that it is clear that the right to self-determination has an internal dimension, in that it could be exercised within the country to the benefit of a “people” inside the country. Thus, the invocation of self-determination does not amount to a demand for a separate State, as the right is sometimes to be used internally within the territory of an existing State.

Right to Self Determination relating only to former colonies is over long ago. By the Declaration on Friendly Relations and Co-operation among States of 1970 and the Helsinki Accord of August 1, 1975 it has been elaborated and currently even within a Unitary form of Constitution in a Sovereign State if section of the people are continuously oppressed and have no meaningful access to government (as in the case of Sri Lanka), they have the right to self-determination.

So it is crystal clear that Tamils can advocate a federal form of government within the existing state and same is not considered as advocating separation.

Sri Lanka is facing crisis on many fronts, social, political and economic. The alarm bell is rung by no lesser person than the Governor of Central Bank that Sri Lanka is facing multiple problems. He has called Sri Lanka’s political leaders for a quick end to the political standoff triggered by the Local Government poll results before it affected growth, warning there was no scope for loosening fiscal policy. As the Governor of the Central Bank, he is apolitical role so his warning that the prevailing political situation is impacting on the market sentiments and investor aspirations. Both, if prolonged, would push economic growth further down.

He is reported to have clarified this point as follows: “For the country to have a better outcome, Sri Lanka needs political stability as quickly as possible. We have not really considered the political situation when making this decision on policy rates. How politics could affect is on sentiments which lead to a reduction in investment and growth. Clearly, one would need to loosen policy than to support growth, but you also have to look at what happens to fiscal policy. If the political situation leads to a loosening of fiscal policy, the Central Bank has to lean against that and tighten monetary policy”.

Unfortunately, learned Academics like of Dayan are pushing the country down the precipice in the name of Sinhala – Buddhist nationalism!

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Latest comments

  • 26
    6

    Well written a balanced article . Feel so sad and sorry for DJ. He is desperate for a position under Gota/Mahinda.

    • 5
      0

      Truth, will DJ be okay if we stage a protest against MY3/RW govt to give him a position and succeed, if all that is what he needs?

    • 1
      0

      ‘EATU CHURAKAI KARIKKU UTHAVATHU’ A Tamil saying, loosely interpreted would mean Education alone will never make a man.
      In short, the So called Intellectuals may never rule a country as they will have to refer to their books at every turn.

  • 10
    26

    Velupillai Thangavelu,

    I do not think Tamil masses venerate a person and his organisation force recruited sons and daughters of Tamils he said he is leading to a separate state or Tamil Elam by putting cyanide capsule around their neck.

    We know very well people like you, TNA and some other so called Tamil political leaders ma venerate him and that is for their very survival.

    Tamil Elam, federalism, and any other Tamil non economic issues were effectively answered on the banks of Nanthikadal lagoon on the 19th May 2009. Besides, we are very confident you or whoever, will never ever be able to take Tamil masses once again in the violent and destructive path.

    Kee aside all those nonsense and come together as Sri Lankans to solve our day to day economic problems.

    • 22
      3

      Nimal Tissa Wijethunga,

      It seems you are one of a kind; a pure genius as you know everything apart from what exactly precipitated the once passive Tamils to take up arms!

      You think that Nanthikadal dealt with everything and made the Sinhala Buddhist superior again! What you manifest in your ostensible arrogance is your inherent weakness! I cannot blame you as it is your psychological mental make-up!

