Photo credit REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte: Special Forces Combat soldiers ride in a parade during a war victory ceremony in Colombo May 27, 2011. Sri Lanka holds a military parade and memorial for fallen soldiers on Friday to mark the second anniversary of the defeat of the Tamil Tigers, which ended a quarter-century civil war in the Indian Ocean nation.

“Revolution is not a dinner party, not an essay, nor a painting, nor a piece of embroidery; it cannot be advanced softly, gradually, carefully, considerately, respectfully, politely, plainly and modestly”. – Mao Ze Dong

The matter is rather simple really. What do you do, or more correctly, what does a state do, and what does a leader at the helm of state affairs do, when faced with a situation of a heavily armed movement dedicated to dismembering the country through secession; a movement which has repeatedly resorted to terrorism; has repeatedly returned to war after episodes of ceasefires and negotiations with successive governments of two countries, has finally been outmanoeuvred and is cornered, trapped? What does a state do when such a movement, its cadres back in civilian clothes, has surrounded itself with and embedded itself in a population of civilians, many of whom had chosen to follow the secessionist army when it retreated from its citadel over a decade before and has been touted as a weapons trained militia? What does a state do when such an armed force has placed heavy guns and command centres amidst that populace and is firing those guns and mortars at the surrounding army? What does a state do when the strategy of the cornered terrorist army is to catalyse an externally induced ceasefire and live to fight another day? What does a state, especially a democratic republican state, do when the vast majority of its citizenry are urging a decisive finish to a decades-long plague of terrorism and when its armed forces are straining at the leash to defeat and destroy the beast which has been tormenting the state and generations of its citizenry?

Agree to yet another ceasefire and yet another round of talks, not based upon unconditional surrender – the only realistic option in the situation – but contingent on or resulting in the evacuation of the secessionist terrorist leadership? Or go in, as the Allies crashed into Berlin or Paul Kagame’s troops went into the civilian camps across the border?

When you go in, do you do so flailing about blindly, or while making the risky effort to breach the enemy defences and facilitate the exit of as many of the civilians as possible?

And once you’ve done so to the fullest extent possible, what do you do?  How do you deal with the efforts to breakout by the enemy; efforts which include the tactic of embedded suicide bombers in civilian clothes?

And when the final battles take place in the dark pre-dawn hours; a battle which does not entail a surgical strike by commandos against a lone enemy leader but with the elite praetorian guard of the cruellest of enemies; a battle which is fought not with pilotless Predator drones and Hellfire missiles but by foot soldiers who probably come from villages where night raids have left bodies and memories of huddled infants and breastfeeding mothers, against the backcloth of a long struggle which has reawakened historical anxieties of an existential sort, do you expect the final scene to be pretty? Revolution, said Mao, is not a dinner party. Still less is a secessionist war a dinner party. The Russian Bolsheviks led by those epitomes of Reason and modernity Lenin and Trotsky, sanctioned the physical elimination of the Tzar and his family (a ghastly act which Trotsky, the epitome of Western reason and modernity, justified and Bolshevism’s original sin, according to Reggie Siriwardena in the Lanka Guardian), the Italian partisans hanged Mussolini and his woman friend upon capture, elements of the Sri Lankan armed forces fed their co-ethnic and generational peer Rohana Wijeweera into the fire.  Not my idea of the ethics of violence, but who practised those ethics anyway, apart from Fidel, Che, the Cubans, the Nicaraguan Sandinistas and perhaps some Lusophone African liberation movements? These were exceptions and veritable saints by comparison with the normal practices and practitioners of war in History– History described by Hegel as a “slaughter bench”.

So what now?

Does anybody seriously expect a state, especially one that is sufficiently democratic at base to be responsive to public opinion, to open up the war and its closing stages, which are felt to be a liberating triumph by the overwhelmingly greater number of its citizens, to international scrutiny? Which state has done so, where and when, two years after a victorious war? Why should Sri Lanka be the first in line of a questionable doctrine, when it should be at the back of the queue if there is one?

This is not a matter of a nasty regime defending itself. Liberal democratic Spain, a member of the EU and NATO, filed a case against its most celebrated judge, Balthazar Garzon, who started universal jurisdiction rolling with his admirable decision of Augusto Pinochet, because Garzon sought to open up for possible accountability the crimes committed during the Spanish Civil War of the 1930s.

Each state and society decides on how, when and who by, the issues of accountability and impunity are settled. How can the UK, which let Augusto Pinochet go, and which took 38 years to issue its report into Bloody Sunday with no prosecutions having yet taken place, wag its finger at Sri Lanka on impunity?

Are those who argue that accountability is a pre-requisite for reconciliation and that an international or independent national inquiry is a prerequisite for accountability, seriously hold that an inquisition into the Sri Lankan armed forces will assist rather than wreck reconciliation? Who then will reconcile the rather large armed forces (with the stress on the adjective) with those who seek to or permit them to be placed in the dock for having risked life and limb to  liberate the country from one of the most violent militias the contemporary world has seen?

Who will reconcile the vast Sinhala peasantry with that element of urban society and its expatriate cousins, which wishes to put their sons in the dock at the behest of some foreigners or liberal legal doctrines? Who will reconcile an ancient nation which constitutes the vast mass of the island, with the former colonial powers that issue deadlines and ultimatums and a neighbouring landmass from which incursions took place throughout history, and now passes resolutions calling for economic blockades?

Did the pressure from the anti-Castro Cubans in Florida and the economic embargo by the USA lead to a softening within Cuba? Where in the world does a combination of such external pressures and outrageous demands, from historic invaders and occupiers, not lead to an internal hardening?

By which logic does anyone call for a risky lacerating inquiry in the name of reconciliation with a minority, when it the idea of penalising, persecuting and prosecuting a loved and socially rooted, army will incense the vast majority?  Who or which is more organic to the country: the armed forces or those who are calling for accountability hearings, so loudly, so aggressively and so soon after the war? Will Sri Lanka’s citizens heed the threatening calls of an ex-colonizer and occupier or the resolutions of the assembly of a neighbouring site of ancient incursions, or protect its elected government, a leadership of its democratic choice and a military consisting of its children?

What makes any intelligent person think that the people of this country will not defend from those deemed intervening outsiders and their local lackeys, those who defended the country—and do so ‘by any means necessary’? What could make an intelligent person think that the majority of Sri Lanka’s citizens do not see the Tiger flags and Tamil Eelam graphics (the map of the island with the North East differently coloured) in the photographs of the demonstrations and events taking place among the re-mobilised and revengeful elements of the Tamil Diaspora in the West? A literate people know that the Tiger is not a self-serving embellishment of the incumbent administration, but the old enemy propelling its front organisations and fellow travellers; its ‘useful idiots’, while straining to leverage the ex-colonial states against Sri Lanka and waiting to leap from beyond the oceans.

How can anyone seriously believe that inter-ethnic reconciliation will be possible, still less accelerated, by or in the aftermath of anything that smacks of victimising the popular armed forces? Accountability hearings AND devolution? Devolution AFTER accountability hearings? Is not the choice one of devolution OR accountability, under this or any other administration? Can any administration that accedes to a full-on accountability hearings, this present one or a successor, follow it up with liberal measures of ethnic compromise and reconciliation and hope to avoid a ferocious backlash? How long would a Wickramasinghe- Karunanayake-Samaraweera administration that moves on ‘accountability’ AND devolution (not to mention neoliberal economic reform) last? Is not an ‘accountability hearing into the closing stages of the war’ – as distinct from domestic inquiry into concrete instances of crimes involving aberrant armed forces personnel—precisely the single measure that will render radioactive any liberal interethnic compromise whatsoever?

How can any serious analyst draw parallels with South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation process, when that was in the context of a negotiated transition from minority rule to majority rule and entailed for the most part, a re-telling of coercive transgressions by the minority against the majority? What would have been the mechanism and practice had the South African outcome been one of outright military victory by the majority forces?

How could a serious commentator draw parallels with the Serbian government handing over Milosevic and Mladic to The Hague? Serbia lost the war as conspicuously as Sri Lanka won it. Yugoslavia broke up or was broken up. Serbia was attracted by the EU option. Sri Lanka is in Asia, and in Asia, as the President of Slovenia (and political science scholar) Danilo Turk put it at a UNESCO Roundtable in Paris a few weeks ago, Westphalian sovereignty prevails. Henry Kissinger emphasised the same point in his new book ‘On China’.

An ancient nation, possibly one of the oldest on earth, with a long chronicled history, a unique language, specific religious denominational adherence and strong identity and consciousness, demographically well-positioned on an island in Asia; a nation which has beaten back a thirty year old ferocious suicide–terrorism and survived an external intervention, a nation with a fairly sizeable population and tough armed forces: does this look like a pushover, or a collective that’s going to bend over for six of the best from a former colonial schoolmaster?

Those doing the pushing see only the target, the incumbent regime, and perhaps the endgame, regime termination, but are poor students of history and politics and therefore do not have foresight or sense of direction. They are oblivious to pattern, process and trajectory, which is one of polarisation and radicalisation: of hardening. Instead of polarisation they may get regime shift or displacement, which ranges from intra regime displacement of the regime’s ‘centre of gravity’, to radical regime transformation.

Under extreme siege, or the collective perception of such, regimes recompose and mutate into or are displaced  and succeeded, not a by a neoliberal or liberal one so beloved by the West, the émigrés and urban civil society, but precisely by one that will be widely mandated to resist more resolutely: an organic, probably elected, Praetorianism or Caesarism. Is it inevitably, axiomatically, unsustainable and therefore bound to be but an interlude, however horribly Hobbesian? I don’t know, but one may ask Myanmar or Pakistan or imagine a fusion.

Sri Lanka’s cities were hit hardest by terrorist suicide bombings but its civil society is the least grateful to those who saved it. We didn’t save ourselves; we were saved by the Sinhala peasantry which sent its boys into the armed forces and bloody battle.

The best portrait of the Sinhalese peasant as protagonist came from the pen of Leonard Woolf, in The Village in the Jungle. Silindu –unforgettably portrayed by Joe Abeywickrema in Lester’s movie — slow, superstitious, is repeatedly pushed, prodded and pilfered by the slick Fernando and Ratemahattaya, until, like the water-buffalo, he finally perceives process and enemy and turns, game-changer in his grasp: a double-barrelled shotgun. This is what happened after the years of the CFA, the PTOMS and unilateral appeasement and national humiliation, facilitated by the intermediaries, the compradors, represented by Ranil’s UNP. The Silindu streak in the collective Sinhala spirit and psyche took it to the next level, pushing back right up to ‘the Day of the Guns’ (to quote a favourite American thinker, Mickey Spillane) at Nandikadal. Today, the ‘social media’ savvy civil society sympathisers of the Darusman Report and the Channel 4 spin are the inheritors and continuators of role of the Fernandos and the Ratemahayttayas, connected to the same colonial overlords.

It makes little sense to push such a nation into a corner – to the point of crystallisation of a determination to resist and recoil in the face of an existential threat of incursion into the inviolable and irreducible sovereign space.

True, the physical fate of Silindu and his family was a tragic one, but as the thirty year old Mervyn de Silva, my father, concluded in his Introduction to Leonard Woolf’s Diaries (1961), these poor rural Sinhala folk had “a far greater moral worth than the Fernandos and Ratemahattayas of this world”.

  • Kusal Perera

    Remember it was the Sinhala leadership that disfranchised the Tamil people in the plantations and made them Stateless too, as one of their first political projects after independence. Political life thereafter was about trust, the Tamil people could, or could not have on Sinhala leaders.
    That said first, let me ask Dayan, on the same logic he puts forward, what would the Tamil society do, when their space in the State is removed by taking off their right to use their own language and is forced to use Sinhala instead ? What would the Tamil society do when they are badly let down on the most democratic agreement reached as the B-C Pact, for no fault of theirs ? What would the Tamil society do when they are again badly let down, after agreement on the D-C pact ? What would the Tamil society do, when they are again let down on the 1972 Constitution, that centralised political power in Colombo with no provisions for minority safety ? What would the Tamil society do when their children are made to sacrifice the future with university admission standardisation ? What would the Tamil people do when they are not given any chance to share any power, even at peripheral level, even within a UNITARY STATE ?
    Dayan should remember,even after the TULF was voted to parliament with the biggest Tamil voter percentage ever and a mandate to establish a “Separate Tamil State” at the 1977 July elections, they still agreed to work within a Unitary State, accepting District Development Councils. Dayan should also remember that it was not the Tamil people who went on the rampage setting fire to the Jaffna city and the Jaffna Library in 1981 May 31-June 01, pre DDC election time.
    NOW, wouldn’t Dayan’s own statement with this little change, fit the Tamil society as well ? Do read it with this change now.
    “It makes little sense to push such a “Tamil society” into a corner – to the point of crystallisation of a determination to resist and recoil in the face of an existential threat of incursion into the inviolable and irreducible sovereign space.”
    It is easy for Dayan to begin his story, with Prabhakaran But this conflict has a much longer and a valid history that fathered Prabhakaran. So lets not hide the fact that Sinhala chauvinism to begin with and then Sinhala Buddhist racist politics, was the illegitimate father of Prabhakaran.

    Kusal

    • Rajan

      Kusal Perera summarised it beautifully:

      “So lets not hide the fact that Sinhala chauvinism to begin with and then Sinhala Buddhist racist politics, was the illegitimate father of Prabhakaran.”

    • Off the Cuff

      Kusal Perera,

      You said “Remember it was the Sinhala leadership that disfranchised the Tamil people in the plantations and made them Stateless too, as one of their first political projects after independence”

      Correction Kusal, you have left out some important facts.

      SOME Sinhala and ALL Northern Tamil leaders of the day were responsible for that.

      You say “Political life thereafter was about trust, the Tamil people could, or could not have on Sinhala leaders”

      But do you believe that they are able to Trust the Tamil Leaders who betrayed them?

      You have not given the full picture, there were Sinhalese Leaders, who voted AGAINST the Citizenship Act together with the Plantation Tamil Leaders.

      All Tamil leaders from the NORTH voted FOR the Act with the government.

      Why?

      The Northern Tamils separated themselves from the Plantation Tamils on the Citizenship issue. You probably could analyse and provide justification for that.

      You say “That said first, let me ask Dayan, on the same logic he puts forward, what would the Tamil society do, when their space in the State is removed by taking off their right to use their own language and is forced to use Sinhala instead ? “

      The Tamils and the Sinhalese NEVER had the right to use their own languages before the Language Act of 1956. Hence that space never existed prior to 1956.

      Agree with you about forcing Sinhala on Tamil public servants.

      After the 1956 Act, the Sinhalese had that space and in 1958 the Tamils won it too.

      What they should have done and was done, is negotiate. Which resulted in the language Act of 1958.

      You say “What would the Tamil society do when they are badly let down on the most democratic agreement reached as the B-C Pact, for no fault of theirs ? “

      A section of Tamils lead by G. G. Ponnambalam, the Leader of the ACTC and MP. C Suntheralingham opposed the Pact. So not ALL Tamils wanted the pact either.

      The problem with the BC pact was the absence of public discussion before it was sprung on the public.

      You say “What would the Tamil society do when they are again badly let down, after agreement on the D-C pact ? “

      Again the problem is a lack of public discussion

      The DC pact also contained an inequitable provision within clause 4

      Quote

      Mr. Senanayake further agreed that in the granting of land under colonization schemes the following priorities be observed in the Northern and Eastern provinces.

      (a) Land in the Northern and Eastern provinces should in the first instance be granted to landless persons in the district.

      (b) Secondly, to Tamil-speaking persons resident in the northern and eastern provinces.

      (c) Thirdly, to other citizens in Ceylon, preference being given to Tamil citizens in the rest of the island.
      Unquote

      The above provision without a balancing provision pertaining to the rest of the country is discriminatory.

      It would have created Ethnically demarcated geographic boundaries within Lanka. A de-facto Eelam.

      I think a more rational distribution of resources would be a per capita distribution as that would prevent anyone from taking a bigger piece of the cake.

      You say “What would the Tamil society do when their children are made to sacrifice the future with university admission standardisation ? “

      The initial language wise standardisation was an injustice. This was corrected later and today Standardisation provides for a more equitable distribution of resources.

      Here is an opinion from T. Sabaratnam, who wrote in a book about the Tamil Tiger Leader Prabhakaran as follows,

      Quote

      The district quota system that came into effect by the end of 1974 introduced the scheme whereby 30 percent of the students were admitted to the university on the basis of merit and 55 percent on the basis of district quota, with the balance 15 percent of the places reserved for backward districts.
       
      The district quota system, though detrimental to the students from the Jaffna district, benefited Tamils living in other Tamil districts. In 1974 Jaffna’s share of university admission shrank to 7 percent, roughly equal to its population ratio. This system benefited students from Vanni, Batticoloa, Trincomalee, and Ampara. It was under the district quota systems that the first student from Kilinochchi entered the university.  

      Unquote

      A country’s resources must be equally shared and one community should not be called upon to subsidise the others. Any subsidy should be on grounds of need and that too equitably.

      • myil selvan

        Dear Off the Cuff,
        You are making off the cuff remarks again and flip flopping as well. Not all Northern Tamil leaders voted for the citizenship act that disenfranchised the plantation tamils. SJV Chelvanayakam and some others broke away from the ACTC of G.G. Ponnambalam and formed the ITAK (Federal Party in English) in 1949 because G.G. Ponnambalam voted for this act after initially voting against it. Initially G.G. Ponnambalam voted against it and then he was offered a cabinet portfolio by D.S.S. and then he voted for it. This led to the breakaway faction that created the Federal Party.
        My understanding is that since the Socialist Parties had done well in the first elections of 1947, D.S.S., and the UNP felt they needed to keep the socialist vote base in check and this led to the move to introduce the citizenship act. SJV Chelvanayakam and the Federal Party took the act to courts and the High Court accepted the act. Then the Federal party appealed to the privy council (appeals to the privy council in the UK were there at the time) and they accepted this Act, because most Tea companies were british at the time and they didn’t want to lose the great profits from it. So the privy council in the UK is also to be blamed for this sad decision.

        You also made remarks according to another blogger that the CH4 documentary was a full fabrication but now you seem to indicate some are true. This is known as flip flopping. The documentary has been authenticated by different sources, even the UN special rapporteur on extra judicial killing. Why not appoint an independent investigation team from around the world to get to the bottom of all this??
        Will the GoSL do that? What do they have to hide?
        Come on OTC, this is blatant hypocrisy.

      • Kusal Perera

        To Off the Cuff,
        You got the facts distorted friend.

        That Citizenship Act in 1948 WAS NOT supported by all Northern Tamils. The ONLY Northern Tamil party, if you wish to call it that, in parliament, was the All Ceylon Tamil Congress (ACTC) led by G.G Snr that was in government with the UNP and it broke in two over the citizenship issue. SJV, C. Suntheralingam and the majority in ACTC opposed it and paved the way for the ITAK (known as FP) led by SJV.

        As for D.S. Senanayake’s colonisation, the reality is that the Sinhala dominant State has not been fair and just, in implementing most programmes in relation to Tamil people. Therefore all quotations from you end up as library material, while on the ground, from Gal Oya, to Allei and Kanthalai, colonisation changed the demographic pattern in the Eastern province drastically against the Tamil people.

        That is why the land issue is such a crucial issue in Tamil politics.

        Kusal

      • Off the Cuff

        Kusal Perera,

        Unbiased writing is not easy Kusal, if you are not willing to look at things honestly.
        Your initial statement on June 26, 2011 • 8:33 pm was this

        Quote
        Remember it was the Sinhala leadership that disfranchised the Tamil people in the plantations and made them Stateless too,
        Unquote

        I don’t see any mention of Tamil involvement in that statement. Do you?

