13 December, 2017

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Unite And Field A Common Candidate: An Open Letter To Opposition Parties

By Laksiri Fernando

Dr. Laksiri Fernando

Dr. Laksiri Fernando

To: United National Party (UNP), Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), Tamil National Alliance (TNA), Democratic Party (DP), Frontline Socialist Party (FLSP) and others.

According to reliable reports, President Mahinda Rajapaksa has decided to consult the Supreme Court regarding the possibility of calling for the next presidential election before 19 November this year (Colombo Page, 14 August 2014). The purpose is declared to be to hold the election before Pope Francis’ scheduled visit to Sri Lanka on 13 January 2015. But there can be other hidden agendas or motives.

It has to be admitted that the opposition is not well prepared for the forthcoming national election/s as the government does. The government is sure to utilize the full force of the state apparatus although that would be a blatant violation of the election laws of the country. This is also a predicament of the abolition of the 17th Amendment.

As you all would admit, President Rajapaksa does not have a moral right or a people’s mandate to contest for a third term. That is against the democratic norms accepted internationally. This is not something he declared at the 2010 election. The passage of the 18th Amendment was possible through the previous crossovers from the opposition ensured offering perks and privileges. Sri Lanka has degenerated into low depths of political corruption.

After the end of the war, the country had much hope and opportunity for peace and national unity. These have vanished into thin air as a result of short sighted policies of authoritarian rule installed to control all communities and pitting one against the other. As the past events have confirmed, the Rajapaksa regime does not believe in democracy, rule of law, independence of the judiciary or human rights. Most despicable is the family rule. All these deviations from democratic norms have been possible because of the presidential system and its unbridled strengthening.

All these are reasons why the opposition should unite and field a common candidate.

Sri Lanka entertains enormous economic opportunities for sustainable development given the Asian resurgence, particularly in India and China. Rajapaksa regime has exploited these opportunities mostly for the benefit of the family, friends and political coterie. If not for the lopsided policies, Sri Lanka could definitely achieve a double digit economic growth. The present economic benefits have not been shared with the poor or the remote provinces. There are so much of hidden economic grievances amongst the people.

No one is asking the parties in the opposition to form into a one party or respect the hegemony of one party. The strength of the opposition is its plurality of polices allowing the people to select their representatives depending on their policy preferences at a parliamentary election. In that respect, the future parliament could become a healthy institution allowing the major party or parties to form a viable and a vibrant government. UPFA policies have become stale and barren.

However, the presidential election is different. Sri Lanka is at cross roads. If the incumbent president is allowed to win again that would be the virtual end of democracy in the country. Political issues have thus become more crucial than the economic issues. What is required is democratic unity or unity for democracy.

It is a question of united we stand or divided we fall.

In recent times, a forceful civil society movement (National Movement for Social Justice – NMSJ) has emerged led by Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha to call for the abolition of the executive presidential system. It is well known that most of your political parties participated at their recent seminar and held talks with the NMSJ. It is true that the NMSJ wants the abolition of the EP system as the single issue. That might not be possible or advisable. There are other issues. The abolition of the EP system might not be that easy as they have put forward in their road map. Bu they have also called for a common candidate. That is entirely a rational call.

The NMSJ strategy is also limited to the presidential election. That is also not possible or desirable. There should be a common strategy for both elections.

If you all agree on the abolition of the executive presidency, as you have all declared, there is no point in your leaders contesting the presidency. Your leaders can contest the parliamentary elections jointly or separately. These are matters that you can discuss together and agree upon. However, what might be important is to put forward a common candidate for the presidential election. There should be a minimum platform agreed upon, for example, 10 point program.

You may appreciate that apart from the NMSJ movement for the abolition of the executive presidency, there have been several almost spontaneous civil society movements that have emerged in the past. One was the university teachers’ movement (FUTA) that demanded incremental 6% GDP allocation for education. Likewise, after the impeachment of the Chief Justice, lawyers came forward under the BASL banner to uphold the independence of the judiciary and rule of law. Although not yet crystalized into a movement, there is an urge on the part of the public servants to be independent and conduct their tasks without undue political interference.

There were several other movements, trade union and people’s demands. University students were clamouring to preserve free education. Journalists are still uneasy about the restricted media freedoms and threats. These and others could constitute a 10 point or 12 point program. Human rights also could constitute a central position. There should be a commitment to necessary devolution and to promote ethnic harmony in the country.

Promotion of a responsible business sector (Rathupaswela), unity to desist hate speech and violence (Aluthgma), and not to use the armed forces for social coercion (North) and preserve their professional dignity also could be highlighted. Even to pursue an active non-aligned foreign policy, and oppose the current fiasco, could be one of the program points.

Beyond the agreed minimum program, all parties should be able to campaign for their own policies and platforms. What is necessary is to avoid ‘dog-fights’ within the opposition.

