3 July, 2022

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Weakening The Center Through Covert Federalism: Reading Sampanthan’s Spin 

By Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

What Mr. Sampanthan did not say in Matara recently was as important as what he did say. What he said was as follows:

“…This Constitution is going to be framed one with the framework of a united, undivided and indivisible Sri Lanka…We do not want this country to be divided. But the people want power to be devolved within the regions. The power that is required to maintain the unity and territorial integrity of the country, Defence, the Army, Navy and the Air Force will be under the control of the Central Government. Foreign Affairs Currency and Finance, Immigration and Emigration to be under the central government. These powers need to be kept at the Centre to ensure the unity and the indivisibility of the country.

Other powers will be devolved…The Southern Province will have their Provincial Council with enhanced powers. The Sabaragamuwa, Central Province will have their Provincial regions with extraneous enhanced powers. Similarly the North, East and Central Provinces will have their own areas with enhanced powers.”

Now not only does Mr. Sampanthan entirely avoid the use of the term unitary, what he does lay out is a perfect description of a federal constitution.

In the first place in a unitary system there is no “Central government”; there is one Government which devolved power to the peripheral units. When Chief Minister Vardarajaperumal took out advertisements in the newspaper bearing the line “North Eastern Provincial Government’, President Premadasa and Ranjan Wijeratne made clear, with no small degree of vehemence, that while there may be provincial administrations, there are no provincial governments and a central government.

In the second place though Mr. Sampanthan uses the term in his speech, there are no “regions” in Sri Lanka.

In the third place, the equation set out by Mr. Sampanthan, in which the “center’ is limited to keeping the country together by wielding powers which relate to the country’s interaction with the rest of the world, while all other powers are devolved, is a definition of a federal, or more correctly, quasi-federal system.

Now the problem with all this is twofold. Firstly, the Tamil people already have an arrangement of this sort. That is in Tamil Nadu. There is no logic by which an ethnic community should enjoy the same degree of autonomy on a small island that it does on a vast subcontinent. There is also no logic by which an ethnic community which is one and half million strong in two border regions of a small island should enjoy the same quasi-federal powers that eighty million Tamils enjoy in Tamil Nadu.

Secondly, the island of Sri Lanka has only one neighbor and that’s to its north. The North of Sri Lanka with a million Tamils is only 18 miles away from Tamil Nadu which has 80 million ethnic Tamils. The Southern two thirds of Sri Lanka has no neighbors, no co-ethnics, no adjacent co-religionists, and no speakers of the same language.

Thus it is geopolitically unaffordable, and actually dangerous for the Tamils of Sri Lanka to have the same political power as the Tamils of India. What Mr. Sampanthan proposes is a second Tamil nadu on the soil of the small island of Sri Lanka. This is not merely unacceptable, it poses a deadly existential danger.

None of this means that there should be no devolution of power or that such devolution should be to small units such as districts. That may be the stance of Sinhala chauvinists or ultranationalists but I am not one of them. I am a Realist.

As such, I would maintain two basic points: (a) that the Tamils of Sri Lanka having a distinct collective identity, should have a quantum of devolved power that is significantly lower than that possessed by the Tamils of India i.e. in Tamil Nadu next door and that (b) the Sinhalese of Sri Lanka being a unique collective located on a small island with only a single enormous neighbor on the southern tip of which are coethnics of those on this island’s northern tip, require state and political guarantees against being swallowed up by irredentism and osmosis.

Thus the Tamils of Sri Lanka should not enjoy quasi-federal powers while the Sinhalese and the integrity of the island as a whole require a frankly unitary state system in form and content.

Consequently the Tamils of Sri Lanka should be devolved such power that yields provincial autonomy within an explicitly unitary state. Concretely this translates into negotiations for Constitutional reform on the basis of the existing 13th amendment and building upon, but not going beyond it.

The bottom line is that the geopolitical realities faced by the Sinhalese, including their exceptional collective situation and consequently exceptional vulnerability, require a strong state with a strong center i.e. precisely a unitary state. At the heart of Mr. Sampanthan’s perspective is a weak state with a weak center. The TNA, the Tamil diaspora and the UNP are striving to weaken the very heart of the Sri Lankan state.

This means there is a fundamental, antagonistic contradiction (to use Mao’s terminology) between the project of Tamil nationalism and the strategic and existential needs of the Sri Lankan state and the unique majority on this island (or the majority uniquely located on this island). There is a fundamental, antagonistic contradiction between the Constitutional agenda of Tamil nationalism and that of its internal and external political supporters on the one hand, and the Sri Lankan national interest and its core strategic and security interests, on the other.

Most concretely this means that if the new, covertly federal constitution is along the lines that Mr. Sampanthan laid out in Matara, a sustained campaign must be launched to block it in the Supreme Court and push it to a referendum and defeat it soundly.

The lesson of political history is that if we wait for the new covertly federal constitution to be unveiled it will already be too late to prepare to defeat it. The Joint Opposition must immediately launch a new powerful new movement to which all communities and political persuasions including UNPers can subscribe; a movement which can generate a protest vote as did the brexit campaign, a National Movement for the Defense of the Unitary State – Ekeeya Rajjya Surakeemey Jathika (or “Mahajana” or “Puravesi”) Vyaparaya.

