Marxists are like Indians: both have failed
Posted on July 3rd, 2013

H. L. D. Mahindapala

I am happy to bounce back from the hospital bed and browse the multitudinous vistas of the world that filter through the sheen of the polar-white glow of the cyber screen without which I will be lost in an infinite Sahara. Through the instant magic which provides most of my necessities for mental sustenance and sanity  — I just can’t think of a world without it now —  I can pick, examine and get involved in the good, the bad, the indifferent and even in the gentle manner with which Prof. G.H. Peiris (GHP) had put Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka (DJ) through the mincing machine. GHP’s replies to DJ in The Island are exemplary  demonstrations of the noble art of humane killing. It brings into focus the fundamental flaws in the intellectual exercises of DJ and his “co-thinkers” in the Left-wing caboodle. One of the problem as I see it revolves round DJ’s failure to grasp the realities not only of Sri Lankan history but also contemporary international politics — all of which have been pin-pointed meticulously by GHP. If only my friend DJ’s  knowledge of Sri Lankan history was as extensive as his knowledge of Cuba (his doctoral thesis was on how Fidel Castro’s “ethical violence” has been morally superior to other kinds of  political violence,  elevating  his Havana hero to the level of a political saint), sans his mental blocs imposed by his Marxist ideology, he could rise to great intellectual heights with the kind of authoritative credibility and respectability that GHP holds on Sri Lankan issues.
Like all Left-wing and hired intellectuals of NGOs — not to mention the Friday Freaks — he reveals in his writing an ample familiarity with imported theories which are hardly relevant to the critical issues or the needs of the nation. In fact, the remarkable achievement of the post-independent period is that the nation steered its way successfully through a multitude of external and internal challenges without recourse to any of the psuedo-scientific theories propounded by Marxists and other hired pundits like Jehan (Pacha) Perera, “Paki” Saravanamuttu and their “co-thinkers”.  The native talent displayed by high achievers like D. S. Senanayake, Mrs. Sirimavo Bandaranaike, Ranasinghe Premadasa and even President Mahinda Rajapakse testifies to their capacity to develop home-grown solutions, leaving the theoretical pundits in the Left and NGOs way behind.
Perhaps, it is the theoretical intoxication that has blinded DJ  to the ground realities on which the politico-historical  traditions, instituitions, identities and communities took root over the centuries. His deracinated thinking makes him rely on imported theories. Like all his lumpen “co-thinkers” he has assumed that  history begins with the Vadukoddai Resolution, with its concocted geography and fictitious history.  The politicised history, which is the source of Left-wing ideologues, is accepted uncritically as the unassailable repository of knowledge there is in “political science”. Consequently, it is not surprising to find him sailing along with the anti-Sinhala-Buddhist ideology manufactured in Vadukoddai in 1976. Like all his  other “co-thinkers” he has not deviated one millimetre from the tendentious politico-historical framework concocted in the Vadukoddai Resolution.
Take, for instance, the example of blaming D. S. Senanayake for rupturing inter-communal relationship (See Long War, Cold Peace) by introducing the bill to define the citizens of the new nation. It is unpardonable that a “political scientist” should imitiatively repeat the Vadukoddian propaganda without exploring the democratic and liberal structures put in place  for nation-building in the immediate aftermath of independence.  This also indicates that he prefers to view history through his blinkered ideology. DJ is stuck irredeemably in the obsolocent Marxist groove without realising that his Marxist pantheon —  mainly, Marx, Lenin, Stalin (he began as a Stalinist), Gramsci, Althusser, Che, Castro — passed their use by date with the 20th Congress of the Communist Part of of USSR in which Comrade Nikita Khruschev condemned Stalinism. That was the first deadly blow to Marxist-Leninist-Stalinism. After that it was downhill all the way down to the Berlin Wall. DJ has studiously avoided the more intellectually robust Trotsky and the Frankfrut School. His obsession with selected saints of Catholicised Marxism has reduced him to a “One-Dimensional Man”.
If he was more discriminating and able to sift the chaff from the grain he would have realised that there is no future in Marxism either for him or the nation. He should also realise that it was the most disastrous and dehumanizing ideology of the 20th century that produced Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, Ceaucesco etc., right down to Rohana Wijeweera in Sri Lanka — the fascist mass murderer responsible not only for distorting Marxism by reducing it to five lectures but also by misleading the youth on the promise of creating a Marxist utopia which he could not deliver in all the possible cycles of his rebirths. It is undeniable that the most vicious blood baths in the 20th century were ideologically driven by Marxists of one shade or the other. Taken collectively they would account for the deaths of at least fifty million innocent civilians.
It has been one of the primary driving forces of political evil that devastated the 20the century. Even Hitlerism  can be considered as a reaction to Communism which was rising as a formidable force in pre-Nazi Germany struggling to raise its head from the ruins  of World War I. It is recorded that Right-wing money bags of the Jewish establishment in Germany also financed Hitler  to prevent the rise of Communism. The so-called liberation movements, including that of Wijeweera and Prabhakaran,(Anton Balasingham, the leading ideologue of the LTTE, covered himself in the Emperor’s clothings of  Marxism) promised to take the 20th century to the nearest point promised in Marxist millenarianism. But, as recorded  in history, the promised Marxist utopia turned into an evil dystopia. By and large, the moronic Marxists perished in the distortions of their misinterpreted and misleading versions of self-serving Marxism. After the collapse of  USSR — and with that the Cold War — Marxism lost its validity as an institutional, ideological and international force. The hangers-on that continue to benefit most are some careerists in academia writing fanciful theses / papers that failed  to salvage even Marxism, let alone the movements they championed.