The election campaigns should be educational, inspirational and should be able to mobilize and move people for electoral action. It is better to start them soon without procrastinating. If the campaigns are strong and motivating, there may be other parties in the government at present who would join. The parties could be welcomed but not the tainted individuals.

I am not going to discuss who might be the suitable common candidate. You may select that candidate from one of your political parties or from outside. If a person is selected from a political party he/she should resign from that party to show allegiance to all parties in the united front or the joint program. The person should be a credible one with strong political will.

Although the NMSJ has proposed a road map to abolish the presidency within six months it might not be possible. One year period might be more feasible and then there might be a possibility of even overhauling the whole constitution within that period. However, it is not my main point or appeal. My appeal is for you to get united as much as possible, talk to each other in a workable manner, and come to some understanding without delay.

When you select the common candidate, he/she should be a reliable person, not to run away with the presidency but to abolish it. At the same time he/she should be of a strong political will. Until the mission is accomplished, he/she should act as a nominal executive nevertheless forming a caretaker government after dissolving the existing parliament and dismissing the government. Of course he/she should follow the constitution. The executive powers should be on the reserve, in case if anybody, particularly the defeated regime tries any foul play.

From all my political science knowledge of over 45 years, defeating the regime and the president is feasible, if the opposition is united and united forcefully.

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    L.F.
    You are crying for the “forgotten man.” like the Ratwatte’s who showed the nationalisation with evil spirit and mostly the `rice from the bin` ala batala.

    You lefty guys have no one of class like Roosevelt.

    How did you come there – 2500 years ago in a alu porata baggage??
    Pakistani_healing_Dance PhD professors only added the pseudo pomp to Hindia’s naked fakir con.It takes long to be young.

    Thousands on the road in Pakistan opposition rally-
    Musharraf the man of the moment after 9/11 strikes back- he is back after a job well done US/UK./Chaddi Walla will only look for scarce Mallai for his Chai like his visa fiasco. He is no Marath Army.

    Keep walking in the ever emerging rule. Its works for the 3rd world attitude like Saudi Egypt now Thailand all due to the lefty mould .

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      This particular JAVI is born negative :(

      Just now I happened to read headlines

      http://www.ft.lk/2014/08/15/cope-can-observe-and-recommend-but-executive-must-act-d-e-w-gunasekera/

      As Dew Gun repeatedly points out – COPE can analyse all kind of corruptoins but Executive has to react… so the entire country should be very aware that the executive is run by an over corrupted personality today. He goes on his programs he always adds fuel to the prevailing lawless situation in the country. Today, no much evidicence are needed to make clear as to why the country is fallen to this levels. It is all because of the wisdomless, visionless nature of Rajapakshe way of administration. Neither locals ( many that stay silent) and foreigners hail his politicies.
      What more talks or explanations we need – bearing chairmanship for the commonwealth – MR is not allowed to visit UK soil because of the fact the tamil diasphora ( together with Sinhala diasphora) WOULD protest against his arrival.
      Even worst ist he situation for his visits to negibouring india. Not only tamils, but many other ethinic folks would become nervous of the MONSTER -MR.
      In the country only those who live on their bath packets or commissions seem to further promote Rajapakshes, no body else.
      Anyway with a little head will see it twice before supporting his goons this time in UWA province. That is becoming clear to anyone today.

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        Dirtball-

        “Every positive value has its price in negative terms… the genius of Einstein leads to Hiroshima.” Pablo Picasso

        Espania my homeland what the fu*ck has your shag-drop island produced except for world famous thieves.

        [Edited out]

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          Sadreality, Javi cannot take criticism, he responds with abuse when he loses the argument.

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            Yes Taraki the Turk,

            I dont masquerade nor mince my words ; it does not come in my pedigree to do that.
            worked hard to be what I am- I am I not anyone’s servant though I serve at my free will.How we think is – NURBS its too very mathematical for you conwriters – nothing is straight its only apparent. You cannot love and be wise.

            Live poor with a lots of hard earned money.

            The greatest happiness is the movement of the bowels.

            Its just that you passed the wrong motion.
            Better luck next time over lefty Turk.

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              Well there you see? I have proved my point. QED

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                Taraki @ Khyber pass,

                You never had a point like most social workers the grass root politicians.
                Developers see your profession as the time bomb of irrationality.
                you only solution can be impulsive which you cannot because you work for a werewolf syndicate.

                culpae poenae par esto – Let the punishment fit the crime!

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            Taraki
            July 29, 2014 at 9:38 pm
            Well said Ramona. Mark Siriwardene is an ignorant fool who knows nothing about Buddhism and even less about Christianity.
            ________
            July 29, 2014 at 11:46 pm :
            Javi: Taraki the Turk, Therefore Dr Smart was Booo out in the UK for trying to discuss Sharia Law. Goodman but sadly left with a wimp.
            ___________
            July 30, 2014 at 12:35 am
            Native Vedda : Taraki “Mark Siriwardene is an ignorant fool who knows nothing about Buddhism and even less about Christianity.” Political statements and rhetoric may be good for your ego but bad for your mind. Please tell us all you know about Buddha’s teaching. I suspect it won’t take more than three lines. How many of you really understand and live according to Buddha’s teaching and aware of an “unbroken inner light”
            __________
            Nigerians are known to Rob the identity of the dead to be in Europe. You have done this pan_Islamist Taraki??
            Why do you hit and run like a pervert always when you discuss as above:
            Have you drunk tainted milk from infancy??
            Idea!You know your blood relatives Genghis Khan : Putin is badly in need of pork but the Chinese are not in a position to supply all requirements- Why don’t you transport yourself and the styscraper that you operate from to please your blood??