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    My Dear Dr. Dayan:

    “Most concretely this means that if the new, covertly federal constitution is along the lines that Mr. Sampanthan laid out in Matara, a sustained campaign must be launched to block it in the Supreme Court and push it to a referendum and defeat it soundly.”

    What you are proposing are purely political means and actions that are – repeat are – sanctioned by Sri Lankan law and our constitution. Of course your detractors will not give it any credence. However it is an honorable course of action, and our political human right. That, however is not the problem.

    The act of a referendum will settle the matter at least for a few years, I am for it, however given the climate of the last referendum, and the political party that was in place the last time, can we trust that a free and fair referendum will be held?

    Can we also be sure, given the political skulduggery that has taken place in these short months, with broken promises and an attempt to put in place an unconstitutional 19th amendment that the Supreme Court supremely silenced, that the new constitution is what we the people of Sri Lanka need, and not to please on group or another, both local and abroad?

    These are my concerns. Of course the acid test is to implement a new constitution and see if it benefits everyone. An arrangement that benefited everyone has been elusive, to say the least, in our recent history since 1947.

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      Dude DJ: Chill out. set a better example, and please stop prating on an on..
      we need to move forward beyond this tedious argument and not doubt as Eliot wrote:

      there will be time, there will be time
      to murder and create
      before the taking of toast and tea

      In the room the women come and go
      Talking of Micheal Angelo!

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      You are a racist, and not a realist DJ!
      You are a racist demagog like Goon Gota@

      You are not even a good political analyst because political analysis is strategic and pragmatic… the art of the possible that balances BOTH or ALL sides demands!

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        What a doddering racism fool like the leftists Dayan founder of a Sinhala Buddhist racist National Movement for the Defense of the Unitary State – Ekeeya Rajjya Surakeemey Jathika (or “Mahajana” or “Puravesi”) Vyaparaya.. is turning out to be,

        Dew, Vasu, and the other clown have company and competition, long live the dead racist left!

    • 9
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      Dayan (De Silva) Jayatilleka alias Mahinda Putra

      Please let me die in peace-not in pieces.

      I did not read your write up and your photo gave me a jerk to respond.

      How is your uncle Neville? Is is still getting medical treatment for his gastritis?

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        My theory in the days of his upbringing, he should have drunk something else than MUTTER MILK – human mother milk to behave so. In a coutry we all faced all the downs due to long held war for 30 long years.We the majority s intolerance have costed it we have to admiit it today. Actually the politicians though got elected played their kind of politics not doing the due.
        Even today, if we further add our thought to widen the gap between the majoritarians and minoritarians – to me who ever heor she has been an enemy to our nation.

        Dayan Jayathilaka, Burupala, and a large set of commentators not forgetting that Malinda are all enemies to our nation.

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          Leelawathie

          This Dayan is a pseudo intellectual male prostitute, prostituting beyond limits.

          He sold his birth identity/heritage from De Silva to Jayatilleke. He is a good for nothing pompous who will not hesitate to sell Sri Lanka for a peanut.

          Mee Harakas needs to be handled in Mee Haraka sense. They are not cuddly bunnies. Get hold of Mee Harakas balls and its horns will be disabled.

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      New Vanguard

      Please read the following before you start knocking your keyboard:

      Reggie Siriwardena, writing in the Lanka Guardian in 1979, posed a question which was one of the most crucial of the decade and provides a window on our culture. “Why is there no Buddhist liberation theology?

      Excerpt:

      …..

      We too have to make a total critique of the ideological complex that is ethno-religious chauvinism in our society, this critique is nothing less than a total cultural critique. But of course all this must go hand in hand with political strategy and praxis. (That is the example of Gramsci, whose project which too many conveniently forget, was the achievement of proletarian hegemony.)

      In Sri Lanka however, such strategizing comes up against a massive ‘absence’: we have no liberal oppostional bourgeoisie to unite with.

      …..
      ….

      Many other Third World countries have produced Marxists who have made contributions to Marxian and radical thought on a world scale. ………………….
      ….
      …..

      Sri Lanka despite it’s high level of literacy has somehow failed to do so. My tentative conclusion is that this is due to

      1. the nature of our pre-colonial and pre-capitalist culture and
      2. the degree and extent of our colonization process.

      Either one must have a high culture which can resist or enter into a fruitful interaction with the colonial culture (the Indian achievement) or one must have had a culture which was wiped out so no one is left with any pretensions (the Caribbean case). We however, did not get totally assimilated or have to start from scratch. Nor did we have great culture to base our resistance (China, Vietnam, India). If we fell into the latter category, we could have negotiated from a position of equality with other cultures and traditions. However we have this illusion, this false consciousness of continuing to have unbroken and uninterrupted, a ‘great tradition’ or ‘high culture’. So fall between two stools.

      ……
      ……

      In July 1983 one wondered why our society had not produced an anti-racist or peace movement as in USA or even Israel. One tentative answer was that we had an unfree media. If the Sinhala people really knew one thought, they would be behaving differently. Later one realised that, while true, this was not the whole truth. Even in the absence of censorship, the editors and journalists were putting across only one side of the story. So the problem then was one of racism and consequent self-censorship rather than one of the big bad capitalist state! This brought up the question of the class character of chauvinism. Was it bourgeois or petite bourgeois? The problem is that petite bourgeois chauvinism is sometimes not only non capitalist but also anti capitalist. …….

      ……

      Guess who typed this gibberish?

      None other than Dayan himself, the public racist, war monger par excellence, and the war crime denier.