Nothing is more ridiculous intellectuallly in the 21st century than those who quote Marx and his off-shoots to  justify their failed politics. The days when the shelves of academic libraries were overflowing with books on Marxism are gone. In this day and age the best books written on Marx are those that rip Marxism apart. The nostalgic Marxists are yet to realise that Marx belonged to a bygone era. Marx belonged to the era of steam engines, primitive capitalism of the Dickensian era, and  the limited theory of class warfare which failed to explain the diversity of  human history which, among other socio-economic variations, produced the hydraulic economies of the Orient that didn’t fit into Marx’s Euro-centric history. The best of contemporary intellectuals have abandoned Marxism as a guide to move humanity into the future. The post-digital, the post-Berlin and post-Deng Tsiao Peng era is thirsting for a born – again Marx to map the contours of a new sociology that would explain the forces of  galloping capitalism riding roughshod all over old Marx. For DJ to repeat the Marxist mantras in the 21st century is as valid as regurgitating the hocus-pocus of our kattadiyas who danced all night pretending  to possess the secrets of driving away the evils of our ancestors.
Marx’s genius was in picking heterogenous philosophical strands and synthesising them into a plausible theoretical whole. He excelled in analying the past but he failed as a futurologist. He was also unsparingly critical and dismissive of any ideology that contradicted his interpretations. It was not unusal for Marx to dismiss Auguste Comte’s “philosophical  system as positivist shit”. (The New York Review of Books, p. 39, May 9, 2013). Though practically all of Sri Lankan Marxists, especially those who come from  the Colombo University, belong to this category I do not  want to bracket DJ, considering his considerable talents, into the category of  “Marxist shits”. But he does surprise me from time to time though his frequent somersaults tells me that I should not be surprised at what he does and say. For instance, in reply to Prof. Peiris he says: “I have always been an admirer of the US “ƒ”¹…”mainstream’ while being a critic of certain aspects of US foreign policy.”
In my reading of global events and trends this  is the first time I’ve heard of a blood red Marxist saying that he’s been an admirer of “mainstream” American politics. If what he says is true then he must be an admirer of Bush and Obama — two decisive and overbearing leaders who define mainstream US politics — controlling nearly 1000 military bases globally, most of which are designed to wage wars on cooked up reports (Iraq) and kill innocent civilians in any part of the world (Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia etc.,) who are pereceived to be threats to American sovereignty or territory. However, I presume what he means is that he is an admirer of the monumental achievements of the American liberal-technological culture which has pushed global civilization to the frontiers of ever-expanding progress and knowledge. Anyone can agree  with that. Apart from the scientific frontiers I too embrace Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, Robert Frost, William Faulkner, Jackson Pollock, Frank Lloyd Wright, John Steinbeck, Martin Luther King, James (Fire Next Time) Baldwin, Jack Kerouac of the Beat Generation and, of course, Raymond Chandler who located his detective Philip Marlowe away from the upper-class English  serving tea and cucumber sandwiches on manicured lawns and placed him in the grim underworld, substituting brawns for the brains of Agatha Christie’s Poirot. In his irreverent way Philip Marlowe summed up the fast and furious American way of life in the memorable line which says: “Live fast, die young and leave a good-looking corpse behind.”
Leaving aside the iconic humane side of America, it is rather amusing to listen to a fire-breathing defender of Castro and Che — victims of US imperialism — saying that he is an admirer of the “US mainstream”. It is something  he would not dare say to his  political heroes Castro and Che even within quotes. He might  get the loud applause of his local hero, “Paki” Saravanamuttu, for going along with the American “mainstream”, no doubt. But no moral Marxist can ever applaud the American “mainstream” overdetermined by two Presidents who vie with each other in killing civilians, including its own citizens, perceived to be threats to America.
He makes a vain attempt to separate American “mainstream” politics from its foreign policy. As far as the world is concerned America is its foreign policy. There is nothing in America’s foreign policy which is not in its “mainstream”. His attempt to separate foreign policy from “mainstream” politics is another means of sanitizing the corrupt, bloody, imperialistic war-mongering politics of the American mainstream. In a Big Power like America there is no dividing line between its foreign policy and its “mainstream”. For instance, when the American President, Barack Obama, leaves his Nobel Peace Prize plaque in his private locker and sits every Wednesday with his CIA, State Department, FBI and other apparatchiks to coldly calculate as to who should live and who should be killed to save America from internal and external threats, is it a part of “mainstream” politics or “foreign policy”? In short, isn’t defending American interests in every corner of globe a central part of “mainstream” politics? Can the  ruthless, heartless policies of America which plotted to assassinate Cuba through Mafia agents, including a Havana cigar that would blow his face out, be dismissed as foreign policy or be considered as a part of the mainstream culture of America?
