The way to Good Governance and the path to peace, justice and prosperity in this country?
Posted on January 31st, 2017

Dr Sudath Gunasekara

30.Jan 2017.

(Please note that this is a revised version of the first article I wrote to Lankaweb on 16.Jan 2017 under ‘Twelve Prerequisites for Good governance’ etc. I decided to write this piece in view of valuable comments made by my readers of the first. I thank them for their valuable comments, new ideas offered and prompting me to improve my horizons. I also REQUEST YOU TOO, T0 READ THEIR COMMENTS under the original article)

What has to be done immediately to stop the division of the motherland and save, that was the home of the Sinhala Buddhist nation for 2500 years for posterity?

I am fully aware that this is a very big challenge and a very difficult puzzle too to solve. But it has to be sorted out as soon as possible at any cost in the name of posterity.

Therefore I put down the following recipe in good faith, with malice towards none, but with love and affection to our heritage as a patriotic Sinhala Buddhist who loves his country,its people and the heritage more than anything else. I give it in 5 Steps.

Step1. What has to be done immediately to get out this Augean mess in Governance

Step 11. What the Interim Government must do.

Step 111 The need for a national movement to prepare a National Policy Framework

Step1V. What the new Government after the election must do.

Step v. Guidelines for the National policy framework under the new Constitution

Step 1

What has to be done immediately to get out of this Augean mess

1 First and foremost, this externally manipulated ( the so-called International Community led by US, UK and Norway, India and LTTE agents called the Tamil  Diaspora- remnants of LTTE, all sworn enemies of the Sinhala Buddhists Sri Lanka), unconstitutional, treacherous and UNPatriotic rogue elephants Government yielding to Western dictates and catering to foreign interests must be sent home as soon as possible before it completely destroy this country and the Sinhala nation, and instead the people of this country must immediately replace it with a Strong central Government, headed by a patriotic Sinhala Buddhist leader as the Executive President, elected directly by all the people in the country as the incumbent President has miserably failed to protect the Sinhala Buddhist identity and heritage of this Island nation and allowed and empowered the Tamil politicians and Muslims like Richard Badurdeen (Wilpattu destruction) and Rauf Hakeem and Faizer Mustapa and undesirable  anti national Sinhala elements to destroy this country and its 2500  year old Sinhala Buddhist heritage

Firstly, by openly declaring in public that he is obliged and duty bound to serve the interests of the Tamils and Muslims as 90 % of them has voted him at the last Presidential election, completely ignoring and betraying nearly 5 lahks of Sinhala (UNP, JVP, new votes and elements those within  SLFP disgusted or angry with M R )  voters who have voted him by keeping mum and blind against all anti Sinhala and anti Buddhist activities done by the minority political leaders.

Secondly by allowing an utterly unsuitable person Rnil as the Prime minister, an avowed kalu Suddha, agent of the west and the Catholic church, together with his happy and gay bunch of ‘Asinhala’ Ministers like Mangala Samaraweera, Ravi Karunanayaka, Rajita, Kiriella (betrayer of the Kandyans) and rugby player Malik, absolutely unsuitable to hold such responsible public positions in this land of Sinhala Buddhists  country and messy Chandrika and NGOO and others who are all known as sworn and proven enemies of the Sinhala nation, to ruin this country, the nation and it priceless Buddhist heritage.

But since there is a Constitutional problem to dissolve the Parliament to go for fresh elections and the ramifications in changing the President as well, the only sort cut to get over this impasse for the time being is for the President to ask the PM to resign, while keeping his position also safe. If Ranil refuses, most probably he would, to resign honorably in spite of the humiliating political situation before the volley of political onslaughts the general public and the President himself has already fired at him and the Finance Minister and the major disagreements with Ranils pet constitution making, already conveyed to the ABC through his trusted SLFP Cabinet Ministers and the CB bond scam, the President could sack him and should appoint a new Cabinet headed by a new Prime Minister in order to clear his name and save the Presidency. With the latest developments seen at the weekend meeting of the SLFP CEC, their position expressed at the  Sri Lanka Buddhist council against  Ranils proposed Constitution, the open tug of war going on between the UNP and SLFP group within the government, presidents decision to revert the selling price of Lottery tickets to Rs 20/=, suspension of the coal tender and the Homagama Tyre Project, and above Ranil’sall well known  involvement in the Central Bank Bond scam and the ever rising public criticisms of his government, I don’t think Ranil has any other alternative than honorably submitting his resignation papers before he is sacked and humili Ambekkarated. The President also has fully understood now the predicament he is facing as the man who made Yahapalanaya his main slogan.  Why he decided to send his lapdog Chief Ministers to plead MR’S support at the forthcoming local government elections without which the Sirisena SLFP factor will get completely wiped out.

If the President does not take any action against this illegally appointed PM the people of this country led by Mahasangha (The guardians of the country and the nation) should in one voice compel the incumbent President to ask Ranil to resign and make immediate arrangements for an interim government to be formed under a new PM, who can protect this country against both internal and external threats until new elections are held.

Here the President has no choice but to submit to public opinion and appoint the person who commands the majority in the House, as the Prime Minister. He cannot take cover under the evasive constitutional provision ‘in his opinion’ and appoint any one he wants as the PM, like what he did last time. That is unconstitutional and illegal. I am sure if he tries to do that this time also, people will revolt. Anyone can even go to courts and get it annulled if he resorts to such gimmick even though the JO has failed to do it last time. Because the ‘sovereignty is in the people and is inalienable’ and not with the President and the Speaker as he thinks and what he said last week that no one could be the PM without his consent and that of the Speaker. It is not his consent that matters in a democracy but the consent of the people at last. Because sovereignty lies with hem The President has only to carry out that constitutional obligation and the Speaker has only to announce it.

The President should appoint an interim Government

The interim Government could last till the next general election is held. Since this interim government is not formed after an election where an election manifesto is not involved, it can formulate its own interim policy framework to stabilize the country and bring back normalcy looking forward at the next election. Looking at the present jumbo Cabinet (the biggest in the world for a small country like ours), the names of the Ministries and the confusion and disorder it displays, with jocular and funny names of some Ministries, one cannot understand whether it is a Cabinet or an asylum.

The new cabinet should be limited to a council of 15 Ministers only scientifically named and functionally arranged. This should provide the new Government to prove its honesty, integrity, commitment and sincerity to service to people as well. None of the present Ministers should be included in the new Cabinet. The President and the new PM has to ensure that they select suitable persons who can command the respect of the public and abstain from appointing rogues, thug, bar owners, crooks and controversial persons as Ministers for mere political expediency. If they cannot find 15 such people from among those who are in Parliament, then they should get that number by getting suitable and competent new people from outside appointed through the national list easily by sacking those defeated candidates who are in Parliament at present. The Government could use this opportunity to show the country the type of Ministers it is going to appoint in the future. (national list must be abolished in the new Constitution)

Step11. What the Interim Government must do.