    • 12
      6

      Only thing racist violent and destructive is you Chingkallavan. Who the hell asked you to be our spokesman you disgusting creature. All your posts ooze of anti Tamil venom. Sinhalese Buddhist fascist . Most probably descended from one of these recently migrated South Indian Tamil immigrants. now beating the anti Tamil drum. Despite his faults 99% of the Tamils will always venerate Prabakharan and this is a fact. Unlike the Sinhalese establishment politicians and masses , who were and still are constantly advocating Sinhalese superiority(despite everything about the Sinhalese is borrowed from the Tamils) based on a Mahavamsa fairy tale and the destruction of the island’s Tamils. He has never advocated Tamil superiority or the destruction of the Sinhalese. Tamils consider the Sinhalese Sri Lankan armed forces and police stationed in the north and east as a racist army of occupation and never their liberators but their oppressors , who are busy stealing their lands homes farms and livelihood and displacing them with outside Sinhalese . Building Budda statues and viharas everywhere like some Macdonald franchise, deliberately to humiliate the local Tamil Hindu Christian and now Muslim populations and as a way to bring further Sinhalese from the south to settle in Tamil areas , using the excuse , we now need Sinhalese Buddhist for these Buddhist temple up keep. Understood racist

      • 1
        12

        ROHAN:

        GO back to yout Country South India. That is your country and you are kallathonis in Sinhale.

        • 6
          2

          DNA studies have proved that it is the Sinhalese who are largely of South Indian origin and not the indigenous Sri Lankan Tamils. Sinhalese share a 70% DNA with Indian Tamils , whereas the Sri Lankan Tamils only 17% . You can screech and lie but DNA never lies. You and the rest of the Sinhalese return to South India or to the jungles of Odissa or Bengal. We don’t have to. . Eelam was the ancient name for the island and Elu a semi Tamil dialect was the native language of the island. Oh by the way Sinhale is a Pali/Prakrit corruption of another Tamil word to describe the island. Chingkallam. Meaning the red land or land of copper or copper coloured soil.

    • 18
      2

      Nimal Tissa Wijethunga,

      Not a Sinhalese ever thought that the North East will be under control by LTTE for nearly 30 years. Nobody thought the JVP will reemerge after 1972 but they came back in 1989/90. No body thought Indian army will leave after coming to Srilanka as peace keepers. But they were forced to leave by LTTE. Nobody thought Srilanka defeat LTTE but that happened. Nobody thought Mahinda will lose the elections. but Mahinda lost. Nobody thought that Muslims will be targeted by Sinhala Buddhist Fundamentalists, but that happened. One thing is very clear, Srilanka cannot stay for more than 10 years without bloodbath. As long as Buddhist Fundamentalism exists, you can guarantee bloodbath in this island.
      The formula to solve the economic problem
      Srilankans = Sinhalese > Tamils and Muslim (No solution)
      Srilankans = Sinhalese = Tamils = Muslims (Solution)

      • 4
        11

        You wouldn’t be so keen on equal rights if VP won, you pompous ass.

    • 5
      0

      Nimal Tissa Wijethunga

      Yes, Sri Lankan’s should unite to go forward. The problem is that it is the likes of you and those of your (superiority) mindset who keeps put them off.s

  • 4
    6

    Dayan J is a person who stood for Eelam at one point in his life. It is ridiculous to call him a Sinhala racist. What he says is Tamil politicians generate a person and an organization that killed hundreds of Tamils in other organizations. That murderous organization killed past leaders of these very own politicians.

    SL government and Sinhalese should be mad to give a part of this country to these terrorist venerators. There is nothing wrong or racist in what he said. Only terrorist venerators would find it hard to stomach

    • 0
      0

      Sach,
      DJ is an opportunistic. If it suits he can be an Eelamist or Buddhist Sinhala Fundamentalist because he is not a buddhist.

  • 0
    2

    Thank you for the artcle.
    I state the following for completeness
    (1) The Thirteen Amendment to the 1978 Constitution devolved powers to the nine provinces created in 1987 following Indo -Sri Lanka accord.
    (2) North and East provinces were merged and election held in 1988. This North and East mergers were “temporary until a referendum to be held in the east later”as Indo Sri Lanka accord required the North and East to be merged.
    (3) Following the unilateral declaration of independence/Eelam by the CM of North and East provinces this council was dissolved in 1988 and ruled from Colombo.
    (4) In 2006 North and East were separated based on Supreme Court ruling. Eatern province elections held in 2008 and northern province was ruled from Colombo.
    (5) After the war has ended in 2009 election were held at NPC in 2013.