      Would you believe Dayan typed this piece of gibberish in 1989?

      This appeared in Lanka Guardian Vol 12 No 8, 15 August 1989. This issue is accessible on net.

      Using Marx’s

  • 14
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    You yourself once said, if people or communities are against us, we still have to stay in contacts with them through any possible discussions. Now with TNA being ready to do so, why not you the kind of KNow all NATURES be away from the process. That can only allow ultral nationalistic sentiments of the society to rise up and harm the achieving steps to the aim.

    DJ is a manwho is no second to Mahinda Pala from Austrlia. Both article writes of similar kind have much in common than with any moderate ones that are ready to open for discussions considering the wishes of those minroities. THis is a country for all – not just for SINHALES ultra nationlists. I am very sad when thinking about our sinhalese community. Even after 30 year war.. they are still so radical with their thoughts.

    As one who feels federalism or any solutions go near to that can generate a peace state for all, I respect Switzerland s and Germany models than anyone elses.

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      Unfortunately the Bill of Human rights gives us all the right of conscience, association and assembly. Each community has its own aspirations and views. So does Dr. Dayan J, and his views are totally permissible by that standard, even encouraged. What he has suggested is within the law and in the spirit of democracy.

      “Article 19.

      Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.

      However a case can be made that it is neither Sinhala Nationalism, nor Tamil Nationalism, nor even Sinhala Buddhism that has been our undoing but the inability of our political leaders to tread the tightrope between fairness and chauvanism, to keep the peace and to unity between our many ethnic groups.

      I quote article 18 here, however could Dr. Dayan convince former President Rajakapaksa to enshrine the entire declaration as a basis for his new party? We could then give him a second chance.

      Article 1,3 and 5 are a good start: ( to reassure those who did not vote for him last time)

      Article 1.

      All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

      Article 3.

      Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.

      Article 5.

      No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment

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      No Sam,

      They the ones in power today dont like DJ profile.

      Recently, DJ had added his thoughts that no invitation are sent to him for any discussions except one single occassion. There too, DJ behaved as if he is the HEAD OF STATE, with President Sirisena taking part there.

      These MAMA THAMAI miniha NATURE cant help DJ or anyone further. Basta

      So, let him be part and parcel of Joint Opposition led by Mahinda Jarapakshe

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        I think these are psychological problems of these guys.

        THey overestimate their abilities and add their statements in public. This is very unique to srilankens under the guide lines of former regime.

        This reminded me the manner Wimal Buruwanse verbally attacked Mr Sirisena going beyond all ETHICAL and MORAL limitations. I am refering that AIYO SIRISENA wording… remember ? For me, even if I live not in SL but I was very embassaracey looking at the scences, since tthen leaders allowed the like attacks to be promoted. As if the country s law and order was no longer there.

        Even in the US, you would not attack the rival candidate in that manner. These men under previous regime abused it going beyond all norms.

        Ditta dammawedaneeya seems to be focusing on them today – not at all a political revenge.

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      As one who feels federalism or any solutions go near to that can generate a peace state for all, I respect Switzerland s and Germany models than anyone elses.

      Tamils are funny.

      What have they got over 10% of thelugu people in Tamilnadu ?

      Nothing ?

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    The movement of Ceylonese Nationalism, if there was such a thing, served to break free of the British Colonial masters, with the unspoken assumption that such an arrangement, as a colony, was that of an opressor and the opressed, one of a visibly foreign race ruling over a majority native and exploiting its land for commerce, establishing military bases and commercial bases.

    So is Tamil nationalism the similar? I only ask a question, then whether the Sinhala Buddhist government is equated to British Colonial rule? This question needs to be answered – how do the ethnic groups see themselves and describe their history? There seems to be much confusion, which clouds the issue.

    Why devolution? Is it for economic parity, for better distribution of wealth or is it something more? The request for return of lands, removing army camps, objecting to Buddha statues all point to a independance in spirit if not in name, why?

    It seems to be an attempt to overthrow the Sinhala colonial masters and take back their land to do whatever they see fit, of course I could be wrong.

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    >
    > That may be the stance of Sinhala chauvinists or ultranationalists but I am
    > not one of them. I am a Realist.
    >

    Surely, that is for us to judge by reading your writings and observing the opportunistic political alliances you formed over a period of time!

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      These men have been disappeared their ultra nationatlistc thoughts, But I wonder why post graduates such as DJ to follow the same path as is village rotten uneducated fellows ?

      I have heard those village folks saying – that federalism or devolution of power is almost like giving the country to them. These are due to their education levels. But there are also a significant fraction led by DJ or the like men – even if they are University educated behave like above mentioned village folks. Why ?

      In srilaka, we dont have a media that feed the village folks with facts but facts about almost everything. University professors that have clean unbiased thoughts have no chance to discuss the issues yet inthe country. Since there are fears in mind sets that really want to discuss the issues.

      This culture contiues … today some sort of freedom is achieved in media flows – but there are still powerful PRESS men continue their NATIONALISTc THOUGHTS.

      Daily mirrors promoting that ARTICLE OF MALINDA SENVIRATNE is a mistake to my eye. Becasue their like the case for CT readers, you cant add your thoughts to it. But DM continues it. These men are the wild kraut of everything.

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    Wake up DJ. The TNA has been asking for Federal setup, and its not secret or covert. Read their manifesto. Your racist mindset will never allow you to give the Tamils any bit of their rights.