1 Immediately stop all activities relating to the ongoing new Constitution making and disband all subcommittees and their reports

2 Hold local government elections as soon as possible

3Then abolish the Provincial Council system to put an end the divisive, wasteful, disastrous and baneful Provincial Councils which have completely destabilized district administration and proliferated political and administrative institutions providing sanctuaries  for political rejects and breading grounds for separatist elements and  disabled political dropouts and thugs eating in to the national coffers imposed on us by India to ruin this country together with the JR-Rajiv Accord of 1987 & then abolish the 9 Provinces carved out by the British, first, to divide and create dissention among the natives as a part of their colonial strategy to make it easy for them to rule and exploit the colony and second to ruin this country and its culture and the ‘Sinahla Buddhist’ nation. That will also put an end to the cry for devolution and federalism mania by the separatist elements as well and once again bring back sanity and permanent peace to this country.

4 Assign an MP for every electorate as we had under the old system to bring back meaning to representative democracy once again in this country and the people to have people’s representatives in place of the present system of their being representatives of the Party Leader only responsible and answerable to the Leader of the Party at whose will their survival depends

5 Next in order to achieve the expected targets and bring back normalcy in the country’s Administration (completely in disarray now) re-classify and streamline the Ministries, and activate Departments and District administration, including  the Divisions as well as the Village level, the nerve centres of efficient and good governance in this country by appointing the most suitable, senior and competent Janahitawadi public servants with proven ability who could deliver the goods like what they did in 1970s under Dudly Senanayaka Government so that we will have a country run by a group of non-political, independent, professional and patriotic public servants under the direction, control and supervision of the central Government, without leaving everything in the hands of uneducated, dishonest, self centred and corrupt politicians, and allowing them the monopoly of ruining this country as they have done for the past 68 years since 1948. The District Administration must be empowered with suitable changes and once again made the linchpin of peripheral governance with a District Secretary responsible to the center playing the main role.

Finally completely reorganize and revamp the village level by reducing the number of Gramaseva Units to about 5000 as it was there before 1990s (There were only 4000 GS Divisions then which Premadasa increased to 14,000 and also appointed all waga niladharis as Gramasevakas, thereby making it an utter mess by destroying both the village administration and food production in this country.

Grama Sweva Centers from where all village level officers of different departments should be set up at the Grama Seva Division levels.Completely revamp Grama Sevaya with wide changes in education qualifications, recruitment procedure, salary structure, responsibilities and status etc as the Grama Seva Office should be converted to be the most important unit of governance and development at the village level in this country in future. Grama Seva Niladhari should be the head of that office.  This is the type of innovative Administrative reforms our governments should think of instead of wasting billions on imported systems like the Provincial Councils packed with rogue politicians.

Make residence within the Districts and Divisions compulsory for all the District Secretaries, Divisional Secretaries and Grama Sevaka Divisions (to be administered by Grama Seva offices and Janasabhas). Services at each level should be made available at one central office or at least one central place as far as possible for better and efficient delivery of services. I also suggest that the former need for all public servants to reside within a 3 mile radius from the work place be readopted for all public servants so that they will be in offices in time in the morning and do not leave offices early either.

This will, I believe mark a turning point, in the history of this country’s public administration and good governance towards a stable, prosperous, peaceful and independent State.

6.Proscribe all communal political parties named after ethnicity, language or religion like TNA, ITAK, TC and SLMS immediately. Only national parties that have a national coverage like SLFP. JVP should be allowed to function and engage in politics and contest elections thereafter. Even the UNP (an invention and imposition by the British in1947) should be banned as a political party unsuitable for this country as it has accepted that there are more than one nation in this country, a peculiar and disastrous political concept no other country in the world has.

7 Also ban communal segregation and design all future settlements as mixed ethnic settlements with special emphasis on the hill country plantations to avoid the Malayanadu dream of Tamil politicians.

8 Reform the present electoral system and reintroduce the earlier electorate system and abolish the District MP that has made representative democracy a big joke so that each electorate will have its own representative. Until a complete reorganization is done, assign the present MPP to each electorate within the District

9 Immediately take action to stop religious vandalism such as the destruction of all Sinhala Buddhist historical places, cutting down Bo trees etc in the North and East and restore what had been already vandalized and take action against those responsible. (The story of 7 Buddha statues recovered from the deep sea near Konesvara in Trincommallee is a glaring point in rthis type of communal vandalism)

10 Resettle all displaced Sinhala and Muslim people in the North and East during the LTTE terror period immediately at least now.

11 Take immediate action against Richard Badurdeen and restore Wilpattu national park

12Immediately restore the Kandyan Peasantry Development Authority abolished in 2014 and take immediate steps to rehabilitateKAndyan Peasants in terms of the KPC Commission Report of 1951 by restoring all their lost rights including land and privileges and

13 Institute legal actions against the British Government for the vandalism they have committed against the Kandyan peasants and claim compensation for all loses have undergone.

14 Immediately scrap the Ministry of Upcountry Tamil Villages and Infrastructure Development  ad stop alienation of estate land now being carried out by the present Government under the direction of traitors like Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasingha and Minister Luxman Kiriella  as an election bait and bribe.

15 Instead immediately set up a Powerful Ministry under the President or the Prime Minister called the Kandyan Peasantry Rehabilitation and Kandyan Areas Development Ministry

16 Scrap all political citizenships given to Indian Estate Tamils and restart awarding Citizenship to them only under the Nehru-Kotalawala Agreement of 1954 and all those who are either disqualified or refuse to accede to that should be repatriated to India or Britain  as they were the people who brought these people to Sri Lanka and they were British citizen at the time of Independence in 1948.

17 Commence a mixed settlement programme for those who agree to that formula and all landless Kandyan peasants on marginal and uneconomic tea estates below 5000 ft MS taking in to consideration of the fact that Tea estates will get naturally reverted to forest I near future as the author of Paradise on the hills hascorrectly predicted.

18 Declare all lands above 5000 ft as strictly reserved forests and forbidden watersheds (Thahanchi kele as they were known in the days of the Sinhala Kings) to arrest land degradation in the central watersheds to improve the river flow to increase irrigation and hydro electricity potential of the Island.

19 Take strict legal actions against all who violate the 6th Amendment

20 Ban all communal and racial propaganda

21 Make prior approval of Parliament compulsory for all Ministry advisers, top Govt posts like the Governor CB, Ministry Secretaries, Diplomatic appointments etc so that we can avoid appointing unsuitable persons with controversial records like Arjun Mahendrana and R Paskaralingam to such high positions

22 Immediately withdraw the decision to pay Rs 2500 per sitting for MPP and the payment of RS 100 000 pm as rent for an office and ask them to operate from their homes in their electorates Ask those who refuse to abide b it to go home as they are no longer suitable to represent their voters in Parliament

23 Stop the leasing of 58 vehicles to be given to MPs by Ranil Wockramasinha

24 Stop appointing Chairmen for non existing Pradesiya Sanvardhana Sabhas and stop setting up of such additional and overlapping political institutions as we already have a plethora of such useless institutions like the Provincial Councils that have become a big burden to the govt coffers for no service done to the country.

25 Also remove all adheekshana MP and withdraw lavish facilities given to all politicians forthwith

26 Remove all political advisers appointed to Ministries

27 Recall all political appointees for diplomatic positions and replace them with career public servants

28 Stop all extravagant tamashas and politically motivated function like awarding certificates, and appointments etc All govt appointment could be sent by post with very little cost

29 Ban inviting more than one or the most two politicians or Government officials for any function and stop lining them up on the stage like film stars and getting all of them to show off when one can do the job and thus save enormous waste on transport, travelling, subsistence, fuel and ware and rare, overtime and wastage of time otherwise could have been used for public service

30 Scrap the Upcountry Tamil village and Infra structure Development Ministry immediately dissolve the 9 Provincial councils before next April and the UNDP funded special Authority to be set up for the same purpose immediately.

