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Who Is Really Gunning For Dimu Jayaratne?

By Kumar David

Prof Kumar David

Prof Kumar David

Who is really gunning for Dimu Jayaratne? It gets curiouser and curiouser!

The JHU, its leader Omalpe Sobitha, the monks of Sinhala Ravana (SR) and many other odd-bods known to be bigots and chauvinists, are out for the blood of Minister of Buddha Sasana and Prime Minister, DM Jayaratne. Conversely, UNP stalwart Mangala Samaraweera speaks in stout defence of the beleaguered PM and the party’s high command keeps a studied semi-silence on the matter. The JVP takes a principled stand, demanding that the PM step-down as a precondition for an impartial investigation. The unruly demonstration on January 8 led by SR monks could not have arrived at the gates of the PM’s office on Flower Road without someone at the level of President, Defence Secretary or thereabouts, winking at the cops and clearing the way. The area is under vigilance as the Leader of the Opposition’s residence is half a km to one side and Temple Trees the President’s residence is a mere one km as the crow flies on the other. A demonstration outside the US Embassy the next day must also have had regime acquiescence. There is something strange going on; as Alice said “It gets curiouser and curioser”.

I am prepared to concede that the PM may not be directly implicated in or in the know of the heroin smuggling racket. It is possible that it was just lousy judgement in the choice of staff and lack of discrimination in the people he entertains that led to the position where a ministry official issued a letter to the customs department seeking the release of a container which turned out to be stuffed with the largest shipment of smuggled heroin ever detected in this country. This must be investigated by the enforcement authorities (if this is possible with this interfering government) and if need be DMJ should be prosecuted before an impartial court (if such still exists under the aegis of this regime). Despite justified reservations about impartiality in the country, this is the correct stand that we the public must take – investigate and if a prima face case emerges, prosecute.

If this were a normal country the Prime Minister should resign and it is a shame he has not done so already. Parliamentary propriety and common decency demand he quit and let the investigators get on with the job. True, neither propriety nor decency are high on the agenda of this regime and UPFA, so don’t expect miracles, but that is not the point of this article. What I find curious is that if the PM is being protected by the Rajapakse power-centre, then it contradicts my first paragraph which says that there is no explanation for mobs running amok unless higher powers are encouraging it. In passing, it is humorous that both “Prime Ministers” DMJ and Visvanathan Rudrakumaran of the self-styled TGTE are in hot water with the law; decency demands that both resign!

The confusion and desperation thesis

There is an alternative explanation for this mad-hatters circus. Dead-Left-leader Cabinet Ministers have told senior cadres that the government is riddled with rifts and contradictions, that the Rajapakses cannot get a handle on it, or pacify the actors. Well, we don’t need to revive the Dead to know that; the rebellion in the UPFA at the regional level is manifest in the mood of local government bodies where SLFP regional leaders in some 16 bodies have defeated the budgets proposed by their Chairmen and are primed to throw the Chairmen out. The motivation may differ case by case but the leadership at the centre has lost control of the second rank in the regions.

The turn out of senior cabinet ministers at the Bandaranaike 115 birthday commemoration event and the way these worthies were fawning and falling over Chandrika will keep the current resident of Temple Trees awake at night. Surely, does not this ill-concealed courting of Chandrika send a message; the message that loyalties are divided? The thesis then is that on the one hand the Rajapakses may not be encouraging monks and chauvinists to storm the barricades, but because of internal weaknesses neither do they have the clout to call them to order. The regime is afraid that one serious incident in which a monk is a casualty at the hands of the police will be curtains and open the door to a flood tide of challenges.

An extended reading is that the underlying explanation for the commotion is the Chandrika factor. PM Jayaratne, Ratnasiri and SLFP ministers like Nimal Siripala and Maithripala are old SLFP stalwarts, loyal to its original traditions. The Rajapakses, parentage notwithstanding, are uncomfortable with old loyalists and would like to restock the establishment with recently acquired sycophants and young blood the likes of Namal can attract. The old boys know that if the revamp goes ahead their days are numbered, so “Bring back a Bandaranaike” is an aspiration that may give them hope. The argument is that the Jayaratne fracas is a manifestation of a Rajapakse need to restructure the SLFP into a new style entity, endangering the privileges and position of pre-2005 custodians. The ambition for local or national level electoral nomination of even younger traditional-style SLFPers is also under threat. That is, even un-Namalised young SLFPers may have to kiss their ambitions goodbye. This is the substance of a ‘many-sided confusion and desperation’ thesis; if DMJ is thrown out the thesis would stand vindicated.