According to DJ’s doctrine prescribed for Sri Lanka, Cuba should have surrendered to the neighbouring Big Bully. He says quite smugly: “Machiavelli… brusquely remarks that a state undergoing these changes would fall victim to a stronger neighbour before it could have time to complete the cycle.” — – Introduction to “ƒ”¹…”Niccolo Machiavelli, Discourses on Livy’, University of Chicago Press, 1996, p. xxxviii. Had he paused to make a reality check with the resistance put up by Cuba, with or without USSR, — knowing, of course, the overwhelming power of its neighbour USA — he should have had second  thoughts about prescribing a Machiavellian line to Sri Lanka. Here he is endorsing not international law, not the UN Charter, which is invoked constantly as the pillar on which American mainstream is based, not the laws that stipulates every nation, big or small, be treated as equal, not the rule of law but the morality of Machiavellian  “Modern Prince” (Gramsci)  with weapons of mass destruction at its disposal.
Besides, if he accepts Machiavellian rule of the Big Bully as the political reality that must obeyed by the rest — particularly the less powerful — then he is obliged to abandon all moral values in prescribing political solutions,  either on the global  or local  scales. He can’t have Machiavellian rule for America and India and a moral and just rule for any other part of the globe, including Sri Lanka. Though it can be conceded that the perennial power of Machiavellian politics continue to dominate global politics to this day there are, thankfully, small nation like Ecuador, thumbing its nose at America and even spurning its trade concessions to defend its independence. It has courageously defied the Big Brother politics and given Assange sanctuary in its embassy in UK. If DJ is committed to moral values in politics then it is absolutely imperative for him to reject Machiavellian threats to nations struggling to restore peace, stability and dignity, amidst global and domestic pressures.
At the heart of the overbearing  pressures put on Sri Lanka right now by India and America, demanding that Sri Lanka must accept the formulas prescribed by India as the final solution, is the issue of whether Sri Lanka should surrender to Machivellian imperialism or fight for the right of the nation to develop its own home-grown strategies for domestic problems. It is ironical that the die-hard Marxist revolutionary has openly decided to  accept Indian imperialism as the answer to Sri Lanka’s north-south crisis — a bloody crisis fostered, financed, and fathered by India. He is proposing  that a surrender to Machiavellian Indians  is the way out. He is saying this knowing that the Indo-Sri Lanka Agreement, imposed on Sri Lanka with gunboat diplomacy of the Proconsul Dixit, the then Indian High Commissioner, dictating terms to J.R. Jayewardene, as his distinguished father described it on numerous occasions, not only set fire to the nation but also failed miserably to satisfy any community or restore lasting peace to the Sri Lankans.  So must we go down that path again? Furthermore, how many time are we supposed to surrender to Indian Machiavellians? Sri Lanka went along the most self-destructive — not to mention idiotic — policy of “helping  India to help Sri Lanka”. In the end neither India nor Sri Lanka gained anything from it.
In any case, if  the Indian formula is going to be the viable solution yielding positive results then there is some reason to go along with it. But the historical experience has shown that it has not worked.  So what guarantee is there that it will work again? The internal resistance to an Indian formula — particularly the 13th Amendment — is not only received with suspicion but also with instinctive repugnance by the vast majority of Sri Lankans who believe justifiably that we are capable of working out our  own salvation, with or without, Indian interventions. It is not a sine qua non, as DJ and his “co-thinker” like Mangala Samaraweera, claim it to be. As seen in  the case of ending  the 33-year-old war, Sri Lanka can benefit from all external resources as long as external forces help to advance the internal objectives. But the Indian military formula that came with the IPKF failed. The Indiam political formula that came with the 13th Amendment too failed miserably. There is a lesson in this: there is a role for external forces in resolving Sri Lankan problems and that is entirely in assisting Sri Lanka to develop its  own strategies and formulas. Any attempt to  impose imported formulas, theories and solutions have failed to  resolve the complex issues or win the consent of the people who are more fired than before in resisting external interventions. Sri Lankans argue that their children, kith and  kin did not lay down their lives for Indians to occupy any part of their homeland through planted proxies.
Besides, maintaning friendly relations with India — considered to be the corner stone of Sri Lanka’s foreign policy — does not mean that we must say “Yes, Sir”, “No, Sir”, “Three Indian bags full, Sir, for you to take to Delhi, Sir.” It means, in essence, mutual respect for each other’s interests and survival, without the Indian Big Brother manipulating to twist the arm of small brother, Sri  Lanka. In DJ’s formula, however,  there is no option for Sri Lanka  but to bend down and kiss the ground on which the Indians walk. He argues that it is the Machivellian law and we cannot escape  it. He even went as far as recommending that we should, for our survival, follow the example of Myanmar and surrender to the will of America. This is not enlightened diplomacy. This is sheer boot-licking. Who needs diplomacy for boot-licking? Any trained dog could do it.