31 Restore all crown lands back to reserved forest encroached by Minister Badurdeen in Wilpattu and Muslim encroachers in the eastern Province and  sack the Minister and take legal action against him for violating Fauna and Flora Acts and connected other offences committed by him

32 Restore all Buddhist historical places vandalized by Tigers and Muslims in the North and East

33 Remove Arjun Mahendran and Paskaralingam as Advisors to PM and Take legal action per Cope Report against Mahendran and also Ranil

37 Also take action against Navy Commander for assaulting a Rivira Media man

38 Abolish the Pension scheme given to politicians under Act NO 1 0f 1987 and thereafter.

39 Stop issuing duty free vehicle permits to all politicians and selected state officers forthwith Give them loans by vehicles as it was done in the past so that wt he govt can cut down enormous public expenditure on drivers ,maintenance, salaries , repairs, subsistence and overtime etc.

40 Stop giving allocations to MPP and Ministers and channel all Government expenditure through Ministries, Departments and Public Officials who should be made solely responsible and accountable to the Public Accounts Committee for their proper disbursement

41 Replace all political Governors of PCC and replace them with retired Professional Public servants until the PCC are abolished

42 After abolishing the Provinces and Provincial Councils restore and re strengthen and completely reorganize the District Administration

43 Restore capital punishment immediately, to all those found guilty of crimes prescribed by law an all Drug offences, rape, Child abuse and theft and misuse of State property and those who vandalize ancient Buddhist sites in the North and Eastern Provinces.

44 All politicians starting from President downward should reduce attending public functions and various extravagant tamasas and should devote their time more for serious thinking, planning and expeditious action on public welfare without displaying their vanity and pride

45 Stop blaming the last government and at least now get down to positive action

46 Ban import and telecasting of all Indian soap opera programs that destroy our culture

48 Close down India Consulates in Kandy, Hambantota and Jaffna and send back the Indian Oil Co and bring its functions under CPC to save our assets draining to India.

49 Scrap the IOC and vest it in the  CPC also stop the Trinco Oil tanks deal with India

50 Relieve the Judiciary and the Public Service from political interference and make them

fully  independent so that the public will get an efficient and impartial service

 

Step 111

The need for a national movement to prepare a National Policy Framework

1 Meanwhile we must immediately form a national movement headed by a National Council of all patriotic forces of this country like the historic Eksath Bhikshu Peramuna of 1956 led by eminent and respected Bhikkus and supported by few outstanding national level intellectuals drawn from different fields like Statecraft, Law. Civil service, Finance, Banking, Economics, History, Culture, Business, Engineering, Agriculture, Industry and Fishing etc  to prepare a detailed national policy framework to be submitted to the political parties at the next election.

At the same time this movement must get all Sinhala people to renounce their blind party alliances and political colour (such as Green, Blue and Red attachments forthwith and get together under one national flag-that is the Lion flag the British lowered on 2nd March 1815 as one Nation to save our country and the nation with a view to evolve a system of government without political parties in future to unite the whole nation under one Government to restore political stability and protect the country from the minorities and from all foreign threats including India and the West at work.

The Bhikkus must take the leadership in this movement. They all should give up their politically Green, Blue and red robes and be armed with the Yellow robe as they have done throughout history whenever the nation was in danger. This should not be construed as narrow Sinhala Jativadaya. It is only an attempt to assert the lost rights and privileges of the Sinhala Nation, the real Bhoomiputras of this Land, over the years after 1815 and to restore the heritage of a Great Nation they have lost as all Governments since 1948 have miserably failed and criminally faulted to do it.

In reality the people involved in agitations for Independence should have planned for it years before and should have been ready with the Constitution of the new Republic by 1948 without waiting to meekly submit to a Constitution prepared by the Colonial masters to perpetuate their control for their own benefit. This is what neighbor India did in 1935 when it appointed a Committee under the chairmanship of Ambedcar to prepare the Independent Republican Constitution of India. They  made India an Independent Republic immediately after Independence At least our people should have learned a lesson from it. Instead they embraced the Jenning constitutions even without restoring the name of the country SINHALE which was there in 1815. Since the word Ceylon in English was the direct translation of the Sinhale which they have used throughout the Kandyan convention I cannot understand as to why they accepted the word Lanka which was changed as Sri Lanka in 1972, though it too had been in use before. It was a name coined by India to denote that it is the country situated at the center of the world or beautiful land. But even ancient Indians have called us Sinhalas when they said ‘tat depa vasin Sihalam.  Was this acceptance their ignorance or a joint conspiracy?

The foregoing process of preparing the comprehensive report should begin immediately as it has to be presented to the political parties before the election

 The National policy framework so prepared should be offered to party leaders at a public meeting and the party who accepts to implement it should swear before the Mahanaayaka Theras of the three Nikayas in front of the Sri Dalada Wahanse as it was the tradition followed in the ancient days

And the group who accept it must be supported at the Election

 

Step 1V

What the new Government after the General election should do

1 Following the General election first enact a new and Constitution as promised within six months

2 The new Constitution must be based on the history, traditions, religion customs and manners of the Bhumiputras of this country. This should be done by local experts in Law, Administration, History, Politics and traditions etc and not by imported conspirators according to the dictates of Western nations and India.

3 Declare this Country once again as A Sinhala Buddhist Republic (as it had been the unbroken tradition of this country from its inception for the past 2500 years (that no other country in the world can claim).  Also declare it as a Unitary State that will last as long as the sun and Moon will exist. The Republic of Sinhale will have only 25 Districts as administrative regions subdivided in to Divisions, Korales and Village Councils areas with maximum decentralization of Administrative power.

4 Begin to implement the election manifesto

5 All minority groups should accept this position as non-negotiable and inalienable constitutional provisions. All of them will have to learn the language of the land within 10 years and integrate with the native Sinhala nation while enjoying the freedom to practice their own religion and culture. Those who cannot do so must go back to countries of their love and choice or to countries from where they were brought by Suddhas or migrated) All minorities have to fall in line with this reality. There is no other alternative either for reconciliation or co-existence with the Sinhalese. None of them should dream to be independent nations in someone else’s country as they do now.

6 Restore independence in Judiciary and Administration

7 Declare all lands above 5000 ft mean sea level as strictly protected national watersheds that should never be touched for development or settlements and confine all settlements to land below that elevation

 

V Guidelines for the National policy framework under the new Constitution

This country should have only one government for the whole Island and its territorial waters as the Republic (A unitary State In modern terms) of Sinhale (one Eksesath Rajya or Janarajaya) as it had been one Kingdom for the past 2500 years. It should be based on the Dharmasokian concept of the State and it should be guided by Dasaraja Dharma and Satara Sangraka vastu with the ultimate objective of achieving the goal of the ‘Righteous Rajya” for the good of the many and the happiness of the many inclusive of all Countrymen or citizens (as they are popularly called now) belonging to all ethnic groups.

The fundamental features that should be embodied in the Constitution of the Republic of Sinhale

1 Objective: To convert our Motherland once again to an Independent Sovereign, prosperous and righteous State, guaranteeing territorial integrity, sovereignty and unitary status of the country.