The revolt of the monks and the chauvinists may have been genuine initially, meaning they were outraged by the PM’s involvement and folly. But soon what may have been a standoff with a spontaneous origin became a factor in a greater game as outlined in the previous paragraphs.

The international dimension         

I have been discussing these concerns with a person who follows the international dimensions of the local political scene and reproduce below what he/she says verbatim and in the first person.

“I agree that this is ‘internal’ in the sense that no such protest/demonstration/agitation can occur without some degree of regime acquiescence. The obvious explanation would be that the Rajapaksas are laying the ground for the removal of DMJ and his replacement by a Rajapaksa, say Chamal, as PM. While this may be a factor something more complex is unfolding.

“The MR Regime is scared that it is cornered on the HR issue and that Geneva is going to be a massive showdown and a mammoth defeat (This is a stronger statement than I would make). This festering wound within the Regime and its sympathizers could be a source of disquiet, infighting and scape-goating.  The clerical right within the Regime and its fringes must be blaming those at the helm for failing to protect the Regime and the military. While most of this anger will be against the administration (G.L.Peiris would be the obvious target) their anger must also extend to the Rajapaksas themselves.

“The clerical right must be furious with MR for allowing Rapp to tour the North (and Cameron, Pillai before him). MR’s policy of trying to appease the Regime’s critics in Delhi, Washington and London by allowing elections in the north, appearing to make concessions to Wigneswaran etc, has ended in multiple disasters (Manmohan’s boycott, Cameron’s CHOGM press conference and the forthcoming US resolution in Geneva). So MR’s ability to cope with the international threat is in question.

“If I am right, then these fissures will escalate in the run up to Geneva and thereafter. Internationally the Regime is at its lowest ebb. I cannot see a way forward; it is madness for Colombo to think (as the chandiyas among its supporters do) that it can take on Delhi and Washington at the same time. The futility of the situation is displayed by Colombo’s belief that MR winning presidential or parliamentary elections at this point in time, one at which the Tamil north will totally reject the Regime, will bring its international critics to a dead stop. To sum up: Diplomatically the Regime faces its worst crisis. And it is impossible to insulate domestic politics from the international”.

Let us see if my friend’s premonitions are reliable and whether the fissures within the government escalate in the next two or three months.

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    Another one like Darwin’s ‘flawless’ methods!
    How about more on the ‘single candidate’ Madulwawe Sobhita? Is he not the flavour of the month?

    We are being entertained.

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    The fissures within the government you speak about are insignificant. There have always been rumblings within. They were easily dealt with small ‘santhosams’. The Sri Lankan politician is so predictably susceptible to bribery. These could be in the form of car import licences or plum jobs. The old guard within the SLFP are just an old guard. They lost relevance a long time ago. Just after the next election that MR will surely win with a comfortable majority, some changes are bound to occur. Chamal may become the PM then. What is the rush to get rid of DMJ? The president is sitting pretty at the moment and no one is game enough even to think of a challenge.

    The March/April Geneva declaration that you are banking on so much, will come and will fizzle out as many other such declarations.

    Whether we like it or not, MR is here to stay for a long time to come – unfortunately.

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    What is most fascinating is that all these senior SLFPers fighting among themselves for an office that’s largely ceremonial(Like president of India, no one fight for that spot). Mostly for nostalgic reasons. The PM only means anything if the incumbent president is ailing. MR is mos def not ailing. If at all its the current PM that is ailing.

    In the first instance the PM ought to retire citing ill health, age, being unaware of who is issuing what letters in his name. Lack of any clear role in governance. For these reasons he should retire. Not cuz of heroin. Heroin is Headshot’s turf.

    If I were a senior SLFPer, I would be fighting for an office with real power. Like Secretary to the President or President chief of staff. In Modern SL these offices have the real power. Not the PM’s office.

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    The ouster of DM Jaya is in the plans of the Rajapaksas for a while and its happening with the full blessings of MARA and GORA with full state machinery and GORAs lapdogs like BSS and Ravana taking on the PM.

    This Sobitha is a personal friend of MARA from Embelipitiya as well as the other JHU morons like Gammanpila acting on the orders.

    Its interesting to note what the old guard of the SLFP having on their minds of the Medamulana taking full control of the party.

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    Good article. kumar is right that the PM should resign.Then he and the son must be investigated and charges brought against them.Ther is a giddy limit for people’s tolerance with such a large quantity of heroin being seized from a container whose owner a pakistani seems to have such a close relationship with the PM’s son and also the PM himself.

