21 September, 2020

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Zero Devolution: The Sinhala Far Right’s Political Final Solution

By Dayan Jayatilleka –

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

Hundreds of thousands of people, mostly young, died violently or were maimed, and tens of thousands disappeared, and unknown numbers were tortured, in the less than four decades between April 1971 and May 2009 on this small island. Something must have been wrong, something must have gone wrong, somewhere, for all this horror to result among so much natural beauty and tranquility. We are all implicated in different ways and in different degrees. The least we can do is accept that there were huge mistakes and seek to rectify them through reform. For this, we must turn the searchlight inwards and not content ourselves with pointing the finger outwards.

After the April 1971 insurrection we implemented drastic reforms: a new, Republican Constitution, and two waves of Land Reform. After the 1986-1989 Southern insurrection we had the Youth Commission, the reintroduction of merit as the criterion of employment, the Janasaviya Poverty alleviation program, the Land Task Force to distribute uncultivated land, the free school uniforms and free school midday meals programs, the 200 garment factories, the massive housing programs, the 15,000 projects program.

What are the structural reforms we have effected following Asia’s second longest war (after Afghanistan), the Tamil secessionist war of 1979-2009? How have we transformed our society and state from the one which gave rise to this terrible protracted war? Have the tens of thousands of ex-terrorists come back into an environment that is substantively better than the one which motivated them to rise up in a savage, sustained separatist rebellion? Or is it essentially the same, if not worse? If we could undertake such serious soul searching and reforms after the two southern rebellions why have we not done so after the far more serious Northern war?

This is an island in anguish. Both South and North of the island are in pain. The North is in pain because it lost a war. It is also in pain because it feels that its ethnic kin have a better status elsewhere in the world and therefore it either needs a better status or should be permitted to have self-rule or an independent state of its own. Continuing and losing the war was of its own choice. It backed a secessionist enterprise and continued to do so despite numerous chances of a negotiated peace including through Indian mediation and guaranteed by Indian peacekeeping. It backed a fascist–terrorist separatist formation and stayed loyal to its leadership when it had non-fascist alternatives. It still refuses to be critical of that ghastly fascist leadership and project. Therefore much of its angst is self-inflicted.

As for a related source of Northern angst, that of a large military presence which it views as occupation, it might wish to consider that the Union (Northern) armies stayed in the defeated Confederate South in large numbers for 12 years after the US Civil War.

As for the second source of Northern angst, that of insufficiency of political space and status, there too, the North has two options. One is to fight, especially during this season of constitutional change, for full integration and participation on the basis of non-discrimination and equality (the Civil Rights strategy), which should be easily feasible given the fact that the Tamil people are fully enfranchised.

If, as I have argued elsewhere, Tamil angst is due to lack of self-determination and sovereignty, it can be addressed by a strategy that calibrates the politically achievable according to the growing levels of consciousness of their allies, who have to be a majority of the Sinhala majority—which is manifestly not the case right now. This was the strategy adopted by the Sinn Fein/IRA in relation to the British Labor Party and Tony Blair.

However, Tamil angst remains unaddressed due mainly to a self-inflicted addiction: the persistent and continuous Northern adoption of a unilateral approach which fails the twin tests of realism and sensitivity to the electoral survival of its Southern ally (which explains the slightly lurid warning that President Sirisena gave his audience in Jaffna recently).  

Second only to the Tamil separatists in general and the Tamil Tigers in particular, the Sinhala Extreme Right has been the most negative and destructive force on this island for at least a century. Since the permanent interruption and derailing of the magnificently heroic anti-imperialist armed revolts of 1818 and 1848 by substituting for such rebellions, the religio-communal clashes of 1883, 1903 and 1915 right through Black July 1983 up to post-2009 Islamophobia, the ethno-religious Far Right has served to divide our people, derail their struggles and help imperialism. 

SWRD Bandaranaike succumbed to the fundamentalist Right in 1957 and failed to implement the Bandaranaike–Chelvanayakam Pact, with disastrous results for the country in the form of Asia’s longest war apart from Afghanistan’s.  

The hawkish Sinhala Right continued to do its damage in the 1980s, firstly with Black July ’83 and secondly when the Indian intervention of 1987, the resultant spike of the savage JVP uprising as well as its brutal suppression could have been avoided or minimized, had President Jayewardene been permitted to implement any one of several efforts at provincial devolution—Annexure C in 1984, the Political Parties Conference of June-July 1986, and the Dec 19thproposals of 1986.