        Your second statement on June 28, 2011 • 7:26 am in response to my challenge is an about turn

        Quote
        That Citizenship Act in 1948 WAS NOT supported by all Northern Tamils.
        Unquote

        By that you mean that SOME Tamil parties supported it right?
        Why did you HIDE that fact Kusal and why try to single out a Race?

        Quote
        The ONLY Northern Tamil party, if you wish to call it that, in parliament, was the All Ceylon Tamil Congress (ACTC) led by G.G Snr that was in government with the UNP
        Unquote

        Oh oh so now you admit that the Govt was a Sinhalese and TAMIL govt and yet you SINGLED out the Sinhalese to lay the blame!!! Why Kusal, Why?

        For a person who apparently had no knowledge of a Tamil involvement and was blaming SOLELY the Sinhalese for passing the Citizenship Act, (just two days before your current post), you seem to have had quite some knowledge about Tamil involvement in it anyway.

        So Kusal my friend, let’s put these distorted facts in the correct perspective, without the Tamil vote and support what would have happened to the Citizenship Act?

        Sri Lanka is a Democracy. In a one person one vote democracy the majority will always form the government. Hence the realistic outlook is that the Sinhalese will form a govt some times on their own and at other times in coalition with the minority Parties. It will not be possible to form a Tamil or Muslim majority govt, within Sri Lanka, in the foreseeable future.

        Leaving aside the fact that the UNP govt of that day, had within it, Minority representatives (which you have ignored), it was also in coalition with a Racially named TAMIL political party viz the All Ceylon Tamil Congress. Hence you have been deceitful in the statement that you made, blaming ONLY the Sinhalese, for the Citizenship Act.

        Kusal, you brought up the Dudley – Chelva Pact and I replied that.

        Now without justifying your position on the DC Pact you are changing to DS Senanayake’s Gal Oya project. Why are you running with the goal posts? Don’t you have anything to say in defence of your position on the DC pact?

        82% of Sri Lanka’s Land is owned by the Government and is hence, public property. I don’t see any justice in recognising ANY ethnic based privileges when it comes to sharing Public Property. Any privileges that should be recognised must be based only on NEED and not on Ethnicity.

        Public resources should be shared on a per capita basis as otherwise, RACIALLY minded communities can appropriate for themselves a lion’s share at the expense of others.

        Land is a Scarce Resource. Ethnic ownership of Public Land cannot be justified IF you believe that every individual has an equal right to it. If the Govt spends money to develop land, that land should be distributed on a per capita base and not on any ethnic based claims such as in the exclusive Homeland theory.

        You side stepped the issue in your previous post but I am repeating it again below

        Extract
        The DC pact also contained an inequitable provision within clause 4

        Quote
        Mr. Senanayake further agreed that in the granting of land under colonization schemes the following priorities be observed in the Northern and Eastern provinces.
        (a) Land in the Northern and Eastern provinces should in the first instance be granted to landless persons in the district.
        (b) Secondly, to Tamil-speaking persons resident in the northern and eastern provinces.
        (c) Thirdly, to other citizens in Ceylon, preference being given to Tamil citizens in the rest of the island.
        Unquote

        The above provision without a balancing provision pertaining to the rest of the country is discriminatory. It would have created Ethnically demarcated geographic boundaries within Lanka. A de-facto Eelam.

        End Extract

        Please make your position clear.

        You also brought up the BC pact without mentioning that it was opposed by Tamils and tried to show that the Sinhalese were solely to blame for that too

        A section of Tamils lead by G. G. Ponnambalam, the Leader of the ACTC and MP. C Suntheralingham opposed the Pact. So not ALL Tamils wanted the pact either.

        Quote
        What would the Tamil society do when they are badly let down on the most democratic agreement reached as the B-C Pact, for no fault of theirs ?
        Unquote

        In view of the above, how do you justify your question quoted above ?

        You also say

        Quote
        Therefore all quotations from you end up as library material, while on the ground,
        Unquote

        Nice try Kusal but not good enough.

        You brought up standardisation and I quoted a passage from T. Sabaratnam’s book on the Tamil Tiger Leader Prabhakaran in which he states

        Quote
        The district quota system that came into effect by the end of 1974 introduced the scheme whereby 30 percent of the students were admitted to the university on the basis of merit and 55 percent on the basis of district quota, with the balance 15 percent of the places reserved for backward districts.
         
        The district quota system, though detrimental to the students from the Jaffna district, benefited Tamils living in other Tamil districts. In 1974 Jaffna’s share of university admission shrank to 7 percent, roughly equal to its population ratio. This system benefited students from Vanni, Batticoloa, Trincomalee, and Ampara. It was under the district quota systems that the first student from Kilinochchi entered the university.  
        Unquote

        Today even Jaffna is considered a backward District (may be to compensate for the effects of war but in reality it is one of the most educationally advanced districts).

        and you say it’s just library material?

        Not a very good counter Kusal, either you are bankrupt and bereft of facts or you are deceitful and parroting the Tamil Diaspora.

        You further state
        Quote
        from Gal Oya, to Allei and Kanthalai, colonisation changed the demographic pattern in the Eastern province drastically against the Tamil people.
        Unquote

        Is it your position that the North and the East should be exclusively Tamil?
        If so why?

        Was not the demographic pattern of the Hill country changed by the settlement of Indian Tamils?

        What is this talk of “against the Tamil people”
        That is what the Tamil intelligentsia used to beat war drums with.

        Yes I agree that the Land issue is crucial not just for Tamils but for ALL citizen’s of Sri Lanka. There is a tried and tested policy that has withstood the test of time for 22 years and is still in operation in that Country. The Tamils in that country have not opposed it even within parliament which is covered by parliamentary Immunity. It is called the Ethnic Integration Policy and is implemented even today by the Govt of Singapore. It however, will be the death knell of the Exclusive Homeland theory as it is based on per capita distribution of resources.

        Championing Minority Rights is one thing. Being deceitful and intentionally or inadvertently fanning hatred is another.

      • Off the Cuff

        Dear Burning Issue and Myil Selvan,

        Understanding the English Language is key when exchanging each others ideas using that Medium. I am hardly at fault when that is missing in a reader.

        Burning Issue, at least be honest and link to any statements that I have purported to have made. What are these other forums that you are talking about? For a long time I have been writing only to GV. You have the dishonest habit of throwing wild accusations and when challenged quietly sneaking away. Here is an example

        http://groundviews.org/2011/06/15/twitter-explodes-with-reactions-and-responses-to-sri-lankas-killing-fields/#comment-33116

        Dear OTC,
        You asked a numerous questions; some are reasonable and some are illogical!

        Here is my challenge to you
        http://groundviews.org/2011/06/15/twitter-explodes-with-reactions-and-responses-to-sri-lankas-killing-fields/#comment-33140
        Dear Burning Issue,,
        I would be grateful to know which of my questions are illogical. Can you advise?

        Here is a reminder
        http://groundviews.org/2011/06/15/twitter-explodes-with-reactions-and-responses-to-sri-lankas-killing-fields/#comment-33231
        Extract
        Dear Burning Issue,
        I am awaiting an answer to my post of June 17, 2011 • 1:47 am.
        When I make an accusation It’s done with proof in hand.
        If I make a mistake I do not hesitate to apologise or to correct the error.
        Are you able to do likewise?
        End Extract

        To date there is no reply from you

        You ask me the following question.
        “Why do you feel that SL should investigate about dead tiger women, when you claimed on other forums that the C4 documentary is a complete fabrication and staged? By the looks of it, you now seem to accept that some parts of it bear true footages! “
        Here are my reasons.
        The dead bodies can be identified as LTTE women by the military attire.
        They are indecently exposed and roughly handled
        The faces of some men who are handling the bodies can be clearly seen
        The video quality is good and will facilitate identification.

        As I write on the side of Justice I don’t have a side to defend other than Justice itself. Hence it is not a problem for me to observe and comment on a possible injustice. Note what I say, it is a POSSIBLE injustice.

        I stand by what I wrote. The latest 50 minute CH4 film is a complete fabrication except for the scenes depicting Tiger women.
        Here are the reasons
        There is not a SINGLE LTTE wounded or dead within the Hospital and it’s surroundings. The Hospital was the only hospital in the war zone. The ONLY explanation is that the LTTE Dead and Wounded are Masquerading in Civilian Clothes.
        There is sufficient evidence that the LTTE forced conscripted even children due to shortage of men and women to fight. Yet we see many able bodied wounded in Hospital in civvies.

        There is an LTTE video which was televised that shows LTTE fighters in the battle front dressed in civvies riding armoured vehicles. It also shows even old men been taken at gun point to work and fight in the war front.
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=h2T1FiwRmQo

        All LTTE material used in the film are from LTTE embedded cameramen (2 cameramen per 100 fighters) who used high quality video cameras to shoot propaganda material. These cameramen are called by the misnomer “Truth Tigers”

        The sound track Tamil is completely different to the purported English Translation. Check the spoken Tamil where some civilians are running out of a trench.

        Ms. Vanik Kumar was in the war zone, was in the hospital that was claimed to have been shelled several times, she escaped with the other civilians, was kept as an IDP in the custody of the armed forces, she is very young and very good looking. Now the question arises in my mind as to how she escaped Rape that was supposed to be routine and endemic with the SLA?

        The first short CH4, showing the executions is of poor quality, without any recognisable faces and only relies on the spoken Sinhala to accuse the SLA.
        That video could have been shot even in Tamil Nadu and the victims could be Sinhala soldiers captured by the LTTE (they killed 600 policemen who surrendered to them under orders from President Premadasa while Peace Talks were going on at the Hilton Colombo). The LTTE was reported to have linguistic training that trained some Tamil terrorists to speak Sinhala fluently, without any accent in order for them to move freely in the South without arousing suspicion. The only way that video can be authenticated is by producing the actual phone on which it was supposed to be shot and the person who shot it. At the moment, it only relies on emotion and the noise generated by Channel Four and the Tamil Diaspora. Both of who, have an axe to grind.

        Myil says

        “Not all Northern Tamil leaders voted for the citizenship act that disenfranchised the plantation tamils.”

        So you are admitting that SOME TAMIL LEADERS voted to pass the Citizenship Act into Law.
        Those Tamils who VOTED were with the govt. It was a UNP and All Ceylon Tamil Congress Coalition Govt.

        Following independence in 1948, G. G. Ponnambalam and the party he founded, the All Ceylon Tamil Congress (Tamil Congress), joined D. S. Senanayake’s moderate, Western-oriented, United National Party Government. This Government pass the Ceylon Citizenship Act of 1948, which denied citizenship to Sri Lankans of Indian origin (Wiki)

        Kusal hid that fact and his comment isolating the Sinhalese was deceitful and unjust.
        Please remember that the UNP is not a Sinhalese Party. It is a party with Tamil and Muslim members. Unlike the UNP, the ACTC is racial by name and by composition.

        Your comment about GRAFT has no bearing on the fact that some JAFFNA TAMILS voted to Disenfranchise OTHER TAMILS, the Indian origin Tamils. You are talking of an eminent legal luminary not a brainless nincompoop, who if I am not mistaken shot down Scotland Yard’s finger print experts evidence in the first ever case, involving Finger Print evidence in Ceylon.

        You say “So the privy council in the UK is also to be blamed for this sad decision”
        When the decision does not sit well with you even the Privy Council is at fault? And you are asking for independent investigations?

        Myil, don’t depend on other people’s posts to write your own, unless you can substantiate what you decide to pen. You just make a fool of yourself as you have done now.

        Please read my response to Kusal before you write again.

        Now, can both of you, indicate with reasons, what other than the treatment of Tiger female dead, has even a semblance of credibility, in the latest 50 minute fraud, touted as a “Forensic Investigation” Video produced by CH4 ?

        Myil, don’t take my pen name too literally. It was not an off hand selection.
        Disproving what I have written should be easy for you as they were written off the cuff.

        I do make mistakes but I have no problem in admitting them. I accept what you and Kusal say about ALL Northern Tamils not voting but it is irrelevant in the context of Kusal’s claim, singling out the Sinhalese when the govt responsible was a Coalition of a Racially Tamil Party and a Mixed Race Party.

  • jansee

    Dayan:

    You are a shade better than the SL regime. That you justify the killings rather than deny them like the regime does does not absolve the regime of alleged war crimes. The proud history that you so eloquently mentioned is not what is at issue. There is no quarrel with the Sinhalese people and SL is a beautiful country indeed. You can talk of Berlin, etc and if you find comfort in any of those atrocities as an excuse to relieve the SL regime of what it did, or citing the LTTE being in the midst of civilians, does not, I repeat does not mean the SL regime can go on a shooting and shelling spree – that amounts to murder and war crimes. What kind of a humanitarian operation is this?

    • Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

      Jansee, run a check on my GV articles as a sample, and tell me when have I EVER used the phrase ‘ humanitarian operation/s’?

      • jansee

        Dayan:

        I have never counted you as a humanitarian, neither did you conduct a humanitarian operation. I was alluding to the SL regime’s claim and your justifications for the “mass murder”

  • Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

    C’mon Kusal, so what? ‘Tamil society’ ( or sections of it) took its best shot and lost. Now it is trying again, with external help. That’s not news to me or any Sri Lankan.

    • This very same reply may apply to Dayan Jayatilleka ans others as well courting similar positions.

      Why are you finding to write this piece today after having the best shot politically, militarily for “Sri Lankan state” and then diplomatically congratulating at the very same UNHRC that showed the “Killing Fields”?

      Will be interesting to see which one of the several pseudo nationalists will jump off the ship, when the going gets more tough(er!)

      • Off the Cuff

        M. Arunan

        You said “……. very same UNHRC that showed the “Killing Fields”? ”

        Killing Fields?
        Are you referring to the CH4 50 minute “Forensic Investigation” Video ?

        The same video that did not have a SINGLE terrorist wounded or dead within the ONLY hospital available to the LTTE in the war zone?

        So where are the Terrorist wounded and Dead?
        Dressed in Civilian Clothes?

        The same video that gave a deceitful English commentary to the Tamil Spoken within the video?
        Check the Tamil spoken by the civilians getting out of a trench and running and compare that to the English commentary.

        Except for the treatment of the dead Tiger Women, which is atrocious and should be dealt with under SL law, the above two facts rubbishes the so called “Forensic Investigation” and points more to a fabrication by Groups that have an axe to grind, CH4 for the expulsion and humiliation that they received and the Tamil diaspora for the defeat of their murderous God Father.

      • Burning_Issue

        Dear OTC,

        “Except for the treatment of the dead Tiger Women, which is atrocious and should be dealt with under SL law,”

        Why do you feel that SL should investigate about dead tiger women, when you claimed on other forums that the C4 documentary is a complete fabrication and staged? By the looks of it, you now seem to accept that some parts of it bear true footages!

      • Off the Cuff

        Dear Burning Issue,

        My reply to your post is combined with that of Myil Selvan here
        http://groundviews.org/2011/06/26/provoking-persecuting-and-pushing-sri-lanka-enough/#comment-33820

    • indonicus

      And we have enough sons of peasants left to stop that attempt too, don’t we comrade?

    • Kusal Perera

      Feel Sorry about you Dayan.
      Didn’t expect you to go that far, or rather that deep in getting embedded unconditionally in racist politics to say “yes the Tamils have been fooled and let down over the years since independence. So what ? There’s nothing new in that, but Prabhakaran must be killed, never mind how many Tamils are killed and maimed.”
      I think I made a mistake in trying to discuss politics with you. It would have been much better to try discussing politics with WW.
      Thank you for telling who you are, for this plundering and looting regime, on the credits of war.
      Kusal

      • Dr Dayan Jayatilleka

        Don’t be sillier and more dishonest than you are, Kusal. My views on the Tamil issue are well known. Even Gordon weiss in his ‘ The Cage’ calls me a ‘ trenchant advocate of constituional reforms and devolution. The Sinhala chauvinist columnist Malinda Seneviratne hardly ever fails to excoriate me for my continued advocacy of devolution. Recently he warned Mahinda Rajapske against being influenced by three advocates of devolution, whom he listed as Dayan Jayatilleka, Rajiva Wijesinha and GL Peiris ( in that order). My response ‘ so what?’ was to your initial post up on this thread which readers may refer, in which you sounded as if you were threatening the Sri Lankan state and the bulk of its citizenry , with the prospect of some Tamil ‘recoil’. Since we’ve been there, done that and got the Nandikadal T shirt, I dismissed that with the contempt it deserves.

      • Dr Dayan Jayatilleka

        Dear readers, there have been references here to Justice CG Weeramantry. I have nothing but respect and agreement with Judge Weeramantry, and I have repeatedly expressed that in my published writing. I endorse all his criticisms of our political past and the status quo. I also note that he hasn’t said a word in support of any ‘ international inquiry’ nor has he used the phrases ‘ war crimes’, ‘ ‘impunity’ and accountability’. Note that as an independent stellar jurist, he just IS NOT INTO THAT DISCOURSE AGAINST SRI LANKA. He looks forward to and works for a future of inter-ethnic reconciliation. He was awarded the UNESCO prize for Education for Peace in 2006. I hope to hook up his ongoing programme with UNESCO.

      • Burning_Issue

        What is the delay in hooking up with Justice Weeramantry’s programme? Are you waiting for it to advance and be successful; sitting on the fence perhaps!

        By the way; the title of your article should read as follows:
        Provoking, persecuting and pushing MR Regime: Enough!
        You see the likes of Kosal Perera care about Sri Lanka too; Sri Lanka is not under attack but the present regime is; you need to be able to distinguish between these two aspects.

      • Lakshan

        Dayan

        While one cannot agree with some points of Malinda’s output on devolution etc. you have to admit that he is effective in countering critics of Sri Lanka through his recent writings
        BTW aren’t you guys in the same boat end of the day ?

  • “Sri Lanka’s cities were hit hardest by terrorist suicide bombings but its civil society is the least grateful to those who saved it” ???

    I am sure the Civil society repents on electing Selfish, Short sighted politicians like SWRD (and their congruent followers and devotees) who instigated the Sinhala only Act which snowballed terrorism in the first place more, than being grateful to the command line who betrayed the very principles that the civil society held dear; Freedom Justice and Democracy.

  • Agnos

    “It makes little sense to push such a nation into a corner.”

    It was “such a nation” that spawned two JVP insurrections and then left murdered bodies strewn around in Kadugannawa or Kundasale. Or decapitated heads in front of Peradeniya’s arts theater. Was the JVP not a product of that same vaunted Sinhalese peasantry? And Ranjan Wijeratne who crushed the JVP, and whose wife would dance late into the night at Western style parties, wasn’t a “slick Fernando?”

    A “nation” so steeped in self-destructive violence and racism is in no position to threaten a world beyond its reach, a world on which it depends for its economic survival (See what the latest Sunday Times editorial says).

    And a “large army” is useless, even a negative, in a world where weapons of mass destruction abound.

    • Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

      Agnos, true, true, which makes my point, or one of them: not quite the kind of folk whose chain you wanna keep jerking. Many societies spawn JVP type movements, but few put them down. Take Colombia. the Southern polity has never allowed itself to be ruled by a totalitarian movement. the Northern did.

      As for ‘weapons of mass destruction’, the endgame involves (i) getting past the vetoes of two powers and (ii) putting boots on the ground, in a country with a largish populace, plenty of youngsters who know how to wield guns ably, in paddy fields, scrub jungles, hills and mean urban streets. They’ll get up close and personal.

  • Ananda-USA

    Bravo, Dayan … you said it like it is!

    The eradication of the LTTE from Sri Lanka was indeed a victory of the Sri Lankan peasantry who girded their loins and sent their sons and daughters to battle for their motherland, their lives and their future.