    I take the following from your article with regard to the issues attached to 13th amendment and what is being achieved through the revision of the constitution which is to devolve “more powers” to the Provinces including the north (I will exclude all other post war issues regards to army occupied land/missing persons/forced Sinhala settlements in North and East for the purpose removing confusion please)
    (1)The ITAK is advocating for a federalist form of government by devolving more powers to the provinces within the framework of a unitary state. Advocating for a federal form of government within the existing state could not be considered as advocating separatism.
    (2)Even within a Unitary form of Constitution in a Sovereign State if section of the people are continuously oppressed and have no meaningful access to government (as in the case of Sri Lanka), they have the right to self-determination.
    (3) 3 member bench of the Sri Lanka Supreme Court on 4th August 2017 accepted the above considering Sri Lankan law and international law?

    what is internal-self-determination vs external self-determination please?

    Kindly confirm if I am correct in understanding the above from your writings please. Also provide further clarity as required for my education. Thank you. I also read the following article with regard to the missing powers in the 13th Amendment for the provinces/must have/good to have and confirm if these are specifically stated in the revised constitution over and above what is stipulated in the 13th Amendment as given powers to all the Provincial councils currently?

    • 0
      2

      13th amendment is by the INdian Govt. Tamils di dnot want it. Sri lankan govt propsoed different models of the 13th. Tamils di dnot agree. Now, Tamils have the comminity based power devolution. so, the Tamil caste based power devolution is implemented. they have local councils which implement what the community needs, I do not think Tamils need any more political solution. IF Tamils say they want more, then we have to understand that this political solution thing will never work for the coutry. Just forget Tamils.

  • 7
    2

    Veluppillai Thangavelu , a whole article on Dayan Jayatilleka? This is what Dayan wants. He will now take your sentences, give Dayan interpretations and feed his select suckers.
    Remember Dayan changed from a revolutionary to Tamil liberation EPRLF ministry, to R Premadasa slave and is now an MR team worshipper.
    Dayan an academic? Do you need examples of PhD morons?

  • 3
    8

    “When the victorious allied armies rolled into Berlin they were greeted with bouquets and flowers by the German people. But sadly there were no flowers or garlands for the Sinhalese armed forces, the so-called liberators according to DJ.”
    Germans are civilized and therefore they were grateful to their liberators. Demalu do not fall into that category. Elimination of megalomaniac Prabhakaran and LTTE Tamil terrorist outfit by the Sri Lankan Armed Forces brought peace to all the people irrespective of ethnicity, race, religion, caste. Veluppillai Thangavelu should ask the mothers from whom children were grabbed forcibly and recruited as child soldiers how they feel.

  • 2
    12


    Srilankans = Sinhalese > Tamils and Muslim (No solution)

    Ajit,

    First of all learn to spell the name of the nationality you are talking about.

    Secondly,
    Please keep in mind we don’t want any other monkey on the right hand side of the equation other than the Sinhalese. That’s what the majority wants and in a democracy the majority wins.

    Finally,

    We in the armed forces did not sacrifice our lives and limbs for this:
    Sinhalese = Tamils = Muslims

  • 2
    6

    Tamils do not not owe Any privilages at all. If youi want self determination why you are in the UK. IS it becuse you do not have your own country which does not have casteism. IS that what you are are looking for at the expense of sinhala buddhists who own the country.

  • 0
    1

    We as citizens seek clarity from any party who is “for and against” for a proposed referendum. Some of us do not have access to detailed info as others may do. I am happy to learn from all of you. I am trying to develop a step by step guide to understanding what is being done regard to the proposed constitution changes and why?. I am sure million of voters in our country also have the same need. Trying to establish 2+2=4 should not be that hard correct? so if we stay focused then helping each other to learn a fact should not be all that painful…….please leave the names of people out/do not personalise matters as all of us have the right to discuss matters as seem fit as well as to raise concerns too of a democratic event??