    But, maybe, You may be right, maybe you should promote slavery and make the Tamils slaves, that may content your heart.

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    Sampanthan’s speeach was very clear and very informative and it is the formula that was accepted by most of the Sinhalese leaders time and time again.Even, Dayan accepted that formula and accepted a ministerial post in the NorthEast Provincial Govt. This is the same as Mahinda promised to UN Secretary as well.
    Time and Time again political opportunism played its race guard to block this formula implemented. This goes from JRJ to Mahinda. The result was bloodbath in the soil, destruction of economy and the poor among both sinhalese and Tamil continue to suffer while the same ruling powers enjoy all the benefits. Who are these soldiers who lost their lives and lost their livelihood. It is not Mahinda’s son and daughters or it is not the sons and daughters of Dayan. It is the poor sinhalese. If you look at the people continue to suffer are the poor Sinhalese. They were poor and they remain poor.

    “Tamil people already have an arrangement of this sort. That is in Tamil Nadu. There is no logic by which an ethnic community should enjoy the same degree of autonomy on a small island that it does on a vast subcontinent. There is also no logic by which an ethnic community which is one and half million strong in two border regions of a small island should enjoy the same quasi-federal powers that eighty million Tamils enjoy in Tamil Nadu.”

    This argument is venom of those are against equality. Tamils are not asking their rights because Tamils in the Tamil Nadu have it. They ask for it because they have problems in Srilanka. The 1958, 1977, 1983 riots did not happen in Tamil Nadu. The burning of Library did not happen in Tamil Nadu. Sinhala onlt act did not happen in Tamil Nadu. All this happened to Tamil sin SriLanka. We Tamils want to live equal as Sinhalese in this land. We Tamils belong to tis island not to India.

    Tamil Nadu belongs to India. It is not sepearate state. India is the neighboring country. Itis divided by sea. Both Sea borders are controlled by Srilanka and India not by Tamil Nadu nor North East. This 18 miles difference is not created now. King Vijayan invaded to this island through this waters. King Elara invaded throughthis water. Portugese, Dutch, British all invaded through the water surrounded by this island. the origins Veddah’s or late arrivals Vijan or Elara families could not stop the invasion. Why JRJ or Mahinda or Maithiri could not stop Indians or Chinese or US entering this island.

    People have realised the truth. People understand the opportunistc blood thirsty people like Dayan. They want power & blood of poor. Enough is enough.

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      While I do not agree that Dayan is venemous – he is expressing his views like Mr. Sambandan. To state so is to misunderstand him and to damage reconcilliation.

      I do agree with the statement, however:

      “Time and Time again political opportunism played its race guard to block this formula implemented. This goes from JRJ to Mahinda”

      What do we do about this? How about patience? For me the issue is violence, not justice. If there is no violence, I believe some form of justice of devolution will come. It is regrettable that we cannot have unity in this country but then it is the peoples fault for causing troubles in the past.

      The issue is in the way it is done – the roadmap must not fuel violence, and must be acceptable to all parties, is this possible?

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        I don’t understand what do you mean by violence, not justice. If there is justice, there won’t be any violence. Devolution is already there but the problem is implementation. The problem of implementation is due to political opportunism. That is what Dayan is doing as part of Joint Opposition. The question is how to stop political opportunism?

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    As usual, Dayan has tickle the Tamil chauvinists. Crisply.

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      As usual Dayan has been at his usual game – Rabble rousing – just second to your brother that Ponnapla from Australia WE ARE ASHAMED::

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      max the moron

      “As usual, Dayan has tickle the Tamil chauvinists. Crisply.”

      On the other hand, he needs a job desperately. Either one has to be above average to find a job or demonstrate how true patriot one is by being a loud mouth public racist.

      You know what I mean.

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        NATIVE, one thing is for sure. This guy Dayan Silva can never again be a diplomat.

        He will also be remembered as one who was, only during the Rajapasse times when anything went if they had the right overtones.

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          That is what we call

          ” maluwa nasinne kata nisa”. He has cut his neck by his own.

          Not to his person, anyone that should have gone through the way he has been. should have some sort of collected knowledge, but some guys to call him as SENIOR VETERAN – .. I have to think twice before calling him that way… He is not even average… if he has been performing well in academia, to his age group, he should long have achieved a Prof. Title.

          There are guys that continously refer the journal pulications in their on going articles. But that means not ncessarily those articles are readworthy.

          I like the writtings of Thisaranee Gunasekara or few of others… most of them have much in common – they have the talent of passing the message in a simple way…

          These rabble rousing creatures are not up to that levels.. that is the sad truth..

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        NV, when you simply unable to counter argue with proper points to what he has written, you come up with craps and talk nonsense. The famous “adala ne ne” clip that was roaming in the net is just matching to what you have written here.

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          You the guys ready to dance for the tunes of DJ should explain it better. Can you please `?

          You boasting about your English but not commenting it hear precisely why ?

          Did you start teaching English to our good friend Srilal ? Srilal, NV or others really do a good service to the ilk that have been caught by MR et al these days. They incl you struggle not being able to see it right yet..

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            Aunty Leela, now you have started insulting your own people by calling Srilal as a friend of you!. Have you done with insulting your political opponents now?