Further damage was done by unilaterally postponing the promise given at the highest level, both to the TNA as well as India, to civilianize the Governorship of the Northern Province after the term of the ex-military governor had lapsed. I was around when on the occasion of the swearing-in of Chief Minister Wigneswaran at Temple Trees, the TNA leadership told President Rajapaksa and Lalith Weeratunga that a million votes could swing his way if he kept his promise and adopted a positive policy towards the Northern PC. This promise too was reneged upon and the military governor was given a second term. Had this not happened, Mahinda Rajapaksa almost certainly would have had his third term.

How can we tell the Sinhala Hard Right/Far Right/Extreme Right/Alt-Right/Radical Right from other brands of ideology and politics? I would submit that this line of demarcation is primarily but not solely the 13th amendment, though the principle of Provincial devolution is a segment of that line of demarcation.

The Hard Right or Far Right, by definition, stands ideologically to the right of Mahinda Rajapaksa and indeed the Rajapaksas as a whole. The Rajapaksas weren’t and are not opposed to the13th amendment and provincial devolution as such, though they may as individuals and at various times, prefer other solutions or forms of devolution. The Rajapaksas are populists and ‘statists’, but above all they intuitively pragmatic populists and instinctive ideological centrists, even when they may or may not be consistent moderates.

By contrast, the Sinhala supremacist Alt-Right is not. A litmus test is the Lessons Learnt & Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) Report. The LLRC was not only appointed by President Rajapaksa, its chairperson was someone so close to Mahinda Rajapaksa that he was the witness from the Rajapaksa side at the wedding of the former President. This was the legendary Attorney-General, CR “Bulla” de Silva. Having been on the same team in Geneva, I came to know him as a tough-minded top official; hardly a liberal idealist. The rest of the LLRC team were also educated, intelligent, senior officials with international experience. The Report they produced was the distillation of decades of experience of the Sri Lankan state, looking back at the decades the country lost in the war, and making recommendation of how to stop future wars. The LLRC Report was welcomed and most cordially accepted by President Rajapaksa.

This was late 2011, and it was indeed the last chance. Opposition mounted from two quarters. One was the TNA and the NGOs, local and foreign. The other was the Sinhala ultranationalists. There was no objection from the international community from global East to West, South to North, including, most importantly, India. The only call was to speedily implement the LLRC Report. Implementation indeed began, coordinated and monitored by Presidential Secretary Lalith Weeratunga, but it was too slow, too fitful, too little, too late.

By 2012 we had lost India. The USA, spotting the change it had waited for and worked towards, moved against us in Geneva. India pivoted against us. Our global coalition, including our Third World and Nonaligned coalition, began to peel off. This was not only because India had turned against us, though that was a primary reason. It was also because we shifted to a different discourse in Geneva; not the one that we had adopted in 2007-2009 when we won on my watch. By 2012, the discourse and actual behavior of delegations from Colombo in Geneva was that of the Sinhala supremacist Right. As a result we dismantled our broad united front, and met with a hat-trick of crushing defeats at the UNHRC in 2012, 2013 and 2014, paving the way for the diplomatic atrocity of the Ranil-Mangala sellout of October 2015. 

Another litmus test which helps one identify the Sinhala Extreme Right is the highly selective use of the Paranagama Report or its avoidance or rejection altogether. The Paranagama commission was appointed by President Rajapaksa and given its second mandate by him. Its Report factually shreds the atrocious allegation of “genocide”, while acknowledging that “…there may have been long standing practices of religious and racial discrimination carried out by various governments towards minorities…” The denial of this reality of our post-Independence history is a hallmark of the Sinhala Far Right.

To this day, eight years after a thirty years war, one of Asia’s two longest (Afghanistan being the longest), the Sinhala Hard Right or Radical Right is nowhere close to a Middle Path. It does not recognize the need for “dialogue and accommodation”. It does not recognize any legitimate “grievances of the Tamil community” (LLRC Report) whatsoever. It doesn’t acknowledge any legitimate aspirations of the Tamils and or Muslims based on collective or individual identity. The only identity that seems to matter is that of the Sinhalese, and in actuality, that of the Sinhala Buddhists. This is far from being the lesson drawn by the LLRC.