2 Name : The Democratic Socialist Republic of  Sinhale (Kingdom before 1815) Actually it continued to be called Sinhale up to 1972 as it was known as Ceylon in English till then that was only the anglicized version of Sinhale.

3.Nationality: Sinhala

4 State Language Sinhala

5 State Religion Buddhism

6 Law of the land: Sinhala Law. Thesavalamei and Muslim Law operating at preset in respect of Tamils and Muslims shall be abolished under this as there were never such laws prior to 1815

(As it had been for 2500 years from 543 BC up to 1815 AD. In fact there is nothing to declare so, as it had been the historical legacy of this nation)

.7 State administration. The country will be run by a people friendly, Homemade Administrative system replacing the present alien, destructive and divisive political Party system.

8 Machinery of Governance:  An elected Executive President by the people as the Head of the Government, A Jatika Rajya Sabha with 15 Ministers, Administered under 25 Districts, Divisions and Villages administered by Janasabhas as given under step 11 : item 3 above

9 There can never be any reconciliation in this Land of the Sinhalese outside these non-negotiable and inalienable conditions. No political party or leader should aspire or dream to be the Head of this country as this was the historical fact that was strictly adhered to by all the Kings in this country up to 1815 march 2. Even the British accepted this position when they signed the Kandyan Convention, though they violated it later.

10 Under the New Constitution

There shall be a ‘Jatika Rajya Mantarana Sabbhava’ of not more than 150 qualified statesmen in all, elected on an electoral basis, (so that every electorate will have their representative, a people’s representative in the Jatika Rajya Mantarana Sabhava and not a rep of a party leader as it has come to stay at present, with clear recalling powers vested with the people by the Constitution.’

11 Uttara Mantrana Sabhava

In addition to this an Uttara Mntrana Sabhava of about 30 Senators, 25 representing the 25 districts and 5 nominated could also be set up if the Constitution makers so desire.

(Please see my Siyapanatha published in the Lankaweb for more details or ‘Samakami Samurdimath Dharmika Desayak Sandaha’, a booklet by the Mahanuwara Sinhala Bauddha Jesta Puravesiyange Sanvidhanaya (2015) Published by Maduka Printers Ganemulla,  Gampaha WP Sri Lanka. P 24-51. Or Contact  me  on 081 2232744 or by e-mail [email protected])

12 Set up a non-political National Advisory Council and a National Planning Council  to decide the national policies of the country

Everybody within this country and outside including the so-called minorities must accept this as the Sinhala Buddhist country and the inalienable and non–negotiable rights of the Sinhala people to make above claims. Those who cannot do so must go back to their dream motherlands immediately without trying to carve out or day dream for separate mini-homelands on someone else’s country.. whose legacy it was for millennia.

(I invite those who wants to know more about how this country could be brought to normalcy and once again makes it a peaceful, prosperous and righteous country, to read my article on  Siya Panatha (100) in Lankaweb under Sudath Guanekara)

Appeal to the President

Mr President this is the only way for you to prove your honesty, integrity, patriotism and your leadership to the people and the world. Hope good counsel will prevail upon you to make this a golden opportunity to absolve all black marks you have collected since you became the President, without been trapped in the illusion of your expressed obligation, responsibility and duty you are talking about, to solve the problems of Tamils and Muslims on the ground that 90 % of them have voted you at the election as you have publicly declared many a time. They may have voted you as a block. Please remember that Tamils and Muslims voted you not because they like you or trust you but because that is the only way they could have ousted Mahinda and put UNP Ranil at the steering, on whom they had the full trust to get their political agenda implemented.  Once they get their jobs done they will discard not only you but Ranil or any other Leader and put to the dust bin in no time.

Also please don’t forget that this country had been the Land of the Sinhalese for 2500 years. Neither you nor anyone else has the right to betray it. I wish wisdom will dawn upon you to mark your niche in Mahawansa. Whether you decide to go down as traitor or hero in the annals of history in this country of the Sinhalese is entirely your choice. Also please note that I have made all these observations in good faith, purely in the interest of the my country and the people, with malice towards none

.Finally, I would like to remind the President and the entire coterie of those who are trying to enact  a new Constitution against the wishes of the Sinhala majority that they must remember nearly 5.9 million of Sinhala people have voted against them at the last elections. The weeping and wallowing ghosts of these people and the descendents of the nearly 4 million UNP misled and blind folded voters who will later realize their folly, together constituting the entire dispersed, displaced and destroyed Sinhala people will follow and haunt you as long as you trek through this endless Sansara if you betray them. You will never be pardoned for this Great Sin and their eternal curse will be upon you forever.

We would remind that the main objectives of any Government in this country should be

1 Security of the country.

2 Protecting the territorial integrity, Freedom from both internal and external threats and Sovereignty of the people

3 Working for the good and welfare of the people and maintaining law and order in the country and  ensuring good governance

4 Protection of the Sambuddha Sasana and protection of the culture, traditions and customs

In all these areas the present Government has failed miserably. Any person man or woman who is not prepared to accept this reality is never suitable to be the leader of this Island nation.

I don’t claim this package to be a complete prescription for all our ills. I am only trying to open a wider public debate through this note on a very important national issue so that all people will get together to save our country,  the nation and its cherished heritage,

17 Responses to “The way to Good Governance and the path to peace, justice and prosperity in this country?”

  1. Lorenzo Says:

    Sudath,

    WHO will do these?

    Not politicians. That’s for sure. We have to get the MILITARY & MAHA SANGHA to takeover the country. They can get some CATHOLIC PRIESTS, MUFTIS and HINDU priests too. Then it will look like a MULTIFAITH RECONCILIATION group.

    LESS resistance.

  2. Christie Says:

    එකම විසඳුම වැඩිජනතාව වන Sඉන්හල බොදු, කිතුනු හා මුස්ලිම් එකතුවී ඉන්දියනු අදිරදයට හා ඉන්දියානු පරපෝසිතයන්ට එරෙහිව නැගී සිටීමය.

    The only solution is for the majority Sinhala Buddhists, Christians and Muslims to unite and stand up to the Indian Empire and Indian Colonial Parasites.

  3. Susantha Wijesinghe Says:

    LORENZO !! THIS IS WHAT WE SUGGESTED LONG YEARS BACK. PROCRASTINATION IS THE THIEF OF TIME.

  4. Ananda-USA Says:

    Ado Katussa(Lorenzo),

    Don’t worry your DEVIOUS LITTE HEAD about who will bell the Yamapalana cat; We PATRIOTS will …… SOON!

    GO BACK to supporting your candidate Aiyooo Sirisena, so he can set the New Constitution creating the proto-EELAM in motion, and collect your vadais from the TGTE!

    This EELAMIST Agitator supported Aiyoo Sirisena for the Presidency, then tried to CRAWL BACK into the Patritic Fold to become a hidden EELAMIST mole AGAIN coining the name “Maru Sira” for the Aaapaya, and NOW is supporting Aiyooo Sirisena again!

    There is only ONE THING CONSISTENT about his activities: Helping to undermine the Patriotic Forces and keep the Yamapalanaya in power until it creates the RACIST APARTHEID state of EELAM via the New Consitution!

    GO AWAY, BUGGER OFF! and work on your languishing PhD in Kovil Management, the dissertation lies untilled and fallow. Head POOSARI job in you dream of in the Virtual EELAM awaits!