This brings me to the earlier issue of his role in Geneva. He claims the success in Geneva as a proud achievement of his one-man band. There is an element of truth in this. But that is not the whole truth, according to his last article. In that he passess the buck entirely to the Presidential Secretariat in response my argument that, in hindsinght, his victory in Geneva, is actually a loss for Sri Lanka. He says that the Geneva Resolution (March 2009) was the brainchild of the President’s office.  Here he has done a back flip. His earlier argument was to emphasise “Me, Me, Me”.   But in his last response he goes against his own claim and says not “Me” but “HE”.
If, as he says, everything that happened in Geneva originated from His Excellency’s Office then what was his role? Was he playing the role of the great diplomat, thinking on his own two feet and acting spontaneously responding creatively and effectively to exigencies of each move and counter-move of the West and cutting quid pro quo deals, or was he acting  merely as the postman delivering HE’s directives? Postmen do play a role in delievering messages at the doorstep, no doubt. But  the authorship of the message that defines the overall objectives and strategies do not belong, by any streatch of imagination, to the postman. So in what part and where and when did he play his great role that led to victory in Geneva in March 2009? He says he did not cut any deals with India or any other power. Fair enough. So then why should the credit go to him in Geneva when everything was done by HE, according to him?
In the mounting pressures of the post-Nandikadal scenario the President was forced to act in accordance with two main factors that tied his hands: 1. the Sri Lankan Constitution which recognises the 13th Amendment and 2. the Indo-Sri Lanka Agreement which nominally has the status of an international treaty. When HE consented to implement the 13th Amendment in his discussions with Ban Ki-Moon, the UN Secretary-General, he had no alternative but to acknowledge  the realities of the two factors mentioned above. He could not  brush aside the impact of the 13th Amendment to Ban Ki-Moon because it was in the Constitution. In acknowledging the 13th Amendment he was as much a prisoner of the Indo-Lanka Agreement as all the other Sri Lankans. In fact, the current imbroglio is related directly to the Indo- Lanka Agreement. Besides, the 13th Amendment also flowed into  the Constituition via the Indo-Lanka Agreement. The 1978 Constitution was made with the expressed will of the people. The 13th Amendment  of 1987 was imposed against the will of the people by a foreign power. The President is now faced with the 13th Amendment to the Constitution which is not in any way an expression of the will of the people. So how valid is it in law?
The validity of Indo-Sri Lanka Agreement in international law has to be questioned at the highest level because it was imposed against the will of the people of Sri Lanka, including the Jaffna Tamils. How valid is a treaty signed with gunboats bobbing outside the Colombo Harbour? Which international court of justice will uphold a treaty/agreement signed by Ban Ki-Moon if he was forced to sign  it with the UN surrounded by an overwhelming force threatening to invade  his  premises , or impose a regime change? Since the 13th Amendment crept into the Constitution as a result of the illegal force used to impose the Indo-Sri Lanka Agreement the validity of it in the Constitution is open to serious legal questioning. DJ’s Machiavellian principles will never be upheld in a just and fair court of law.
The issue facing  the nation — and, of course, the President — is whether to perpetuate the illegally imposed injustice on the nation or not. Gotabaya Rajapakse has given the  courageous lead in rejecting the 13th Amendment in toto.  Predictably, DJ is reacting  to this move as if the nation is about to slaughter his sacred cow. This Pavlovian reaction  is inevitable because his thinking is locked inside the Vadukoddai box. DJ, as usual, is stuck in an ideology that has passed its use by date.  There isn’t s single vestige in the Indo-Lanka Agreement, whether in its origins, its imposition or in its legacy, that makes it a benign or acceptable formula for all the peoples Sri Lanka to come together. It is an Indian solution to an Indian problem. It is divisive, corrosive and destructive. It has never been nor will it ever be the solution. The time has come to jump out of the box and re-imagine a new future.
Gotabaya Rajapakse has  taken the firt step decisive step in redrawing the road  map to the future. Prof. G. H. Peiris has summed up the commonsense thinking of the vast majority when he says that every bit of Sri Lankan territory belongs to all communities and no community is entitled to exclusive enclaves. The idea of carving out ethnic pockets on the fictions manufactured by the Vadukoddians is a  “no-no”  for the simple reason that  it goes against the grain of the  inclusive Sri Lankan culture, which embraced multi-culturalism long before it became fashionable in the West.  Exclusiveness in any form is the antithesis of tolerant multiculturalism.
The editorials of  The Sunday Times and The Daily Mirror, none of which are pro-government mouthpieces, have outlined with absolute clarity the arguments against the setting up of Provincial Councils as envisaged in the 13th Amendment.  Both recommend the District Council formula worked out between Dudley Senayake and the Federal Party. And much against DJ’s minimum borders of Provincial Councils the Federal Party agreed to District Councils. So what is the rationale for DJ to insist on the borders of Provincial Councils?
Nor can DJ argue that The Sunday Times and The Daily Mirror represent what DJ calls “Sinhala-Buddhist chauvinism”  — his  bete noir — either. Both have condensed cogently the need for new thinking on this vexed issue. It is time that DJ jumped out of Vadukoddai box and looked at the world around him in a more down-to-earth manner if he is to grasp the new realities that will never submit to Machiavellian goni-billas either from the north or the west.