  • 1
    0

    well written -class

  • 7
    0

    Retarded Lt, R. Shamal Perera. You have never been part of Srilankan Armed Services. You pretend to be one to get the attention. If you were one you will be in the wanted list. Enough of your pathetic racism and communalism. It is people like you and DJ are the one who raped the country and then go around calling your self “pseudo patriots”.Unfortunately good majority of public has been taken for a ride.At the end Lanka has become the “Hell of Asia”.See the Irony where MR is giving a lecture on economy, DJ is proposing his concocted theories and you the retarded keep on writing racial slurs.The end result is the country is slowly being sucked by foreign powers and very soon none of you will have a real say. China has a debt trap where almost 16 countries are claimed to be their prized possessions, The western countries will keep on meddling until their needs are met, then you have India looking for scrubs. Then Russia, Israel,Pakistan….the list goes on who desperately want to get into the game of poker. And still our politicians are looking for more players like Iran and rest who are sanctioned from playing.And you the retarded pseudo patriot is continuing with your filthy comments.Good job bro keep up with your good work in saving/serving the country. Lanka.

    • 0
      3

      Stupid CHIV: You said you are doctor. JUST SHUT UP.

  • 0
    1

    What DJ wrote and the response from VT are thought provoking, evidence based depending on one’s understanding of the issue. But, the comments on the articles, have been absolutely provocative and putrid. Being a Sinhala person, DJ thinks he is right advocating against a federalism model, VT as a Tamil argues federalism is the way forward. Both in my eye are fanaticism pushing extremism.
    The day Sri Lanka will come out of this quagmire is when all, Sinhala, Tamils, Moors and others, think that they are all SRI LANKAN.
    Remember, bigger than the political and economic problem the biggest is the social problems, i.e. poverty, corruption, drugs, murder, sex crime, suicide (Highest number in the world), Kidnapping , war crime etc; etc. If this issue is not addressed it will be another Somalia, in the making.

    • 0
      1

      Dear Soam
      Cool.
      I remember being a citizen in a parliamentary democracy before this Presidential setup. Then came the war and the Provincial Councils. I have no idea what federalism means/devolution of power means nor do I have a clue why we even have this provincial councils? I set out to highlight an issue that it is all good our politicians makes excellent speaches but when an average man want to decode this into simple words comes the challenge. I am appreciative of all the work/articles by all the authors sharing their thoughts and want this to bring “all” the people on board for the journey of Nation Building activity. It is also my way of evaluating what is being presented to the masses be it in the constitutional change or on any other subject the discussions in the parliaments are translated to layman/average persons like me to grasp/discuss/evaluate and make correct decisions. I still do not know the gap analysys between the Current provincial council administrative capacity vs “improved vision”or “federal set up” up vs “devolved power” vs “internal self determination” vs “external self determination” + Do we know what is in the proposed constitution or will only find out the content when this get put to the parliament ? I also hope when parties campaign they have a common agreement no one is going to set one against the other of nations children causing more harm than good? we are the experts at this divide and conquer than anyone is a proven fact sustained over 70 years and no wonder we have epidemic social issues since every action we take is always compounding the existing problems. We have never been solution oriented……and never have done “risk analysis” on any thing we say or do be at personal level or national policy making level as a nation of people.

  • 0
    0

    Any questions I raised or the comments I made on the articles Kindly shared by various authors were for my clarity. This never meant to be the way it is turning up………I can not get some straight answers to my fact building as a citizen on a subject that matters to each and every voter of our country am not sure about the people who takes away any objective analysis/request for clarity into some hate exchange in the form of comments either. Some time it feels like “we Lankans are grieving the lost children of “Mother Lanka” and want to ensure we share and avoid any future conflicts then the some “IT cells” comes in take away/divert all the loving thoughts of fellow lankans. I am really worried if the social media is playing their part in diving us or bringing us together? We should focus on social media adverts “bring all Lankans together” and this should not be on “hold” for any reason. All other issues best discussed elsewhere then but not sure where? Anyway I can not have simple answers to my simple question to establish facts as a citizen we are all stuffed. No one should be undermined but we all should educate each other lovingly……failure is not an option. This is the fundamental to Democracy……..then again we told everyone what to believe and not agreed killed them all calling them names too and then now this…….what a journey……

  • 4
    0

    Simply brilliant analysis Thangavelu.