    These long suffering common people of Sri Lanka will not forget for generations to come who led them, who supported them, and who enabled them to save themselves.

    No amount of hypocritical criticism and regime change machinations by former colonial masters seeking to reimpose their hegemony over the developing nations, or the racist global Tamil Eelamist movement striving to win through subterfuge in peace what they failed to win through violence in war, will change the perception of the common masses of Sri Lanka that this victory was to secure their lives, their place in the sun.

    They will not yield, come hell or high water!

  • punitham

    http://www.groundviews.org/2010/10/17/an-allergy-to-analysis-and-historical-amnesia-in-sri-lanka/#comments
    Allergy to analysis and historical amnesia in Sri Lanka, Dayan Jayatilleka, 17 October 2010:
    ”… Dozens of Tamil youth were imprisoned under Emergency for years, for the crime of hoisting black flags against the promulgation of the ’72 Constitution. …” (Jayatilleka was former Sri Lankan Representative to the UN)

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/Thousands-of-Tamil-youth-in-jail-without-being-charged/Article1-602611.aspx
    Thousands of Tamil youth in jail without being charged, 20 September 2010: ”K.Godage, a former diplomat has told the Lankan war commission: ‘’Over two thousand of them have been held for years without being charged.’’

    Where do the oppressed go to?

    After destructive wars, man established a body called the UN and formulated a charter to guide the action of the international community to bring peace and prosperity to all. Man, being a biological animal(in spite of Triople Gem, etc) is sometimes too selfish and does not constrain himself to care for fellow beings even when holding responsible positions.

    So Sri Lanka is in a state like this where ethnic minorities are still oppressed even after 63+ yrs of oppression all the accompanying consequences. The oppressed are not represented at the UN where oppressive regimes gang up and prevent solutions based on the UN charter.

    Thus successive Sri Lankan governments could do damage control by appointing ”commissions” about which many conscientious Sinhalese have told LLRC and warned it to be different from its predecessors.

    Even after the war was over the last two years have been only worse for the ethnic minorities. Whta it is has appeared here and in other websites and I don’t have to go into it.

    LLRC was told who was provoking persecuting and pushing whom by many Sinhalese. I’m sure you’ve looked up LLRC website. Before writing this article you should have asked them why they said what they said.

    Ok. That was not your point in writing this anyway.

    You have employed one ploy: ”Provoking, persecuting and pushing Sri Lanka”. Our Attorney General has taken another ploy when he spoke with the UN Special Rapporteur for Extrajudicial killings:
    ”the agony caused by the allegations” – http://transcurrents.com/news-views/archives/1674#more-1674

    Successive governments over the decades have been doing expert damage control at the UN. Now this government is doing expert obfuscation(i’m not sure if this is the right word – youwill know it as you are a master at wordcraft).

    • Ananda-USA

      Puthinam,

      Still pushing the notion that it was all “innocent Tamils” who were “held for years without being charged”, and claiming “in Sri Lanka ethnic minorities are still oppressed”?

      Oh my, those who bombed thousands of innocents to bits, sliced and diced entire villages full of people in the dead of night as an ethnic cleansing tool, glorified and deployed suicide bombers against civilians as an acceptable method of war, kidnapped children routinely to serve as cannon fodder, executed hundreds of captured policemen and soldiers without pity … they must have Martians … not Tamils .. I suppose!

      Ethnic minorities are not oppressed in Sri Lanka, as long as they abide by the laws of the land, and they laws of Sri Lanka do not dioscriminate against people by community. Tamilshave exactly the same rights as the majority Sinhalese. On the other hand, they will not have one iota of extra rights or special privileges that other citizens don’t have … so get over this notion that Tamils are entitled to some special treatment just because they are a minority, or because 60 million more Tamils live across the Palk Strait.

      If you want to see real discrimination, go to Tamil Nadu, or to other parts of India, and see how people of lower castes are systematically disenfranchised and denied equal rights. Yet, it is Tamil Nadu and Indians in general, who preach to Sri Lanka about discrimination against Tamils … talk about the pot calling the kettle black! India tries to alleviate these inequities by slicing and dicing its people into communities, Scheduled castes and so forth, and allocating different benefits to each. That only exacerbates communal divisions and animosities as we all know. It is not by accident that more than 80% of Indians (more than 850 million) across a broad swathe of India are subject to Maoist/Naxalite terrorism. Instead, India should grant government assistance according to poverty and need, not according to membership in a community.

      This is important for Sri Lanka, because it has not yet sunk into the Eelamist Tamil mind that Sri Lanka’s policy of governance is to recognize in law only ONE COMMUNITY, that of all Sri Lankan citizens, equal under the law. Sri Lanka does not wish to define and devolve power to separate communities by ethnicity, religion, language, sex and/or caste. When Eelamist Tamils moan that they are “oppressed” in Sri Lanka … what they really mean is that they want Sri Lanka to be segregated into Bantustans by ethnicity, and that they be given an Eelam which they may govern solely for the benefit of Tamils.

      That will not happen in Sri Lanka … EVER … so get used to the notion of having to live in Sri Lanka as an ordinary citizen devoid of special privileges or exclusive regions for your own community.

      All of Sri Lanka belongs to all of its people, to settle and live in wherever they please.

      • Dear Ananda-USA;

        “If you want to see real discrimination, go to Tamil Nadu, or to other parts of India, and see how people of lower castes are systematically disenfranchised and denied equal rights.”

        You don’t have to go that far. Sri Lankan Tamils society is not different from Tamil Nadu, in the case of caste discrimination. Some castes are still not allowed to go to high class Hindu Temples even today.

        Thanks!

      • Punitham

        ”That will never happen”.

        Very very very true.

        CEYLON : A DIVIDED NATION, B H Farmer(1963):
        ”The truth, though unpalatable may be to some, is simply that nobody unacceptable to the present Sinhalese Buddhist nationalism has any chance of constitutional power in contemporary Ceylon.”

        USING UN PANEL REPORT FOR RESTORING DEMOCRATIC NORMALCY, NOT AS WEAPON OF REVENGE, National Peace Council, 9 May 2011: ‘’…The military presence in the Northern Province continues to be very high. They complained that virtually every decision relating to community life needed to be taken after permission was sought and obtained from the military.

    • Dr Dayan Jayatilleka

      Punitham, the oppressed shouldn’t go to fascism, as did those who supported the Tigers and still brandish the Tiger flag overseas. I suggest the oppressed go to the ballot box.

      • myil selvan

        Dear Dr.DJ
        You say “The oppressed should go to the ballot box”. But the ballot box is not working for the Thamil people here in Sri Lanka. That’s are faulty system. The system needs to be changed! How can the oppressed do that? Not within SL but maybe with outside help, just like how the 13th amendment came about.
        Can you really see any internal system working with the open dishonesty of the sinhala politicians? Which Mahinda is continuing, saying he is for 13+ but now will not even implement the 13th. In such a situation things will lead to desperate measures.

      • rita

        Successive governments from 1948 are fascists – the worst is this lot of Rajapakses. Where do the people turn to?

        People like you are always looking a for a green pasture to graze instead of making a change sorely needed by the country.

        You have diagnosed the problem. Yet you’ve chosen the easy option of going with the flow:

        http://www.groundviews.org/2010/10/17/an-allergy-to-analysis-and-historical-amnesia-in-sri-lanka/#comments
        Allergy to analysis and historical amnesia in Sri Lanka, Dayan Jayatilleka, 17 October 2010:
        ”… The Bandaranaike administration(1956-9) sowed the dragon’s teeth and it took Mahinda Rajapakse(2005-) to slay the marauding dragon, with all the corollaries and consequences that entailed. … Dozens of Tamil youth were imprisoned under Emergency for years, for the crime of hoisting black flags against the promulgation of the ’72 Constitution. …”

        There is a group of conscientious Sinhalese needing greater number for strength to bring about a change. Even if you don’t wish to join them please do something about:

        http://234next.com/csp/cms/sites/Next/Home/5680782-182/story.csp
        Why education matters for global security, Irina Bokova(Director General, UNESCO), 1 March 2011:
        ‘’ Education must rise on the agenda of peace building. We know the wrong type of education can fuel conflict. The use of education systems to foster hatred has contributed to the underlying causes of conflicts, from Rwanda to Sri Lanka, but also in Guatemala and Sudan.’’

        http://www.llrc.lk/images/stories/Justice__C_G_Weeramantry_-_29.11.2010.pdf
        Justice C. G. Weeramantry tells LLRC, 29 November 2010:
        ” Peace education is an imperative at this stage of our national history ….”

        http://transcurrents.com/tc/2009/01/why_sirimavo_refused_to_visit.html
        Why Sirimavo refused to visit Jaffna after 1964 cycloneBy Neville Jayaweera, 18 January 2009:

        ”…. Building a consciousness of nationhood is not a responsibility that can be left to politicians and constitutional lawyers. …. It is pre-eminently an educational task, to be initiated at the level of our schools. ….”

    • Dr Dayan Jayatilleka

      Jansee, do have a problem with the language you write in? Where have I justified ‘ mass murder’ or worse, by resort to the term ‘humanitarian operation’? I really cannot help it if others choose to deploy the term.

  • Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

    Hey Agnos, don’t get carried away with Ranjan Wijeratne’s role. Rohan Gunaratne’s book on the JVP reveals that the newly created ‘Ops Combine’ which was the integrated counter-terrorist engine of the state, reported directly to Sirisena Cooray who in turn reported directly to President Premadasa. Don’t forget that I was in and around the policy loop at that time.

    • Agnos

      I know. You are simply confirming what I have been saying for a long time: that your association with war criminals goes back to the Premadasa era.

  • Davidson

    What provoked the overall bad governance mentioned here:

    Jayantha Dhanapala’s written submission to Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission(LLRC), 30 August 2010: ‘’Each and every Government which held office from 1948 till the present bear culpability for the failure to achieve good governance, national unity and a framework of peace, stability and economic development in which all ethnic, religious and other groups could live in security and equality.”

    • sabbe laban

      Is it a credible commission?

      • Davidson

        http://www.llrc.lk/images/stories/docs/August2010/LLRC-JD-Transcript.pdf

        ”May I begin this … Mr. Chairman I will begin with a few remarks which may seem
        politically incorrect but perhaps a little frank. The recent history of Presidential
        Commissions has been a dismal and uninspiring one. We have the Udalagama
        Commission which was aborted and we have a number of Commission Reports which have
        not been implemented. Nevertheless, the personal stature of all of you as Commissioners
        and the integrity that is widely respected of yourselves encourages me to appear before you
        and speak in order that our country can enjoy a future of peace and reconciliation.
        May I also say at the outset that I believe that your Commission has been appointed one
        year too late. Nevertheless, and despite the fact that your mandate is a narrow one,
        artificially framed by certain time constraints, I believe that you will rise above the blame
        game that is common in the politics of Sri Lanka and ensure that a foundation is laid for a
        future of a stable, a durable peace and a reconciliation with all segments of our population. ….”

    • Dr Dayan Jayatilleka

      Yeah, Davidson, all true, but the PTOMS he ‘negotiated’ ( gave away) didn’t help either!

    • rajah

      hi one’s past action is the proof of future actions…
      if you are interested just visit the following web:
      http://www.nesohr.org/files/Lest_We_Forget.pdf

  • DJ

    Good day DJ , long time no see , no here ? What’s up , feeling the real pressure perhaps !

    i normally do not read your articles as most of them are utterly boring and too long, but this time i opted to give it a go , surprise surprise same old crap che, cuba, Lenin and Trotsky still hovering in your vocabulary, is not it DJ ? Absoluteltly fascinating!
    What you attempted to say is , LTTE was the root cause of every nasty things ever happened to sri lanka , and a democratically elected government defeated ruthless terrorist outfit from the face of the earth. How we defeated is none of any bodies business? Really?
    your assumption could have been valid, if the war was against Singhalese military wing (i.e JVP ), simply there would not be arduous calls for accountability from singhala Diaspora from all corners of the globe, may be few NGO and governments would shed some crocodile tears , that’s about it , ever powerful Tamil Diaspora will never let MR and his goons get away with this genocide , period !
    They have every right to do so , with this compelling evidence of c4 documentary movie , what will you have to say , are you still with Zero casualty myth and humanitarian chatter in one hand baloney! Or in complete denial of all these evidences mounting against the regime! love to know your thoughts about it ?
    DJ i’m a Singhalese and want to see justice done to both communities
    Bring to justice LTTE as well as MR & his goons, according to you this is a democratically elected government, if so can a government wage a war as similar to a terrorist organization, don’t we have a moral higher ground than a terrorist organization?
    I heard SL government is gonna sue C4 ( Sunday leader ), it is going to be very interesting finale , indeed !
    This regime is only similar to Myanmar and north Korea, look at the similarities, perhaps you won’t see as you are reaping the benefit full time from this despotic regime.

    • Dr Dayan Jayatilleka

      Bundoora, instead of writing nonsensical diatribes, why not show me one place I’ve used the terms ‘ zero casualty policy’ or ‘ humanitarian operation’. Ever.

  • wijayapala

    What do you do…when faced with a situation of a heavily armed movement dedicated to dismembering the country through secession; a movement which has repeatedly resorted to terrorism…when the vast majority of its citizenry are urging a decisive finish to a decades-long plague of terrorism and when its armed forces are straining at the leash to defeat and destroy the beast which has been tormenting the state and generations of its citizenry?

    Isn’t it obvious? You get everyone together for a seminar!!

  • ravana

    Heh Heh Heh,
    “Rate Mahattaya” and “Fernandos” are these days wearing the Kurrakan Sash and boasting about killing Journalists while “Silindus” are getting shot at Katunayake.

    DJ has got the metaphor tragically wrong! I suspect DJ is a lot more worried about Silindu than he lets own.

    : )

  • ravana

    On second thoughts…

    DJ is far too clever to get a metaphor wrong. Perhaps he is using the irony of the Kurrakkan Rate Mahatthayas to send a subtle warning to the Silindus of the World; what tragedy awaits them if they attempt anything like the double-barrel (is the metaphor these days “multi-barrel”) of a General Strike. For, the water buffalo could surely be turned against them as they have in the past.

    Well, the Silindus are fast learners. They now live and work among the Rate Mahatthayas and Fernandos (and DeSilvas for that matter). They have also learnt how to control the Water Buffalo. They don’t aim to be exterminated this time (like the previous 3 times).

    When the Silindus and Silindums join hands it would be an irresistible force. The water buffalo may yet turn on the Rate Mahattayas at home and the Fernandos elsewhere.

    • Dr Dayan Jayatilleka

      Ravana, you’ve been on another planet. the Silndus and Silindums WERE getting together or were about to, and I didn’t see you around then. It failed because the JVP killed Vijaya Kumaratunga and the LTTE killed K Pathmanabha, both of whom I supported and worked with. And I am glad if I helped in any way, to help justice overtake their killers.

    • Dr Dayan Jayatilleka

      Myilselvan, what nonsense: if the ballot box does not work, how come the TNA got elected?

      • myil selvan

        Dear Dr.DJ,
        Yes you’re right TNA got elected. But now what?? Do they have any power to call the shots? What about the army attacking the TNA candidates meeting?
        Is the ballot box really working? Right now we don’t see that on the ground. Thank you.

  • Nimal Sandaruwan

    On this logic every government from DS Senanayake’s to Rajapaksha’s are representative of Sinhala peasantry. So the argument has to go that the ‘Slow, superstitious, repeatedly pushed, prodded and pilfered’ Sinhala peasantry is responsible for the crimes of ‘slick Fernandos and Ratemahattayas’ and their modern day hangers on,the JVP. Both Sinhala and Tamil peasantries were betrayed by the Samasamjists long time ago, who joined the coalition government of Sirimavo B (a ‘Kumarihamy’).

    It is too late for ‘Ratemahattayas’, who got ‘Silindus’ to fire the multi-barrel guns to their brethren in the North, hide behind ‘Silindus’ loincloths now. After all, ‘Silindus’, still confused and leaderless, have not used their own double barrel guns yet.

  • ordinary lankan

    Dayan,

    I like these words coming from you….

    QUOTE

    An ancient nation, possibly one of the oldest on earth, with a long chronicled history, a unique language, specific religious denominational adherence and strong identity and consciousness, demographically well-positioned on an island in Asia; a nation which has beaten back a thirty year old ferocious suicide–terrorism and survived an external intervention, a nation with a fairly sizeable population and tough armed forces: does this look like a pushover, or a collective that’s going to bend over for six of the best from a former colonial schoolmaster?

    UNQUOTE

    SAY GOODBYE TO ALL THAT

    Steeped in dishonesty, imitation and superficiality we have now lost everything; sovereignty, government, rule of law, Buddha sasana. On the face of it we seem to have everything. But in fact we have nothing. This goes for all – Sinhalese, tamils, muslims, burghers etc etc. Perhaps some of the veddah’s may be in a better situation as their reality and thought process are one – not two.

    • Ananda-USA

      ordinary lankan,

      Perception is clearly relative to the observer, and I am amazed that you are so negative in your outlook for Sri Lanka.

      I was born 63 years ago in the year Sri Lanka became an independent nation. I have seen and experienced all the sorrows and joys of Mother Lanka since then.

      Although Sri Lanka could have achieved much more in those years if she had been spared the Eelamist disease, I am proud of what Sri Lanka has accomplished in many areas such as education, elimination of caste and sex discrimination, healthcare, transportation, rural electrification, labor relations … the list goes on. Sri Lanka is a wonderland of social equity in comparison to our much balleyhooed neighbour: India. The wonder of it is that Sri Lanka managed to remain a parliamentary democracy, and continue to improve the lot of her people, while coping with a vicious civil war planted in our midst by foreign powers, that raged for three long decades, without disintegrating into another Somalia.

      I have never been MORE OPTIMISTIC about Sri Lanka’s future than I am now. Much of that optimism stems from the very thing that seems to depress you: The emergence of a PATRIOTIC popularly elected government with a can-do attitude that is committed to transforming Sri Lanka into the Light of Asia, and the recognition of that by the vast majority of Sri Lanka’s people who have given their government their unswerving support.

      I consider myself truly blessed to have lived to see my Resplendent Motherland reunified, and marching with confidence towards a glorious future under able and effective PATRIOTIC leadership, even as its incurable enemies wail uncontrollably worldwide, giving vent to their despair and frustration.

      Jayawewa, Sri Lanka: Onwards as One Nation of One People sharing One Destiny!

      • Kannan

        Ananda-USA, I take it you live in the USA but still talk about Patriotic Leadership in Sri Lanka. May be you should move back and scream Jayaweva. Might do the country good.

      • indonicus

        Wakey! Wakey!!

    • Dr Dayan Jayatilleka

      Ordinary Lankan

      “say goodbye to all that”? “we have lost everything”?

      hah! just look closely at the faces in the photograph that illustrates my article.

    • Dr Dayan Jayatilleka

      Burning Issue, you say Sri Lanka is not under attack, the presnt regime is. What have you been watching, man? Going by the time exoended and the narrative, Channel 4 is far more about the conduct of the SL armed forces, including the Air Force (!) than about the regime. so also the Darusman report and Weiss’ The Cage. Yes, the regime is under attack but the main target is the war, its last stages and the conduct of the SL armed forces.

      As for the regime, the people will take care of it one way or another, but not to the detriment of national sovereignty and the benefit of the Expat pro Tiger elements.

      • Burning_Issue

        “What have you been watching, man? Going by the time exoended and the narrative, Channel 4 is far more about the conduct of the SL armed forces, including the Air Force (!) than about the regime.”