            I observe very much but never spend time correcting others mistakes- its Spanish style Tic Tak.
            So if you need `cool constructive criticism` reply to NV, Amere or Kali they have the patience to kill a bird in its own setting.
            If you come my way you get the slang because to me you have proved beyond reasonable doubt that you are werewolf.
            I prefer folk like you to be the future soylent green because your kind produce like maggots. Now bosadeke laud ape mat anana ma chodhi (please give my greetings to others)
            You may have envied to see the Indian PM (15 Aug)at the red fort without the bullet proof- the popular elected secular man- in the lines of Swami Vivekananda who presented the east to the west.

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            Taraki:

            Javi cannot take anything as he is an alien and made of antimatter from outer space and allergic to anything earthly especially civilised humans like the DR.

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      Excellent points Prof. – joint opposition must name their candidte immediately and work to promote her!
      At this time I would say that either Chandrika Bandaranaiyake Kumaratunge or Sobitha Thero (better as the PATRON SAINT of the JOC) should be the joint opposition candidate.
      CBK has charisma will win the Sinhala votes, as well as the minorities and the SLFP old guard who are fed up with the Rajapaksa family and cronies power and money grab..
      The shameless loser and UNP dictator who cannot even UNITE his own party, the UNP, is totally unfit to unite a disparate opposition. Ranil’s claim is that he leads the UNP which he has effectively destroyed! Under NO circumstances can this moron Ranil with delusions of grandeur be the joint opposition candidate however much he tweets and claims to represent the UNP which he does NOT represent at all… Ranil is very much part of the problem of the Rajapaksa military dictatorship.
      Hope JVP, and SF and TNA will get together and name CBK as joint opposition candidate.

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      Good points Prof Laksiri!
      CBK or Sobitha Thero Should be the Joint opposition candidate. CBK ideally with Sobitha Thero as her patron would be able to take back the old SLFP from the dirty, criminal and corrupt Rajapaksa family military dictatorship.
      Ranil Wickramasinghe the shameless loser cannot win the Sinhala vote however much he tweets! He is a dictator in the UNP which he has destoryed. He has NO moral right to present himself as the joint opposition candidate since be is even unable to unite his own party, never mind the opposition with JVP, TNA, SF etc.
      CBK will be a great peace time president for making Sri Lanka once again an INCLUSIVE DEMOCRACY!

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      Javi you idiot:

      If the Dr who at least has some decency is a lefty what are you a PIG in the middle. Sihala Lanka of which you are a proud citizen is full of extremists like you 20 million to be exact.

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    Can a Sri Lankan with impeccable integrity be found as the common candidate to contest Mahinda? If the circumstances change after ousting Mahinda will not the person find excuses to continue in power?

    We mustn’t forget that Kasiappa plastered his father alive inside a wall to stay in power! That is part of Sinhalese history.

    Even if one is found will the all powerful military allow him to function?

    Sad to say that in all probability it is Mahinda who will win by hook or crook, and the mayhem will continue.

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      Laksiri Fernando,

      RE: Unite And Field A Common Candidate: An Open Letter To Opposition Parties

      The politicians are for their own self-interest.

      At least there are some good monks, who follow a Buddha Dhamma close to Buddha’s,

      One such monk is Ven. Sobitha Thero.

      He is the only candidate who can beat Mara or MaRa, the Devil.

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      Dead on Prof.! My vote is for CBK. CBK will get the Sinhala vote and the minorities and even the JVP might agree to support her.
      NEVER the shameless loser and clown Ranil..

      The UNP dictator Ranil cannot even unify his own party and has destroyed it.

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        ur living in Dodo land – chandrika will not get the Sinhala vote! she was so corrupt and did not even build a single road during her time! who in poor Sinhala villages will vote for her ?

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    .
    All politicians are corrupted….

    My vote is for Sangakkara.

    :-)

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      Croak_et Mudalali!

      How about another bout Gollywood??

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    I accept what you say, its true with unity you can change the regime. But all these parties specially minority parties without getting united , trying to contest on their own. Once Chandriks was able to form a government getting support of all the opposition parties. All should realize we need a change now, please get united for the sake of the country.

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    There is a saying that dont get a blind dog after you pass matara. hambantota crooks are thives, murdererers dogs. They should be wiped off from this island.

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      Seni Samara

      “They should be wiped off from this island.”

      What exactly did you mean?