    We Patriots will NEVER let the EELAMISTS succeed by STEALTH or by WAR!

  5. Sirih Says:

    Bigger danger is removing Presidency .. Ranil or any anti nationalist knows that they can never win the presidency since sinhalese buddhist always vote for like minded president.
    Ranil and his cabal wants to be executive PM with cronies around him appointed as a leader. He knows he can never be a president.
    Problem started with MR, and he took 21 ministries under him and basically ran the country as a dictator with his kids getting massive kappan and rest stolen by basil.

    We need to define president powers to look after defence and buddhism and also to keep power to dissolve the parliament if they misbehave .. Unfortunately that has been removed by the present lot.

  6. Hiranthe Says:

    Whilst appreciating Dr Sudath Gunasekara’s timely article, may I copy the following article from Daily Divaina Today which is also covering an important issue of the day….

    තේසවලාමෛ නීතිය අහෝසි කර
    ජාතික ප්‍රශ්නය විසඳා ගැනීම

    පී.බී.හේරත්

    ප්‍රජතත්ත්‍රවාදය බලපවත්වන රටක පැවැතිය යුතු දේශපාලන, ආර්ථික හා සිවිල් යන නිදහස අතරින් සිවිල් නිදහස වඩා වැදගත් තැනක්‌ ගනී. මේ අනුව යම් රටක ජීවත්වන සියලු ම වැසියන්ට තම රටේ තමන් කැමැති තැනක ජීවත්වීමටත්, කැමති රැකියාවක්‌ කිරීමටත්, කැමති ආගමක්‌ ඇදහීමටත් වැනි මූලික මිනිස්‌ අයිතිවාසිකම් සඳහා නිදහස තිබිය යුතුය.

    එහෙත් මෙම සිවිල් නිදහස මෙරට ජීවත්වන සියලුම ජනයාට එකසේ බුක්‌ති විඳීමට නොලැබෙන බව පැහැදිලිs කරුණකි. යාපන අර්ධද්වීපයේ පවත්වාගෙන යනු ලබන”තෙසවලාමෛ” නමැති චාරිත්‍ර (වාර්ගික) ඉඩම් නීතිය මේ සඳහා මූලිකව බලපාන බව පෙනේ. මෙම චාරිත්‍ර නීතිය අනුව, මෙම ප්‍රදේශයේ ජීවත්වන දමිළ ජනයාට හැර වෙන ලාංකික ජනවාර්ගිකයෙකුට කොපමණ කලක්‌ මෙහි ජීවත් වූවත් මෙම ප්‍රදේශයෙන් ඉඩමක්‌ හෝ නිවසක්‌ සින්නක්‌කර ලෙස මිලට ගෙන ස්‌ථිර පදිංචියක්‌ ලබාගත නොහැකිය. මේ බව දමිළ ත්‍රස්‌තවාදීන් විසින් පසුගිය යුද සමයේ යාපන ප්‍රදේශයෙන් පළවා හැරී සිංහල ජනයා ඔවුන් සිටි තැන්වල නැවත පදිංචි කිරීම සඳහා ඉල්ලීම් කළ විට, ඔවුන් එසේ පදිංචිව සිටි බව ඔප්පු කිරීමට පිළිගත හැකි සාක්‌ෂි නොමැති බව මේ පිළිබඳව කටයුතු කළ වගකිවයුතු දමිළ දේශපාලකයින් කළ ප්‍රකාශ වලින් ද තහවුරු වේ.

    මෙම ඉඩම්වල සින්නක්‌කර හිමිකම පිළිබඳ චාරිත්‍ර නීතිය උතුරේ දමිළ, ජනයා අනෙකුත් ජනවාර්ගිකයින්ගෙන් වෙන් ව තැබීමට බැඳි උපාය මාර්ගික වැට කඩොල්ලකි. රටවල් බෙදා වෙන් කර පාලනය කිරීම අරමුqණු කරගත් බටහිර යටත් විජිත පාලකයින්ගෙද සහාය මේ සඳහා ලබාගෙන ඇත. කෙසේ වෙතත් ඔවුන් ද මෙම චාරිත්‍ර නීතිය ඉතාම සංකිර්ණ බව පවසා බොහෝ අවස්‌ථාවල එහි සංශෝධන ඇතිකර එය සාධාරණ එකක්‌ විය යුතු බව ද සඳහන් කර ඇත. කෙසේ වෙතත් වර්තමානයේ මෙරට තුළ පවතින දමිළ බෙදුම්වාදය මෙම වාර්ගවාදී හා බෙදුම්වාදී චාරිත්‍ර නීතිය මත පිහිටා ඇති බව ඉතා පැහැදිලි කරුණකි. වෙන ලෙසකින් කියනවානම් බෙදුම්වාදයේ බීජය මෙය වේ.

    මෙරට එක්‌ එක්‌ ජනවර්ග සඳහා ඔවුනට ආවේනික වූ චාරිත්‍ර වාරිත්‍ර ඇත. උදා – ලෙස උඩරට ජනයා අතර පවතින විවාහ නීති හා මුස්‌ලිම් ජනයා අතර ඇති චාරිත්‍ර නීති දැක්‌විය හැකිය. එහෙත් ඒවා මෙම ”තේසවලාමෛ” චාරිත්‍ර නීතිය මෙන් සෙසු ජනවර්ගවල මානව හිමිකම් වලට හෙවත් සිවිල් නිදහසට බාධා ඇති නොකරයි. මේ රට කෑලිවලට කඩාගැනීමට පදනම් කර නොගනී.

    වවුනියාව නගරයෙන් ඔබ්බට සිංහල ජනයාගේ පදිංචියක්‌ නැත්තටම නැති තරම්ය. සිටියත් සිටින්නේ ඉතාම සුළු සංඛ්‍යාවකි. දේශීය අයෙකුට මෙන් ම විදේශිකයෙකුට වුව ද මෙම තත්ත්වය දකින විට හැඟී යන්නේ මෙම ප්‍රදේශ දමිළ ජනයා සතු බවත් බහුතර සිංහල වර්ගයා විසින් එය බලහත්කාරයෙන් පාලනය කරන බවත්ය. සිංහල වැසියෙකු මෙම ප්‍රදේශයේ පදිංචි වුවහොත් ඔහුද බලහත්කාරයෙන් හෝ වෙනත් උපාය මාර්ගයන් යොදා හෝ පළවා හැරීමට මෙහි පාලකයෝ කටයුතු කරති. මේ බව 2015 අප්‍රේල් මස 26 වන දින ”ඔබ්සර්වර්” පුවත්පතේ පළවූ පුවතක්‌ ද සාක්‌ෂි දරයි.

    උතුරු හා නැඟෙනහිර පෙදෙස්‌ දමිළ ජනයාගේ නිජබිමි ලෙස මෙරට ඇතැම් දේශපාලකයින් තම දේශපාලන වාසි තකා ප්‍රකාශ කළ අවස්‌ථා ඇත. එය එසේ වන්නේ නම්, මෙරට ඒකීය රාජ්‍යයක්‌ ලෙස ව්‍යවස්‌ථාගත කිරීම හෝ දහස්‌ ගණන් මිනිස්‌ ජිවිත බිළිදෙමින් යුද්ධ කර එය රැක ගැනීමේ හෝ අවශ්‍යතාවක්‌ ඇති නොවන්නේය. මෙම රට වැසි සියලු දෙනාගේම ජන්ම භුමිය වේ.