        Come on DJ; the Sri Lankan armed forces are under the direct stewardship of the MR regime. Sri Lanka will always remain but the regimes come and go; hence, the concentration is placed on the regime rather than on the country itself! It is people like you who associate the country in order to whip up blind patriotism; it does not take much to do that anyway within the Sinhala Buddhist Society!

        You wrote the below on the article:

        “An ancient nation, possibly one of the oldest on earth, with a long chronicled history, a unique language, specific religious denominational adherence and strong identity and consciousness, demographically well-positioned on an island in Asia; a nation which has beaten back a thirty year old ferocious suicide–terrorism and survived an external intervention, a nation with a fairly sizeable population and tough armed forces: does this look like a pushover, or a collective that’s going to bend over for six of the best from a former colonial schoolmaster?”

        What did you mean by “strong identity and consciousness”? Did you mean the Sinhala Buddhist identity or Sri Lankan identity? What was that made you write the above? It seems that your patriotic emotions have engulfed you to such an extent that you needed to outpour such sentiments! Or; did you intentionally put it there for the benefit of your chauvinist friends? Don’t you see that this kind of nonsenses that polarised the nation to the core?

  • Sadun

    Kusal,

    You talk about disfranchisement of Tamil People in the plantations. Don’t you remember that they have been brought in by the colonialists when the Sinhalese Peasantry refused to work for them?

    Don’t you remember that all these estates and places where these Tamil people live to date belonged to the Sinhalese Peasantry in the hill country who had been driven away against their will by the colonialists?

    Do you think they should have been given their homes and lands back when we got our independence?

    • Kusal Perera

      Sadun,
      How comfortable are you to live on the sweat and toil of these labour ? They earn over 30% of foreign exchange annually for the Sri Lankans to live on.
      Kusal

      • Sadun

        Kusal,

        My question was not about the value of labour of the up country plantation tamil’s nor their contribution to the GDP.

        It was this;

        ” Do you think they should have been given their homes and lands back when we got our independence?”

      • MV

        Sadun,
        I believe a good portion of them have been living there for several generations. With the disenfranchisement, they have linked citizenship to one’s race/ethnicity. During the ’83 riots, many fled off to north-east (I believe Vanni had a good portion of upcountry Tamils). Some took refuge in Kent and Dollar Farm, where they were massacred later on. This led to some of the ethnic violence attributed to LTTE. It is interesting many Sinhalese or state media hardly account for these violence, rather they insist they were fighting terrorism.

      • Off the Cuff

        Hi Sadun,

        Kusal is adept at ducking direct questions.

        It is OK to change the Demography of the Hill country but not OK to do that within the so called Tamil Homeland.

        This is type of thinking is the biggest obstacle to reconciliation.

    • myil selvan

      Dear Sandun,
      A vast majority of the plantation land was forested area which the plantation Tamils cleared to make way for the Tea plantations. Some land was owned by sinhalese peasantry but definitely not all. The sinhala governments ever since independence never thought of giving back the land that the sinhala peasants lost, simply because there was a lot of money being made from Tea plantations. I guess, money talks!

      • Off the Cuff

        Dear Myil,

        You say “A vast majority of the plantation land was forested area which the plantation Tamils cleared to make way for the Tea plantations. Some land was owned by sinhalese peasantry but definitely not all.”

        Do you see any difference between that and Govt owned land in the North and East?

        Are you willing to go by the same logic and settle Sinhalese and Muslims within the North and East?

        You say “The sinhala governments ever since independence never thought of giving back the land that the sinhala peasants lost, simply because there was a lot of money being made from Tea plantations. I guess, money talks!”

        That may be the way your mind works Myil, to you money seems to be more important than moral and human issues.

        To give back the Land and to RESTORE the original Demography of the Sinhalese Hinterland, the Indian Tamils would have to be evicted.

        Not a very pleasant thing to do, when that community represented about 7% of the countries people.

  • Davidson

    We need good political leaders and good civil servants:

    http://234next.com/csp/cms/sites/Next/Home/5680782-182/story.csp
    Why education matters for global security, Irina Bokova(Director General, UNESCO), 1 March 2011:
    ‘’ Education must rise on the agenda of peace building. We know the wrong type of education can fuel conflict. The use of education systems to foster hatred has contributed to the underlying causes of conflicts, from Rwanda to Sri Lanka, but also in Guatemala and Sudan.’’

    ii. http://siteresources.worldbank.org/EDUCATION/Resources/278200-1121703274255/1439264-1126807073059/Paper_Final.pdf

    Respect for Diversity in Educational Publication – The Sri Lankan Experience, Ariya Wickrema, National Consultant Educational Publications Departmen and Peter Colenso, Education Specialist, World Bank, Colombo, 2003:

    ‘’…. The Government dominates the educational publications sector in Sri Lanka through its provision of free textbooks to all students from grade 1 to 11 …. distortion of history …. the textbooks encourage children to develop “apartheid attitudes” ….. Tamils are portrayed as “aggressors”; forces of the Tamil kings are “mercenaries’ , whereas forces of the Sinhala kings are “soldiers” …. War is shown as patriotic while peace is portrayed as cowardice.’’

    iii.The Two Faces of Education in Ethnic Conflict: Towards a Peacebuilding Education for Children – Kenneth D Bush and Diana Saltarelli(2000) – published by Innocenti Research Centre, UNICEF:

    ”Ethnic intolerance makes it appearance in the classroom in many ways….. A review of the textbooks used in the segregated schools of Sri Lanka in the 1970s and 1980s, for example, found Sinhalese textbooks scattered with images of Tamils as the historical enemies of the Sinhalese, ….”

    iv. Reggie Siriwardene, a well-respected Sinhalese writer, in a well-­documented analysis of the effects of school textbooks on ethnic relations in Sri Lanka(1984):

    “Millions of school children are taught, in the name of social studies, through text-books published by the state, the myths of divergent racial origins which will help to divide the Sinhalese and Tamils for more generations to come….”

    v.http://transcurrents.com/tc/2009/01/why_sirimavo_refused_to_visit.html
    Why Sirimavo refused to visit Jaffna after 1964 cycloneBy Neville Jayaweera, 18 January 2009:

    ”…. Building a consciousness of nationhood is not a responsibility that can be left to politicians and constitutional lawyers. …. It is pre-eminently an educational task, to be initiated at the level of our schools. ….”

    vi.http://www.llrc.lk/images/stories/Justice__C_G_Weeramantry_-_29.11.2010.pdf
    Justice C. G. Weeramantry tells LLRC, 29 November 2010:
    ” Peace education is an imperative at this stage of our national history ….”

  • Davidson

    There are still some amongst us who are trying to sow good seeds in the minds of the future generation amidst flimsy freedom of expression:

    A few Sinhalese appeal to Sinhala masses for justice to the ethnic minorities:

    i. http://transcurrents.com/news-views/archives/139
    National integration is still where it was when Prabhakaran’s body was found at Nandhikkadal, Somapala Gunadheera, 2 May 2011:

    ‘’…. If we are wise, we should first put our own house in order before we challenge the UN…. It is not yet too late to begin. The mission needs a powerful Presidential Task Force for National Reconciliation. Such a Force can cut the ground from under the feet of the ongoing controversy and many more to be expected.’’

    ii. http://transcurrents.com/news-views/archives/213
    Osama and Prabhakaran: The killing of two terrorist leaders, Harim Pieris, 5 May 2011:

    ‘’…. However the West’s war on terror and specifically its war on Al Queda have been complimented by a dialogue and outreach to the Muslim world.

    Similarly Sri Lanka’s own war on terror, concluded now almost two years ago, must also be complemented and succeeded by dialogue and an outreach through friendship to the Tamil community.”

    iii. http://groundviews.org/2011/06/22/thoughts-on-a-documentary-we-are-complicit-in-sri-lankas-killing-fields/#comment-33535
    Thoughts on a documentary: We are complicit in Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields, Anupama Ranawana, 22 June 2011:

    ‘’…. Free yourselves from the bounds of that modern instinct that asks you to preserve yourself and your society; and look to a struggle that can truly initiate a just and free society.’’

    • Dr Dayan Jayatilleka

      Davidson, I agree with all those you have quoted, and I don’t need them either because I have been far more prominent in saying them, much earlier and at greater personal cost. Why do you think Gordon Weiss quotes in his book The Cage, my cautionings on the post conflict trends?

      However my point is that external pressure and threats especially from sources such as the hypocritical West, including the former colonial oppressor, and from Tamil Nadu for Chrissakes, will obstruct progress along those necessary lines, such as devolution etc. In any country, such pressure only causes hardening into a state of siege. Regimes and societies evolve positively only with greater and more constructive engagement by the world, not pressure. In Sri Lanka this escalating pressure may lead to a domestic escalation and may result in a regime which makes MR look like Jimmy Carter. If you aren’t blind you can discern the writing on the wall; the ongoing shift.

      • myil selvan

        Dr.DJ,
        What do you mean by the colonial oppressor? If not for them there would be no Sri Lanka today!
        It was the so-called colonial oppressor that built our road and railway networks.
        It was the so-called colonial oppressor that put together our education system and schools of today all survive from that period.
        It was the so-called colonial oppressor that gave us our parliamentary system
        It was the so-called colonial oppressor that brought the whole country under one administration which led to the Unitary state of today.
        It was the so-called colonial oppressor who gave us Ceylon Tea and Cricket. Is that oppressive to us?

        Do I have to say more? What oppressor are you talking about?

      • Myil, most of what you list out was not done for the good of the natives, but for the profit of the colonising power. The railways transported tea and rubber to the coast so that this stolen booty could be shipped off to the world’s markets. Education (on what the colonisers deemed appropriate subjects) was so that the labour force could be useful to the occupiers. You seem to be under the impression that SL was invaded and occupied by the Salvation Army.

        The infrastructure, education, human and civic rights that the British variously and selectively implemented in SL would have been developed and implemented by the Sri Lankans themselves eventually, just as it has happened in uncolonised Asian nations such as Thailand. Surely you don’t think that 21st century SL, if it hadn’t had the colonial “experience”, would still be in the medieval era, with Sri Wikramarajasinhas and Parakramabahus on the throne of an absolute monarchy?

        The only reason the Brits can be credited with implementing these things is because they were the rulers at the time.

      • Off the Cuff

        Myil

        Your attachment to the Colonial power is touching. Does it have to do with you being handed the whip to ride the Lankan Horse rough shod?

        You say that “It was the so-called colonial oppressor that brought the whole country under one administration which led to the Unitary state of today.”

        You need to refresh your History knowledge.

        Lanka was Unified long before the British invaded.

        Even later, during the Dutch Era in the 17 th Century, the Kandyan Kingdom extended up to Elephant Pass

        Here is proof of that from The Netherlands National Archives

        Quote
        During the 17th century the Company was engaged in a war of attrition with the king of Kandy, who had close ties with Ceylon’s Buddhist population. There was a narrow tongue of land at Elephant Pass a fort was built to guard the border with the king’s territory. Elephants captured on Ceylon were herded past here to Jaffna to be sold in India, hence the name Elephant Pass.
        Unquote

        http://www.atlasofmutualheritage.nl/detail.aspx?page=dpost&lang=en&id=682#tab2

        BTW I replied your post addressed to me on 28 June

  • Bundoora

    DJ

    Ok, fair enough, if you are not on par with the official government policy of this ridicules humanitarian zero casualty policy, what do you stand for! Please elaborate.
    DJ don’t you see we, srilanakan deserved better! We are being alienated from the civilized world in to a pariah state , thanks to short sighted policies of MR, MR has only one vision and mission that is only to stay in power as long as he could and pass over to his off spring, MR would not dare share any power with Singhalese let alone Tamils , people need to understand the very basics, MR is here to stay and rule the country as it his private property , no matter who says what , stakes are so high , can Rajapakse siblings give up the power , they know very well , where they are going to be ended up . take for instance Hambanthota 2018 CM games , what are the real motives behind these mega projects , get massive commissions from the project and put his clown prince on the center stage , so he will be ready to take the reins thereafter. as he has concurred the world .
    DJ you must have seen the sub standard presentation of general shavendra silva , in NY, what a pathetic display , is he a diplomatic or has got what it takes to take the powerful organization/nations in to a task , has he been trained to deal in a civil/diplomatic society , why don’t we have the right people in the right places , who is calling the shots , these people are doing more damages than any good for our beloved motherland , look at our foreign office/diplomatic , how many of them are competent of what they do , vast majority of them are well below of your standard, how many of them could successfully defend the country in this critical juncture.
    DJ you are an asset for the country, unfortunately you are in the wrong side of the equation , you defend this regime day in day out., can we afford to stay at our comfort zone , pretending every thing will be alright with this selfish leader. It is high time to call it a day , enough is enough !

    • Dr Dayan Jayatilleka

      Bundoora, so I am “on the wrong side of the equation”? So what’s the right side? Ranil? SF? JVP? CBK? TNA? TGTE? GTF? LTTE? Alastair Burt? Jayalalitha? If so, I’ll stay where I am, as will the vast bulk of the citizens.

      • Burning_Issue

        DJ, previously, you gave an impression that you are among those who will be spearheading an effective opposition! Ohh no, its not possible because the UNP has not changed its leadership! What a pathetic situation you find yourself in; you need to be in it to change things if your heart is in the right place that is!

        The reality is that the MR regime is doing more harm to that special Sinhala people that you blabber on about than any good. It is clear that MR cannot lead a nation but only the Sinhala Buddhists.

      • ravana

        “Bundoora, so I am “on the wrong side of the equation”? So what’s the right side? Ranil? SF? JVP? CBK? TNA? TGTE? GTF? LTTE? Alastair Burt? Jayalalitha?”

        Ho Ho Ho,

        Let’s do some math:

        MR & Co- 30% of voting public

        Ranil+SF+CBK+JVP+TNA+Voters disaffected with MR = (>50%) of voting public

        You should really say, “I’ll stick with the side that the butter is on”

      • ravana

        DJ,

        You are being kind to [edited out] Milinda [sic] who barely covers his fascism. The unkind cut at Vijaya perhaps exposed him the best and thank you for pointing it out.

        WRT your comments about Judge Weeramantri, the reasons you have given are the same reasons why so many of us want him to be in charge of any inquiry. He is clearly above the fray, neutral (I mean really neutral- neutrality does not mean dispassionate and ruthless disregard for your subject) and clearly does not have an agenda against the sovereignty of Sri Lanka.

        He would be acceptable to both GoSL, International bodies and Governments and decent Tamils (there are many, many of them- only the other day such a Tamil spoke to a friend of mine wrt Gordon Weiss’s book and said “We are grateful to GoSL for giving us breathing space by eliminating LTTE”).
        OTOH nothing short of Siva Pasupathy would be acceptable to LTTE or some of its International backers.

        So I am not sure why you would not back Justice Weeramanthri for an independent inquiry, who is a stellar figure in Law and whose integrity is unquestionable (unless there is something to hide).

        I would suggest to you that we are on the same side but coming from different perspectives. Many of us here do not believe ordinary soldiers or officers of the SLDF are criminals. But we would not defend criminals who give them a bad name. In this context I think there were probably many Tiger recruits who were decent as well and who should be respected in death. We knew to a large extent who the criminals were. Some are still free.

        BTW, your comments about Fujimori appear on the surface to be an intellectually cheap shot and avoidance behaviour. But I suspect you have another agenda in making such comments. I think I can read between the lines. The path you are treading is a dangerous one. I also detect unresolved grudges. I would suggest that someone of your intelligence needs to resolve those to be of true benefit to the Mother Land. I am sure you can find mediators to resolve any differences so that you can work with those whom you believe are (personal) enemies. Surely, one is an enemy only if one is working against the interests of the people of the land. That can come in surprising forms.

    • Ananda-USA

      Bundoora,

      Your comments, though addressed to DJ, are broad enough for me to chime in as well.

      We all know Sri Lanka deserved better than what transpired in the last 63 years, but how come the Eelamists didn’t see that at all? Not only did they not see that for their country, but they did not see that even for their own community … destroying it while attempting to create a racist apartheid Tamils-only state in Lanka. These “saviours” reduced Tamils from the 2nd largest community in Sri Lanka to the 3rd largest … that does not sound like success at all!

      I hold Sri Lanka’s leaders who did not militarily eradicate the LTTE very early, and did not have the smarts to develop international alliances to support it, for extending the conflict for 30 years. Listening to bleeding heart foreigners who had nothing to lose, losing heart at the first military reversal, failing to motivate and mobilize all resources, and every man and woman, to achieve that goal, they largely failed their country.

      But in Sri Lanka, every dismal age produces heroic leaders to rescue the nation … as the Rajapaksa clan and other leaders did in our age. Most patriotic Sri Lankans are eternally grateful to them for restoring peace, security and hope to our lives.

      You claim that MR’s lack of vision is responsible for the international criticism that Sri Lanka is enduring now. Nothing could be further from the truth. The very hypocrites who criticize Sri Lanka now, and pretend to be “human rights” advocates and “wailing victims”, funded and supported LTTE murder and mayhem in Sri Lanka. Western politicians, bought and sold in bulk by the rump LTTE diaspora network, will do their puppet dances as long as the money keeps flowing. We know that this is but a small price to pay for our deliverance from LTTE terror. This too shall pass, and truth and justice will triumph in the end.

      You point to hosting of events such as the Commonwealth Games and the Asia Africa Legal Consultative Organization (AALCO) as boondoggles by the Rajapaksas to extract illegal commissions. Again, you are blinded by your animosity: these are the means by which Sri Lanka builds her own network of regional and global allies for future diplomatic and political support, and international trade. The current GOSL, under MR’s leadership, is not waiting for the day when we will urgently need allies, to develop the alliances. This, is yet another reason for my optimism about Sri Lanka’s future: the quality, vision, energy persistence of her current leadership on the international stage. You ain’t seen nothing yet!

      Finally, a few words about the longevity of the Rajapaksa clan in politics. Do you really expect the people of Sri Lanka to dismiss the most effective leader and government that Sri Lanka has had since independence to placate and please Eelamists and foreign naysayers?

      I don’t think so. The American people elected Franklin Delano Roosevelt to the Presidency four times, because he was a supremely effective leader. His economic policies rescued the US from the Great Depression, and set it on the correct path to winning WWII. We Sri Lankans have just seen a GOSL eradicate by root, trunk, branch and leaf a terror that paralyzed the nation for three decades, fend off foreign powers eager to breathe life into that terror, and divide the country into ethnic Bantustans.

      It found the funds and the means to wage that war, to rehabilitate the affected, and to develop national infrastructure (roads, bridges, ports, airports, power plants, hospitals, schools, .. the list goes on) on a scale hitherto not witnessed in Sri Lanka. No sane Sri Lankan would turn out a leadership like that … they would be crazy to do so. It is not by accident that MR and the GOSL received landslide victories.

      True, much remains to be done, but no Sri Lankans believe malcontented naysayers grinding their own axe at Sri Lanka’s expense, refuting all factual achievements that none but the blind, deaf and dumb would deny.