The Sinhala Alt-Right does not see any need for “a political solution”. It insists that the Joint Opposition boycott the Constitutional assembly process and oppose the implementation of the 13th amendment or unilaterally slash it to ‘13 minus’. Some prominent Alt-Right figures do not see the need for any kind of devolution, any kind of power sharing, at all—theirs is a ‘zero-devolution’ option. This a far cry from the  LLRC formula (during the Mahinda Rajapaksa presidency) of “an all-inclusive political process” of “dialogue and accommodation” so as to achieve “a political solution” aimed at establishing “a multi-ethnic nation at peace with itself in a democratic Sri Lanka”.

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    old codger

    Did hundreds of thousands of people, mostly young, die violently or were they maimed, and tens of thousands disappear, and unknown numbers were they tortured, in the less than four decades between April 1971 and May 2009.

    I can’t remember any of these violent acts being carried out in this island. Do you remember any of these human losses?

    “Some prominent Alt-Right figures do not see the need for any kind of devolution, any kind of power sharing, at all—theirs is a ‘zero-devolution’ option. “

    This has been the case since 1956, nothing new, nothing unusual, nothing strange. The Sinhala/Buddhist noisy fascist minority loves destruction, the purpose of its very existence.

    I regularly hear the Sinhalese and Buddhist how nice are they, in fact they saved hundreds of thousands of Tamils and Sinhalese from thugs, etc.

    Where are all those good people? This is the right time to tell the fascist noisy minority to get lost. Where is the pro democratic protest?
    Where are the counter demonstrations against the saffron clad thugs?
    Where are the demonstrations against the war criminals who are meddling in the constitution making?
    Where are the pro democracy demonstrations against meddling Grant Dukes of Mahasangha?
    —–
    —-
    I am yet to see the Grant Dukes coming out guns blazing, of course against war criminals, corruption, nepotism, …………………….. human rights violation, … etc. And these are the men (always men) said to have protected the island in times of foreign invasion and difficulty.

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      Dear Dayan, at last you are saying what I have been saying, that except a handful of fair minded Sinhalese, the rest are not in favour of sharing power and territory with Tamils. MR refused to settle Tamil problem and was thrown out. This government promised the international community that they will settle it by sharing power and territory with Tamils in an equitable manner, but are hoodwinking the international community on the face of Sinhala racist opposition. Due to geo-political reasons a fair leverage will be given to this government, without rocking the boat. But this will not go on for long. Read the warning given by UNHCR official after touring Srilanka that if no credible investigation into war crimes committed by Security forces is done, international community will step in. I have been emphasising that unless there is direct intervention by international community as what happened in Bosnia, East Timor and South Sudan, where a just solution will be offered to Tamils, no Sinhala government on their own will undertake to do it.

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        What kind of power to Tamils need exactly? And how will it empower ordinary people’s lives? Dr. Gnana please.explain.

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          Sheila,

          You are conveniently playing ignorant! Just study the LLRC report objectively if you can!

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            Burning Issue

            “Just study the LLRC report objectively if you can!”

            You are being unfair to this stupid Shenal. The LLRC report runs into 407 pages. How could you expect/ask her to read more than 4 sentences, when her attention span lasts only 3 seconds?

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          classical example of Sinhala alt right, as in the article, May be Dayan found a bhodhi tree atlast, you need to try a one!

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          Shenali please do not display your stupidity. Power in a democratic country consist of legislative, executive and judicial functions. Just like the Sinhalese Tamils shuld have the same power to pass legislation, implement it and sit on judgement o it. This is what you mean by power sharing. This means that writ of the Sinhalese will end at the border of Tamil ruled territory. This is what is happening in devolution in Scotland and Quebec despite there being a demand for independence. Denial of this right to Tamils who had total sovereignty at the time of Portuguese conquest, which British failed to return to Tamils at the time of independence is outright racism on the part of Sinhalese.

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            Well first off, thank you for clarifying my query. However, you accused the Sinhalese of not granting Tamils total sovereignty. But what I should remind you is that when British signed the accenssion agreement with the Sinhalese back in 1815 they accepted that the whole island was under the authoriry of the Sinhalese king. 18 Sinhala chiefs signed the agrrement with British officials. No Tamil ever objected to it. So, why cry fowl over things that even British did not accept.