            I too can be a friend of you. All what I have to do is barking against previous regime like a dog. No need facts. No need simple logic. No need any verdicts from any courts. Just hatred is more than enough to be a friend of you, and the company of souls who have the similar pity mind.

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              I think you should be a blind person.

              Why not you get enough to support the facts these days to go against MR clan ? Those who the like DJ and you yourself being unable to see it right let alone today, stay calling it Yamapalanyaya.. if you have a brain the size of a needle head you woudl have rethought as to why masses rose up against them.

              TOday, we dont have perfect situation, but that is against becasue of the people. Every second is like you or totally pro corruption and injustices.

              I am sad to see you could become rich during the days of Maharaja.

              Thanks for calling me Aunty, but I really dont want even my GRAND children to own the thinking patterns of your kind.

              If dogs have started barking – that is still a setting an example to you guys – them the 4 legged have been far advanced to the ilk that draw this nation to a deep.

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          max

          Please read my comment above.

          Native Vedda
          September 2, 2016 at 4:32 am

          “NV, when you simply unable to counter argue with proper points to what he has written, you come up with craps and talk nonsense.”

          Ask him if he has any argument in his gibberish that needs rebuttal. And let me know what constitute and argument and why you are unable to see the difference between an argument supported by reason and evidence and bigotry.

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      Max, can you please share us what kind of education you own ?

      And you tickle us the ones who go against ABUSES and Corruption nature.

      Last night having watched Satana of the week, Prof Weerasooriya louded it anyone to play with the word Yahapalanaya this way. You guys calling you as the edcuated of the nation, but behaving like idiots.

      Go to a mirror and question yourself… SOME changes that Yahapalanya govt has introduced has opened masses to enjoy democracy today than had been in the paus under Medamulana idiot.

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        As I heard from others – he is from the same family Buruwanse comes from..

        So you may please guess the background.

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    You wants a brexit campaign Dr., why not a long distance Pada Yathiraa followed by referendum ?. My suggestion is to have it from Matara to Jaffna, help to shed some kg?.

    I could not figure out exactly the stuffs he says to the effect that because Indian Tamils with such large number already have provincial government in close proximity therefore SL Tamils are needed quantum of power that is significantly lower than enjoyed by Indian Tamils. Is it his opinion, a political scientist’s, that he wants every one to accept?. A realist, really?. Due to phobia of irredentism and osmosis, can you deprive right of a people and then say every one is equal?. It is their fault that Indian Tamils happened to live in the Southern tip of India?. In Dayan world, SL Tamils have to be shifted to Matara if they want to get a provincial government with equivalent powers that devolved to a Indian state. When it convenience, his preference to resolve this issue at a sub-continental basis only displays his smart patriotism. What about the power to be devolved to provincial councils other than North East and their fate?. Mr Sampanthan talks about powers to be devolved to provincial councils but what DJ talks about Tamils and Sinhalese. Hear this from a former minister of N-E provincial Council, so much for his political shrewdness!

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    ” The TNA, the Diaspora and the UNP are striving to weaken the very heart of the Srilankan State.” …..Mate you are right on the money.

    * Cull the Srilankan Armed Forces and restore Elite, Anglican and Vellala Officer set up, like in the good old 50s & 60s.

    * Shrink the Free Education and cut the number of rural Sinhala village youth getting a Uni Education.

    * Make English the unofficial but the official language. if one wants a white collar job.

    * Eliminate Government jobs.

    * Privatise Govt Institutions so that Sinhala Rural people can not get jobs.unless they want to be assembly workers, seamstresses and sanitary workers.

    * Privatise Hospitals and Public Transport and give them to Hindians to run under ECTA..

    All these actions and plans are aimed at creating a Ruling Class and the Dalit class, with the latter having no clout .

    Batalanada Ranil does not need a referendum for the above as he has already started it..

    But giving Dalits 8 Provincial Governments is a worry, especially when more than 90 percent of the inhabitants will be confined to only two thirds of the Land Mass as Dayan has clearly pointed out.

    With the Honorable Mr Sambnada’s model , the small crooks will automatically will get big . And we will inherit 8 of them.

    That is the biggest worry..

    Plus do we have to keep the Vellalas, including Mr Sambnadan amidst us in the South to share our two thirds?.

    And Indian Mano Ganeshan warned the Yahapalana suckers that he will make us all learn Tamil by making it the other Official language, which must learn if we want to get a job in the Yahapalana Public Sector.

    Shouldn’t Batalanada Ranil at least ask us before he forces us?

    Will Bodhi Sira stand for us. I mean for the Dalits to protect their existing Rights?.

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      Why are you so afraid of learning tamil? Your pea brain can’t possibly handle learning another language is it? there is a great degree of empirical evidence that correlates intelligence with skill at languages. Clearly you have neither.

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        “Your pea brain can’t possibly handle learning another language is it?”

        I think it is Tamils who have pea brains. If they were smart, they would have learn Sinhala. Smart Tamils have moved to South and learn Sinhala and doing well. Those dumb Tamils in Jaffna listen to what Wellala politicians say and do not make an attempt to learn Sinhala. Why should Sinhala students waste their energy to learn Tamil. Will they ever get an opportunity go to Tamil Nadu and find a job. It is better to devote their energy to learn a language like Chinese instead of Tamil. Out of 3.8 million Tamils, 50% live in the South among Sinhalese. So Sinhalese should learn Tamil for the sake of 1.6 million Tamils who cannot or do not want to learn Sinhala.