      • Dear Anada –USA

        Thanks for your comment , wish to state that you represent the typical Singhalese Buddhist mindset , nothing new , if you speak to any southern villager this is exactly what you get from them , basically MR is the messiah who came from Hambanthota to rescue all sri lankan peoplle from the LTTE tyranny , well for me I do not see that way , I hardly see any genuine qualities in MR to be a true long term visionary , for this beautiful country. Well I have my reasons; perhaps you could help me answering the following

        • During the JVP/UNP terror period in 1989 why did MR go to Geneva for UNHRC ,is that for protection of the Singhalese youth , if so why he did exactly the opposite in 2009

        • in 2004 Tsunami, helping Hambathota scandal , why MR kept the millions of desperately needed money away from the poor , in a private bank account until it was exposed , did not he get away from manipulating equally corrupt CJ.(in return , promise of PM post )
        • 2005 presidential election , Tiran Alles and sripathay sooriyaarchhi had a secret deal with LTTE Emil kanthan to, boycott the election in north and east (gave away millions of rupees ) and made arrangements to prevent vast majority of Colombo Tamils from voting( by not sending voting cards ) in colombo.
        • After Portraying RW as a traitor (Mangala S & Sripathi spearheaded), abusing government media and resources, the gap between RW and MR votes were only little as over 150,000 votes .
        • Since MR come to power, how many of his extended family members and stooges got in to the highest position of the country and looted and bankrupt the country..
        • When UNP tried to extend the olive branch, MR grabbed 17 opposition members, (as there were impending bribery cases against them) suggesting they were strengthening his hands., while fracturing the entire opposition (JVP,SLMC,JHU etc )
        • Why try to grab t the whole credit for a one family for defeating LTTE , would not it be a collective effort from many quarters and facts i.e MR’s political leadership, India (Soniya Gandi’s animosity towards VP), china (geo political interests ) post 9/11 (western countries turned a virtual blind eye except from Miliband & Kouchnar and Hilary ) , Genaral fonseka’s brilliant military leadership, journalists and the general public.
        • who won the 2010 presidential election , while voting was on the way , why did Wimal W came on to national TV and declared , even though SF won , he cannot be the president , where on earth such gross abuse would take in this world , this is apart from many many other gross election law violations,
        • Why the real war hero Genaral SF is languishing in walikada ? is it for liberating the country from the clutches of the LTTE ,
        • Why all the people who worked against the country are having the time of their lives , i.e KP,karuna, pillayan, George, Daya master etc and some of one time opposition MPs
        • Why all the brave officers who fought against the LTTE are being sidelined and made their lives as miserable as possible, while all the corrupt officers who are lackeys were given mollycoddling and promotions.
        • Who became overnight millionaires over military hard ware procurements
        • where is the LTTE gold , KP ‘s enormous wealth
        • Why Military and police politicized where nothing can done without the political interference.
        • What was the sudden requirement for 18 th amendment in SL , when SL suffer from the current executive presidential system from 1978.
        • Why all the media is silenced, what happened to the media freedom, where are the brave media personals? (Lasanthea, prageeth , upali, keith etc )
        • why do we have Mihin lanka at a colossal loss , why we needed Mahinda Rajapakse cricket stadium in hambatnhota for world cup?
        • What are the real benefits of hambanthota port and air port ?
        • Why did SL sell its prime lands (Galle face )
        • why did we stage IIFA, what benefits we got in return (may be the one day trip of luxury train )
        • why spent millions of tax payers rupees for 2nd term swearing in (all round the country celebrations )
        • why took 130 odd entourage for the UN in 2010 and threw a lavish party for the dignitaries in posh NY hotel ( only Iranian foreign minister turned up )
        • why we need 100 odd ministers
        • why do we still have draconian emergency law and PTI
        • why no independent judiciary/police/election commissions
        • why we borrow loans on commercial rates from private banks
        • why we have over 40% of the population under $2 a day
        • why almost 40 % of the kids are malnutrious
        • why the whole education/health system is in a such a mess
        • why the cricket board is in a such a bad financial crisis
        • why the state economy is in such a bad shape, why inflation is sky rocketing
        • why we alienated from the civilized world day by day
        • why so much corruption and lawlessness in the country
        • why can’t we eradicate narcotic menace from the island , who is protecting who

        Well, my dear Ananda , these are few facts come to my mind , there may be equal number of facts I have forgotten , but fact remains are we ready as a nation to face the challenges. Do we have a true, honest long term visionary to take us to the next level, one cannot take the credit for ever and rule this island without checks and balances. , it is time to put the stuff in order, This country does not belong to any person or a family or a party, shall we stop pretending!

      • myil selvan

        Dear Ananda-USA,
        Why USA at the end of your name? Is that where you presently live? Because it is not surprising that sinhala-buddhist chauvinists who don’t live in SL but mainly in the West talk like you do.

        You don’t seem to understand what is going on in Sri Lanka.

        Did FDR’s policies rescue the U.S. from the great depression? Or was it World War II that got U.S. out of the great depression?

        Don’t say ‘WE’ say “We sinhalese’ are free. LTTE terror maybe over but SL government terror still persists for the Thamils.

        Aren’t you a bleeding heart foreigner as well, Mr.USA?

        You say that the Thamils were the 2nd largest group and now are the third largest. Well that is because of the GoSL attacking the Thamils. If the GoSL had let them go their way and create Eelam then there would have been no killing or deaths. Why didn’t the GoSL let the Thamils have eelam? It was the GoSL’s attacks that started all this mess.

  • georgethebushpig

    Dear Dr. Jayatilleke,

    Just wondering what your thoughts about Abimal Guzman, the leader of the Shining Path (Sendero Luminoso) of Peru – considered to be one of the most dreaded terrorist outfits ever to have raised its ugly head in Latin American.

    Guzman was captured in 1992 and still languishes in jail serving a life sentence. The vast majority of Peruvian people were overjoyed and to this day commend the then President of Peru for his decisive efforts to capture Guzman and to neutralize the Shining Path.

    In what could be considered to be a normal turn of events in a democratic country where the rule of law is sacrosanct, Alberto Fujimori, the former president of Peru credited for capturing Guzman, is currently serving 25 years in prison for human rights violations, embezzlement and illegal search and seizure.

    Isn’t there a lesson to be learned in this wonderful example by us Sri Lankans who respect the rule of law, celebrate democracy and want to see justice served?

    • sabbe laban

      GeorgeBushpig

      What do you think about the Argentine born Cuban revolutionary Che-Guera who was killed after being captured in Bolivia by the US forces?
      His body was displayed, laid on a pile of sticks! Wasn’t it an extrajudiciary execution?

    • Dr Dayan Jayatilleka

      georgethepig,

      Man, Fujimori was of Japanese origin!

      • georgethebushpig

        Dear Dr. Jayatilleke,

        I am not sure I understand what relevance Fujimori’s ancestral lineage has to do with him being successfully prosecuted by the Peruvian courts for the egregious crimes he committed despite him being popular for ending the reign of terror by the Shining Path. Is your flippant statement merely a way of avoiding addressing the obvious implications this example has for Sri Lanka?

  • vino

    Internal colonialism in an island was not much known by the outside world for a long time and the ethnic minorities have been oppressed without a large mass of ethnic majority questioning it – practice of ”religion” is considered to be mere rituals and application of religious philosophy to daily life is not given enough consideration.

    Dayan, you have played enough games. High time you cared for a change in our education:

    http://transcurrents.com/tc/2009/01/why_sirimavo_refused_to_visit.html
    Why Sirimavo refused to visit Jaffna after 1964 cyclone By Neville Jayaweera, 18 January 2009:

    ”…. Building a consciousness of nationhood is not a responsibility that can be left to politicians and constitutional lawyers. …. It is pre-eminently an educational task, to be initiated at the level of our schools. ….”

    ii.http://www.llrc.lk/images/stories/Justice__C_G_Weeramantry_-_29.11.2010.pdf
    Justice C. G. Weeramantry tells LLRC, 29 November 2010:
    ” Peace education is an imperative at this stage of our national history ….”

  • rita

    Dayan

    What do you say to this:

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20110621/wl_sthasia_afp/srilankarightsmedia_20110621174727
    Sri Lanka regime rejects press freedom bill, 21 June 2011:

    • Dr Dayan Jayatilleka

      On the Press Freedom Bill, I read an interesting analysis in the Politics column of the non-state paper edited by a respected senior journalist Manik de Silva, namely the Sunday Island. Having read that, in that forum ( and not the state press) I suspend judgement.

    • Dr Dayan Jayatilleka

      Georgethebushpig,

      Here’s a riddle: I think the butcher Pinochet should have been jailed, but he wasn’t. Fujimori was. Why do you think that was?

    • Dr Dayan Jayatilleka

      Burning Issue, I think Sajith, the UNP rank and file and the country know me better than you do, as one who almost lost his life defending Premadasa and his policies, and continued to do so. So, why not pose your questions to me the day after Sajith takes over from Ranil…IF he does?

  • rita

    Dayan

    Have you got suggestions for improvement :
    http://in.reuters.com/article/2011/05/23/srilanka-military-students-idINL3E7GN0AF20110523
    Sri Lanka begins military-led training for university entrants, 23 May 2011:

  • rita

    Please advise the government how they can practically carry out what they want without creating waves of alarm in the society:

    http://transcurrents.com/news-views/archives/889#more-889
    Army barges into Noolaham Foundation meeting in Jaffna, 29 May 2011:

  • rita

    Justice Weeramantry told LLRC how school kids should be taught the basics of International Law.

    Though successive oppressive regimes may escape punishment from the conscientious section in their own countries or from the international community for a long time in small islands like ours, our children need to learn that there is another alternative.

    • Dr Dayan Jayatilleka

      Rita, I agree with what Judge Weeramantry said on that issue and occasion…not your exaggerated interpretation of it.

  • MV

    Surprise surprise! it seems somebody is always at the doorsteps provoking, persecuting and pushing Sinhala Buddhists to defend themselves – this time from external factors who want to punish SL for eradicating terrorism off its soil.

    What you have today in the name of unity and sovereignty is state authoritarianism.

  • Dr Dayan Jayatilleka

    Vino, my Open Letter to the Youth commission, critiquing thje educational system and its content, and recommending a huge modernisation and enlightenment, appeared in the middle page of the Sunday Observer in 1990! So you are way off the mark and out of date!

  • Dr Dayan Jayatilleka

    Georgebush the pig,

    You are bit dense aren’t you?

    Guy of foreign extraction bumps off too many members of local majority and rips off some. He gets jailed.

    Guy belonging to local majority pulls a coup, murders tens of thousands, retrenches decades later, and gets immunity.

    What do you think would happen in the case of an elected leader who is a member of the local majority, and puts down a separatist challenge by a suicide bombing bunch of villains who also happen to belong to the local minority rather than its majority?

    Gets slammed in jail? I don’t think so.

    Not even the elected ones on whose watch tens of thousands of local majority youth died, got into the slammer.

    Howcome Mrs Marcos wasn’t jailed?

    Your scenario can only happen if a guy takes out large numbers of UNARMED, non violent members of the majority community.

    • georgethebushpig

      Dear Dr. Jayatilleke,

      This is a rather odd take on Alberto Fujimori’s incaceration for the crimes he committed. Your explanation that A. Fujimori’s 25 year sentence was a race-based decision made by the majority (Amerindians) because he killed too many of them is amusing to say the least. Those who actually sentenced him come mainly from the respective descendants of the Spanish and mestizo minorities. Furthermore, considering that Alberto Fujimori’s daughter lost the Peruvian election a few weeks ago by 48.5% of the vote I’m not sure where this race-based analysis fits in. Certainly doesn’t smack of a racial bias against those of Japanese lineage does it? I’m afraid your analysis of this one belongs at the end of the pool that my five year old paddles in.

      What is more interesting and worthy of examination is your [un]intended comparison of Pinochet with I presume, Mahinda Rajapakse, when you referred to the following:

      “What do you think would happen in the case of an elected leader who is a member of the local majority, and puts down a separatist challenge by a suicide bombing bunch of villains who also happen to belong to the local minority rather than its majority?”.

      Would the following statements be consistent with the thrust of your analysis:

      – If indeed MR had “taken out large numbers of UNARMED, non violent members of the MAJORITY community”, considering him being from the majority, he would/should be given immunity as they did with Pinochet?
      – Since it was only UNARMED, non violent members of the MINORITY community that are alleged to have been taken out in large numbers, anyone who calls for independent investigations and for justice to be served is a “local lackey” of the west?
      – Decent Sri Lankans who are not lackeys of the west who want to see justice served are not helping the reconciliation process because the army will get upset (and be let loose to conclude unfinished business) and furthermore it’s not the right time?

      What a conglomeration of foul vapours!

      • Dr Dayan Jayatilleka

        George the bushpig,

        Let me lay it on the line for you. No Sri Lankan administration is going to put MR in a Sri Lankan jail or surrender him to an international court for the alleged crime of the conduct of the last stages of the victorious ( note the difference with Serbia) war– not even if he had napalmed Nandikadal, which he didn’t.

        However, if he or any other ruler were to shoot in cold blood, large numbers of peaceful, unarmed Sinhalese, his or her goose would be cooked.

        The same would go for large numbers of unarmed, peaceful Tamils, but cooked with a different sauce in a different oven.

        If you think that’s latently racist rather than coldly realist, figure this: could the situation in Kashmir be replicated by the State, elsewhere in India?

  • Dr Dayan Jayatilleka

    Burning Issue,
    You wanna know what the delay is in hooking Judge Weeramantry’s programme up with UNESCO? Do I look like the D-G of UNESCO to you?

  • ordinary lankan

    Dayan

    your photo – looks great – yes I do love them as much as i love you for your great defence at the HRC

    YES WE HAD GREAT EXPECTATIONS – AT LEAST SOME – THAT THERE WOULD BE A CHANGE IN THESE CANCEROUS CREDIT ROBBING POLITICIANS

    ALAS – NO.

    Two years on – and i try to be a realist – we have steadily kept losing the balance bit of democracy left. It was predicted that the fall of kili would be the death knell of democracy in SL. Tell me that has not happened.

    Rule of law – independence of the judiciary – soverignty of the people – freedom of expression – neutrality and impartiality of the public service – these are all interconnected and interdependent fundamentals of an organized republic. Inexorably they have all collapsed.

    Yes there will be roads built and some material development – but a dictatorship has just one way to go – you will know much better as a student of history.

    And did these brave sons of the soil fight to place Mervyn Silva on the throne? What happened to STF when Gotabhaya tried to clean up the kappan racket at Peliyagoda?

    I hope those nice faces can get translated into sovereignty – BUT FOR WHOM? Mervyn Silva?

  • Dr Dayan Jayatilleka

    Burning issue,

    ‘Sinhala Buddhist chauvinism’? Don’t be daft. There is nothing I am saying here that His Eminence Cardinal Ranjith did not say at the BMICH when he denounced the Darusman Report as a conspiracy against the country, and hailed the country’s liberation from terrorism and separatism. And to anticipate your response, yes, I agree with everything His Eminence said at the LLRC, and I said so in print. There is no contradiction between the two statements.

  • Melanie

    It is unfortunate that although making very valid and interesting points about regimes hardening under international pressure, points that in the light of the Libyan warrants issued by the ICC are very much discussed by this international community you reject so vehemently, you then wrap them in a populist rhetoric. One example: Sri Lanka does owe the victory against the LTTE to the soldiers who courageously fought one of the most intense battle of the beginning of the 21st century. International justice is however not interested in “the boys”, as you refer to them. It is the people sitting at the top of the chain of command that international justice would hold accountable, people who incidentally were seating comfortably in Colombo during the war and are now exploiting this victory for personal gain. I could imagine that many of “the boys” would actually like to see justice done (as the leak mobile phone videos suggest), if only to set the record straight on what happened during that battle, and perhaps because some of them may have receive orders that they would have preferred to not carry out. I would be interested to know about statistics of PTSD in the Sri Lankan army. My guess is they must be rather high.

    • Dr Dayan Jayatilleka

      Melanie, Sri Lanka under any adminsitration ( that wishes to last) will defend its superb, valiant officer corps, no less than it will its soldiers, from EXTERNAL inquisition, come what may.

      • Melanie

        The administration is not defending the officer corps, it is defending itself. That’s the level of command international justice would look into. Unless you were referring to Mr Gotabhaya Rajapaksa as a” valiant officer”? He might have been, in his time, of course.

      • I tend to agree with Melanie on this one, Dayan. There are the everyday war crimes that we see in all wars — civilians killed by mistake, indiscipline, and/or excesses on the part of the men on the battlefield — which while bad enough, doesn’t set the SL military apart from say the US one or the Israelis or any other western military. Then there are the big ones, the special ones, like genocide, ethnic cleansing, and other crimes against humanity, for which culpability is above those on the battlefield; in the hands of presidents, defence secretaries, and supreme commanders. SL is being accused of these latter crimes, and yet, all focus is on the everyday battlefield crimes. On the part of an administration under such accusations, it behooves them to keep attention on the battlefield; for those doing the accusing, the advantage is to keep focus off it, and on the affected — ie the civilians. For that reason, guys like Ch4 are actually doing themselves a disservice with those clips.

        There is no doubt that the GoSL has committed the big one — a crime against humanity — when it put down the second JVP insurrection. The extra-judicial killings by death squads, torture camps, murder of prisoners, etc, were definitely a result of civil policy by the Premadasa regime. It would have been interesting to see what would have happened if Premadasa had been accused by the UN of this; and whether your Fujimori theory would have held true, Premadasa being a Sinhalese and the dead also being Sinhalese.

        However, I do not believe that the MR regime committed similar crimes. I have no doubt that they would have if needed, but it wasn’t necessary. Unlike the JVP, the Tigers were a conventional force, mostly fighting in uniform, with an infrastructure that was targetable, and territory that could be invaded.

  • Malinda Seneviratne

    Dayan is correct. I do excoriate him for advocating devolution. Advocacy is easy. Buttressing argument is not. He does the easy thing AND the EASIER thing: name-calling(‘Sinhala Chauvinist’).

    • Dr Dayan Jayatilleka

      Malinda,

      My arguments in favour devolution are easily accessible by a Google search, or even a search of this website!

      As for my arguments on that subject with you, a Google search would allow the readers to judge.

      May I remind you that an objective source and a friend of Sri Lanka, Kath Noble, who is a good friend of yours and whom i have met opnly on a few occasions, made a judgement in print about that argument, concluding that ” one lost his job, the other the argument”. And the one who, in her estimation, lost the argument, wasn’t me! :))

      May I also remind you that when another independent observer, Prof Carlo Fonseka wrote into evaluate the debate, your father wrote in to attack him, me and defend you, with attestations ( doubtless pertinent to devolution) about your generosity to poor students!

      • Malinda Seneviratne

        Dayan,

        None of your arguments have refuted my contentions. As for google searches regarding your arguments on your name-calling, apart from name-calling and out-of-context quotes, there’s not much by way of substantiation.

        Kath Noble: Kath is no more and no less objective than anyone else. Pretty ignorant about Sri Lanka’s history, clueless about demographic realities and relevant geography, Kath Noble supported your position. When such a person says ‘Hurray!’ it is amusing. 🙂

        Carlo too, has been a long-term apologist for separatism and a fellow-traveler. If that’s ‘independence’ and ‘objectivity’, some reflection on these words is seriously called for.

        I did not ask my father to write. In fact when he said he did, I told him he would not be doing me any favours. He insisted that as a citizen he had a right to comment. I let it go. As you famously said 11 years ago ‘one papa story deserves another’, here’s one from me: you not only piggy-back on your dad but even when you write a tribute, it’s so self-congratulatory and self-aggrandizing that I feel sorry for you and indeed embarrassed on your behalf. I can defend my positions, and have. I don’t use my father as a prop. I don’t market generosity.

        Cheers, good luck in your diplomatic career and thanks for all you do for the nation with respect to the machinations of Channel 4 and other such entities.
        Malinda

  • wijayapala

    Dear Burning_Issue

    Did you mean the Sinhala Buddhist identity or Sri Lankan identity? What was that made you write the above? It seems that your patriotic emotions have engulfed you to such an extent that you needed to outpour such sentiments!

    You know that DJ himself is not a Buddhist, right?