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        I_slam SS, means `doormat` to the naked eye but not the nuclear watch dog.

        In the smoke they are planning to fall into the fire to end up as soylent green.

        where is your Lawrence of Arabia in high places??
        ofcourse this one should not be too very sensitive- just stick it out!!

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          Javi, You are so daft and cocky that probably no one understand wtf you are trying to imply. Don’t you realize the disconnect to topic and your meanderings. To me, you sound more like you need clinical help. You are explosively Islamophobic, and don’t even realize that?You must specially enjoy the dig when you fart through your mouth to satiate your orgasmic cravings. Don’t you even notice no one willing to take you on and also the thumbs down aggregate every time you shoot your scum? Such nonsense you espouse. Generally, I too would not touch you with a barge pole and would keep you at a distance to yourself, except that you bring in my religion – Islam into disrepute by slandering every time you decide to get critical. Don’t attack other religions willy nilly just because you don’t get it back in return with compounded interest. They are all more refined than you, you worthless piece of s..t.

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            “no one understand wtf you are trying to imply.”

            Evidently you are afraid of your shadow Pan_Islam.

            You have been outrageously thumming like the other 2 sihala, tamil so its 3 in 1 hole.

            Tip cut Islamist, In The Box, Nail The Lid [Whohoo ITBNTH]

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    Suggest select Mr. Wigneswaran, CM Northern province as the common presidential candidate to contest the current President. Why not? He is a man of impeccable integrity and honesty. a respected former supreme court judge and he is bilingual. He is politically educated enough to run a country and will be internationally accepted.
    though locally humiliated
    He will get 100% support from Tamils & Muslims all over the country
    and will get enough support from Singhalese people who do not toe the
    communal line and there are enough of them. They will not get on the platforms but show their consent by their vote. Sanga & Mahela are two great examples who understand what is co-existence . UNP should not contest for the sake of contesting as there will be other parties like JVP contesting and divide the votes. JVP under the new leader, today, is a party to reckon with as so far they have not raised any communal issues but talked mostly about development of Economy in the recent days.

    Jayalalitha CM Tamil Nadu could have become PM in a coalition if Mr. Modi did not get the required majority, so these things happen in other countries as well.

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      “Suggest select Mr. Wigneswaran, CM Northern province as the common presidential candidate to contest the current President. Why not? He is a man of impeccable integrity and honesty.”

      He is not suitable period. His integrity and Honesty is beyond question. A leader to govern a country need much more than that. You need a vision how do you want to see a nation. Like Mahathir Mohammed’s 2020!

      Can someone show his achievements as a leader? Nothing. Look at him with a huge ash on his forehead (vibhuthi) and a red colour circle. A leader should keep his faith and religion private.

      He made some idiotic comments recently. one of them, he mentioned that Hinduism is better than other religions because it has more gods!! What an idiotic comment a leader could make!

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        “You need a vision how do you want to see a nation. Like Mahathir Mohammed’s 2020! “

        Kitty out of the bag? Khyber Pass (@)

        Cha cha cha Tip cut try BBS special chastity belts F.O.B.
        for all paradeshis!

        Remember nalli cut author across the straits offspring is in power-
        M.M. had his ticked before he took the kallathoni.

        Thanks to LKY frre port & chinese or it would be another i_slam with untapped resources.

        “”I started off believing all men were equal. I now know that’s the most unlikely thing ever to have been, because millions of years have passed over evolution, people have scattered across the face of this earth, been isolated from each other, developed independently, had different intermixtures between races, peoples, climates, soils… I didn’t start off with that knowledge. But by observation, reading, watching, arguing, asking, and then bullying my way to the top, that is the conclusion I’ve come to.- Lee Kuan Yew, The Man & His Ideas, 1997
        “They (the Malay extremists) have triggered off something basic and fundamental. Malaysia — to whom does it belong? To Malaysians. But who are Malaysians? I hope I am, Mr Speaker, Sir. But sometimes, sitting in this chamber, I doubt whether I am allowed to be a Malaysian. This is the doubt that hangs over many minds, and the next contest, if this goes on, will be on very different lines.
        Lee Kuan Yew in the Parliament of Malaysia,1965.

        I have to speak candidly to be of value, but I do not want to offend the Muslim community… I think we were progressing very nicely until the surge of Islam came, and if you asked me for my observations, the other communities have easier integration – friends, inter-marriages and so on – than Muslims… I would say, today, we can integrate all religions and races, except Islam.
        from his book ‘Lee Kuan Yew: Hard Truths to Keep Singapore Going’

        Mathir had his cele_brain between his hind legs- 9/11 he trotted off like the kangaroos down under into unintended retirement..

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        Kabi

        “He made some idiotic comments recently. one of them, he mentioned that Hinduism is better than other religions because it has more gods!!”

        It is religious democracy in action. People are free to chose the way they want to organise themselves religiously, not following religious bigots. The pantheon of gods reflect the time, society, nature of production and economy, politics, etc. This is a general observation and I myself do not subscribe to the idea of personal god.