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          You are both pea brains! All the richest and smartest people in the world speak English. This battle about Sinhala and Tamil is what is holding Sri Lanka back! Let people speak the native language they want and any one who wants success learn English – fast!

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            that was sealed by SWRD so that only his stupid kids and relatives could rule.
            Look at Modawanse spent £100k per year on 3 kids at Eaton.

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    Well said Sam Fernando. Niyamai.

    After starting to read the one sided view of DJ it occured to me how nature has balanced the out come of the Presidential election in Jan 2015 through Sumanadasa Abeygunawardne.

    My question now is whether DJ is following the advise of some astrolegers in writing this type of venomous analysis. I sincerely hope some numerologist or astrolger who are real patriots will analyse the chart of DJ. But I doubt DJ will agree to go to Sumanadasa Abeygunawardana former in house astrologer of MaRa.

    We only know DJ was born in 1956 and nothing more. Where as MaRa was born in 1945 September 18th. As a layman I understand from some one that MaRa’s stars will not favour him anymore.

    I do not understand why DJ is resorting to all kind of tricks to bring back MaRa to power at any cost.

    In 1958 DJ was only 2 years old. He was so small to understand the impact of 1958 program. Instigator
    DJ claims to be an authority on Cuban and South American politics but has not learnt any thing from Tarzi Vittachi’s ” Emergency 1958 “

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      This is his typical nature. There are more other personalities in the country theirs too fall that line. But none of them and their know hows have helped us move any inch further.
      These men are born with psycho problems. Actually, instead of helping any goodies why to block the process being biased to any devious men.

      Again and again like moving on a cycle, to exchange this way has made me sick all along.

      Whoever whatever good moves have been introduced, we have to give them a try supporting them getting passed. Basta.
      Else, we can stay stagnated like FORMER Bere wawa.

      I really dont know DJ or the like men have enough LIF eperi having gotten the chance to exchange with counterparts- being able to see other country and their structures – but when it comes to their articles – communications- ideas – I become allergic – I question why these men stay LIKE big rocks on the way.

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    Isn’t it interesting it is Sambanthan who is spelling out the contours of the supposed new Constitution. Hmm wasn’t it Ranil who is in charge of this. What the heck since Ranil failedbto give the North and East to Thambi why not the whole country to TNA anyway. Hooray we have free Ambulance

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    Hello Phoney Political Scientist Dayan. Do not beat around the bush in other words all you want is Your Maha Rajano back in power using the ekeeya rajya card.

    Wake up Dayan this is the 20th Century. In 2020 the Tsunami Thief will be 76 years old and high time to play with his grand children.

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    If the reason why we have these constitution is to SOLVE the so called Tamil and Tamil speaker issues.

    Then we don’t need many provinces for the Sinhale.

    We need to call:

    North-Central + North-western+ Central + Sabaragamuwa +Southern + Western to what is called SINHALE.

    We don’t need to divide ourselves into many provinces.

    North, Eastern or North-Eastern and Sinhale.

    Let Make a Sinhala-Buddhist State called Sinhale as defined above.

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    Dayan;

    Finally you have written something relevant to us and made very good observations about the sinister moves of the enemies of Sri Lankan Sovereign and Unitary State. Thank you.

    Sri Lanka is a sovereigns and Unitary state and it should remain so until eternity. But Maithripala and Ranil do not want to use these words. The reason; they will lose the support of chauvinist politicians of Tamil speaking minorities. It is a game played by Maithripala and Ranil. These two politicians have scarified the Birthrights of Sinhala-Buddhists (which you do not understand.

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    How about just 3 states or 4 states? 9 inefficient redundancies today with lots of perks and bloated corrupt politicians can be replaced with 3 to 4 States with states rights like in India.

    So North gets one. East and SE can be merged into one. All Kandyan provinces one and all southern into one. Indian tamils are occupying Sinhala Kandyan peasant’s land illegally because the British brought them as serfs or indentured labor. They can be merged with the East. Give a smaller autonomous region for Muslims but make sure Sharia law and full veils are banned. There shall only be one Federal law system for the entire nation but land and policing powers can be given to states.

    Eelam tamils have this bogus claim where they feel 14% of the population has a god given right to 45% of the land mass and 65% of the coast line. That is a typical balla piduru kanneth naha kana gonaata denneth naha because 55% of Tamils live with Sinhalese.

    If Eelam logic is to be followed there is ample PROOF by fact and history that there is a right to a Kandyan Kingdom and that kingdom can ask Tamil Indian labourers to leave because that is what Eelamists and Wigi want in Jaffna; they want to chase out all non Tamils including Tamil speaking Muslims. logic is logic is logic.

    So give states rights and preserve the union. Otherwise soon US and India will create trouble and start a war.

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    This “Puss Pundit” Dayan when he was a member of the Northern Provincial Council advised the Chief Minister to separate from Sri Lanka. What is he now talking about?

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    The curse with Sri Lanka has always since late 50s been that people like this one reared their ugly heads at times whenever any possibly pragmatic measures were about to be given proper weight of consideration and sabotaged them.

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      Shan

      Wait until the Sangas come out all guns blazing when they hear that serious negotiations are being conducted.

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    DJ wants an referendum for devolution or power or new constitution,then Un agreed to have a referendum In N and East what will happen, think wisely, going to loose one day

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    When central authority is weak, the jokers, criminals and other social deviants start to emerge and make many claims. This trend will continue until the central authority is strengthen by the majority of the citizens.