    • Burning_Issue

      Dear Wijayapala,

      Yes, I do know that he is not a Buddhist, but find his writings bewildering at times! If one were to compare his writings pre Geneva Office to post, one can see the contract. I have not read all of his writings but it is very conspicuous that he avoids certain aspects his core beliefs that he likes to advertise. You see, I am a Tamil and feel that the Tamils in Sri Lanka have no strength or bargaining power. We have lost everything; our Sri Lankaness is being constantly questioned; either we are with MR regime or we are terrorists. I therefore look up to people like DR DJ who has the muscle to stand up for justice.

      I do not believe that MR is a leader who can unite the nation; the nation is far more polarised now than immediately after the defeat of the LTTE. Immediately after the War ended, there was hope that some good will take place, but everything points to Sinhala Buddhist hegemony strengthening than nation-building.

      I am 100% sure that, there is a Sinhala Buddhist Hegemonic agenda that is being systematically implemented with the state patronage. The only hindrance is that the International Community and the enemies within. The War crimes videos were collected and passed on by the Sinhala and not by the Tamils.

      • wijayapala

        Dear Burning_Issue

        I have not read all of his writings but it is very conspicuous that he avoids certain aspects his core beliefs that he likes to advertise

        Please look more at DJ’s background. He supported Premadasa, so what is the great surprise that he supports Mahinda?

        I therefore look up to people like DR DJ who has the muscle to stand up for justice.

        What muscle? What would he be if not appointed to high positions by MR?

        You see, I am a Tamil and feel that the Tamils in Sri Lanka have no strength or bargaining power.

        Respectfully, I would submit that there are plenty of Tamils (living outside SL) who believe that they indeed have strength and bargaining power to force their way through. How else can you explain the mentality of the flag-wavers? Or the thousands at the candlelight vigil at Marina Beach in Chennai? Or those who are building the memorial at Thanjavur?

  • Dr Dayan Jayatilleka

    Hi Lakshan,

    I don’t care to be on any boat that Malinda Seneviratne is on, and our intended destinations are certainly at variance. He is a fanatic and a funadamentalist, I am not. My hoped for destination is a strong, modern, social democratic Sri Lanka at peace with itself and within itself, integrated with modern, meritocratic, multicultural Asia, and retaining/renewing the solid friendship of all those who supported us when we were under siege (‘The Geneva Consensus’).

    More simply put, my hoped for destination for Sri Lanka is at the exact intersection of the visions of Vijaya Kumaratunga and Ranasinghe Premadasa, both of whom I supported and defended, and were murdered by the Southern and Northern fanatics respectively.

  • Dr Dayan Jayatilleka

    Myil Selvan

    What do I mean by the ‘ colonial oppressor’? The British, my man, and that ridiculous intimation of a deadline.

    I am so glad you have written that uncritical panegyric to colonialism (as distinct from a dialectical view of its dualistic impact), because it proves that folk with your views are indeed stooges and willing tools of imperialism and hegemonistic interventionism.

    It also proves that the battle against the call for an ‘ international inquiry’ is tied up with the battle for our sovereignty….itself part of the struggle of the Non Aligned and the BRICS.

  • sabbe laban

    myil selvem

    You say:

    “If the GoSL had let them go their way and create Eelam then there would have been no killing or deaths. Why didn’t the GoSL let the Thamils have eelam? It was the GoSL’s attacks that started all this mess.”

    A good argument and shows who you are!

    Yes, I too wonder why the Sri Lankan government didn’t allow the LTTE to form the Eelam taking one third of the country and two-thirds of the coastal belt!

    Vey wrong to suppress that effort to create a mono-ethnic Tamils only State after cleansing it from all other minorities!

    Very wrong not to allow Hitler to accomplish his “final solution” to the Jewish problem!

    Very wrong not to allow Pol-Pot to continue with his “peasant revolution”!

  • georgethebushpig

    Dear Dr. Jayatilleke,

    Being a “realist” is the most laziest intellectual mud hole to wallow in. If not for the “unrealists”, African-Americans would still be slaves in the USA, women wouldn’t have the vote, Cuba would be ruled by the progeny of Fulgencio Batista, and Alberto Fujimori would have continued to serve his term as president of Peru instead of 25 in prison.

    The problem with arguing “realism” is that it leaves no room for advancing progressive principles and the pursuit of a higher morality. We merely end up nurturing the Hobbseian in us. The reason I brought up Peru and Fujimori was to show that there is possibly another way; a path that seeks to achieve the higher ideals of a just and equitable nation state that upholds the democratic rights of all and not merely the interests of the tyranny of the majority.

    The irony of your position is that you are no different from that which you crticise so vehemently – the western imperialist. Since you do not argue from principle, your perceived rightousness of the actions of GOSL despite them being possibly war crimes, is the same as how the USA sees itself and the rightousness of its actions in Iraq, despite its clear illegality. You are criticising the other while engaging in the same deceit of “realist” justification of possible criminal actions.

    The Christian approach to reconciliation is that you will inherit yours in heaven (so shut up and put up with it for now); I on the other hand prefer to approach it in a Buddhist way – here and now!

  • MB Ekanayake

    Dr Jayatilleke is missing the point of the C4 documentary and the Darusman report. They are not challenging the fact that the state decided to defend its integrity by the force of arms and defeated the LTTE which was waging war against a democratically elected government. The current concerns in the international community is with the lack lof progress towards devolution which Dr Jayatilleke has unwaveringly supported through the past 20 something years and the conduct of soldiers after the victory. Were prisoners executed and surrendees put to death? I also wonder how Dr Jayatilleke reconciles himself to the fact that he now represents HE Mahinda Rajapkse as an envoy but differs greatly in policy convictions with regard to devolution. Rajapakse clearly indicates he will not implement the 13th Amendment to the constitution.

    • Dr Dayan Jayatilleka

      Mr Ekanayake,

      What you say may be true of India, but it certainly isn’t of the Darusman report and Channel 4, and India has not associated itself with the Report or C4.

      What has devolution to do with ‘the last stage of the war’ and a frame up of Sri Lanka and its armed forces?

      Indeed any nation state that perceives itself threatened from without, only centralises power, not decentralises or devolves it.

      As for those on this discussion thread who say that the Report and c4 are targeted at the regime and not the country or its armed forces, my answer is : then they should have produced a report and a film on governance issues, not the war, the conduct of the armed forces and the conflict’s closing stages!

      If the attack is mainly on the regime, the democratic Opposition, especially its radicals the JVP, should be in support of both the Report and the movie, but they are not!

      • MB Ekanayake

        I also wonder how Dr Jayatilleke reconciles himself to the fact that he now represents HE Mahinda Rajapkse as an envoy but differs greatly in policy convictions with regard to devolution. Rajapakse clearly indicates he will not implement the 13th Amendment to the constitution.

        You have not answered this part of my comment

  • Dr Dayan Jayatilleka

    Melanie, my priority is not who or what the Govt is defending, but who or what the country is defending — and that is national sovereignty. My point is also that the citizens of the country are fully supportive of the armed forces — its officer corps and men– who are its sons, and will defend them against victimisation from outside.

    • Off the Cuff

      Absolutely correct DJ.

      Unfortunately many do not realize that.

    • Burning_Issue

      What “national sovereignty” got to do with international accountability? Sri Lanka is a signatory to the UN and it is accountable. Why would “national sovereignty” suffer as a result of the current regime that is under scrutiny?

      “My point is also that the citizens of the country are fully supportive of the armed forces — its officer corps and men– who are its sons, and will defend them against victimisation from outside.”

      You mean that the concept of war crimes and crimes against humanity do not apply to Sri Lanka because the armed forces are fully supported by the citizens of the country. So, any country can commit crimes against its minorities and no one can ask any questions. I think that you have lost your mind. It may take two years, 5 years, 10 years, or more, the issue will not go away until it is properly addressed. Then only Sri Lanka will emerge as a nation anew. Who is victim of who?

      • Dr Dayan Jayatilleka

        Burning Issue,

        The concept of war crimes is relevant to Sri Lanka, but specious allegations are not. National Sovereignty remains the cornerstone of the world order and the UN Charter, and any muting or modification of that sovereignty has to be mandated by the UN Security Council ( R2P)or General assembly. No Channel 4 movie or unmandated report by an advisory panel on standards, can substitute.

      • Dr Dayan Jayatilleka

        I would rather not have as a travelling companion, anyone who sprinkles his writings with an invocation of “our Budun Wahanse”, when any basic understanding of the Dhamma would show that the concept of “our” and “us” is not commended, and is a narrow, clinging attachment to identity that one has to liberate oneself from. Least of all is the Buddha “our”. He is universal.

      • Burning_Issue

        DR DJ,

        I understand your point of view in terms of the UN Charter; however, the world needs to move with the time. The Internet, documentaries, media, Lobby Groups, and social forums are part and parcel world order these days. The Channel 4 Documentary is put together to provoke consciences of the International Community. It is put together to challenge the UN Establishment that is constrained to move ahead on this issue. It does not matter how the alleged evidences have been accumulated; it does not matter who actually filmed the footages; but it does matter whether they are authentic or not. If crimes against humanity have been committed and if they can be proven, there have to be consequences. Now, the test will be to see how the UN will handle this issue; one thing is sure that, there are organizations formed and being funded by unlikely sources to put pressure on the UN. The Tiger flag waving Tamil Diaspora take the blame, but behind the scenes, the enemies within are at work!

        The Channel 4 has only revealed the atrocities, but there were harrowing stories that many Sinhala Solders who cared for the civilians compassionately; some even gave up their rations to feed the affected. I am sure many, many more such incidents occurred. Only an impartial investigation can bring to surface all that happened. There has to be a period of reflection; people need to understand the sufferings on both sides allowing people to stagger towards unity.

    • BalangodaMan

      Dr Dinner Jacket, “My point is also that the citizens of the country are fully supportive of the armed forces — its officer corps and men– who are its sons, and will defend them against victimisation from outside”.

      I may have read somewhere that The Third Reich may have made a similar statement in the 1940s. Though in German. However, I seem to have also read somewhere that the international community thought otherwise and raised a complaint after much discussion. Not sure what happened afterwards … Do you?

      • Dr Dayan Jayatilleka

        Balangoda Man,

        I read somewhere that the Third Reich violently eliminated all Opposition, fed a whole people into gas chambers and something else– oh yes, I just remembered– LOST the war as well.

      • Dr Dayan Jayatilleka

        Sihala Urumaya, JHU, same difference…they all look and sound alike to me, man.

        And as for your observations about international relations, better stick to your day job.

      • BalangodaMan

        Dr [Edited out – Sorry, but please refer to people by their real names? We let it go once, but individual humour wears thin over time in a forum that always tries to anchor conversations to real, hard issues. Thank you.], Oh I get it. I see the parallel now. So IF The Third Reich did WIN the war all that genocide is acceptable; and as you say the German people were behind it. Ah yes, silly me.

      • BalangodaMan

        GV, yes indeed, point taken and conceded. Thank you for the explanation.

  • Dr Dayan Jayatilleka

    George the bush pig,

    “Most laziest” or simply “laziest”?

    And if you think revolutionaries from Lenin to Mao and Fidel weren’t ALSO realists, you’ve got some reading to catch up on, classes to attend and thinking to do.

    • georgethebushpig

      Dear Dr. Jayatilleke,

      Where you one of those who thought that the Soviet Union, apartheid and Fujimori would last forever? I’m not sure who exactly you are speaking to in Sri Lanka but it cannot be much of a cross section. There is a large and growing number of people that are fed up with the current regime. The “won the war” rhetoric is fast loosing its lusture. The FTZ demonstrations and the resistance to the attempted banning of trishaws from Colombo are just the beginnings of the rumbling of discontent. The current regime is sowing the seeds of its own demise.

  • Malinda Seneviratne

    I certainly don’t want to share boat-space with a man who is livid when Israel bombs Gaza but is silent about Kashmir, who is happy with a man who thrilled terrorists by taking pot-shots at images of Sri Lankan soldiers (Vijaya), with another who armed the LTTE (Premadasa)and was buddies with Perumal of UDE (Unilateral Declaration of Eelam) fame, washes Patricia Butenis’ dirty linen, genuflects before G.L Peiris of CFA-fame (possibly for purposes of job-security).

    Name-calling is an easy out for those who don’t have the arguments.

    Cheers.

  • Dr Dayan Jayatilleka

    Malinda,

    Your remarks about Kath Noble say more about you than you know, given that she was the only one to publish a pro-Sri Lanka article in the quality Indian press lately ( Tehelka) in which she ticked off Jayalalitha and asked the world to “leave Sri Lanka alone”. Readers of her numerous articles in The Island can judge whether your characterisation of her is accurate. If that is how you describe your friends, one hates to think of how you would describe your foes.

    One also notes, that even if what you say about Kath Noble and Ptof Carlo Fonseka are true, it is a fact that not a single person wrote in to say that you had won the argument… except your father, and I think even he didn’t quite say that! That should tell you something.

    While I thank you for your closing compliment, may I add that any reader who revists our postwar polemic would see that much of what I said about the nexus between Sri Lanka’s postwar order and external relations has and is (sadly) coming true. Its all there on the record. The struggle of diplomats like myself to defend the country against the ongoing offensive has been greatly hindered by the fanaticism and fundamentalism of those such as yourself, which has delayed the necessary postwar reforms, caused dismay and vacillation among the broad international coalition that supported us (most crucially and conspicuously in Geneva in May 2009), and provided an opening for Sri Lanka’s enemies to target us. I am afraid I cannot thank you for that favour!

    As for my father, Mervyn, and my writings about him or mentions of him in them, I daresay that when and if the reading public shares your view, I shall cease to be published with such prominence on that subject, cease to be read, and be told so in print ( by someone other than the JHU’s ex-candidate for Jaffna).

    • Malinda Seneviratne

      Dayan,

      Friendship does not a black and white thing. One can agree and disagree. Me agreeing with Kath or anyone else on something does not imply that I endorse everything that she (or anyone else) says. That’s basic logic. There have been many occasions when I agreed with you, commended you and defended you. Does not mean that I am always in agreement.

      So, winning or losing an argument is determined by whether or not someone writes proclaiming winner? My father was not judging. He made some valid points and you ducked.

      Winning brownie points from Manmohan Singh, Dayan, might help us in the short-run, but that only boosts conflict-longevity, especially when nonsensical ‘solutions’ are advocated that have no relation to problems. If this is what I am hindering, i am glad. I am not waiting on your gratitude. This ‘broad international coalition’ that you talk of is not homogeneous; it contains pound-of-flesh wallahs too.

      Write and publish about your father by all means. You don’t need my permission for this. I wonder who this JHU’s ex-candidate for Jaffna is, by the way. 🙂 If you are referring to me, I was never a member of the JHU and never contested under that party. I did contest Jaffna in 2000 under the Sihala Urumaya. You were a minister in the North-Eastern provincial run by the EELAM People’s Revolutionary Liberation Front. What’s your point?

      Budun Wahanse: ‘Our’ is universal. Pity you don’t get it.

      • Dr Dayan Jayatilleka

        The pity, Malinda, is that you don’t get that ‘Budun’ refers to Buddhahood which is a state of Enlightenment and that this state of Enlightenment holds no place for ‘me’, ‘mine’ or ‘us’ and ‘our’. Therefore ‘our Budun wahanse’ is an doctrinal oxymoron. Got that?

  • Dr Dayan Jayatilleka

    Malinda Seneviratne’s ethics are such that he lies about a dead man who cannot defend himself;a real Sri Lankan visionary, Vijaya Kumaratunga. Such are the ethics of fanatics and fundamentalists everywhere! Vijaya did not take pot shots at “images of Sri Lankan soldiers”. He took pot shots at Kittu’s invitation, on a target range, at outlines of male soldier figures, which is a standard cut-out on target ranges anywhere in the world…as any one who has been on one would know. Vijaya was welcomed to and escorted in Jaffna by Brig Vijaya Wimalaratne. His mission was to negotiate the release of captive Sinhala soldiers. When he was resting in his coffin, one of those who saluted Vijaya was Gen Cyril Ranatunga.

    As for my support for Prof GL Peiris being possibly for reasons of job security, I unlike malinda have no problem with job security. I am a senior lecturer on the staff of the University of Colombo, and was earning ten thousand dollars a month at the National University of Singapore when I cut short my assignment by half, and returned to diplomatic service following an invitation from the leadership of the Government of Sri Lanka. Oh, I could have also accpeted an invitation in December 2009 from the country’s leadership, to serve as Ambassador to Tokyo, which I declined because the erstwhile Foreign Minister had still not been booted out by the electorate.

    My support for GL Peiris stems from my respect for him as that member of the Sri Lankan parliamant and probably any South Asian Cabinet with the most stellar academic attainments. I cannot think of a better advertisement for Sri Lanka in the international arena.

    • Malinda Seneviratne

      Dayan Jayatilleka’s logic is such that he does not understand that I wrote about a LIVING man and his associations with dead men whose actions referred to were recorded. Vijaya Kumaratunga was a ‘Sri Lanka visionary’, SAYS Dayan. That’s opinion. I would say ‘liar!’. That too is opinion. FACT: Vijaya saw nothing wrong in prostituting himself to Eelamist propaganda, whether or not by invitation is irrelevant. Vijaya was loved and there were things he said and did which I endorsed (esp with respect to the JVP). Still, he was a man to be wary of.

      Re G.L. Peiris, this is what you wrote when he a no-confidence motion was tabled against him:http://transcurrents.com/tc/2010/09/post_568.html
      This is what I wrote:http://www.nation.lk/2010/09/19/newsfe7.htm

      Let other judge sycophancy.

      I have better things to do than continue this discussion, so I will let Dayan, the author of the article that sparked this debate have the last word (good article by the way). All this fundamentalist/chauvinistic talk reminded me of two things. First, when Dayan brought up the absurd story about saffron-coloured hegemony way back in 2000, I noted that someday if the Sinhala Nationalist position comes into dominance, Dayan will try to be its chief ideologue. Secondly, just before he was sent to Geneva, when i met him at the Presidential Secretariat where Mahinda Rajapaksa and the commanders of the three forces spoke about the security situation, Dayan (before the meeting started), said, ‘Boss wants me to go to Geneva’ and in the ensuing chit-chat, whispered, ‘the truth is, Malinda, these people can’t stand the fact that the Sinhalese are winning this war’. No, I don’t have proof. My word against his, if he says he didn’t say it. We both have track records about political honesty and general decency.

      Signing off. Thanks GV for indulging.

      Malinda

      • Dr Dayan Jayatilleka

        The conversation that Malinda says took place, pretty much did take place. So what?

        If I say that ‘these guys cannot stand the idea that China may overtake the West’, does that make me a Chinese nationalist?

        Now, am I or have I been at any time the main ideologue pf Sinhala nationalism, and if so what’s Malinda’s problem with me and why did he have a problem since at least year 2000?

  • DJ

    My support for GL Peiris stems from my respect for him as that member of the Sri Lankan parliamant and probably any South Asian Cabinet with the most stellar academic attainments. I cannot think of a better advertisement for Sri Lanka in the international arena..”