        I haven’t read his comment hence am withholding my comment on his comment.

        “You need a vision how do you want to see a nation.”

        Have you asked him what his vision would be for the people and the island? He might not be popular in this contemporary political culture so as to be elected president however the island lacks precisely what he stands for.

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          What I’m trying to say is a Leader should keep is religious identity/faith private. Each time when I happened to see a leader, I don’t want to be reminded his religious faith by looking at his forehead!

          In western world people do not identify their religion. It is one of the private topics. Most of the applications never ask a question about faith – except in hospitals.

          CW is not like you and me he is a public figure give speeches regularly. He used to give religious speeches at “Ramakrishna Mission” in Colombo. So do you think one has to ask him what is his vision for the country shouldn’t there be something for the country as whole in his speeches?

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    “The government is sure to utilize the full force of the state apparatus although that would be a blatant violation of the election laws of the country.”

    This is where we make mistakes. We should emphasize that the People’s Alliance/ SLFP uses people’s Money / Public money / Your money and Government Power to win elections. In Sri Lanka 90% people do not know their rights.

    I’m sure more than 90% of the people do not recognise that funds under the Government are their money/tax payers Money/public money. When a politician swindle tax payers’ money, people think ahhh it is Government money. They don’t realise where the money come from.

    If the people feel it is their money / their power, that is being swindled / misused, they will agitate against it. This awareness to the people, it is their money, it is their power that are being misused will wake up people against any corrupt authoritative government.

    One of the reasons why do people in Sri Lanka not realise that the public money / tax payer’s money is actually their money is due to the taxation system in Sri Lanka. All the people in Sri Lanka pay taxes but they do not recognise it. Because more than 90% of the tax revenues in Sri Lanka is from Indirect taxes imposed on goods and services (via excise duty, import duty and VAT. If the people pay most of these indirect taxes as Direct taxes (income tax) they will see how much they pay!! When it (tax payers’ money) is abused they would agitate against it.

    The awareness among the rural people with respect to;
    -tax payer’s money
    -peoples rights
    -peoples freedom
    -peoples privacy
    etc….
    will help citizens of Sri Lanka to exercise their franchise wisely in elections!

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    I endorse Prof.Laksiri’s call with the amendment- unite, forge a six year action plan including constitutional reform and field a common candidate for the presidency. We should have a national government of sorts which addresses the needs and concerns of all citizens and works on principles of good governance and democracy at least for five years to get us out of the 68 year old mess we have got into. This may give us the kick start we need very much.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

      Experience: The only source of knowledge is experience.

      SL Innovation: A person who never made a mistake, never tried anything new.

      Stupidity: Keep on keeping on beating up the constitution like a tinker over and over again expecting something different.

      [Of course I appreciate it’s because of your recurring disenchantment.]

      It’s better to have no constitution than have one for the rich and powerful
      to wriggle themselves out, the middle to pay and the poor to be chained.

      Kings don’t send their clothes to the laundry.

      Throw the chintz away.!

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      I do agree with Dr Rajasingham’s suggestion for a national (unity) government. A major element of that kind of a government would be the participation of the TNA. The following was what I said in one of my articles “Single Issue or Single Purpose with Many Issues” (CT, 5 July 2014), but I left it quite open in this Open Letter. https://www.colombotelegraph.com/?s=Laksiri+Fernando&x=9&y=6

      “After the parliamentary elections what could preferably be constituted is a National Unity Government for five years. That is the best. Otherwise the parties can go their own way and see who gets the majority. I completely understand and even appreciate that the policies of the respective political parties are diverse in respect of the economy as well as on the national question. That is the very reason why it should be a national unity government. There can be difficult negotiations, however those should be conducted in possible good faith.”

      I also don’t think that the JVP has to worry much about getting into a trap of a ‘bourgeoisie coalition’ like the UF in 1970 through which the old Left parties got decimated. Their participation can be symbolic, perhaps one or two ministries, if they wish. They can continue to raise the class and/or people’s issues while uniting with the others to strengthen democratic structures. They have done such things in the past like the 17th Amendment or ‘Parivasa’ (probationary) government and their contribution can be immensely important to resolve the national question and rectify democracy deficit.

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        Prof. Laksiri ,
        Thanks for you response to my comment. The UNP under the leadership of JRJ in 1977, had a ‘ Dharmishta’ manifesto that attracted wide support across the societal spectrum and ensured the party a 5/6th Majority in parliament. The SLFP and its coalition partners were decimated. There was something for everyone in the UNP manifesto that related to their problems, hopes and aspirations ,and experiences under the Sirimavo Bandaranaike government. This is the example to follow in formulating a election manifesto by a joint opposition, in the forthcoming national elections. MR cannot meet such a challenge, in the prevailing circumstances where every segment if a population is suffering from the effects of horrid governance.