    If the majority of the citizenry is kept divided by the power hungry perverts in the seat of power, central authority will be very passive and remain weaker.

    The PERVERTS in the seat of power of any country is the consequences of following HEDONISM for a long time. Hedonism is also responsible for corruption and nepotism. Hedonists will always use various guises to retain power. Practice of Hedonism by the political elites has lead to destruction of many powerful sovereign and unitary states.

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      We thought that Mahinda Rajapakse to be that authority and later to be found he is the true Alibaba in Arabic stories.

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      Kautilya

      “When central authority is weak, the jokers, criminals and other social deviants start to emerge and make many claims.”

      On the contrary, when democratic institutions are weak and the central authority is strong those at the helm tend to abuse and misuse power as we have witnessed it over 45 years.

      The tendency to centralise power began in 1970 and we ended up with creatures such as Siri Mao, Felix, …. JR, Premadasa, Dutta Gamini, MR, Basil, Gota, Mervyn Silva PhD, Namal, ….. and 140 thieves, in the same period we have also seen the growth of rent seeking bribe-taking state functionaries.

      More power to the people, less power to the politicians and unelected corrupt state functionaries.

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        Native Vedda,

        “More power to the people, less power to the politicians and unelected corrupt state functionaries.”

        I agree but how to achieve this goal?

        Are you not wasting your time with the “Jim Softies” that comment? I stopped reading their comments a long time ago.

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          Lone Wolf

          “I agree but how to achieve this goal?”

          You must be the change you want to see in the world.

          Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

          “Are you not wasting your time with the “Jim Softies” that comment?”

          Yes of course I am if my comments are really aimed at him.

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    Since 1953, none of the buggers came to power in Colombo had “Tomatoes” to say that Sri Lanka is an entity that cannot be divided.

    We must admire the Indian leaders such as Hon. Indhira Gandhi, Hon. Rajiv Gandhi and Hon. Narendra Modhi. They always said and respected that Sri Lanka is a sovereign and UNITARY state.- By the way 13th amendment was India’s Idea but it was mentioned as a diversionary tactic in 1987.-

    So ego-centric pundits and their political perverts with “NO TOMATOES”; may have as many as Tamashas, until someone with “Tomatoes” appear to settle this nagging issue once and for all. A “Sri Lankan Modhi” would do the job.

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      Peter Pan

      In a nutshell, you want Hindia from New Delhi to dictate this island what to do how to manage our own affairs, how to share power and resources, what to eat, what to wear, …… when to make love.

      As far as Hindians are concerned whether this island remains a unitary state or unified state they wouldn’t give two hoots about it, as long as Sri Lanka remains the Sinhala state of Hindia.

      This is too complicated for you, therefore just ignore it.

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        Salaam Alaikum

        When I mentioned about the need of “A Sri Lankan Modhi”, You became very Jittery. I can understand that. the period of “Tail wagging the dog” must end eventually.

        Don’t hate Peter Pan, the boy with a beautiful smile.

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          Peter Pan

          “Don’t hate Peter Pan, the boy with a beautiful smile. “

          Peter Pan is suffering from p***s envy.

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    Dr Dayan,

    You have not put forward coherent arguments to substantiate your claims and to wage an antagonistic struggle against Tamils.

    Read and study Mao and Dialectic materialism for the start before misinterpreting Marxism.

    After reading through your article, I found much sense in what Mr Sampanthan advocates in spite of your valiant attempts to ridicule his efforts.

    I suppose Sri Lanka is a democratic country and being a citizen of Sri Lanka Mr Sampanthan has the democratic right to express his views on any subject. He has equal rights as you! Doesn’t he?

    Mr Sampanthan did not want a unitary constitution and therefore he has not mentioned the word unitary even once. Is it a crime?

    According to Dayan,In a unitary system there is one Government which devolved power to the peripheral units.

    When government powers are devolved to peripheral units, the peripheral units also have some government powers. Then what is wrong in calling these peripheral units also as government.and to call the government at the centre as the Central Government

    Mr Sampanthan,says that the centre will have limited powers and not burdened with insignificant powers that could be handled by other units, thereby the centre could concentrate on the requirement of maintaining the unity of the country much more effectively rather than struggling with insignificant powers which could be devolved to the periphery.

    Doesn’t this arrangement strengthen the centre and not weaken.

    Even in unitary forms of government in most democratic countries power is shared between the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government.

    There is also no logic by which an ethnic community which is one and half million strong in two border regions of a small island should enjoy the same quasi-federal powers that eighty million Tamils enjoy in Tamil Nadu.

    Why not? This is hilarious!What logic?

    Was there any logic for a small country like Sri Lanka to enjoy the same powers as a big country like USA,or UK or China?

    What an argument from a political scientist!

    Why not engage with mr Sampanthan constructively and improve his proposals!

    Dayan, please do not be a catalyst for a communal war, but as a responsible citizen opt for a consensus driven inclusive constitution that satisfy as far as possible all communities and all political parties!