    Oh yes , DJ , you have many reasons to support your immediate boss , same as to support MR, here are few facts that I found about your highly respected one time scholar.
    GL ‘s credibility is very much as yours , it is seasonal ,who ever is in power ,tend to deviates , GL is the only politician to hold a ministership consecutively from 1994 to date . (correct me if I’m wrong ) , does not it say some thing about the man ? GL has proven to be a pathological liar and to be very ineffective , today he became a mere rubber stamp of MR. here are the few specifics , to back my argument ,

    http://print.dailymirror.lk/news/front-page-news/42903.html
    • Making his remarks in the House for the first time after the report by the Advisory Panel to the Secretary General was released, the Minister said he had a telephone conversation with the Secretary General on Sunday when he (Prof. Peiris) was in Oman.Stressing that Sri Lanka”

    http://www.innercitypress.com/sri1france050311.html
    By Matthew Russell Lee (ICP)
    • “UNITED NATIONS, May 3 — After in Sri Lanka external affair minister G.L. Peiris told Parliament he had spoken with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon by telephone and would be formally responding to the UN Panel of Experts’ war crimes report, Inner City Press asked Ban’s spokesman Martin Nesirky about the referenced call.
    • Three hours later Nesirky said that Ban’s last telephone call with G.L. Peiris was on April 23 — before the report was belated published by the UN.”

    http://www.dailymirror.lk/news/7997-nepal-refutes-sl-claims.html

    • Nepal has refuted claims made by a Sri Lankan minister that it had sought the island nation’s help to diffuse the ongoing political crisis in the Himalyan nation. Sri Lankan external affairs minister GL Peiris had stated in parliament on Wednesday that Nepal President Ram Baran Yadav had sought his Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa’s help.

    He said that the request was made when both the presidents had met last month in China on sidelines of the Shanghai Expo.

    “It is a baseless claim. No such request was made by the President during his meeting with the Sri Lankan President,” Rajendra Dahal, press advisor to President Ram Baran Yadav told HT.

    He added that the Nepali embassy in Sri Lanka has also issued a statement terming the claim as unsubstantiated.

    http://www.sundaytimes.lk/110123/News/nws_02.html
    • External Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris committed yet another diplomatic faux pas last week when he declared that Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II would visit Hambantota for the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in 2013.
    • Dr. Peiris told a meeting of the Tangalla electorate Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) branch that 53 heads of government would attend this meeting.
    • Immediately after the statement, the Commonwealth Secretariat in London reacted angrily to Dr. Peiris’ remarks. P.M. Amza, Sri Lanka’s Acting High Commissioner in Britain, was called for a meeting with the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Political Director Amitav Banerji. He expressed “serious concern” over Dr. Peiris’ remarks. Mr. Banerji told the Sri Lankan Acting High Commissioner the remarks were “highly unwarranted” when no such matter has been entertained by Buckingham Palace. He has expressed complete surprise at the remarks

    http://www.sundaytimes.lk/110130/News/nws_01.html
    • Sri Lanka’s foreign policy was dealt another major blow when its diplomatic bid to have the BIMSTEC or the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi Sectoral Technical and Economic Co-operation secretariat established in Colombo was out-voted and the offer bid went to Bangladesh instead.
    • Sri Lanka had launched a major diplomatic campaign to have the BIMSTEC secretariat established in Colombo, but lost in a secret ballot among BIMSTEC member-states. The secretariat will now be established in Dhaka, the Bangladesh capital. The regional grouping comprises India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan and Nepal — countries that face the Bay of Bengal area.
    • External Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris failed to turn up at the BMISTEC Ministerial meeting in the Myanmar capital of Naypyidaw on January 22, though scheduled to attend the meeting where the vote was taken. Bangladesh was represented by its articulate Foreign Minister Dipu Moni, the absent Dr. Peiris’ counterpart. The result — Sri Lanka lost its stepped up diplomatic efforts to have the BIMSTEC secretariat established in Colombo.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/srilanka/8467272/Sri-Lanka-warns-UN-not-to-publish-war-crimes-report.html
    • “The publication of this report will cause irreparable damage to the reconciliation efforts of Sri Lanka. It will damage the UN system too,” Peiris told reporters in Colombo.

  • Dear Dr DJ,

    “The struggle of diplomats like myself to defend the country against the ongoing offensive has been greatly hindered by the fanaticism and fundamentalism of those such as yourself, which has delayed the necessary postwar reforms, caused dismay and vacillation among the broad international coalition that supported us (most crucially and conspicuously in Geneva in May 2009), and provided an opening for Sri Lanka’s enemies to target us.”

    Agree 100% with your analysis, because that is what’s happening now and its blatantly obvious to everyone. Why don’t the Sinhala fundamentalists see this ? Is it wishful thinking or are they blinded by post-victory hubris ? Do they imagine that China and Russia will shield us forever?

    You predicted what would happen unless GoSL changes its attitudes and actions. “As a top Chinese diplomat and official once told me “You must help us to help you. Sri Lanka must give its friends something to help Sri Lanka with”.

    http://transcurrents.com/tc/2010/06/for_india_sri_lanka_is_not_ind.html

    So far, SL’s friends haven’t been given much in exchange for their support, other than warm words.

    • Dr Dayan Jayatilleka

      Dear Mango,

      No comment! 🙂

      However, may I just say that you have a far superior grasp of international relations than does Malinda Seneviratne!

  • wijayapala

    Dear Burning_Issue,

    Only an impartial investigation can bring to surface all that happened.

    Unfortunately, the Darusman report gives a clear idea how “impartial” such an investigation would be.

    Take a look at this exchange between DJ and Malinda. Could you kindly show where is the “Sinhala Buddhist hegemony” there? Haven’t you noticed how no matter how much these two loathe each other, these screams of war crimes bring them together in agreement? What does that tell you about “Sinhala Buddhist hegemony”- that it cannot come together unless some external force pushes them?

  • wijayapala

    My support for GL Peiris stems from my respect for him as that member of the Sri Lankan parliamant and probably any South Asian Cabinet with the most stellar academic attainments. I cannot think of a better advertisement for Sri Lanka in the international arena.

    Makes sense. Earlier he was calling for the world to appease Prabakaran, now he’s calling for it to appease MR.

  • Dr Dayan Jayatilleka

    Ravana,

    In my writings I have urged that Judge Weeramantry be invited to undertake any one of the following tasks: head up post conflict reconciliation, head a strong anti-discrimination authority, be a powerful Human Rights Ombudsman, chair a strong National Human rights Commission. I cannot think of anyone better for any of these vital tasks. However, though he would be the best to head up an independent inquiry, I do not think it is time for one, because I cannot think of any country that has done so two years after winning a war and also because I think that more bad than good will come of it right now. I have argued this in an article for GV entitled ‘Accountability, Reconciliation, Democracy’. I am not opposed to investigation specific cases/allegations, and in fact strongly advocate that. That is too small a role for Judge Weeramantry, though.

    • ravana

      Thanks DJ,
      Please consider what I have said. We need to know that you are an asset and not a hindrance for the freedom (real freedom- I mean individual opportunity for self-determination) for the people.

  • Dr Dayan Jayatilleka

    Ravana, have you developed amnesia? How else can you say that MR represents 30% of the voters and RW, SF, JVP, TNA et al represent over 50%? Have you forgotten the line-up at the Presidential election of December 2009, and the result? I rather doubt that will ever change as long as the choice is MR or GR and the other side is led by RW.If the latter factor changes, the UNP cuts away from its past of appeasement and fields a candidate whose patriotic stand (not past credentials) make the majority of voters feel secure to risk a change, then the equation may become obsolecent. If not, not.

    • ravana

      Hi DJ,
      I have considered one of the two elections from which data is available. The first election (the Presidential) attracted over 70% of the voting public and the winner got allegedly 60% of votes. As this is controversial I’ll leave it aside for the moment.

      The second one, the General Election attracted barely 50% of the voting public. The UPFA coalition garnered 60% of that vote which is 30% of the voting public. That election left less opportunity for altering the election result although widespread concerns were still expressed.

      Now returning to the Presidential elections:
      It is very unlikely that too many of the enthusiastic voters who supported MR in the Presidential Election would abandon his coalition in the General Election. I would point out to you the following intriguing calculation:

      Winner of the Presidential election – 60% of ~70% -> ~40% of voting public (drop of 10% in 2 months is huge)

      Loser of the Presidential election- 40% of ~70% -> ~30% of voting public!

      I guess that’s why the Presidential election was controversial among other alarming images like the first speech of a distressed elections commissioner.

      If you only mix with a particular class of Sri Lankan, you just would not get the impression of the kind of support that GoSL has. Support for the mother land is not the same as support for the Rajapakse led coalition which happens to be ruling.
      As I have also said I have read between the lines what you have said and am a bit concerned where you are going here. I hope you know what you are doing and more importantly that you truly have the interests of the average Sri Lankan at heart.

      • Dr Dayan Jayatilleka

        oh c’mon Ravana, enough of the mathematical gobbledegook. Not even the UNP alleges that the presidential election of 2009 was rigged, and the whole case flopped. Even the JVP pulled out of the effort. if you can’t stand the reality, desist from analysis.

        Kadphises,

        Interesting and potentially useful model, except that my published writing shows that I am in total agreement with Judge Weeramantry on his vision of what the post war order should and should not be, while Carlo Fonseka and I currently agree on the devolution issue. There is nothing that the Judge weeramantry and Carlo would want to share with or confer upon the Tamils or the North and East, that I would or have opposed.

        Abdul Farouk,

        The mob at Kanatte weren’t Sinhala peasants or workers. They were the urban and suburban lumpens of the radical Right DUNF faction headed by Lalith Athulathmudali together with a fair chunk of Sihala Urumaya/JHU/NMAT types ( what they called themselves at the time I cannot recall). Earlier they were anti-Vijaya Kumaratunga and at the time, violently anti-Premadasa in their orientation , just as they are anti Premadasa today. Some are with the UNP Ranil faction and others with the ruling coalition. Neither their views nor mine have changed. By the way who do you think comprises the rather large TV and radio mass audience I have had for two decades…? The corporate business community?

  • Dr Dayan Jayatilleka

    Balangoda Man, I note that you have dropped any reference to two of the three factors I mentioned. Typical.

    • BalangodaMan

      Dr DJ, trying to deflect attention?
      Your point: “My point is also that the citizens of the country are fully supportive of the armed forces — its officer corps and men– who are its sons, and will defend them against victimisation from outside”.
      My point: “So did the German nation in the last century”.

      So, taking that illustrative example, is the army excused because the majority of the people are supportive of them?

      • Dr Dayan Jayatilleka

        Balangodaman, are you being deliberately obtuse or are you as silly as you sound?

        As I pointed out, the Third Reich was a totalitarian dictatorship which lethally suppressed all opposition, herded millions into gas chambers, and waged aggressive wars of annexation and occupation of other states.

        The Sri Lankan state and armed forces are none of these and did none of these.

        The Lankan military fought a war of self-defense and state reunification, purely within its borders, against an enemy that had unilaterally returned to war several times after failed attempts at negotiated peace by many elected administrations including that of India.

        That is why our military should be defended against external pressures and threats, and that is also why the overwhelming majority of people — including those who vote for the Opposition–support it.

        The Third Reich’s wars were unjust. Ours was a Just war, albeit with excesses and aberrations. Even Hiroshima, nagasaki and Dresden did not prvent the allies war against the Third reich from being a just war.

        Most interesting is that you use the Third Reich analogy with reference to the Sri Lankan military rather than the Tigers! I guess that tells us where you are coming from and where you are at…and it sure ain’t Balangoda, is it?

      • BalangodaMan

        Dr DJ, the present discussion (C4 etc) around the world is not about the offensive against the terrorists but the plight of the innocent civilians caught up in it.

  • Dr Dayan Jayatilleka

    MB Ekanayake,

    The 13th amendment is not the most important criterion at the moment, for choosing to support and represent Sri Lanka and its elected President Mahinda Rajapakse.

    Given his role in providing political direction and leadership for the victory over the Tigers, his patriotism (whatever its limits), the choices available on the other side (RW) and the unfair external campaign against Sri Lanka and its armed forces, the country–my country– is currently best served by Mahinda Rajapaksa’s leadership.

    Where has MR ‘clearly said that he will not implement the 13th amendment’? Furthermore, where has the TNA clearly said that it will accept and work within the 13th amendment?

  • kadphises

    It would be a worthwhile excersise to tabulate Sinhala opinion from Extrememe left to extreme right as a useful guide to who are the bleeding hearts and who are the nationalists hardliners. The bleeding hearts would like to yield everthing the hardliners would yield nothing even if it meant killing a few more thousand Tamils.

    Here’s how I would guage the right/left breakdown of prominant Sinhala Opinion makers (+ for right leaning, -ve for left leaning and 0 for neutral)

    With Bahu publicly campaigning for a complete handover of the entire Northern and Eastern provinces to the Tamils scoring a -10

    And Wimal Weerawanse, Nalin De Silva and Malinda on the other extreme determined to give nothing and rule Jafna with the military.

    -10 Vickramabahu Karunaratne
    -9 Kusal Perera
    -0 Tissaranee Gunasekere, Dushy Ranatunge
    +1 Christie Weeramantry, G. L. Pieris, Carlo Fonseca
    +3 Ranil Wickremasinghe
    +5 Dayan Jayatilleke, Rajiva Wijesinghe
    +8.9 Rajapakse Brothers, Gomin Dayasiri, HLD Mahindapala, Susantha Gunatilleke, H L de Silva
    +9 Malinda Seneviratne, Champika Ranawake, Udaya Gamanpila
    +10 Nalin de Silva, Wimal Weerawansa

    • Agnos

      kadphises,

      Where would you place the following people–
      Wije Dias, Jayadeva Uyangoda, Manouri Muttetuwegama, GV editors, Vasudeva Nanayakkara, Sumanasri Liyanage, Rosy Senanayake, Sajith Premadasa, Sarath Fonseka, The Island editors, Victor Ivan ?

      I am not sure Tissaranee and Dushy can be considered at zero, given their past. Carlo Fonseka speaks in support of this regime, and G.L. Peiris is inside it (someone working for a regime at +8.9 can’t be at +1?) so you can’t put them at +1, though by their education and temperament they would have been there, if they had stood by their principles. And given the things Wickremasinghe did when he was in JR’s cabinet, I doubt you can make him +3… maybe 4.

      Regardless, let us assume your model is correct. The reality seems to be that the vast majority of the Sinhalese population falls at +3 or above. Traveling Academic, aka Mahesan Niranjan, aka Sivapuranam Thevaram, has often spoken about Tamils having a better chance by forming alliances with Sinhalese progressives. Ravana often speaks about Tamils joining hands with Sinhalese progressives, though he might not have used that p word. But to me, a progressive would be someone at +2 or below. And those ranks are very thin indeed. That is why all the talk about reconciliation has not gone anywhere.

      • wijayapala

        Agnos,

        Mahesan Niranjan, aka Sivapuranam Thevaram, has often spoken about Tamils having a better chance by forming alliances with Sinhalese progressives.

        When has Mahesan talked about forming alliances with Sinhalese?

      • kadphises

        Agnos,

        You raise interesting points.
        Wije Dias – Who is he? Dont know him.

        GV Editors, Jayadeva Uyangoda – Great chap. Perhaps a 0.

        Vasudeva Nanayakkara – Cant understand why he wont resign. Perhaps he’s realised he has no chance of changing Sri Lanka so might as well sit in cabinet and make some money.

        Manouri Muttetuwegama – dont know. But her daughter was politically spot on although a bit crazy and unhinged at times. Husband and Father were national statesmen although perhaps with a few personal contradictions.

        Sumanasri Liyanage – Decent chap +1 but not too sure.

        Rosy Senanayake – Again Dont know much about her politics. But impressed that she has the balls to take on the likes of Mervyn head on.

        Sajith Premadasa – Really really dont know what he stands for..

        Sarath Fonseka – +8 Our very own Marshall Stalin. Merciless with the enemy. Not too bothered about those on his own side either, as long as he achieves his own personal aims. Whatever they are. Dont think he is too bothered about money thogh but cross him and you are dead. Dangerous for Sri Lanka. Wants to hand over the North to Douglas and the East to Karuna to run so still to the left of the Rajapakses I reckon

        The Island editors – 8,

        Victor Ivan – 5?

        I am not sure Tissaranee and Dushy can be considered at zero, given their past. – In the past they have been vociferously anti LTTE but I think their pro war stance was from the point of view that the LTTE will never accept anything short of complete secession for the North and East. Would violate and abuse the ceasefire and return to war once they have regrouped and rearmed. They are now very pro devolution, demilitarisation and apalled at Rajapakses Sinhala Nationalist project.

        Carlo Fonseka speaks in support of this regime: I agree. But he has talked progressively too at times. Supported Vijeya, and Dayan against Malinda, Dont know what his recepie for reconcilliation is but dont think its that obnoxious. So maybe a 2 or a 3 rather than a 1 then. He is still to the left of Ranil I think. If he wasnt such a flatterer and a show off and spoke his true mind he would be a little more bearable. Listening to him speak is an excruciating experience.

        G.L. Peiris is inside it (someone working for a regime at +8.9 can’t be at +1?) – True. I have given him the benefit of the doubt. He may be in the regime but we all know Rajapakse doesnt really like him and undermine him at any given opportunity. He has just been brought in because he knows GLP will do a better job of saving Rajapakse ass in the international sphere than the idiot Bogollagama. Yet in the absence of such a threat Rajapakse will be more comfortable with an incompetant crook in the Foreign Minister’s seat. I am clutching at straws here but could it be that GL Peiris feels that it is better to be in a govt and try to reform it from within than to stay outside it and criticise it. If he has the president’s ear there is a greater chance of him influencing him for the better although I see no signs of him making any progress.

        I agree. To be classed as progressive one has to at +2 or below. There are significant numbers of Sinhalese who occupy this space but unfortunately they are not of the type able to or willing to mount a political campaign in the style that they are run in Sri Lanka. This govt’s and the JVP’s propaganda to the Sinhalese masses has been too good for any intellectual to counter with intelligent arguements.

      • Dr Dayan Jayatilleka

        Agnos and Kadphises,

        If ‘progressive Sinhalese’ are said to be at ‘+2 and below’, let us have a spectrum of Tamil opinion, and identify those at ‘+2 and below’. Reconciliation after all, needs partners and cannot be a one way street.

        And Agnos, please do give a source for Sarath Muttetuwegama’s advocacy of federalism. I knew him well, and he contributed regularly to the Lanka Guardian, edited by his friend Mervyn, and in every one of those articles he advocated ‘ regional; autonomy’ — which was the Communist line– NOT federalism. Never in his parliamentary speeches did he advocate federalism.

        Sarath and Vijaya were the live wires of the Left which actively participated in the Political Parties Conference summoned in mid 1986 by JRJ at Vijaya’s suggestion. The joint platform it produced– a detailed document– was for Provincial Councils without a merged North and East, I might add.

        Now where in Kadphises spectrum would that put the Democratic Left? Would that be ‘ +2 and below’?

      • Agnos

        DJ,
        By supporting the atrocities of Premadasa and Rajapaksa regimes, and by advocating a Chechen solution–promoting a thug like Douglas Devananda to be the Ramzan Kadyrov of the North–you have shown that you are unworthy of ever being called a progressive.

        As for the democratic left, what are people like Tissa Vitharana, Dew Gunasekara, Athauda Seneviratne and Vasudeva Nanayakkara doing in the cabinet? Did they not become complicit in the depredations of the regime?

        Your one-time friend, Qadri Ismail, has raised the same questions.
        The left leaders have all discarded their principles. Let them resign. If the left has a new leadership something positive may happen.

        I suggested to another of your old friends, the late Taraki Sivaram, that the reason he changed from being a critic of the LTTE into someone downplaying their misdeeds was that he, being a Tamil nationalist, feared becoming irrelevant as the LTTE grew in strength and dominated the Tamil political scene. He did not disagree with me.

        I think you had the same motivations and your increasingly contorted attempts to justify all this under the cloak of “realism” won’t wash. At least Taraki could claim, as he did with some validity, that there was no alternative political space for him to stay principled, given that neither the state nor the LTTE allowed it in the North-East. In contrast, you had no such constraints in the South; you could have stayed true to your principles and gradually found alternative leaders after Vijaya’s death, without arguing that you had to support one of the two major parties.