20 Responses to “Marxists are like Indians: both have failed”

  1. herman Says:

    Mahindapala,

    Please do not categorise all Marxists and Left-wing groups, alike.

    Edward Snowden’s is a lesson for all of us, we knew that all the eu nations are substantially subservient to the usa but we know now that even china and russia are obedient servants of the usa.

    Only a few latin american Marxists and Left-wing governments leaders are defying and challenging the usa and are willing to allow Edward Snowden political asylum. So, kindly do not classify and mirror all Marxists in the same manner.

    Take Care and get well soon.

  2. Susantha Wijesinghe Says:

    HLD, I am very happy to see you back from hospital, and onto the stage. Other readers’ thoughts may be symbolic of mine. The write up is factual, and I love the English in it. Blessings of the Noble Triple Gem to keep you in good health.

  3. Lorenzo Says:

    Well Said HLDM.

    May G~d bless you HLDM and keep you in good health for another few decades.

    You are one of our BIG GUNS. We need you to SCRAP, BUST, BURY, CREMATE, ETC. 13 amendment.

    DJ is an Endian spy.

  4. Ananda-USA Says:

    Welcome back to our midst, … weakened in body but not in mind, HLDM! May the Noble Triple Gem Bless & Protect you.

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    INDEED, Sri Lanka should NOT LISTEN to India on the 13th-A!

    Since WHEN are VICTIMS of ABUSE required to HEED the ABUSERS after escaping their clutches?

    HERE is the HYPOCRISY of Indians.:

    First they initiate, train, support and fund Tamil terrorism in Sri Lanka to serve their interests,
    then Threaten, Invade and Occupy Sri Lanka under the guise of “Peacekeepers” when that terrorism is in FULL SWING, preventing Sri Lanka from defending itself against their terrorist surrogates,
    then they CHANGE OUR CONSTITUTION and IMPOSE the 13th Amendment upon Sri Lanka at GUNPOINT to solve their own problems presumably to ensure “ethnic harmony” in Sri Lanka that they themselves disrupted,
    then they allow that terrorism to GROW beyond their ability to control it,
    then they declare victory and advance to the REAR back to India leaving Sri Lanka with their terrorist baby to feed,
    and now, after the Tamil Separatist Monster they impregnated Sri Lanka with had been aborted at great cost in blood and treasure, they come along demanding that Sri Lanka implement their Flawed Solution to the problem they embedded in Sri Lanka, having abandoned their own responsibility to restore the Sovereignty of Sri Lanka by disarming the LTTE!

    They CREATED the”problem”.
    They IMPOSED an ILLEGAL “Solution”.
    They FAILED to do their part of their “solution”.
    And NOW, they are demanding that Sri Lanka implements SRi Lanka’s part of their FAILED ILLEGAL “solution” that they imposed at GUNPOINT, and FAILED to HONOR themselves!

    There is no other word for it, but RAPE! Under which Internationally accepted LAW is Sri Lanka compelled to deliver a RAPIST’S baby?

    Is there a GREATER CRIME than the STUPIDITY of OUR LEADERS who are STILL arguing this issue and TREATING India as ANYTHING MORE than a ABUSIVE NEIGHBOR who should be kicked in the behind out of the house, down the road, and out the country?

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    We should not listen to India on 13 A – Gotabaya

    DailyMirror.lk
    July 2, 2013

    Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa said today that Sri Lanka should not listen to India with regard to the implementation of the 13th Amendment as the national problem was inherently one that should be solved by Sri Lankans.

    “We should not listen to India on this; this doesn’t meant that we lose the relationship we have with India. But if there is a problem it should only be solved by Sri Lankans and not India,” he said.

    He said the national question should have a homegrown solution — and the debate about 13th Amendment should not affect the relations between the two countries.

    “India is our friend and we need to continue the good relations. This should not be an issue to strain our relationship, and I’m of the view that India understands that. They should understand that this is inherently a Sri Lankan issue and we have to address it with a solution that we devise” he said,
    Rajapaksa said the “alienation of provinces based on ethnicity” was not the solution to the ethnic issue.