        However , it should be ensured that the very opposite is not done after capturing power like JRJ – Yanki / Tricky Dick- did . What was supposed to be Dharmishta become the diametrically opposite Adharishta, from day one of his rule to its very end and laud the foundations for what has continued to this day.

        There is a lesson to learn from this part of our history.

        Dr.RN

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    I fully agree on the points that there should be a common candidate and a minimum program ( not a single issue) and possibly a period of one year rather than six months to change the constitution.

    Sengodan. M

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    Only Ranil should be the common candidate.

    Anyone else, we don’t vote.

    Ranil is the most experienced and most minority friendly leader. We want Ranil.

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      Best Wishes for a pleasant future.
      Remember you vote for quality of life so that you can interact with the rest of the world as fellows.

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    Kabi,

    Mr. Wigneswaran as a leader, he cannot prove his capabilities as he is blocked from all 4 corners. even the Secretary, who comes from
    SLAS does not cooperate with him. One need not be a Mandela or a Ghandi
    to be the President of a country. First and foremost he or she should
    understand the country’s constitution very well and should ensure no violations and the rest depends on PR with the local politicians, bureaucrats and leaders of other countries and follow the path of democracy.

    With regards to his dress code, he is the CM of the North where the
    Tamils live and their dress code is what Mr. Wigi follows. This has nothing to do with his religion or faith as this is the national dress of the Tamils for decades. I am sure you have seen how the African leaders wear and these dresses have a meaning. He will certainly will not wear the same dress if he becomes the president.

    You probably misunderstood what he said about the Hindu religion. he would have said that Hinduism is a better religion because there is no politics involved in it and Hindus were not forced to join the religion like what Christianity did in the recent past and references made to many gods meant Hinduism is one of the oldest religion as you know and each God represented, some aspects of the religion as there were no scripts nor speeches at that time,to explain the religion to the people. I am talking about the period 4000 to 5000 years ago. Mahabharatha & Ramayana are not about Hindu religion but about wars the Hindus conducted. so Kabi, one’s capabilities should not be judged by the way one dresses. Mahathma Ghandi is an example.

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      NO RELIGION IS BETTER AND NONE IS THE BEST – KABI

      “With regards to his dress code, he is the CM of the North where the Tamils live and their dress code is what Mr. Wigi follows.”

      – I did not comment about his dress code the cultural dress of his choice. What I commented was the Vipoothi and Kungumam in his forehead which portrays his religious identity or his faith.

      I agree one’s capability should not be judged by appearance or the way dress – I did not commend about that!

      “Mahabharatha & Ramayana are not about Hindu religion but about wars the Hindus conducted”

      – Ramayana could be a myth but it is about a war between North Indians and South Indians. Isn’t Rama a god for Hindus?

      “Hindus were not forced to join the religion like what Christianity did in the recent past”

      – Hindus can’t force others to join their religion because a hindu is born and cannot become a hindu after birth! A Hindu must have a caste to be hindu and the caste is determined at birth!!

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        “Hindus can’t force others to …………….and the caste is determined by birth”

        This is not true. There are people from other religions who became Hindus. There is no compulsion to have baptism or similar ritual like other religions to be a convert. To me Hinduism is more democratic than other religions. Some people interpret Hinduism the way they want to suit their agenda for selfish reasons.

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    BBS Ghanasara would be good enough to contest as common candidate.

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    Dear Professor

    You are right.
    In India BJP won because finally they agreed on Modi. BJP elite at the beginning didn’t want to promote Modi. But wisdom prevailed.
    Similarly without a common candidate you will ensure Rajapakse victory for another term.

    Even with a common candidate it is going to be very challenging. The army under Major General Prasad Samarasinghe will ensure that Rajapakse wins again. All these people with ordinary backgrounds have become billionaires through unjust enrichment- bribery and corruption at mega level. They know what will happen to them if there is a regime change. They have already planned and they know how to win the elections with intimidation and rigging.

    Again in the final analysis no common candidate means no regime change at least for another six years!

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    In the EP election, Tamils have a say. They should not give it out the way they gave out the section 29 of the Soulbury constitution.

    “As you all would admit, President Rajapaksa does not have a moral right or a people’s mandate to contest for a third term.” King never had the legal standing to contest in an election. He is accused of having hand on killing his friends and girls. Sarath N. de.Silva said, he is the one appointed King to that post,by knocking down the legal problems. To do that, Chandrika’s one year period was cancelled by that Rogue Justice. He is worse than Mohan Peiris. So what is the point of taking about the third term?

    “This is not something he declared at the 2010 election.” I am not sure if the constitution is clear on that. Then why he has to declare that in the previous election?