    තත්ත්වය මෙසේ වෙතත් යාපන අර්ධද්වීපයේ (උතුරේ) දමිළ ජනයාට දිවයිනේ ඕනෑම තැනකින් සින්නක්‌කර ලෙස ඉඩම් හෝ ගේදොර මිලට ගැනීමටත් කැමැති තැනක ජීවත්වීමටත්, කැමැති රැකියාවක්‌ කිරීමටත් පූර්ණ නිදහස හා ආරක්‌ෂාව ඇත. වෙනත් ලෙසකින් කියනවානම් ඔවුන් මෙරට අන් ජනවර්ගවලට වඩා පූර්ණ ලෙස ප්‍රජාතත්ත්‍රවාදය භුක්‌ති විඳින ජන කොටසකි. (කොළඹ නගරයේ මුළු ජනගහනයෙන් 65% ක්‌ දමිළ ජනයා ඇතුළු සුළු වාර්ගිකයින් බව කවුරුත් දන්නා කරුණකි)

    ඉඩම් පාලනය පිළිබඳ බලතළ පළාත් සභාවලට පැවරීමක්‌ සිදුවුවහොත් ඉහත කී ”තේසවලාමෛ” නමැති චාරිත්‍ර නීතිය උතුරු ප්‍රදේශයේ ජනයා වාසය කරණ දිවයිනේ සෙසු පෙදෙස්‌ දක්‌වා ද ව්‍යාප්ත වීමට ඉඩ ඇත. එවැනි තත්ත්වයක්‌ ඇතිවුවහොත් එය අනෙකුත් ජනවර්ගවල සිවිල් නිදහස තවදුරටත් සීමාවනු ඇත.

    මොරගහකන්ද ජලාශ ව්‍යාපෘතියේ වැඩ දැන් ක්‍රියාත්මක වෙමින් පවතී. මෙමගින් මහවැලි ජලය උතුරු ප්‍රදේශයේ ඉරණමඩු වැව දක්‌වා ගෙන යාමට යෝජිතය. සියලුම ජනවර්ග සඳහා මෙම රට එකක්‌ ලෙස නොපැවතුනහොත් අනාගතයේ දී මෙහි ජලය බෙදා ගැනීම පිළිබඳව බරපතළ ගැටලු ඇතිවනු නොඅනුමානය. දැනුදු යල කන්නයේ තබා මාස්‌ කන්නයේ වත් ප්‍රමාණවත් තරම් ජලය නොලැබීමෙන් මහවැළි ගොවිහූ දැඩි අසීරුතාවට පත්වෙති. මෙවැනි තත්ත්වයක්‌ දැන් දකුණු ඉන්දියාවේ තමිල්නාඩු ප්‍රාන්තය හා කර්නාටක රජය අතර ඇති වී ඇත.

    මෙතෙක්‌ කල් මෙරට පාලනයේ යෙදී සිටි දකුණේ දේශපාලන නායකයින් උතුරුකරයේ මෙවැනි තත්ත්වයක්‌ ඇති බව දැනගෙන සිටි නමුත් එවැන්නක්‌ නැති ලෙසට වෙන අතක්‌ බලා කටයුතු කළහ. මෙයින් සිදුවූයේ දහස්‌ ගණන් මිනිස්‌ ජීවිත හා අසීමිත ලෙස ජාතික ධනය විනාශ වීමත්, ජාතික සමඟිය වෙනුවට සැකය හා වෛරය දියුණු වීමත්, ජාත්‍යන්තර ප්‍රජාව නමැති බටහිර නව යටත් විජිතවාදීන්ට මෙරට සෑම කටයුත්තකටම මෙන් බලපෑම් කිරීමට ඉඩ සැලසීමත්ය.

    හමුදා කඳවුරු කොපමණ ස්‌ථාන ගත කළත් ඒවා මඟින් ස්‌ථිර සාමයක්‌ ඇතිකළ නොහැකි බවත් මේ සඳහා දේශපාලන විසඳුමක්‌ අවශ්‍ය බවත් එකල යුද පෙරමුණේ සිටි හමුදා නායකයෝ පවා ප්‍රකාශ කළහ. හමු¹ කඳවුරු වැඩි වැඩිය පිහිටුවීම තුළින් මෙරට හමුදා පාලනයක්‌ ඇති බවක්‌ හුවා දැක්‌වීමටද බෙදුම්වාදීන්ට අවස්‌ථාවක්‌ සැලසේ.

    මේ සඳහා ඇති එකම දේශපාලන විසඳුම වන්නේ ”තේසවලාමෛ” නමැති වාර්ගික චාරිත්‍ර නීතිය මුළු රටේම ඒකීයභාවය ආරක්‌ෂා වන පොදු නීති ක්‍රමය මඟින් බලරහිත කර දිවයිනේ කුමන තැනක හෝ සෑම ජන වාර්ගිකයෙකුටම නිදහසේ ආරක්‌ෂාව සහිතව ජීවත්වීමට ඉඩ සැලසීමය. මෙම භයානක උවදුරින් රට හා ජනතාව මුදා ගැනීමට වෙනත් කිසිදු මාර්ගයක්‌ නැත. එසේ කළහොත් පළාත් සභා බල තල කුමන ලෙසකින් විමධ්‍යගත කළත් රටට හානියක්‌ සිදු නොවේ. එසේ වන්නේ එහි ප්‍රතිලාභ සියලුම ජනයාට එකසේ බුක්‌ති විඳීමට ලැබෙන බැවිනි.

    මෙම භයානක විනාශයේ බරපතළකම තේරුම් ගෙන වෙනත් ප්‍රශ්න පසෙකලා පොදු අරමුණක පිහිටා, සියලුම දේශප්‍රේමී, දේශපාලන පක්‌ෂ, ආගමික සංවිධාන, බුද්ධිමතුන් හා රටට ආදරය කරණ සියලුම ජනයාගේ සහභාගීත්වය ලබා ගැනීම සඳහා අප්‍රමාදව කටයුතු කළ යුතු වේ. ඊට අමතරව

    අතරමඟ නවතා දමා අති මහවැලි සංවර්ධන යෝජනා ක්‍රමයේ මාදුරු ඔය දකුණු ඉවුරු සංවර්ධන කටයුතු ඉතා ඉක්‌මනින් ආරම්භ කිරීම හා නැගෙනහිර පළාතේ ඇති ජනවර්ග අනුපාතයට අනුව සියලුම ජන කොටස්‌ මිශ්‍ර වන ලෙසට එහි පදිංචි කටයුතු ආරම්භ කිරීම.

    එක්‌ එක්‌ ඇමැතිවරුන්ගේ ඇති පුද්ගලික හැකියාව මත පදනම් නොකර උතුරු හා නැගෙනහිර පළාත් ඇතුළුව දිවයිනේ සියලුම පළාත් සමබර ලෙස දියුණු කිරීම මඟින් රැකියා විරහිත තරුණයින් රැකියාවල යෙදවීමට කඩිනම් පියවර ගැනීම, මේ සඳහා දේශීය හා විදේශීය තනාපති සේවා, වෙළෙඳ අමාත්‍යාංශය, අපනයන සංවර්ධන මණ්‌ඩලය හා ශ්‍රී ලංකා අයෝජන මණ්‌ඩලය වැනි අංශ දැනට වඩා ඒකාබද්ධව කටයුතු කිරීමට සැලැස්‌වීම, මෙමගින් කෘෂිකර්මය හා ධීවර කර්මාන්තය පදනම් කරගත් කර්මාන්ත හා සංචාරක ව්‍යාපාරය අනුබද්ධ කර්මාන්ත වඩා යෝග්‍ය වනු ඇත.