    “This is not the solution; and it has failed. There are Tamils living in all parts of the country and Muslims too — so what about them? How does the Provincial Council system solve their problems? I believe in the decentralisation of administration; but I don’t believe that areas should be demarcated according to ethnicity, religion, caste or creed. This country belongs to all Sri Lankans and we have to think in those terms,” he said. (Hafeel Farisz)

  5. Ananda-USA Says:

    The LACK OF RESOLVE of the GOSL in moving to REPEAL the 13th Amendment DECISIVELY, ENCOURAGES even Foreign NGOs to MEDDLE in Sri Lanka’s INTERNAL POLITICS!

    WHAT CHANCE has Sri Lanka for long term SECURITY when its DEFENDERS DITHER wringing their TREMBLING hands?

    Oh, How Low the Mighty Heroes of our Hela Diva have Fallen today! Give me leaders who have NOTHING TO PROTECT but their Motherland!

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    Expelled German NGO in talks with TNA, TNPF, GTF

    By Shamindra Ferdinando
    Island.lk
    July 2, 2013

    A German NGO expelled from Sri Lanka, at the height of the Vanni offensive, is pushing the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the Tamil National People’s Front (TNPF) as well as the most influential Diaspora grouping – the UK headquartered Global Tamil Forum (GTF) to adopt a common strategy on the national issue.

    The TNPF headed by former MP Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam is a breakaway faction of the TNA. The TNA split in the wake of the LTTE battlefield defeat in May 2009 leading to the formation of the TNPF, which contested Jaffna and Trincomalee electoral districts at the April 2010 parliamentary election, on its own. The TNPF is not represented in parliament.

    Authoritative sources told The Island that the TNA, TNPF and the GTF had recently met in Berlin under the auspices of the Berghof Foundation to discuss an entire range of issues, particularly the proposed first Northern Provincial Council election.

    The NGO is funded by the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

    Sources said that a two-day conference took place on June 22 and 23 with the participation of Suresh Premachandran (Jaffna District MP), M. A. Sumanthiran (National List MP) and Selvam Adaikalanathan (TELO leader and Vanni District MP) representing the TNA, Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam and S. Kajendran from the TNPF and GTF leader Rev. Father S.J Emmanuel and its spokesperson Suren Surendiran.

    The British Tamil Forum (BTF) too, is believed to have participated in the discussions.

    The Berghof Foundation suspended its operations in Sri Lanka late April 2008 subsequent to government decision to rescind a work permit issued to the then Country Director Dr. Nobert Ropers. The Berghof Foundation launched its project here in July 2001 on the invitation of the then government.

    The TNA’s recent announcement that it would boycott the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) appointed to recommend ways and means of settling the national problem should be examined taking into consideration the deliberations made in Berlin, sources said. Responding to a query, an official said that the TNA and the TNPF were believed to be divided over their strategy in case the government called for northern provincial council elections even under the 13th Amendment to the Constitution.

    Sources speculated that TNPF was likely to boycott the elections widely expected to be held in September.

    Sources said that Berghof Foundation sponsored two meetings for the same purpose in Singapore (April 2011) and Berlin (January 2013). Sources asserted that the project was aimed at agreeing on a roadmap to achieve their objectives, which remained the same in spite of eradication of the LTTE’s conventional military power.

    At the inauguration of the TNPF, the party pledged it was committed to the concept of Tamil nationalism, homeland, Tamil nationhood, Tamil sovereignty and Tamils’ Right to self-determination. The All Ceylon Tamil Congress was the main constituent of the TNPF, they said.

    Former TNA MP Pathmini Sithamparanathan had been an original member of the TNPF, sources said, adding that the majority of those who threw their weight behind the new party were close to the LTTE, particularly its top leadership.

  6. Ananda-USA Says:

    Talking about Emperors Without Clothes, here comes SArath Gonseka, without a stitch to cover his NAKEDNESS.

    Instead of crawling into a Black Hole to hide his head in SHAME at his INGRATITUDE & TREACHERY against his Motherland, his Colleagues and his Superiors in Government, this UNPRINCIPLED MAN DARES TO SHOW HIS FACE in the Political Arena AGAIN!

    This time he goes ONE STEP FURTHER in his TREACHERY … he supports the 13th Amendment to EMPOWER those very same terrorists who attempted to blow him to bits, and against whom he fought at the HEAD of Sri Lanka’s Patriotic Army.

    Does this man know NO SHAME!

    He was rescued from the threshold of retirement and given the opportunity he begged for to lead the Sri Lanka Army by Gotabhaya & Mahinda Rajapaksa. He used that position to aggrandize himself, and to arrogate to himself ALL ACCOMPLISHMENTS of ALL OTHER Heroic Officers … his comrades in arms against the LTTE … who bore the brunt of that Heroic War of National Liberation.

    Driven by UNBOUNDED AMBITION & GREED, he REPAID the GENEROSITY of the Rajapaksa’s, who raised him up to receive the adulation of Sri Lankan Patriots, by accusing them of a war crime.

    Even today, Sri Lanka is STILL trying to Dispel that charge, and overcome its international repercussions, against its Heroic Armed Forces.