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      NV,
      “Did hundreds of thousands of people, mostly young, die violently or were they maimed, and tens of thousands disappear, and unknown numbers were they tortured, in the less than four decades between April 1971 and May 2009.”
      The ones in 1971 were not terrorists. They were killed by the Indian Army, like the ones in 1989/90.
      One Wijeweera was shot when he attempted to grab the weapon of a police officer. It has happened so many times since then.
      I am glad Dr. DJ is beginning to (dimly) see the light in spite of his Gota-branded sunglasses.

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    Is Dr Dayan trying to create a Bogey Man?…….
    Sinhala Far Right Fascists …..What a cool name………
    Poor Sinhala people who are now mainly in the South, are getting hammered by Dr Ranil’s UNP Police , even if they come out to protect their Kids who are in in Medical School…….. The Free one of course…….
    Sinhala Buddhists in Hambantota , who tried to protest about losing their Air Port to Indians were blasted with Water Cannons…………..
    And Namal Rajapaksa was arrested and charged. the very next day………
    Now Dr Ranil is threatening the Whole non Malwatta Buddhist Clan and the Media who writes anything in support of their campaign to protect Buddhism and what ever little Buddhist Influence which they have, after Dr Ranil, NGOS and Sirisena got hold of the reigns……………
    Dr Dayan , please don’t help create more angst among the poor Sinhala Buddhists………..
    I don’t think they can pose any threat to Dr Ranil, Sirisena , Veallas, Wahabis and the UNP ………..
    Besides Mr Sirisena has put his “charismatic” Apprentice to keep an eye on the Sinhala Buddhists in Hambnatota………….Despite the fact that Dr Ranil has his one time nemesis ,the Sinhala Buddhist Faction Leader of the UNP , Keselwatta Kid already there , keeping everything under control…………
    And Dr Ranil hasn’t even mobilized the UNP Mangala’s Kurundu Polu Brigade …………

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      KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera

      ” Is Dr Dayan trying to create a Bogey Man?”

      No, its real. I have been warning about Sinhala/Buddhist fascists for a quite a long time. He is one among the few.

      “Sinhala Far Right Fascists”

      You got it wrong. Its Sinhala/Buddhist fascist.

      “And Dr Ranil hasn’t even mobilized the UNP Mangala’s Kurundu Polu Brigade”

      Is it because Namal Baby’s Nil Balakaya – Blue Brigade – නිල් බලකාය was too busy in that area for a week or so? GL Peris was child minding. The Baby wanted the police to have him under custody. In order to help a stage managed return of the Hero.

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    Dayan noticed that you are barking in CT the same shit on a regular basis. [edited out]

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    I think DJ is writing to ake JAckal Opposition and the Rajapakse camp happy. Because, Ranil has prepared every thing for making Sinhale a Kerala, in which, after the praja sabha or something, Sinhala people will be minorities headed by Muslims or Tamils. They are gooing to add 3500 more new people who will be women. It is those women working in the middle east feeding those 10,000 politicians. While PENTHOUSE RAVI and some politicians hide their loot all over the world, Poor people will work over time to pay their taxes, children will be ruined. so much for the economic development. —————- thge earlier promise was, it is solution made within the country and the political rights of the smallest minority will be equal to those of Tamils and muslims alike, Even in that Sinhala rights are forgotten. both the Mahinda Rajapakse and Ranil, new alibaba and the forty thieves, are destryng what ever left by Mahinda Rajapakse and teh gang. —————- You DJ know what happened to Catalonia and now they take back all ther full powers devolved. Again, while all these politicians at the top are satisfying their egotistical needs, those women wokring in the middle east are funding those crazy projects. As sumaasekara says, both sinhala and Tamil Dalits working or have to work two jobs feed their hunger to develop the country. I heard some are planning to move to the TRUMP’s land land to invest what they have stolen. What I can not understand, when the Tamils beloved colonial masters did not give anything ot them why we are bending to them. Is it because some people, including wants to live luxury lives at the expense of the country and the people. most importantly the maximalist, buddhist supremacists who don’t have their country, civilization and are being reverse discriminated. After the on coming devolution Sinhala people have to live in their own country but in a PANCHAYATH system as in Tamilnadu, called Malayanadu or Nasiristhan and governed by Tamils, Wahabis and it looks Rishad Bathiuddin wants a Shia team there too. DJ, what is the position that you are looking for.