    දැනට වසා දමා හෝ අඩු මට්‌ටමකින් ක්‍රියාත්මක වන ආයෝජන මණ්‌ඩලයේ ලියාපදිංචි ඇඟළුම් කම්හල් වලින් සුදුසු ඒවා තෝරාගෙන ඒවායේ නිෂ්පාදන, මිලට වඩා තත්ත්වය අගයන වෙළෙඳපොළවල් ඇති, ඇමෙරිකාව, යුරෝපය, ඔස්‌ටේ්‍රලියාව හා ජපානය වැනි රටවල ඇති ඉහළ වෙළෙඳපොළ සඳහා යෑවීමට කටයුතු කිරීම.

    උතුරු හා නැගෙනහර පළාත්වල රජය මගින් හා පෞද්ගලික අංශය මඟින් සිදුකරණ සංවර්ධන කටයුතුවලදි ඒවායේ සේවය සඳහා සියලුම ජන කොටස්‌ මිශ්‍ර වනසේ යෙදවීම.

    උතුරු හා නැගෙනහිර පළාත්වල ජීවත්ව සිට ත්‍රස්‌තවාදීන් විසින් පළවා හැරී සිංහල, මුස්‌ලිම් ඇතුළු සියලුම ජනයා ඔවුන් වාසය කළ ස්‌ථානවල ස්‌ථිර පදිංචියක්‌ ඇතිවන ලෙසට අප්‍රමාදව නැවත පදිංචිකිරීම හා ඔවුනට අවශ්‍ය යටිතල පහසුකම් ලබා දීම.

    උතුරු හා නැගෙනහිර පළාත්වල රජයේ කාර්යාලවල සේවය සඳහා සියලුම ජනවර්ග මිශ්‍ර වන ලෙසට සේවයේ යෙදවීම. මෙහි දී දමිළ හා සිංහල භාෂා ප්‍රවීණත්වය ලබා ගැනීම අනිවාර්ය කිරීම.

    මෙසේ පදිංචි කරණ හා සේවයේ යොදවන ජනතාවගේ ආරක්‌ෂාව, එම පළාත්වල වෙසෙන ජනතාවගේද සහභාගීත්වය ඇතිව සංවිධානය කිරීම.

    මෙහිදී බහුතර සිංහල ජනතාවට හා අනෙකුත් ජන කොටස්‌වලට අසාධාරණයක්‌ නොවන ක්‍රියාදාමයක්‌ සඳහා අවංක ලෙස මැදිහත්වන්නේ නම් ඉන්දියාව ඇතුළු ජාත්‍යන්තර ප්‍රජාවගේ ද සහාය මේ සඳහා ලබා ගැනීම.

    මෙම රට එකම රටක්‌ ලෙස පිළිගෙන සියලු දෙනා සමඟියෙන් ජීවත් වීම අවශ්‍ය යෑයි පිළිගන්නා දමිළ ජාතික උගතුන්,දේශ පාලකයින් හා අනෙකුත් දමිළ ජනයාගේද සහාය මේ සඳහා ලබා ගැනීමට වහාම කටයුතු කිරීම.

    ජාතික ප්‍රශ්නය අප්‍රමාදව විස¹ ගැනීමකින් තොරව මෙරට දියුණුවක්‌ ඇති කිරීම හෝ බියකින් හා සැකයකින් තොරව මිනිසුන්ට ජීවත් වීමක්‌ කිසිසේත් ම බලාපොරොත්තු විය නොහැකිය. රටේ හා ජාතියේ යහපත් අනාගතය පවතින්නේ මෙය විස¹ ගැනීම තුළය.

  7. Dilrook Says:

    Thank you Hiranthe. Sri Lanka never had a leader not fearful of the Thesawalamei Law. All feared it. Bringing back to power those who fear it will not resolve any problem.

    I disagree with Sirih. The biggest danger is executive presidency post-war. What you say is correct for war time. But it changes in peace time. In 2015, 63% of Buddhists rejected Sirisena but still won. Technically, if 100% of minorities vote for one candidate, he/she can win even if 71% of Buddhists reject him.

    As the war has ended, Tamils will not leave Sri Lanka as they used to. In fact, more Tamils come to Sri Lanka from Tamil Nadu. Muslim population growth is also very high. By 2021 Buddhist percentage will be lower than its current 70% which means even if 72% of Buddhists reject him/her, he/she can still win. Unpatriotic Buddhists are more than 30% of the voters.

    Of course 100% of minorities won’t vote for one candidate but that is more than offset by the other candidate pandering into minority demands. So either way minorities benefit. Mahinda spent 90% of borrowed funds since 2009 in Tamil majority north and Muslim majority east. At the last moment he invited Pope to sway the Catholic vote. Local Catholics appealed to the Pope to delay his visit after the election. Although he lost, minorities won under his post-war rule and by Sirisena’s win.

    Executive presidency must go without leaving an executive PM. Executive powers must go back to the Cabinet as it was before it was introduced and the case in all democratic countries without an executive president.

    TNA, SLMC, CWC, JHU and bishops council have become kingmakers in presidential elections.

  8. Ananda-USA Says:

    Sirih,

    You say MR had 21 ministers reporting to him and was a dictator.

    I think you are confusing how the conventional parliamentary system is operates with the Cabinet of Ministers reporting to the PM with the EXECUTIVE Presidential system with the Cabinet of Ministers reporting to the President.

    In the conventional (British) parliamentary system, a Constitutional Monarch is the figurehead head of government without any Executive power. The PM is the EXECUTIVE head of government and the Cabinet of Ministers is appointed by him and approved by the monarch. The Parliament (the House of Lords/aka Senate and the House of Commons) in theory proposes the bills and enacts them by passing them in both Houses. In practice, the PM and his Cabinet drafts the Bills and submits them for debate and approval to the Parliament. The Parliaments had control over raising taxes and funding the operations of the government.

    In the US Presidential system has three independent branches of govt: the EXECUTIVE (aka the Presidency), the LEGISLATURE (aka Congress) and the JUDICIARY (aka Supreme Court). Head of the Government and it’s Chief Executive is the Presudent who selects and appoints a Cabinet of Ministers subject to confirmation by both chambers of Congress. The Congress has two chambrrs: the House of Representatives and the Senate. The Congress enacts legislation, raises taxes, and funds the operations if the government. Bills originate in the House but must be approved by the Senate and signed into law by the President.

    The Parliamentary system in Sri Lanka under MR was a hybrid of the conventional parliamentary system and the US Presidential (or dven French Presidential) systems. MR was the EXECUTIVE President with the power to select and appoint the Cabinet of Ministers who reported to him. The Parliament had only one chamber: the House of Representatives/Commons) having the power to propose and enact legislation, raise taxes and fund government operations. As in other systems, the JUDICIARY consisted of a Supreme Court empowered to interpret the Constitution and the constitutionality (ie, legality of any case law under the direct or implied provisions of the Constitution) of all laws and applications of law to spend ific cases in lower courts.