    Sarath Gonseka, do us PATRIOTS OF LANKA a FAVOR and PLEASE SHUT UP & GO AWAY! We would like to FORGET ABOUT YOU, just as every American Patriot wants to erase the memory of the traitor Gen. Benedict Arnold of the Continental Army in the War of Independence.

    To Sarath Gonseka, a hollow man bereft of virtue, that immortal cry “Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori” is without resonance, of no meaning at all!

    ……………..
    Changing 13th Amendment would disrupt ethnic harmony, Sri Lanka’s former Army Commander says

    ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

    July 03, Colombo: Former Army Commander of Sri Lanka and Leader of the Democratic Party, Sarath Fonseka says amending the 13th Amendment to the Constitution at this juncture would disrupt the ethnic harmony in the country.

    Explaining that the solution to the current issues could only be brought about by a new Constitution and not by amending the existing Constitution, Fonseka says the Northern Provincial Council election should be held without revising the 13th Amendment.

    He said that he does not agree with the proposed draft constitution put forward by the main opposition United National Party (UNP), especially on the formation of an executive council.

    According to Fonseka, his party would contest at the Northern Provincial Council election and would also field a powerful chief ministerial candidate at the North Western Provincial Council election.

  7. Ananda-USA Says:

    Indo-Lanka Accord is not a valid document – JHU

    ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

    July 03, Colombo: An Ally of Sri Lanka’s governing party, the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) says that the Indo-Lanka Accord is an invalid document since India had failed to honor its pledge.

    JHU General Secretary, Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said that the Indo-Lanka Accord and the 13th Amendment to the Constitution are both invalid.

    Addressing a rally in Colombo yesterday, the Minister noted that India had failed to disarm the LTTE as agreed in the Indo-Lanka Accord.

    He explained that India had pledged to disarm the LTTE in 72 hours after entering into the agreement but had failed to do.

    Therefore, he notes that the Sri Lankan government should realize that the agreement is invalid.

    According to Ranawaka, it is a misconception to believe that power could be won in the country by holding the Tamil vote bank in one hand and the Muslim votes in the other.

  8. Sirih Says:

    Mahinda, Hope you are ok and contribute more to the mother country… DJ is not a honest man and his problem is not publishing his self interest based on marxist bankrupt ideology with colonial christian agenda.

    SL need honest politicians that look after the countries interest and we are up against the whole colonial empires backed by a corrupt church and dishonest indians. It is people like DJ who are propagating these foreigners agendas and govt. need to be direct and say we look after our own interest and not the foreign interest.
    We have a list of ministers paid by the indians and this make things very complex and Gota is the only one that act on countries interest.

  9. Fran Diaz Says:

    HLD,

    Wish you all the best in good health & wellbeing !
    Get completely well soon – our thoughts are with you. We need you.
    ————–

    By now everyone knows that the 13-A is invalid. But as our giant and erratic neighbor, India needs to be convinced that it is not in the interest of India to have the 13-A in place. India needs to listen to what is True & Just and agree to remove the 13-A which was imposed by India under Duress and therefore invalid. India should try to live up to the motto on her flag “Satyameva Jayate” or ‘Truth wins’. That way, India may win back the lost respect from Sri Lanka.

  10. Samanthi Says:

    Get well soon Mr. Mahindapala!
    You’re one of the greatest son’s of Mother Lanka.
    May the Holy Tripple Gems bless you all the time!!!

  11. Christie Says:

    Best wishes for full recovery, I am sure it was not brain surgery. Marxism has linguistic colours. Latin American has shades of Spanish and Portuguese, Chinese is mainly Mandarin. Ours is Inglish. Ceylonese Marxism started with the blessings Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the world’s most celebrated Indian colonial parasite. Nursed by Handys’ they have destroyed the Sinhalese, Moors, Burghers, Malays but not a single Indian colonial parasite of the island nation and managed to preserve privileges enjoyed by the Indian colonial parasites. In the English speaking world and in most countries of the Indian Empire; the Socialists and Marxists to a certain extent are managed by the Indian intelligence service the Third Eye. Then these Marxists influence local politics and non-governmental organizations, universities and the like. The Third Eye and its activities go back to the dates of start of Sinhalese involvement with Marxists and other Socialists. Example; why Hon MP Vasudeva Nanayakkara is batting for the Indians and Indian colonial parasites. The Third Eye; with the assistance of the Indian colonial parasites have managed to run the island nation. They made SLFP, and then JVP was hijacked from North Koreans and then the Indian Terrorist outfit branded Tamil Tigers. This trio over the years with the assistance of the local Marxists and Socialists have managed to kill hundreds of thousands of non-Indians and have destroyed and continue to destroy all non-Indian enterprises. Third Eye made a grave error in putting Mahinda ahead of Ranil. Third Eye and the Indian colonial parasites made this error due to wrong assumptions in analyzing the facts and opinions. It assumed Mahinda will be easy to manipulate like they did with SWRD, Sirima, Chandrika and JR compared to Ranil. Mahinda was an unknown material coming from Thurston College and they did not take in to account his brothers, specially Gotabhaya; they thought Gotabhaya will stay in the West and mind brothers’ money.