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    This final solution is simply to make happy the Jackal Opposition and TNA who they themselves are sacrificing Tamils for their luxury living. Other wise, wigneswaran is a known Tribalist and I don’t know how he gave impartial verdicts in sinhala versus Tamil like cases. IT says, Already, TNA has police powers as police officers in NP governed by them. One Sinhala officer was in jail, while vijayakala Maheswaran and SivagiLingam (?) were living happily after releasing the leader of the Gang rape of a School girl. Tamils want war crimes for the south and accuse forces for RAPE. Yet, their own LTTE rump people come to rape Dalit girls and to produce pornography videos. Politicians are in it. give them more powers to rape the north. that is what southern politicians want because they want to be in power and protect the loot that they have hidden. It Says,Ranil will not do anything to thieves because theives might reveals what other thefts happend. Another point is Most of the Tamils live in the South. wigneswaran wants sinhala people out of the Tamil ethnic enclave and wants all the forests, they call occupied lands, released so thay can settle homeless kallathonis as said in Thimpu Talks. Every Tamil is a citizen in Malayanadu.

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    DJ is wrongly assuming the following and making an ass out of him:
    ” The North is in pain because it lost a war. It is also in pain because it feels that its ethnic kin have a better status elsewhere in the world”

    The North and the East was in pain long before the war, and that was the cause of the war. Not so sure why it’s still difficult for DJ’s corrupted mind to understand this basics. The Tamils are not in pain because the Tamils are better off elsewhere in the world – with this kind illogic, not sure what else DJ can logicalize. The Tamils are in pain because of the oppression by the Sinhalese who are refusing to give the Tamils their rights.

    The ultra racist is teaching the Sinhala Hard Right/Far Right/Extreme Right/Alt-Right/Radical Right his illogic. One can only hope they have better sense.

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      What exclusive rights have Tamils been denied? Will granting land and police powers satisfy them? If the required rights were granted to North and East, what will happen to the Tamil people live outside the N-E?

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        Dear Shenal,
        Please change your record . It is cracked .
        Only idiots will keep asking the same question expecting different answers every time.

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        Shenali

        More than 1.2 million hard working people were made stateless. Hindians had to send its forces to kick JR where it hurt him, and got their citizenship reinstated.

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          Sinhalese never ask for the importation of those people. If they have any problem, they should discuss with British about it. Atleast appriciate the fact that Sinhalese kept half of the alien population while sending back the rest to their native country. Not many countries have done such things.

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            Shenal,

            “Sinhalese never ask for the importation of those people. If they have any problem, they should discuss with British about it.”

            Yes. Unfortunately, the Para-British have caused so many calamities, globally.

            The Native Veddah Aethho, never ask ed for the Paras. If the Paras have any problem, they should discuss with the Indians, so that the Paras can get back to their homeland, like some Paras did.

            Now, why are the Paras from India should get back to their Para-Homeland, India, Bengal, Bihar, Kalinga, Orissa. Andra-Pradesh, South India, Tamil Nadu, Kerala Nadu etc.

            Reference -Genetics

            https://www.researchgate.net/publication/258335458_Mitochondrial_DNA_history_of_Sri_Lankan_ethnic_people_Their_relations_within_the_island_and_with_the_Indian_subcontinental_populations

            Mitochondrial DNA history of Sri Lankan ethnic people:

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              So what happened to the Sinhalese of India? If you can find the them. Maybe we are ready to move to their place. Can you find?

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    who are the leaders of the alt right? they are the Buddhist prelates
    who supports them who else but the rajapaksas
    kindly leave them out of your diatribes if you want people to take you seriously
    you are writing for the English educated and they are a minority when it comes to politics
    the masses prefer handouts like sil redi ,arrack, clocks etc ask basil

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    As usual DJ is pouring out hypocritical bullshit of his lost mind at this website and pro-Gotabhaya rallies. It is natural that his past associations with Varadarajah Perumal’s Elam, DJ is feeling nostalgic about the separate state. Next, his finger pointing at Sinhala Buddhists as far right, ultra right and Fascists comes from his Catholic loyalties carefully hidden under a socialist garb. Catholics have a hidden agenda in promoting a separate state because they will be next, demanding a pro-Rome Vatican like state in Sri Lanka. If DJ is serious about multi religious harmony in the island, we challenge him to remove ST. Pauls church from king Narendrasinghe who had given sanctuary to the Catholics persecuted by the Dutch Jews in low country.

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    Not sure whether DJ got the problem definition right in parroting ethnic based power sharing as the panacea.

