PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION – 2015 WHAT SHOULD BE THE POLITICAL STAND OF THE SINHALA NATIONALIST EXPATS?
Posted on January 4th, 2015

Jayantha Liyanage.Sinhala Jathika Peramuna (SJP)

It is very sad News that Sinhala Nationalist expats are now divided into two camps similar to Sinhala people here in Sri Lanka.

SJP was of the opinion that Sinhala Nationalist expats living in the western countries as well as in Australia are politically and intellectually above the ordinary voters here in SL because of their higher living standards and good knowledge of English language.

During the past three years, SJP have been exchanging views through emails and by meeting them personally with a certain group of Sinhala nationalist expats and under no circumstances we exchanged any political views other than the threat of Tamil separatism.

Under no circumstances the issues like cost of living, rule of law, good governance, corruption or Beeshanaya have ever been ever mentioned. SJP naturally assumed that Sinhala Nationalist expats are above all those issues because first they are not affected directly and second that they are intellectually above the ordinary Sinhala voters here. However, our view on some of them has been proven wrong.

We are now wondering what evil political forces have divided the Sinhala Nationalist expats. The central committee members and other close associates of the SJP are Sinhala Nationalists living here in SL and directly affected by such issues to varying degree depending on the time period and not during the past ten years but for over three decades. The country directly faced LTTE Beeshanaya for around 30 years. We were affected mainly due to cost of living during respective governments and hardly on other issues, as we had no direct political dealings with the two main political parties.

But we never concerned about such mundane issues affecting humans generally and only concentrated on the Tamil separatist threat since 1983 because it affects our collective survival and the 13A issue since 1987.

Therefore, our dilemma now is why some of the Sinhala Nationalist expats (who are known to us personally) are worrying about Dushanaya & Beeshanaya? Such issues are inherent features of political parties in countries where living standards are low so people do depend on politicians (Bat theory) to get things done and half the population benefits if they have aligned with the ruling party and the other half suffers and the entire population suffers because of the combined fault of the entire political system. If the vast majority of the voters actually suffer generally because of so called Dushanaya & Beeshanaya of the existing government, then theoretically it is impossible for the ruling party to win an election. If the opposition wins, still it would be by a small margin and that means nearly a 50% of the voters were willing to put up with such issues. Therefore, it is purely a relative concept.

Therefore, SJP’S view is that such basic issues are part and parcel of the current political system and only could be eradicated when we achieve European standard of living, which is very far away. Therefore, is it worth trying to correct such issues by changing the government as the people have been trying that method for the past 70 years and failed?

The issue that directly poses a threat to the survival of the Sinhala people as a whole is the Tamil separatism through TNA; therefore Sinhala Nationalists cannot have any choice other than giving priority to that issue above all other issues.

While both two main parties do not stand for the rights of the Sinhala people, the only criterion available to them is which political party has a greater reluctance even by a margin of 1% to grant land and Police powers to the Northern Provincial council asymmetrically. Therefore, the Sinhala nationalists have no choice but to support the side that TNA do not support. Sadly, in this issue we Nationalists have little choice – yes or no and no middle ground exists. Erroneous choice based on personal, emotional or misleading propaganda could be uncorrectable.

When us SJP members who are living here concentrate on Tamil separatism issue only while putting up with the above said issues (cost of living, rule of law, good governance, corruption or Beeshanaya), then why some Sinhala Expats living in London, Melbourne or New York worry about such issues?

Wish you all a very happy and a prosperous 2015.

Jayantha Liyanage.

General Secretary,

Sinhala Jathika Peramuna (SJP)

03.01.2015

3 Responses to “PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION – 2015 WHAT SHOULD BE THE POLITICAL STAND OF THE SINHALA NATIONALIST EXPATS?”

  1. Christie Says:

    Hi Jayantha, the problem with Sinhala Diaspora is that they are part of the Indian ghettos in the West.

  2. Nalliah Thayabharan Says:

    WHAT IS THIS “CHANGE” WHEN THE SAME JOKERS ARE CROSSING OVER FOR THEIR OWN PERSONAL GAIN….

  3. Marco Says:

    The author says ..”expats living in the western countries as well as in Australia(?) are politically and intellectually above the ordinary voters here in SL because of their higher living standards and good knowledge of English language.”

    Thats an insult to the local electorate.
    I cannot believe Jayantha Liyanage can think or even say that.

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