    Therefore, MR was NOT ACTING as a DICTATOR, but as EXECUTIVE President empowered by the Constitution to appoint and direct his Cabinet of Ministers.

    Even today in the Yamapalana government, the EXECUTIVE system is operating, and the Cabinet theoretically reports to the President. We will see the impact of this soon, because it is reported that Sirisena is going to dismiss and replace 4 UNP Ministers. There is clearly a struggle between Ranil and Sirisena for control over the Cabinet, with Ranil maneuvering to seize the authority of EXECUTIVE EXECUTIVE making Sirisena only a Constitutional (aka figurehead) President.

    Reportedly, the 19th Amendment removed the power of the President to DISSOLVE the Parliament and call for fresh elections as CBK did once in the past. Given that Ranil seems to have de-facto control over the Cabinet Altough Sirisena has de-jure control over it, it will be interesting to see how Ranil responds to Sirisena asserting his authority over the Cabinet by replacing 4 UNP Ministers over Ranil’s opposition.

    Therefore, there is great UNCERTAINTY & CONSEQUENT INSTABILITY inherent in the Yamapalana government that will have to be resolved soon.

    My preference is for a US-style EXECUTIVE Presidential system with aSenate comprising 2 Senators elected from each District without ANY LACK OF CLARITY about the division of powers between the branches of government. Each District should be governed by a District Governor appointed by the President, and NOT ELECTED by the residents of each District so as to not empower separatists. There should be an ELECTED GOVERNMENT only at the NATIONAL LEVEL, and NO SUB-NATIONAL local governments of ANY KIND!

  9. Sarath W Says:

    Sudath, any patriotic and intelligent Sri Lankan will agree with most of what you have written, but none of our political leaders including the president will because they need each other to fill their pockets and back them. Mahinda knew he should have repelled the 13th amendment, but also knew he could not survived without the support of all those incompetent crooks in the provincial councils.

    DOES My3 HAVE THE BALLS TO SACK RANIL ?. Certainly not because Ranil and Chandrika modi will go public with the deal My3 made with them on behalf of our enemies India and the Western Mafia on behalf of The Tamil Diaspora. My3 is their prisoner and hence your dream will not come through.

    SO WHAT IS THE SOLUTION TO SAVE THE COUNTRY ONCE AGAIN FROM EVEN A BIGGER DANGER THAN THE LTTE? ONCE AGAIN WE HAVE TO DEPEND ON OUR BRAVE AND PATRIOTIC ARMED FORCES AND THE MAHA SANGA TO ELIMINATE THIS BUNCH OF CROOKED AND UN PATRIOTIC RULERS.

  10. Lorenzo Says:

    USA,

    How come?

    Tell me which group is MORE PATRIOTIC.

    army+navy+air force OR politicians?
    Sangha (monks) OR politicians?

    IF I’m an Elamist as you say, I should be supporting politicians!!

    The BEST BET to DIVIDE the country is politicians. NOT the army and the Sangha.

    IF you are serious about saving SL, start supporting the ARMY and the SANGHA to rule the country.

    USA, you are very very fortunate to learn SL history from a JAFFNA TAMIL ANGLICAN man 35 years younger. Here is some history I came to know recently.

    There are 3 things of SL – DESA, BASA, RESA = territory, language and religion. WHO are the GUARDIANS of each?
    DESA = army, navy, air force
    BASA = Singhala speaking people (of ANY ethnicity)
    RESA = Sangha (and other religious leaders)

    Now, where the HELL are the politicians???? They have NO place!!

    You can have politicians, but when the TIME COMES to protect the NATIONAL TRIAD (COPYYRIGHT Lorenzo) of DESA, BASA, RESA, politicians have NO place.

  11. Lorenzo Says:

    USA,

    BTW I don’t like those beach words like “ado”, “pado” language of St Thomas’. Please don’t use them in this place. You can use them at school. Of course!!

  12. Lorenzo Says:

    Thank you Sarath W.

    The biggest danger is politician worshipping people among us.

  13. Ananda-USA Says:

    Ado Katussa (Lorenzo),

    Please EXCUSE me, but I reserve those words for EELAMIST SOBs like you, ESPECIALLY because you don’t like it!

  14. Lorenzo Says:

    More STC beach slang from USA.

    So finally you AGREE that the MILITARY+SANGHA should takeover?

  15. Ananda-USA Says:

    Ado Katussa (Lorenzo),

    Where in the world did you get hallucination from that I AGREE that the MILITARY + SANGHA should take over?

    MILITARY TAKEOVER is what YOU ADVOCATE in your attempt to undermine, destabilize and DESTROY Sri Lanka as a FUNCTIONING DEMOCRACY!

    I will NEVER ADVOCATE a MILITARY COUP-DE-ETAT! There are PEACEFUL and LEGAL avenues to RESTORING a PATRITIC GOVERNMENT without shedding blood or undermine our country for decades!

    You are also trying to UNDERMINE Two of the most PATRIOTIC FORCES of Sri Lanka, the Buddhist Sangha and the Armed Forces, and trying to pit them against the people!

    MORE ELAMIST AGITATION from this incite of violence!

    He sheds TEARS about corruption and democrazy and then turns around and ADVOCATES MILITARY takeovers!

    All he wants to do is to create a TOTAL BREAKDOWN OF LAW & ORDER in the country so the Yamapalanaya can invite-in foreign military forces for “humanitarian assistance”, suppress the Sinhala Buddhists, and create the conditions for partitioning the country!

    This is the ULTIMATE TREASON by this UGLY UNDERCOVER EELAMIST!

  16. Lorenzo Says:

    USA,

    “A military takeover will create the perfect opportunity for the minorities and the UNPATRIOTIC party to invite-in foreign military forces who will HAPPILY PARTITION our motherland in favor of the EELAMISTS!”

    REALLY?

    So one country can INVADE another country just because it is not a democracy (even temporarily)???

    What have you been smoking USA?

    Just because the MILITARY and the SANGHA take over the country it does NOT change SL’s sovereignty!!

    IF politicians run the country like this they will DIVIDE it and call it RECONCILIATION – ALL politicians.

    “There are PEACEFUL & LEGAL ways to RESTORE a PATRIOTIC GOVERNMENT and it will happen SOON!”

    You are living in LA LA LAND. Peaceful? Of course it is peaceful. Who is using violence to peacefully take over.

    Do you think this govt. will ALLOW a power transition??? Look what happens to ANYONE who PEACEFULLY challenge this??? WELIKADE!!

  17. Sirih Says:

    @Ananda-USA ,

    You are not reading my words and interpreting something else, I am well versed with SL constitution .
    I said 21 ministries and NOT ministers..
    Even today MS took only 2 ministries that is close to his heart. If a president that has huge responsibility also took 21 ministries it create massive efficiency and corruption issue since there are no check and balances and this is exactly what happen in the past with MR’s kids running the show and basil talking the rest. So where is this so called democracy ?
    21 Ministries should have ministers to govern those and also answerable to the parliament and unfortunately this did not happen in the past MR’s watch.
    I still believe presidency should be there with powers curtailed. It is the president powers that are creating issues and we need to define them or dilute them.
    I rather have a MS as a president rather than ranil the snake… Ranil want president to go since he can never get it and also he can never be a exe PM if a presidency is there.

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