  12. Indrajith Says:

    Dear Mr. Mahindapala,

    Glad to learn you’re well and back in the scene defending our bellowed motherland.
    I’d like to wish you good health and long life!

  13. jayasiri Says:

    Looking at the responses, they speak for themselves………I have read your comments, articles & many news about you defending our mother lanka throough PEN & PAPER. Although I do not know you, your articles, & pronouncements are very inspiring to most lankans in Lanka & abroad.

    Glad to see you back……I also would like to comment about that NGO from Germany still conrinues to HAUNT Sri Lanka. They do not accept enough is enough. Perhaps he can persuade federal german State to grant a HOMELAND for Tamils who make up a sizemble vote base in Germany in their future elctions. My preference would be for them to go to TAMIL NADU their home base. Do not go to USA or Europe, because then you will be like PARASITES who ruied one country & moving to ruin another.

    Re: DJ , well he is a spent force, trying to be alive by publishing SOMETHING which most Lakans find repulsive, & outdated. What can we expect from a HAS BEEN who could not hold a job for any length of time.

    May be there suckers in INDIA, and the so called International community, STILL depend on his garbage. Few high sounding words & nothing in particular of any value.

    I am gllad that HLD has seen through DJ’s never ending critizism of everyone EXCEPT his & his few followers, who would care to listen. Never assign a job to a NON – Buddhist in a Buddhist country. It never works.
    WELCOME, HLD & good to see you back in great spirits…….Another expat who loves Lanka~ J

  14. aloy Says:

    ” Never assign a job to a NON – Buddhist in a Buddhist country. It never works.
    WELCOME, HLD & good to see you back in great spirits…….Another expat who loves Lanka~ J”
    Above is the most stupid comment I have read in this site. How would you like if someone say “Never assign a job to a Buddhist in a NON- Buddhist country”?.

  15. Samanthi Says:

    Alloy, what Jayasiriis says is not to give any job to non-buddhists BUT don’t give any important and crucial jobs such as diplomatic positions in UN systems to Christians such as DJ who may use that opportunity to promote his/her anti-Sinhala, anti-Buddist agendas. It is not a stupid statement but a prudent one by one who loves his motherland.

  16. Ananda-USA Says:

    HDLM,

    The People of Sri Lanka, in whom Sovereignty is Vested, have the right to REPEAL the 13th Amendment ANYTIME regardless of whether it was LEGALLY or ILLEGALLY imposed without the CONSENT of the People, if the 13th Amendment in THEIR OWN considered judgment, NO LONGER SERVES THEIR NATION’s BEST INTEREST.

    The ILLEGALITY of the 13th Amendment, in as much that it was IMPOSED under DURESS upon Sri Lanka against the WILL of its Sovereign People, only STRENGTHENS the RIGHT & the WISDOM of REPEALING it.

    The People of Sri Lanka are SOVEREIGN; they can REPEAL the 13th Amendment through a NATIONWIDE REFERENDUM ANYTIME they WANT to, for WHATEVER REASON. That is what Sovereignty MEANS, and they WANT TO EXERCISE that right.

  17. aloy Says:

    Samanthi,
    Perhaps I read him out of context. The sentence preceding what is quoted is a pointer to that. Anyway lets hear from him if he wants to correct himself.

  18. Lorenzo Says:

    Ethnicity and religion should NOT be a criteria.

    MR made it VERY CLEAR.

    2 types of people. Others thigs DON’T MATTER!!

    1. Those who love unitary (Sinhala Buddhist identity) SL
    2. Those who don’t

    ALL important jobs should go ONLY to #1.
    NOTHING to #2.

    IF north elections are held ALL important jobs in the north PC will go to #2s.

  19. Nimal Fernando Says:

    Mr. Mahindapala, who holds his own among a handful of Sri Lanka’s most respected newspaper editors,
    has paid a tribute, in characteristic fashion, to the inimitable Mervyn de Silva, DJ’s gifted father.

    After all is said and done, We the People, should not unduly worry. Because, as long we keep boasting
    Sri Lankans of such calibre, this nation will never say “Yes Sir, no Sir, we’ll fill all your three bags Sir”,
    to anyone else on the planet.

    This nation, with such a rich history, knows how to maintain cordial relations — based on
    Mutual Respect — with people everywhere.

    And when the national interest demands it, to simply say “No”.

    Please keep the pressure on, Mr. Mahindapala, and stay well.

  20. Fran Diaz Says:

    Lorenzo,

    Re ethnicity & religion :

    It is the Tamil leaders who cry “TAMIL’ all the time. Even the Buddhist Association of Jaffna is called the Tamil Buddhist Association.

    We wish they would use the word ‘SRI LANKAN’ instead of Tamil all the time. Will the Sri Lanka Tamils ever be ALLOWED to integrate into Sri Lankan society ?

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