        And for Tamil public opinion, I give you a few names: Anandasangaree, Ratnajeevan Hoole, Kumar David, M.A. Sumanthiran. Place them wherever you want, but if a proposed solution cannot even meet their views, you can forget about convincing the larger Tamil community or the diaspora. Sangaree wants quasi-federalism, Indian style. Hoole wants some form of federalism but would settle for quasi-federalism.
        Rather than talk to people like them, you seek to promote a thug like Devananda and use him for all your nefarious activities. Do you have no shame, Mr. DJ?

        As for Sarath Mutteuwegama’s views, “regional autonomy” is a vague enough term to include federalism. Jayadeva Uyangoda has said that Muttetuwegama was not against federalism but wanted socialism in the country first. But sometime by 1985/86, he began to make a slight shift in his speeches, endorsing some form of federalism and I remember clearly that was why there was a rousing welcome for him in Jaffna.

        Anyway, people like Sarath and Vijaya were large-hearted men whose lack of racism generated trust; if they had been elected president or PM, large segments of Tamil society would have accepted a solution from them even if it fell short of federalism. I have said this before: my parents voted for Ossie Abeygunasekara, who was with Vijaya, for President, even though Kumar Ponnambalam was on the ballot. But it is hard for racist politicians like the Rajapaksas to earn that trust.

    • Agnos

      Wijayapala:

      “When has Mahesan talked about forming alliances with Sinhalese?”

      Inside the comments sections here at various times, when arguing with me or others like Belle, Suren Raghavan, et al.

      He might not have used the word “alliance” but that was the gist of what he said. Of course, in those discussions he used the handle Traveling Academic. However, based on the contents/details about himself that he revealed, the writing style, etc., I can say with a high degree of certainty that it is the same person. Just as I know with high degree of certainty that kadphises and dingiri are the same person, and your real name is Nxxxxx Rxxxxxx.

      Kadphises,

      Wije Dias used to be the leader of the Revolutionary Communist Party. I think he still is, but am not sure.
      Though their party’s membership was small, their guys were active in universities selling their party’s paper, “Kamkaru Mawatha” and its Tamil version. They boldly supported self-determination for Tamils, and have been pretty consistent in their views no matter how much opprobrium they faced from fellow Sinhalese; I think it is their folks who write articles at the WSWS site; so on your scale, I would think they would come somewhere near -9.

      It was said that Sarath Muttetuwegama took a principled stand supporting federalism and was enthusiastically welcomed in Jaffna with garlands made to his height… this was sometime in the mid to late 1980’s.

      • wijayapala

        Dear Agnos,

        I presume you are the same person I’ve met in other fora recently. Why are you so interested in me?

      • Agnos

        wijayapala, 

        I have seen you on a few internet forums starting about 10 years back, on and off. I haven’t visited other forums recently. I think studying Tamil at Berkeley or quoting from Tamil Buddhist literature like Manimekalai–these things coming from a Sinhalese guy made you stand out. Although you often make sarcastic comments, I think you are somewhat more objective than many other Sinhalese who comment here. However, I don’t agree with your reasoning on why the South doesn’t like federalism, whether Tamils should focus on Rajapaksa regime’s war crimes, etc.

      • kadphises

        Agnos,

        Good guess. Guilty as charged. I was getting a bit bored with Dingiri. I always thought Wijeyapala could be Malinda Seneviratne. His defence of Yapa’s (Nalin de Silva) warped world view and loony Buddhism sort of gave him away as his protege. But I may be wrong. Perhaps there are two Malindas..

        Dayan, Whats wrong with writing under a pseudonym? You only need to play the ball, not the man, and counter the arguments rather than abuse the author. So the “Legendary” Granma, that great old rag distributed free from the Cuban Embassy and no doubt held up as Gospel over the world by leading political commentators once gave you the stamp of approval? And that exonorates you from your current incarnation as a neo-con?

  • Abdul Farouk

    Dayan Jayatilleka,

    The last time you stood before a group of Sinhalese peasants, at Kanatte, you were viciously assaulted. So, I do not think you can be a fan of the Sinhalese mob mentality (despite what you write here), having experienced it first-hand. Furthermore, I would presume you are intelligent enough to connect the dots between a (Sinhalese) mob mentality, (Sinhalese) human rights abuses, and failure to investigate war crimes (on the part of a predominantly Sinhalese government). I do not want to call you a hypocrite, but the fact of the matter is, your article can be used to justify and condone the behavior of the mob at Kanatte. After all, was that mob not acting in the name of Sinhalese nationalism, just like the Army was doing when it crushed a Tamil uprising?

  • sabbe laban

    Dear Balangoda Man

    If the Germany won the WW-II? Of course the US, Britsh and Russian leadership would have been bundled up to face a war crimes tribunal!(for very valid reasons too!)

    Of course, the German people would have supported it as well!

    The winners simply don’t have to face all this!

  • Dr Dayan Jayatilleka

    Hey Agnos, if I want reassurance or burnishing of my progressive credentials I sure won’t look to an anonymous blogger but to that edition of the Cuban Communist Party’s central Committee newspaper, the legendary GRANMA, and look at my lengthy theoretical essay on Che Guevara’s 40th death anniversary– the publication of which was a rare honour.

    It is typical of you slippery chaps to pass off regional autonomy as covering federalism– a sleight of hand that would not only get you tossed out of a tutorial class, but would confuse both the UK and China, which are UNITARY states with regional autonomy/devolution of power to regions.

    Let’s not talk about accepting solutions from Sinhala or Tamil progressives: recall the vote or lack of it that Edmund Samarakkody obtained. Recall also that the LTTE refused to release the captive Sinhala soldiers to Vijaya Kumaratunga, and that Jaffna society had no criticism to make when the EPRLF was massacred by the LTTE.

    The Sinhala progressives’ generosity of spirit notwithstanding, the TULF rejected the mid ’86 PPC document drafted mainly by the Left with Sarath and Vijaya in it. The TULF came to Colombo, talked to the UNP govt but boycotted the PPC. There was always an unbridgeable gap between the Tamil organisations’ refusal to agree to anything less than a permanent merger of the North and East as currently constituted, and the Left’s refusal to go along.

    Mahinda Rajapakse’s harder stance is in no small measure due to the failure of Tamil society to push the LTTE into a solution with the more liberal administrations that preceded him such as that of CBK, or to shift away from it when the Tigers refused to do so.

    As for my advocacy of a Chechen type solution involving a Ramzan Kadyrov i.e. Douglas, this was a scenario of provincial autonomy which, as I warned, was no foregone conclusion. Better Chechenya than an occupied territory???

  • Dr Dayan Jayatilleka

    Hi David,

    You are correct in saying that the supression of the JVP ‘s second insurrection was a far bloodier affair than the last war. This is also why i raise my eyeberows when those who were on Premadasa’s side then, are savaging Mahinda now on human rights issues. At least I am more consistent as is, say the UTHR-J, on the other side of the debate.

    However, I would submit that the reaction of the people would have been the same as today. The suppression of the JVP was felt to be a liberation: the elections after that suppression reflected huge majorities for the UINP especially in those areas where the JVP had enjoyed greater control and where the counter-insurgency campaign had hit the hardest! Premadasa was also a nationalist-populist and any foreign campaign against him would have been responded to with ideological vehenmance by him and a negative response by the masses.

    Interestingly, the memoirs of David Gladstone confirm that his stint in SL and his stridency was an exercise in the new public diplomacy of the UK. Today’s Ch 4 campaign against GoSL had its forerunner in Premadasa’s day, and some of those on the Brit side than, such as Mangala, are on their side again today under/aganist MR. I was on the other side then, as now, for the same reasons.

    • Dayan, wouldn’t you then agree that it is the popularity factor rather who you kill that is important in having the people protect you, and perhaps Fujimori wasn’t as popular as the old general?

      • Dr Dayan Jayatilleka

        Hi David,

        One has to distinguish between an internal and an external process. The challenge to Sri Lanka today is the call for an external or international inquiry. Here the defining issue isn’t popularity; it is national sovereignty. Of course there is a linkage: if you are perceievd as defending sovereignty, you tend to be more popular.

      • Agreed. My point was that it would have been interesting to see what the result of an external call for investigations of the Premadasa regime would have been like. Most probably he too would have used the sovereignty card, as he did when he justified arming the Tigers to fight the IPKF and the TNA (Tamil National Army). He wasn’t anywhere near as popular as MR was in 2009, and he’d killed thousands of Sinhalese.

  • Dr Dayan Jayatilleka

    Agnos,

    After Vijaya was killed I supported Ossie, and Ossie and I supported Premadasa…as had Vijaya, by the way, though less openly. It all depends on why one finds leaders. I do so depending on the principal task of that historical time and the actual options available at a mass level, which by the way is the explicit Gramscian position. I am no utopian, anarchist or Trotksyist. My political positions have been well in line with those of all states emanating from revolutions or liberations struggles, as proved by the Geneva vote of May 2009.

    You mention my former friend Qadri Ismail. Well he and another former friend signed a US based petition in 2009 calling for the war to be stopped and a ceasefire observed, when we finally had the chance to wipe out the LTTE and its leadership.

    As for the Tamil personalities you mention, I’m willing to talk to anybody and indeed did so even while I was GoSL’s PR in Geneva, and afterwards (including last weekend). This ranged from Fr Emmanuel to Mr Sambandan. That’s hardly the main point, and the point is that anyone who isn’t willing to accept the 13th amendment even as the starting point of negotiations is wasting his/her time.

  • Dr Dayan Jayatilleka

    David, yup he would have used the sovereignty card, as he did when he eyeballed it with India, threw out Gladstone, shut down the Israeli Interests section etc. True he wasn’t as popular as MR was in 2009, but he did have strong grassroots support for his many pro-poor programmes ( housing, Janasaviya, freeschool uniforms). As for the killings, remember that he removed the Emergency, freed JVP prisoners and invited them to talks. They refused and resumed terrorist violence, including threatening and possibly targeting servicemen’s families. I am unsure as to how the state violence compared in magnitude with the Pre-Premadasa period of the crackdown, namely the two years 1987-1988. Was the Premadasa phase that much more indiscriminate? I rather doubt it. It was certainly more effective!

    • Well, the 1988-89 period saw the heaviest death toll.

  • Dr Dayan Jayatilleka

    Kadphises,

    You thought Wijepala was Malinda Seneviratne? And you still think you can tell a neocon from a progressive?

    As for categorisations of me, ok, so you are better judge of progessivism than the paper of the Cuban revolutionary leadership, eh?

    Alright, let that one pass.

    How’s this: the rather trendy Brit left website Culture Wars reviewed Soderbergh’s Che movie with a large quote from my Fidel book?

    Or more: the reviews of my book by progressive or liberal scholars from Paris, London and Washington use the descriptions’steadfast progressivist’ and bracket or associate my ideas, even if critically, with those of, Jacob Taube, Slavoj Zizek, Alain Badiou,and Alasdair Macintyre.

    All renowned Neocons, right?

  • wijayapala

    Kadphises,

    His defence of Yapa’s (Nalin de Silva) warped world view and loony Buddhism sort of gave him away as his protege.

    Perhaps you should take another look at what I’ve been telling or asking yapa. Just because I’ve attacked SD or BalangodaMan, doesn’t mean that I defend yapa.

    • yapa

      Dear wijayapala;

      This person must be dreaming. If this person saw how we were fighting in the past, he would fell ashamed of himself, for what he has said.

      I think he is a hasty and brave decision maker, who does not need information for decision making. Some people are very confident about what come to their minds for no reason.

      Thanks!

  • ravana

    DJ,

    “oh c’mon Ravana, enough of the mathematical gobbledegook. Not even the UNP alleges that the presidential election of 2009 was rigged, and the whole case flopped. Even the JVP pulled out of the effort. if you can’t stand the reality, desist from analysis.”

    : )

    Remember how you spoke of the majority? Well, if you assume, starting with support to MR of 40% of the voting public and his party gets 30% no more than 3 months later, this is a 25% drop in support in just a short period.

    Whether you apply a basic exponential equation or a more complex stochastic one I would guess that a mathematician would find the support base for the Rajapakse regime will drop and stabilise at 10-15% of the voting public. This would happen by the period from end of this year up to before the next General Elections.

    OK let us forget formal mathematics. If you are to just use common sense (Rajapakses have resorted to patriotism- yes the rascal kind- as their only available banner) assuming that 20% of any nation are racist. Take away 30% from that group who would be minority racists (they will never support MR). You are left with 14% support for MR regime.

    No matter which way you look I cannot see how a majority would support this regime in the longer term (keeping in mind that it never had majority support in the first place).

    I stand by my original contention that you are playing a dangerous game and that I hope you know what you are doing.

  • Dr Dayan Jayatilleka

    Hi Ravana,

    Here’s the deal: you stick to your speculative sums and I’ll stick to my political science. I recall what Ho Chi Minh said when he was told that the US was introducing computers and ‘modelling’ into the war. He quipped that this was good news because the mistakes they make in trying to use mathematics to understand politics, will be multiplied by the use of computers.

    Unlike you who hide behind anonymity, I have had to make my predictions on Presidential elections in Sri Lanka in the full view and hearing of millions of prime time TV viewers and FM radio listeners. I have yet to make a wrong call about Presidential elections at least for the past 15 years. That’s apart from predicting in writing, an Obama win when he was still lagging behind in the primaries!

    Have fun with your maths, and I’m sure Ranil & Co. would believe your calculations. but here’s my take: I don’t know how many in the electorate are racist, but I do know that the majority of the majority are patriotic; nationalist. So long as they feel threatened by external forces, this will only be heightened, and whatever the economic hardships they will never vote for anyone they fear will permit a roll-back of the war gains.

    Thus there are two scenarios:

    IF the UNP tosses out the presnet leadership and does what it did in 1988 while facing Presidential elections, the patriotic voter will feel safer and economic factors will become more salient. Then something slightly akin to your scenario will become less hilarious, though the base vote will not decline to 15-20%.

    If however, the UNP status quo remains, it is that party that will go down for the count. This is most so if the the UPFA candidate is the incumbent or — surprise, surprise–an even harder line nationalist, with a ‘disciplinarian developmentalist’ profile too. If so, the UNP ( from which the nationalist voters would have peeled off, if Sajith is not the candidate) will be down to your 15-20% base vote.

    • ravana

      DJ,
      I’m with you on the “patriotic, nationalists” coming together against external threats. In fact you and I would probably do our own bit in defending Sri Lanka and Sri Lankans (; )).

      WRT 15-20%, well that was my take on the assumption of 40% falling to 30%. It was a quip against your expectation that I should take “facts” accepted with political cynicism as true. I am not exactly unaware of politicians in general and Sri Lankan political system specifically. Just because I don’t live there does not mean I cannot make reasonable judgements on the polity of Sri Lanka. You don’t have to be a political scientist to smell a rat.

      You probably know very well there is little external threat to Sri Lanka as a whole. Only to individuals within the circle of power need to fear. Where we differ may be that you have to utilise the “rascal patriot’s” tendency to raise hackles when they feel shamed even though the shame should be with the political leadership. I on the other hand would sacrifice them ruthlessly for overall good.

      My concern however is that the west will use threats against individuals to gain leverage in the island’s future. I have lived here (in the “West”) most of my life and am under no illusion that the west means well.

      Anonymity permits me to be relatively honest in this forum. In real life I can assure you that I would be standing even further to the left from you. That is a necessary facade in the defence of what we need to protect. You in your way will protect Sri Lanka one way. I, in my way will do it in another. It is all in the name of the “New Art of War”.
      I hope I win! If you win then all is not lost because the game will go on. ; )

    • Against Frauds

      Dayan jayatilleka has again visited on us one of his truly tired (and tiring)sycophantic songs with the inevitable obligatory reference to his father, Mervyn De Silva, thrown in.

      I would strongly urge Groundviews to stop publishing his rubbish, inclusive of the periodic quotations from Mao, Ho, Che, Fidel etc. etc. without which nothing he writes is complete. That kind of “erudition” might sell to the other Mervyn Silva and the like, all part of the cabal that DJ is part of in the Rajapaksa Regime, but provokes nothing but irritation to anyone with even a grade-school education.

      PLEASE, PLEASE, Mr. Editor, spare us this man’s boring mendacity!

      • Janus

        Against Frauds

        Why then you still read the article

        If you don;t like leave it

        There may be others who wish to read .

        Since when did you become an expert on the predilections of the GV readers.

        GV please lets this one thru

      • Groundviews

        Dear ‘Against Frauds’,

        We’re not sure that such a pother is necessary. If you feel that we must deny Dayan Jayatilleka the right to be published on this site because you disagree with his ‘sycophantic’ opinions, then dear sir, it seems that you belong to that rotten camarilla that we have committed ourselves to oppose. If you are unable to comprehend what Groundviews represents, allow us to explain; it is, quite simply, a platform for debate, interrogation and discussion. If you possess half the skill or intelligence that is required to challenge our authors and commentators, stop complaining and attempt to disprove their arguments, or offer a more substantive and engaging counter-narrative to what you feel is tiresome. We’re providing you with a platform for engagement in the hope that you use it constructively.

        GV.

  • Travelling Academic

    @Agnos,

    Funny, you yourself hide behind a pseudonym but want to “out” others. You must have a lot of time for such detective work. Congratulations on getting Dingiri correct.

    Let me tell you why people sometimes shy away from using their own names. Deepam TV in London hosted a debate recently, in which a Tamil guy was brave enough to express his view that waving the Tiger flag at protest meetings was not a great idea. Guess what? The following weekend he was beaten up at a New Malden (a suburb of London) grocery store, and narrowly escaped being stabbed. Now, THAT, to me, is an important feature of the evolution of Tamil nationalism — a distinct feature I remember well from a March 1977 encounter with a senior Tiger chap, Kugan!

    Yes Agnos – I do think Tamils should work WITH the Sinhalese. I think we should concentrate on issues that cut across the ethnic divide. There is a whole range of examples of such issues, ranging from having the PTA repealed to building and maintaining clean public toilets. I know many Tamils who work with the Sinhalese on such issues without demanding that their counterparts declare their credentials on this silly Dingiri dingale P-scale first! Look at the current dispute over university lecturer salaries; many Tamils are taking active part in the protests, working on the committee, speaking at meetings, writing in newspapers etc.; the meeting of the lecturers union this weekend is being hosted at the Veerasingham Hall in Jaffna, the speaker list is 50/50 T/S – and I am so pleased to see my friends who have never had a chance to visit Jaffna write on their facebook walls how beautiful and peaceful that area now is – and I can assure you from direct personal knowledge these people are not visiting there with a conqueror mind-set (which is what my London friend who stubbornly holds on to the tail of the (dead) Tiger seems to want to believe). I believe we have to identify the positives and build on them; brush aside the negatives and stop help perpetuating them.

    When progress is made on issues that are common to everyone in the island, the maturity needed to address issues that are specific to a particular ethnic group (e.g. use of your own language to communicate with government machinery) will automatically evolve. This has been my belief from 1977.

    You might have observed that some strategies different from mine, e.g. shouting about drinking Sinhala blood and making slippers from their skins, have been tried and failed.

    Apologies for the long rant… Bye.

  • Ready for a nauseatingly patronising speech from a UK Govt foreign ministry official at the launch of the pro-LTTE Global Tamil Forum in London? Its the best pro-Mahinda speech imaginable. If MR & Co are clever, they’ll get this video subtitled and given the widest possible publicity.

    All the key phrases are there: “Tamil community”, “reconciliation with investigations and justice”, “the important role that the Tamil diaspora can play in Sri Lanka”… for sheer patronising arrogance, the Brits are unbeatable. Excuse me while I’m violently sick.