    ” North….in pain because it feels that its ethnic kin have a better status elsewhere in the world and therefore it either needs a better status or should be permitted to have self-rule or an independent state of its own.” Can DJ provide some evidence of this disparity (except perhaps in Tamil Nadu. Even there large segments of the population may not be better off than SL Tamils. Professionals may have better lifestyles in the West which is not related the issue discussed)?

    The other question to DJ is why the hill country Tamils as a community did not join the war? One could argue that hill country Tamils were/are worse off than Northern Tamils and have more reasons to wage war. Yet they did not. Does an ethnic base power sharing is THE solution for them?

    Has DJ considered the international dimension which has nothing to do with the issues DJ mentioned related to Sri Lanka? Would DJ’s “solution” address that international dimension? There’s a good article by Darini Rajasingham-Senanayake on this in CT. DJ might want to read and reflect upon before berating an imaginary “ultra right Sinhalese hawks”.

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      Hela

      You will have answers to all your questions once you have pulled your stupid head from wherever it is now.

      Perhaps HLD M is sitting on your head.

      “The other question to DJ is why the hill country Tamils as a community did not join the war?”

      Didn’t you know Hindians were actively involved in the destabilisation of this island in the early stages of the war. However since early 2005 Hindians were actively involved in destroying LTTE (with enormous help from VP) while stabilizing the country.

      As early as 1984 Tamil militants were warned not to meddle in up country Tamil affairs as Hindians would take care of them. The 1987 Indo Lanka treaty facilitated the granting of citizenship to more than 800,000 disenfranchised up country Tamils. …..

      However many youth from up country joined the LTTE, fought and died simply they were betrayed by so called guardians of working class party from the South . You should ask the JVP, CP, LSSP, ….. as to why the parties betrayed a section of working class?

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        Veddo,

        Are you the spokesperson of DJ?

        You seem to have a good communication channel with RAW.

        Some youth from up country joined LTTE but it was not significant in the overall context to impact that community.

        JVP, CP, LSSP betraying plantation sector workers is a valid point though not related to the matter raised by DJ.

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          Hela

          “Are you the spokesperson of DJ?”

          Haven’t heard about self respect and dignity?

          “You seem to have a good communication channel with RAW.”

          Have you been sleeping all those years? Don’t let Shanali Waduge, HLD M, Wimal, Champika, Dr Mahinda, …………………….. sit on your head.

          I wonder why most of the noisy Sinhala/Buddhist fascists let others sit on their tiny little brain which stop them from seeking information and truth. Have you heard “reading between the lines”?

          How is your preparation going on for the next round of riots against the minorities? Have you got a spare petrol can in case if somass needed one? Is your local saffron clad thug coordinating the entire operation?

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    I heard the day Penthouse Ravi Is arrested people will set up fire crackers in colombo. I think DJ is also involved in the Central Bank robbery. What will Ranil say to you ? “Animitta Sanna”.

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    “The Rajapaksas weren’t and are not opposed to the13th amendment and provincial devolution as such,”

    This is another tactics to safe guard Mahinda Rajapakse from categorising the so called “ultra right Sinhalese”. He did not say who are these ultra right Sinhalese? Mahinda Rajapakse & Gotapaya Rajapakse are the ultra right Sinhala. Dayan don’t try to fool others. He or you never talk about the All party committee appointed by Mahinda during the war and nobody knows what happened to that proposals. Why didn’t implement any of the LLRC proposals? Almost all Sinhala leadership were ultra right leaders from DS Senanayake to Mithiri.

    “Rajapaksa and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) led by him were in the forefront of the movement stirring up anti-accord protests. The day before the signing of the Indo-Lanka Accord in 1987, a satyagraha was held in front of the Bo Tree in Pettah, where Mahinda Rajapaksa was a prominent figure among the other leaders present. He was not even an MP at that time. Rohan Guneratne, in his book ‘Indian intervention in Sri Lanka’ has the following narrative of the events that day
    Source: http://srilankabrief.org/2013/04/mahinda-rajapakshas-opposition-to-the-indo-lanka-accord/