    Kumar has given a good insight into the inner workings of the SLFP.Probably before the presidential elections the SLFP is going to polarise further and further into the chandrika and mahinda factions just like the UNP is going to polarise into sajith and ranil factions.Will the chandrika,ranil factions join together and the mahinda sajith factions join each other.The old rich vs the new rich instead of SLFP vs UNP.If so possible scenarios are

    1.chandrika faction leaving the SLFP and forming their own party or she going back to her old party of vijaya’s.If so get ready for a good dose of vijaya’s virtues and because of her love for him embracing his party.

    2.If mahinda loses the power struggle with chandrika and moving out of the SLFP and forming the kurakkan party where everybody will be wearing the kurakkan shawl except the 20 year westernised gota.

    3.sajith faction leaving the UNP and forming their own party.

    4.Chandrika and ranil forming a coalition.

    5.Mahinda and sajith forming a coalition.

    I feel except for no 2 the others are very likely but can’t be sure because i’am not a political analyst,but commonsense says that something has to give because the strain on the rope is so great with all the major participants so stubborn and not willing to give even a inch away that the rope got to break at some point in the future and the deck cleared up once at for all for the people to see and not become confused more and more with these political games.

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    Interesting analysis.

    SL’s hoi-polloi believe that our own David Copperfield aka MR will once again pull out that rabbit from the hat, together with multi-coloured streaming ribbons.

    However, that annoying monkey reminds us that “what goes up must come down” !!

    Astrologers, extended family and sycophants apart, one wonders if the ultimate result would be the V sign or the one-finger salute for the regime.

    Interesting times ahead, indeed.

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    The problem here is that all the prophets’ of doom do not bother to tell us what can / will be done by “New Delhi” and “Washington” that can harm this regime in any way ?

    Are they going to invade militarily ? What sort of sanction will harm the Rajapaksas’ or the regime alone ? Sanctions will just harm the people.

    As for the “furious” right wing of the sangha, another toothless tiger that will NEVER be able to harm the incumbent or his cronies.Please don’t spout the Bandaranaike assassination to me, that was in the days before SECURITY.

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    A story titled “The pursuit of happiness?” in the Sunday edition of The (Fargo, N.D.) Forum (Jan. 12, 2014) drew my instant attention because it was the exact topic of our monthly Buddhist Discussion Group talked about on Saturday.

    However, after I read the story, I failed to extract a satisfactory answer to the question on why chasing the American dream has failed to create happiness among the large majority of Americans.

    The sidebar on to the left of the story said: “Americans have grown continuously more depressed over the past half-century and behavioral researchers say it has to do with unrealistic expectations of the American dream—the perfect house, spouse, kids and career.”

    But the secular journalistic approach in the first installment of the series of articles on the components of the American dream failed to show any interest in investigating the root causes of unhappiness in our society. Without knowing the causes, it’s impossible to control or remove them.

    This is where Buddhist phenomenology can help us. It asserts that the path to happiness starts from an understanding of the root causes of suffering, which includes both physical and mental states.

    Buddha discovered that desire and attachment engendered by ignorance (of the world as it really is) and defilements such as greed, ill will, sloth and torpor, restlessness and anxiety, and doubt were the reasons for unhappiness.

    Then, the Buddha prescribed an eightfold proactive course of treatment called the Middle Path to achieve supreme bliss or happiness better known as enlightenment or nirvana.

    The Buddha’s Four Noble Truths explain the existence, causation, cessation and the path leading to the cessation of unhappiness.

    The prescribed path has three dimensions: ethical conduct (right speech, action, and livelihood), mental cultivation (right effort, mindfulness, and concentration), and wisdom (right understanding, and intention). Mental cultivation, today known as psychotherapy, specifies three steps of meditation, which are vital to liberate the mind from defilements. According to the Buddha, compassion and wisdom must be developed jointly for the individual to gain liberation.

    The Venerable K. Sri Dhammananda points out that happiness is in the journey, not in the destination. He says that modern life is a struggle to acquire monetary gains, comfort and luxury. This lifestyle produces anxieties and stress, instead of happiness.

    Almost anticipating the American dream of the perfect house, spouse, kids and career, Dhammananda says that some think that a “good and congenial life partner” [spouse] is a source of happiness. Others think that children [kids] are another source of happiness. But none of these provide stable conditions. All are subject to anicca (the law of impermanence), anatta (insubstantiality) and dukkha (unsatisfactoriness)—the three marks of existence. They can bring in short-term pleasure, but not happiness.

    Happiness “cannot be found in the material things about us, such as wealth, power or fame.” Pleasure is a passing show and does not offer lasting happiness. Pleasure can be bought, but not happiness.

