Dayan Jayatilleke on the proposed new Constitution
Posted on January 23rd, 2016

Shithijaya Sirasa TV 20th January 2016 

12 Responses to “Dayan Jayatilleke on the proposed new Constitution”

  1. Dilrook Says:

    I always had my serious reservations about Dayan. His latest proposal is far more dangerous than everything in the past including the dreaded 13A. He is good in criticising the UNP moves but his proposed regional autonomy is far worse than the Indian federal model. Dayan’s middle path involves finding a middle between 13A and federalism whereas the correct middle path is the middle of Sinhala extremism and Tamil extremism as if 13A was not there.

    Under the Indian federal model there are enclaves for the Hindi majority, not just the minorities. For instance Utter Pradesh (and a number of other states) is entitled to Hindi Only. They don’t have to allow Tamil as a language. Unfortunately these are not available to Sinhalese. What will happen with 13A and Dayan’s proposed regional autonomy is Tamils will further consolidate power in the Tamil-only north, east and even displace Sinhalese from Colombo, etc.

    Sadly, the north and most parts of the east are lost to Sinhalese. At least the west, south, Sabaragamuwa, Uva, North central, north western and central provinces must be protected as Sinhala protectorates. The Tamil language cannot remain a national or official language. It must be confined to the two regions – north and east. Otherwise the rest of the country will also be lost to Sinhalese.

    If the north and east are going to be devolved power to suit Tamil demands, rest of the country must be turned into a Sinhala protectorate.

  2. Dham Says:

    Dilrook,

    You said ” For instance Utter Pradesh (and a number of other states) is entitled to Hindi Only. They don’t have to allow Tamil as a language. ‘

    This is the comment made by an Indian Tamil in an Australian Media, which is self-explanatory.

    “Unless Tamil language is made a functional official language of Tamil Nadu state, future of the language is doomed. Everyone knows that the non-Indian origin languages Hindi, Urdu, Arabic are made compulsory in CBSE, ICSE and various Islamic schools in Tamil Nadu. Central government institutions operating in Tamil Nadu have virtually banned Tamil from critical use and impose the Hindi language circumventing the official 2-language formula. 2-language formula in India is only for HIndi states who need not study Indian languages, and Tamil Nadu has been using the 3-language formula with Hindi imposition from schools, airports, trains, and central institutions, as expect the so-called “Tamil” parties in TN are silent about this. It again really comes down to the point that the various Dravida outfits are actually Hindi, Urdu, Kannada and Telugu people operating in TN whose primary goal is the complete eradication of Tamil language out of India, of course news media will not say this.”

  3. Dham Says:

    It is clear that Indian model has cleverly designed to get rid of Tamil Language gradually from India.

    Our Sinhalese want to preserve Tamil language.

  4. Dilrook Says:

    That is correct Dham. Malaysia and Mauritius with a large Tamil speaking populations do not recognise Tamil language in anyway. The only two countries to give it the official status are Sri Lanka and Singapore. However, in Singapore Tamil language is offered as a secondary language (emphasised) in schools. Over the past 50 years the percentage of Tamil speakers has gradually declined in Singapore. All Tamil media are state owned preventing them from creating trouble.

    Sri Lanka must drop the Tamil language or Sri Lanka will be the place all Tamils will flock to create their nation. Dayan’s proposed model does not address this threat and it must be rejected.

  5. mario_perera Says:

    Both Dayan J and G.L.Peiris are blown off fuses, as such they can no more throw light on any national issue, least of all on the constitution.

    Any constitutional GRAFT that does not fit into the national body imbued during its 2500 + years with a Buddhist Sinhala Consciousness, will be rejected by that body.

    Remember what Montesquieu said about ‘constitutions’?
    DES QUE LA CONSTITUTION EST ECRITE ELLE EST MORTE.
    As soon as the constitution is written it is a DEAD LETTER

    If the planned new constitution is not to be a dead letter, it must vibrate with the living Sinhala Buddhist Consciousness.

    That Sinhala Buddhist Consciousness is a very tolerant force if dealt with within its limits.

    Mario Perera
    kadawata

  6. Fran Diaz Says:

    If the Law of the Land (Constitution) was followed in the past, then ‘tolerant Buddhist Lanka’ would not be in the dire straights it is now. The 6-A would have been followed and the Tamil leaders Separatist movement would have been quelled. Big Bro India has prevailed, and the Law of the Land of Lanka has been ‘made an Ass’ ?

    What has happened to PM Modi’s Hundred Smart Cities promise when he was campaigning for the post ? All forgotten ? ‘Tis better by far for India to throw the ‘bone’ of Lanka to the hungry wolf from the Basnahiru side ? What will happen to the international money market ? What will happen with world climate change ?

    Only time will tell the truth of matters ! We only know that, however long it takes, “Truth Wins”. So says the motto on the Indian Flag …..

  7. Fran Diaz Says:

    The ONLY recourse for Lanka’s survival is to drop the Tamil Language. How true ! We agree with Mario, Dham, Dilrook etc. That is the civilised way to go.

  8. Dilrook Says:

    @Fran Diaz

    As I said in the first comment, Tamil language must remain a regional language in the north and east. That cannot be changed. It must be dropped as an official (second comment) and national language.

    I agree with Mario about the duo. Since all their past involvement/support for constitutional change has been to the detriment of the nation, they must keep out of this.

  9. Fran Diaz Says:

    Dilrook,

    I have always stated that the Tamil Language must be dropped as a National & Official language. I have addressed only that part as agreed among us.

    I have not addressed the topic of “Tamil as a regional language in the N&E”. In my mind, that is a debatable point.

  10. Fran Diaz Says:

    Definition of a Regional Language is : “a different language SPOKEN in a larger nation state”. Spoken & written Tamil could be allowed anywhere in Lanka – no one contested that right. It is the same for any other language, be it Hindi, Urdu, Chinese, Spanish, etc. etc. No one contests that right.

    The only National & Official language ought to be the Sinhala Language, with English translations. There is no other way to stop the menace of Separatism. To claim regions via any language (other than Sinhala with English as a strong connector to other languages) ought to stop.

    There ought to be some conditions attached to use of Tamil as a Regional Language :
    To use Tamil as a Regional Language, the Vadukoddai Resolution (1976) ought to be publicly and officially withdrawn. Or else the same earlier problems will crop up in the future.

    Be wise, fellow Lankans !

    Comments welcome.

  11. Lorenzo Says:

    We all know WHAT is the RIGHT thing to do – REMOVE Tamil Nadu language from SL. INTEGRATE Tamils into the Singhala mainstream.

    But that is NOT the question.

    The question is WHO THE HELL is going to do it. MR will NEVER do it. He even spoke in Tamil Nadu language at election rallies (but LOST the election)!! He even spoke in Tamil Nadu language at the UN during war time!!! The ONLY person to do it in history. UN delegates would have thought SL is a Tamil country. So lets not FOOL ourselves. NO SL politician will EVER touch the Tamil Nadu language other than WORSHIP it.

    We have to find an ALTERNATIVE way of getting rid of Endian imposed stuff.

  12. SA Kumar Says:

    Both Dayan J and G.L.Peiris – Open secret these both are Pro 13A cos both know what is best solution for Mother Lanka.
    13 Plus or separate TE or Unitary BS can become elected MP but these both never ever able become elected MP(have to use back door) .

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