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    It is unfortunate Sri Lanka never had a visionary like Kuan Lew of Singapore. Singapore was a fishing village during the last century, but has grown to an economic power house today thanks to Lew Kuan Lew leadership. His son is now the Prime Minister of Singapore. Due to communal clashes Singapore was separated from Malaysia on 9th August, 1965. It was a friendly divorce. As pointed out by Dayan, Mahinda Rajapaksa lost a golden opportunity to remove the causes that led to the bloody war and win the hearts of the defeated Tamils. Instead he humiliated the Tamils by celebrating war victories, erecting war memorials, building Buddhist viharas and Buddhist statues all over the Northeast. As emphasised by Dayan, Mahinda Rajapaksa will still be president had he healed the wounds of war by improving and implementing 13A, handing over private lands seized by the armed forces, restored civilian administration in 2010 and re-settled all displaced people mad repaired the damage to buildings during the bloody war. He did not build one house or repaired the war damages schools, hospitals. He built only roads not for the people, but for the army to move freely. He did nothing. He added fuel to fire by heaping more abuses and humiliating them by appointing retd.military generals as Governors of Northeast provinces. Gotabhaya’s contribution to the defeat of Mahinda Rajapaksa’s defeat was by no means a small feat. Rounding up Tamil civilians living in lodges and despatching them to North and East in buses was a despicable and autocratic act and no Tamil to this day is prepared to forget and forgive. Those Alt Right and saffron robe militia who oppose the constitutional process are unwittingly laying the foundation for Kosovo type solution to the ethnic problem.

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      Thanga,
      Because of your selfish amnesia, taking hands with Thero, don’t tell us Old King won the war to free Tamils. You are such a selfish person seeking your personal fame splitting TNA too. You are showing your foolishness by fiddling for Thero’s music. Remember, Old King never wanted to appoint Military commanders to be governors to North. He only wanted it direct under his control by abolishing 13A. There was no way Tamil would have participated in the election unless Sampanthar betrayed them. That is why Old King would have won the 2015 election.

      Old King refused to conduct Northern election. He appointed the commission under Nimal Siri Pala De Silva to repeal 13A. India opposed to that. Period. By that, when Manmohan Singh was returning from UN, in 2013, he refused to meet Old King. From 2010, Manmohan Singh had repeated that Lankawe wasn’t listening to his talks. Old King had started selling of Colombo Pong Cing and exposing that in friction might have had India immediately running over Lankawe again. Fearing for that, when he came back from UN, he conducted the election. When Old King paid money to kill Kathirgamar, as indicated by Ranil in the parliament, it was only to clean Parliament from Tamils. That was what he did with all Tamil Journalist and Tamils MPs like Pararajasingam, Raviraj etc. Don’t be an idiot to sing Pakkapaddu to Thero, whose only object is selling his May, 2009 temporary victory to “Sinhala Buddhist Rights”.

      Old King has been threatening New King to split SLFP. But he cannot be a Solomon West, who is a really smart Malayalee, so he had an Oxford Degree. Thero stopped writing Brother Prince for EP when Old King showed fear to lead Joint Comedy Club. But now New King is willing to accommodate Old Royals back in SLFP. Then Thero will soon return to sing the fame of Brother Prince.

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    “Tamil angst “ That should have been the heading of the Sinhala Buddhist racist, Thero’s essay. But as had Brother Prince been kicking on his butt for two years and teaching him the one word “Zero”, he put it there, but not to make any point. Though Thero and Brother Prince have now accepted the casualty is unacceptably mountainous, Thero could not forget the Zero, because it was that kind of reinforcement Bother Prince put to ensure Thero to remember the zero before he packed his luggage to Geneva, in May 2009.

    “This is an island in anguish. Both South and North of the island are in pain. The North is in pain because it lost a war.” As per Thero Sinhalese has a real problem but the Tamils’ one is only bogus. Sinhalese had “April 1971 insurrection”, but Tamils supported terrorism. They self-inflicted their pain. “Therefore much of its angst is self-inflicted.” Because of Sinhala Buddhists’ humiliation, Tamil left to “ Koppai Addika” as refugees in unknown Foreign lands. For Tamils’ angst, the Racist is saying, “another reason is, North-East Tamils are jealous of TN Tamils”. Just a rotten soul is thinking that he is too smart in wedging, like Don Stephen, who wedged between Up Country and North-East and Muslims. ! It is Thero only jealously of TN and has been fear mongering if Tamils gets beyond his 13-, TN will sweep away the Lankawe. Lankawe is regressing from wherever Tamils left in 1950s. Sinhala Intellectual Comedies are not capable of to take on TN’s progress. In the 1950s, TN and Kerala workers coming to Lankawe seeking work. Now Lankaweyans slaving are their Colonial Masters in Middle East. But, whether Thero intended or not, he concedes that Northern Tamils are thinking that because TN Tamils have reasonable autonomy in their own rulings.