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    Freedom lies in being bold. ― Robert Frost

    Be strong and courageous to take risks.
    Without trying and taking risks,
    you will miss great opportunities in life.”
    ― Lailah GiftyAkita

    “The Seven Social Sins are:
    Wealth without work.
    Pleasure without conscience.
    Knowledge without character.
    Commerce without morality.
    Science without humanity.
    Worship without sacrifice.
    Politics without principle.
    From a sermon given
    by Frederick Lewis Donaldson
    in Westminster Abbey,
    London, on March 20, 1925.”
    ― Frederick Lewis Donaldson

    What is necessary for VICTIMS?

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      “What is necessary for VICTIMS? “

      The only ones respected outside of UK – The Salvation Army.
      they have guided many from prisons into a comfortable life.

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    DJ,

    United Nations Secretary General is going to meet up the elected head of the Tamil regional government in the North.

    Man, we should have stopped this nonsense. What should we do next? Abolish the provincial council system in SL?

    You are right DJ. Ethnic minorities in a small island like SL should not get any rights! Does your wife fully read your write-ups?

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    [Edited out]

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    DJ,
    Tamils do not wish to live under a repressive Military Regime, as is happening in the NPC.
    If this is removed, and all that happens in all other provincial councils, is allowed in the NPC, there will be peace and progress in the province.

    Tamil Nadu is part of India which is a Sovereign Socialist Secular Democratic Republic.
    Sri Lanka is a Democratic Socialist Republic.

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    This is a good article for us to know the feelings of extremists and how Sri Lanka is ruled. There is no way these extremists allowed in major decision making positions bring life better for all citizens. Even after all successive Governments denied suppression of minorities, here comes the cat out from a former top executive!
    But he is open this time over in accepting devising ways how Tamils should be suppressed. So he doesn’t like how New Delhi is supporting Tamil Nadu in India.
    How did he get educated? Was he a suppressed child forced against his will to study?

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    Batalanada Ranil and his mate Mangalan take Sambandan to Mataran to put a spin on Federal Eelaam.

    Srilankan President who liberated the Nation from Tamil Terrorists, get spat on and abused and his effigy burnt in front of the SL Consulate by Mangalan’s Diaspora mates in KL.

    Did Mangalana address the Yahapalana suckers to get an ovation too ?.

    TNA Sivagilingam on the other hand wants Batalanada’s OMP to investigate the disappearance of Mr Pirahaparan.

    While the TNA Eelaamists have vandalized Lord Buddha’s statute in Mankulam.

    Bodhi Sira, the one time protector of Sinhala Buddhism needs reminders in the form of petitions, to find out what is going on in this Yahapalanaya, under Batalanada Ranil, Mangalan and Suren Surendran.

    At least Bodhi Sira has ordered the War Hero memorial which was removed by Yhapalana supporters in Kurunagala to be restored, before Bodhi Sira arrives there.

    Wonder what Bodhi Sira’s SLFP organizer was doing, when the Yahapalana supporters took the sledge hammer literally to the War Heroes Memorial.

    The story doing the rounds is that the TNA which is the special guests at Bodhi Sira’s SLFP 60th gab feast didn’t want their Leader, Vellala Sambandan to drive past a War Memorial for Srilanka Soldiers on his way to address the loyal SLFP Yahapalana suckers.

    Are there any War Hero Memorials in Mataran? Or has Mangalan already removed them?….

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    The question that we need to ask is who divided Sri Lanka into provinces and what was the rational in drawing the boundaries. This was done by the British for administrative purposes. Demarcation of the provincial boundaries had nothing to do with the distribution of ethnic groups. Simply because there is a heavy concentration of Tamils in Jaffna peninsula and in a few pockets in the Eastern province, using the boundaries drawn by British to carve out a so called ‘Traditional Homeland of Tamils’ does not make sense. These defunct provincial boundaries became prominent because of the 13th Amendment which was imposed on Sri Lanka by Rajiv Gandhi. Unfortunately, we had a spineless President who did not have guts to reject it. Before going any further with the Provincial Councils, a proper study should be conducted to check whether there is a positive impact of these Provincial Councils that is drawing a huge sum of money of the tax payers. Even having a nationwide referendum is not a bad idea. It is worth noting that marginalized low caste Tamils in Jaffna had objected to giving police and land rights to High Caste Wellala dominated NPC. One thing that has happened with Provincial Councils is that it helped to decentralize corruption. That in a way help to have better income distribution in the country provided the corrupt politicians pump that money into local economy. In case of Tamils that will not happen because all the corrupt politicians live in Colombo.

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    DJ suggests that covert federalism is bad but overt federalism is OK.

    Federal governance has not weakened the centre in India, Canada, Australia, Switzerland – just to name a few.

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      Federal governance has not weakened the centre in India, Canada, Australia, Switzerland – just to name a few.

      Australia is a continent, India is a collection 150 – 300 countries, Canada is the seconda largest country in the world. YOu think, those needed federalism.

      Sri lanka a small island and why it has to be divided because immigrents from the neighbouring mainland don’t have a country ?

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    It is surprising even in the new world order some of the elite Sri Lankan Administrators are not endeavoring to accept “freedom brings innovation and suppression brings doom”. He is openly ridiculing himself to the whole world at the same time letting down his Country showing his racial attitude. What wrong did he find in Tamil Nadu being a separate state?. Did he see Tamil Nadu not developing as expected or did he see Tamil Nadu as a suppressing State?. If he is educated and knows how the rest of the world works, he should be canvassing for maximum independence like in India, Singapore and other Asian and European Countries. Is he not a fool to ignore good examples and express disaster to his own Country!

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