    The Forum articles are not aimed at helping its readers to clean their minds of the defilements that have caused so much unhappiness. These articles could serve the readers better by projecting happiness as a state of consciousness that does not depend on their physical appetites and passions.

    Dhammananda clarifies: “Happiness is a mental state which can be attained through the culture of mind. External sources such as wealth, fame, social position and popularity are but temporary sources of happiness. The real source is the mind. The mind [that] is controlled and cultured is the real source of happiness. The opinion that mental tranquility is unattainable is not true. Everyone can cultivate inner peace and tranquility through the purification of the mind.”

    [Dr. Gunaratne, a professor emeritus in communication, lives in Moorhead, Minn.]
    –30–

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      A load of theoretical nonsense.

      All these theories look nice on paper but who is able to practice such theories in real life.

      Are you saying the Buddhists are happier than others. The Buddhist dream is as bad as the American dream.

      I was born a Buddhist myself. Buddhism works only for those who are able to separate themselves from society ( like cave dwelling monks).

      For one who lives in a society of humans anywhere, be it USA or Sri Lanka, the eightfold path is as useless as the American dream. WE are all human and will react to external factors in different ways and trying to control the mind is not going to solve some problems.

      As the Dalai Lama once said if a rabid dog attacks you on the street there is no point in relying on the eightfold path for a solution.

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    Good one Kumar! The corruption of the Mahinda-Gotabaya-Basil-Chamal Rajapaksa, and sons and family and cronies military dictatorship and its MONEY POLITICS modus opparandi has trickled down to the provinces and has cause all their political goons to fight amongst themselves for the spoils of corruption!
    Corrupt governance has reached a tipping point and is now back firing on the corrupt and uneducated Jarapassa family – hence the PC revolts!
    Corruption cannot be sorted with more corruption!

    The corruption is eating away at the UPFA and the SLFP like a virus from within.. Chandrika certainly needs to save the SLFP!
    Like the BBS the Jarapassa regime has created a FRANKENSTEIN of corruption that it cannot control. Corruption can only be curtailed by GOOD GOVERNANCE and ETHICAL practice. But in Jarapassa’s Never land the notion of 1) conflict of interest, 2) balance and proportionality, 3) logical, evidence based thinking and policy making does not exist. So the Corrupt regime is set to crash itself… Frankenstein is loose in Lanka at this time, with Corruption and Balu Sena walking about and dancing on the streets. Mahinda Jarapassa has organized his own noose to hang with! BRAVO lets watch the fun!

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    There is nothing possible without the hand of the Supreme Rajapakse family. Sadly, there are still a group educated opportunistic bureaucrat’s defend that international impartial investigation against this regime in the name of a beautiful nation. They don’t bother how the nations’s image has been damaged in terms of humanity, and moral governance.

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    A liberal mix of innuendo, hearsay and imagination – surely not worthy of CT. Managala’s perplexing defense of DMJ IS strange – why stand up, almost of behalf of the UNP, a deliver a blanket clearance? Even stranger now that the Premier has admitted to having meals with the drug importer.

    The thing is, it is 156 kg of Heroin – the largest single cache in South East Asia, I am told. Countless deaths, untold misery and ruination of those addicted and their loved one would have been the result. If one reads the letter issued by his secretary – it is not a general request for assistance but one very specific.

    For a man who is a heartbeat way from the Presidency, this is unacceptable and his position has become untenable. He has to go – and this should be the demand of all parties – bar none. In addition to all this, he is unsuitable due to his health condition as he will be appointed President if a disaster is to befall the incumbent.

    So let’s not pussyfoot around the issue – it is far too serious to be ‘just another story’. Resignation and a full inquiry is a must.

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    Who Is Really Gunning For Dimu Jayaratne?… His shadow.

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      No. MaRa and GOATa!

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    Prof.KD is living in an imaginary world.Let him unite the workers and the peasants of the world first.

    What the so called left do is:flash left and turn right.

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    Very dangerous to give PM seat to a Rajapaksa.

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    As usual the ace Marxist is attempting to educate people with wrong facts. Rudrakumaran is not in any in hot water with the American law. His asylum clients become impatient to wait for the long hearing dates of he US courts and run off to Canada expecting quick hearings. So, Rudrakumaran loses contact with clients and fails to go to courts with the clients. This whole judicial inquiry has been instigated by the Sri Lankan spies in New York.

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    Wonderful

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    Who Is Really Gunning For Dimu Jayaratne?… According to DM himself, Bhikkus in loincloths.

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