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    True, TN Tamils have seen leaders EeeVeRa, not buffoons like Thero de Silva or Anagarika. True TN was led by Karunanidhi, MGR, and Jayalalitha like non Tamils. Not by ultra-racists like Solomon West Ridgeway Dias or Don Stephen or Queen Sirimavo or Ranil.
    Thero lecture goes on like Tamils don’t have a problem. But Sinhalese are graceful. So because Tamils just inflicted self-pain, to get out of it for them, Sinhala Rights, Sinhala Hard Rights, Far Rights, extreme Rights, Alt-Rights & Radical Rights can give them 13-. Thero thinks Tamil misses the opportunities, other than Varathar , who to use the opportunities India provided, ran to India giving up his elected NEPC-CM.
    There is no real “left or right” in Lankawe. All are Theros, Champikas, Vasus, Dineshs or Undya Gaminpillas. New King, Old King Ranil, Chandrika, Kanangra,….. they sell pieces of Lankawe to China. Neither America nor Britain helped even JR, because they know the Sinhala Right-Left. It was only the previous State Secretary John Kerry got fooled by Ranil to get into power, and then once in power, Ranil got together with China and played out America.

    Sinhala Buddhists are two types, Political and Religious. The Political Sinhala Buddhist are the ones always vote for the opposition and Religious ones are led by Kandy Ayatollahs, who are both SLFP-and UNP. Though there is difference in party voting between them, they both live and die to man the anti-Tamil pogroms. Thero is a Religious Buddhist who votes for Old King SLFP, instead of voting only for opposition. Sinhala Ultra Buddhist racist, who abandon his real name De Silva, Thero is trying color the Sinhala Buddhist as “Rights”, whom he opposes with his Zero Casualty war mongering Stalinism.

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    Thero’s own secret solution, other than the Yahapalanaya ones, is keeping the army in the North like US had the army in the South. Does this comedian know Lincoln killed 1/10 of white Americans to liberate Black Americans? Does he know US kept army in the South for 12 years to protect the Blacks? Did Thero do that after 1958, when Solomon Staged Emergency 1958 and Killed Tamils? No. Army was deployed in North in 1958, 1961, 1977 & 1983. America did not deploy Army in the South before the Civil war. I am not aware American army forcefully entering into American girls Sari-Ceremonies while in South. I was not aware the American army occupying the Southerners’ homes and Schools, cultivating in Southerners’ lands, running hotels, planting Suicide Jackets or even raping girls. Sinhala Rapist army fought the war to occupy the Tamils’ land which Tamils opposed even when Soulbury was enslaving them to rapist army. In contrast to that, American army fought that war to free the slaves. When the constitution was ratified by a state, it agrees to take the leadership of the Union. Southern states had consented to stay under union, but Tamils never did that. Blind, illiterate, comedy Thero cannot comprehend the difference between the Federal American Constitution which conducted the civil war,( where few White Northern States fought with white Southern states) and the Dutugamunu Akkaya Rajyawe, SinhaLE Wildlife Sanctuary Lankawe conducted the war to occupy the Tamils’ lands. At the time, when American constitution was written, by including appropriate foundational provisions, it was expected to in time the Salves be freed, if no explicit provision were embedded in the constitution. America Passed its 13A immediately after the war. When did Lankawe followed of using army to protect minorities like US used the Whites only army to Protect Black Slaves?

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    “Ven. Medagoda Abeytissa Thera, representing Eliya organisation, yesterday said it would be better to have Tamil speaking leaders as President and Prime Minister than to divide the country on ethnic lines (The Island)”.

    Like the last king of Sinhale, Sri Wickrema Rajasinghe, Sinhalese (including the labelled ones as “New Right”) do not have an issue of a Tamil who can win the confidence of the populous being the head of state. Late Laxman Kadiragamar had the potential to be PM if not for his untimely death at the hands of LTTE. However there is a long term issue impacting the whole country in demarcating it on ethnic lines (this should not be construed as against devolution per se). DJ has not ventured into the “aspirations” of Muslims having their own enclave too.

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    Major General Kamal Gunaratne has decreed that “Supporters Of New Constitution Must Be Killed” implying that opponents of new constitution are his friends.
    Dayan: Please tell us whether this thing Kamal Gunaratne is Far Right or Extreme Right or is Near Hell.

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