    “The passage of the 18th Amendment was possible through the previous crossovers from the opposition ensured offering perks and privileges.” That is a faulty argument. JR had different rules to change party. Those are no longer there. Now new ones are there, more suitable for the new rulers. (There is no real ethics in Lanka for that issue). There is nowhere said one should not cross party. If one crosses the party it could have been met at the court that time. (Now, of cause, a different situation prevails in the courts.) Further, the crossed ones hated Ranil’s religion rather than liking King’s Money.That why they went to SLFP to support against Tamils and Muslims. Same way, Mangala has come to UNP. Mangala paid the commission to LTTE to win the first election. That is the one, actually, an illegal election and should have declared null and void. This one is being conducted under properly passed 18th amendment. (This is first time I have read a statement claiming that 18th amendment not passed with proper legal procedures. That is not true.) There are no democratic conventions say that party crossed MP’s should not vote for constitution amendments. Third term is a prize given to King for wiping out the Tamils. So UNP never was unwilling to vote for that kind of situations. For example, UNP did not vote against the impeachment of CJ because she was angry with Royal Government for her Husband’s Bank dealings or not, gave judgment against the Royal government when it wanted make the 13th amendment useless. UNP knows that the government is holding her on very good point (13th has to abandoned because India forced on JR, the monkey’s uncle), so it said the government should be allowed to dismiss her. When did UNP not wanted to reward a person to destroy Tamils ot did not wanted to punish a person for having supported to Tamils? Then why the party crossing is coming here?

    “After the end of the war, the country had much hope and opportunity for peace and national unity.” After the war crime, genocidal war, after more than 150,000 Tamils were killed, Sinhalese thought they have controlled the Tamils once and for ever. But From a war that was conducted sending out the NGO and UN, the Tamils did not even dream about peace or reconciliation.

    After genocidal the war “authoritarian rule installed to control all communities and pitting one against the other” is not fully correct. After freedom, DS installed that on Tamils by disenfranchising them. That mean Tamils should have asked for a common candidate to remove Prime Minister –ship (or the position) from the Soulbury Constitution in 1948. But, they (SJV) went on a different path (and asked for federal government). So no point in, now, they returning back and ask or support for common candidate to remove EP.

    “As the past events have confirmed, the Rajapaksa regime does not believe in democracy, rule of law, independence of the judiciary or human rights. Most despicable is the family rule. All these deviations from democratic norms have been possible because of the presidential system and its unbridled strengthening.” DS Senanayake, Bandaranayake, Srimavo, they all did all of these. These are not unique to the King. Premadasa was even above the King on these. LTTE brought the relief for Sinhalese that time. Now, LTTE is gone. So it has to be a decision of the Sinhalese; Tamils have nothing on this.

    “Sri Lanka entertains enormous economic opportunities for sustainable development given the Asian resurgence, particularly in India and China. Rajapaksa regime has exploited these opportunities mostly for the benefit of the family, friends and political coterie. If not for the lopsided policies, Sri Lanka could definitely achieve a double digit economic growth. The present economic benefits have not been shared with the poor or the remote provinces. There are so much of hidden economic grievances amongst the people.” This is not true. After World War II, Lanka was ahead of almost all Asian counties. Lanka formulated the Colombo plan to develop the war torn countries. Then Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, Korea, Malaysia, India, China, Indonesia, India……. all has gone above Lanka. Sri Lanka lost its freedom under JR. He wanted Japan to get out of war and develop under Colombo plan, but the Lankan to go down on fighting for ever. He told Tamils if they want war they can have it. This is not just King’s fault.

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    “.. very opposite is not done after capturing power like JRJ – Yanki / Tricky Dick- did . What was supposed to be Dharmishta become the diametrically opposite Adharishta, from day one of his rule to its very end and laud the foundations for what has continued to this day.”

    IF MR looses the PE would he not be tempted to follow this road:-

    Say, effecting a Regime change of a different sort – MR has
    to be credited with a hidden plan. He has Army camps in 26 Districts
    and can “arrange” for a Coup when suitable, with CJ who will be ruling that under the prevailing threat to Sovereignty by UN and IC, the current National Leaders will continue until the Army releases its grip – like accepted in some other Countries. MR has had tuition from Burma in the May 2009 visit? Racial controls are in place like in Burma even with CW Membership. Thanks to a Sharma.

    MRs friend ex CJ S.Silva has been probably told to release his interpretation of MR not doing the 3rd round in the Ring – pre drama of the Coup scene in making? Isint the appointment for the 1st time a
    Chinese Defence Attache to its Embassy an indicator? Did India move in Paki, B-desh Dictatorships?

    The active Army Officers seconded under MEA have been given a luxurious rest-period and are kept to be summoned to manage the “Coup” in the next stage of “Governance”. They have Files connected to war-crimes. Sanctions are nothing to the Royal family. All Dayan/Rajiva types will be paid Consultant fees to keep silent and manage propaganda. Media will be under strict Army censorship. Supporting Media firms will in return be paid heavily with Advt. costs so that they don’t close down.