    DJ must be shitting in his pants after reading this. Sooner he is gonna give a reply to this article.
    The Sinhala Buddhists are foolish to keep on trusting the Medamulana warlords after they created havoc during the period 2005-2015. A decade of despotic and iron fist rule.

    • 2
      0

      HT
      Agreed what you have just said.
      Bring in the Foreign Judges and Hybrid courts to Srilanka.

  • 2
    0

    Jimmmmy do not get so wild, Relax Bro, I heard from some one that “laughing is the best medicine”,I do try , What about you???, Have a nice day.

  • 5
    0

    Dayan J, an academic? !!

    I thought academics are people who extract facts from the melange without bias, in order to explain the truth.

    But Dayan J is clearly driven by an agenda.

  • 0
    1

    So Tamils ask for FEDERAL rule while celebrating the fascist terrorist who killed people and leaders of this country?

    • 0
      0

      sachooooooooooooo the very stupid

      JVP demands the abolition of presidential form of government while celebrating the Sinhala/Buddhist fascist Rohana Wijeweera. What a coincidence?

      Dr Gota wants to be the next president while not owning up how he broke every rule in the book.

      It is too hard for a stupid like you to understand the nuances.

  • 0
    0

    Sinhalese = Tamils = Muslims will never ever happen. If anybody dare an adventure to go down violent path of LTTE to get the same fate, please try.

    Tamils will never venerate LTTE who gives the cyanide capsuel around their neck, Force recrutimet to use as cannon fodder in the frontline, no schools, who killed almost all the Tamil political leaders to become sole representative of Tamils, who killed innocent unarmed people on the streets, in schools, bus stands, trains etc..

    Only Megalomaniacs like some of the commentators may venerate.

    • 1
      0

      Nimal Tissa Wijethunga

      What is your point if you have one?

  • 0
    1

    Native Veddah and other commentators who said Tamils Venerate LTTE and who talk about Special Problems of Tamils in Sri Lanka,

    My points are as follows:

    1) No Tamil Homeland in Sri Lanka as Sri Lanka belongs to all the people living here.
    2) No Special problems to Tamils in Sri Lanka.
    3) No special issues to Tamils in Sri Lanka..
    4) If Tamils want, they can live peacefully and harmoniously as they did for centuries as long as they do not talk or challenge about the very fabrication of Sri Lanka, its territorial integrity, and so called Home land, Traditional areas etc.
    5) Shall not make celebrations of Terrorist activities calling them as Mahaveer or an other to inflame sentiments of the majority as they must accept that there was no genocide in annihilating Terrorist LTTE.
    6) Tamil masses shall understand the poisons the Tamil politicians bring in for their survival and not at all for the benefit of the masses.
    7) As people of Sri Lanka, we have economic problems and none other and we must come together as Sri Lankans to solve the economic problems for the benefit of everybody living in this beautiful country..

    In my working career in Sri Lanka, I have worked in places like Batticaloa, Ampara, Kalmunai, and entire Eastern Province, Vavunia and many other places in North and East and know the mindset of them and how closely we have associated them with very good understanding and most importantly in the period where LTTE ACTIVITES were at the highest level. FYI, I talked these viewpoints at that time and even today.

    Hope that Tamil masses have the wisdom to understand.

Leave A Comment

Comments should not exceed 300 words. Embedding external links and writing in capital letters are discouraged. Commenting is automatically shut off on articles after 10 days and approval may take up to 24 hours. Please read our Comments Policy for further details. Your email address will not be published.