    The Sinhala intellectuals in the Legal/Medical/Health sectors will just hang-out, as now, some taking wings reading this insight(?) as one possibility. Anti MR TU Leaders will all be bought-over with hidden Chinese funds. Henchmen and cohorts will happily continue for a decade at least. All politicians making a noise( like Mangala) will be taken-in under the PTA by the Dist. Army camps for long-term questioning. NP is already under Chandrasiri & Douglas – a successful trial. Awaiting the correct time, even astrologically, is MR forte. If China can have its own
    Dictator here, like in Burma it will be a 50% Geo-politic success with its new Naval-Air Base in Trincomalee. J.Kerry visit is all for Hippocratic reasons.

    If this fertile imagination is good – will it come into play? Lets wait and see. A long haul.

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    Dr.Fernando,

    I have read your Article with interest and would comment as follows.
    The Messenger is important but the Message is even more important.
    No one either delivers the message better than MR. It is more of the same if you stick with me and it is not time for change as the task ahead is unfinished.

    The Task is as follows.

    1) Subjugation of Tamils.
    2) Colonisation under the pretext of re mergence of the LTTE.
    3) Rule by deceit and put down any dissent ruthlessly.

    It is a question of united we stand or divided we fall. But for the long suffering Tamils it is ” Divided as a Nation within a Nation we STAND United under one roof we FALL”. So the term Common Candidate is an alien language to us.
    There is a saying in Tamil ” Neeluk iraicha neer vaikal vali odi pullukum anke posiyumam” which means that water used to irrigate Rice Crop will also seep into grass and be of benefit.
    So any change at the top might bring some benefit to the Tamils and change their fortune but there is no Guarantee.

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    Laksiri Fernando the Professario, the common candidate is already lost in the melee.
    Can you locate him ?

    How about Thondamannar for a common candidate ? Anyway, the common candidate will be on the loosing side…….
    Np love lost. I will be also a also ran unless you the Prof want to come forward.

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    Common candidate should be someone with the stature of late minister Kadiragamar. unfortunately for SL they don’t make them anymore! Rev Sobitha is most unsuitable as a Buddhist priest he shld not contest, and will not get sufficient votes.

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    Dr.Laksiri Fernando.(LF).Sorry to say that you are off the target.There are number ifs in the concept of the Common Candidate with a single issue.
    The first – will the person who is elected honour his promise? With Rev Sobitha another question arises.Historically the the cadre of the priests have attempted to grab power over the state.France under under Cardinals Richeliue and Mazarin are clear cut examples, in the recent history we have the Ayathullahs of Iran.Sri Lankan history is replete with stories of attempts by the Buddhist Priests to usurp the power of the King, out of many examples the attempt on the life of Rajasinghe of Seetawaka is well recorded.What guarantee do we have that Rev Sobitha will not be forced by the militaristic Buddhist priests and the colleges of Buddhist civilians who believe in a all Buddhist nation with every body worshipping the priests and going to the temple, will not force Rev Sobitha to tow their line.

    The second problem is that Rev Sobitha’s camp is talking about a Single issue – abolishing the Executive Presidency (EP).This is like giving a child a piece chocolate.It is only a palliative that will last as long as the “chocolate will last in the mouth”.The EP is no longer one item that can be isolated. It is tied up with many more issues.Too long to be listed, but one item can be mentioned,the economy of the country and investment by the govt.Many talk about law and order,governance etc etc.They are the other problems that have to be solved.However I consider the economy will be the driving force to correct others.

    Let us now consider the scenario, if Rev Sobitha wins the Presidential election, abolishes the EP and vacates the Presidency, with an apolitical person filling the post of the President.

    In such a scenario a new constitution will have to be written, with the concurrence of all the political parties and the other pressure groups.Who in his right senses will believe that a new constitution can be formulated with the consensus of all within a another six months, one year,two years,taking into consideration of the divisive nature of our society.If any body think that it is a possibility, he should be examined by a psychiatrist.

    The 1978 constitution had become the bug bear of all. According to my reasoning the problem started with the 1972 constitution.It laid the foundation to all the divisive tendencies of our society,it was the source of all discrimination against all those who are not with the governing party,it was the source of dictatorial tendency among the rulers.It was the source of perversion of parliamentary democracy.It was the source of interference with the police and the judiciary the taxation system and the public administration and the ethics of governance.

    Any solution to our current problems have to go beyond the 1978 constitution and include even the 1972 constitution.

    The so called 1972 and the 1978 constitutions were not ethical,not popularly accepted and perversions of parliamentary democracy.These two were not subject to the will of the people, rather were imposed on the people.The When the 1978 constitution was imposed on us,the opposition realised the short comings they objected to minor short comings but never protested against the lack of ethics and the perversion of the parliamentary democracy – they could not because they have indulged in a similar exercise six years earlier.

    The only solution is to revert to the Soulbury constitution, which was accepted by the society at large,may be due to the fact that it was accompanied by Independence, but it remains the only constitution which the people accepted.It was the only constitution which will offer a somewhat palliative to the problems of religious and racial minorities.It could be a good start.That could be upgraded eventually, with time and if possible with total consensus.

    On such a basis, I believe as Mr Victor Ivan had stated , it is possible to unite the electorate.

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