Posts Tagged ‘JVP’

This is the first election after the so-called “war” so I was expecting it to be with a bit of real action. Apart from some loser jokes mainly from the opposition and a little thuggery mainly from the government, nothing really happened.


Hopefully, some useless and inefficient hangers-on in the government will have to go in order to pave the way for the newcomers, which is a good thing. If Duminda Silva’s performance in provincial council election was anything to go by, I don’t have high hopes on the so-called intellect of the “common public” to vote for right candidates. On the other hand, DS was not fighting against any bigshot then, so one only has to wait and see.

And the interesting question remains who actually sponsored the campaign of Wimal Weeravansa. I think he should be in parliament, probably with a comfortable preferential vote, but clearly someone big was helping him and no one helps anyone that way without any benefit in return.

Basically, Rajapakse family was having their way, and they deserve it in part and the other part could have been prevented if the opposition was what it should be: a better alternative.

Thunen Deka

With more than twenty bonus seats, government should be in a strong position than what’s shown from the vote percentage, probably enough to 2/3 majority. I’m not comfortable about absolute power for _any_ government, and 2/3 can cut either way. On the other hand, with the pulling-by-the-legs policies of the opposition, it would be impossible for a weak government to implement any necessary but unpopular policies such as cutting down free handouts and strong control or limitations on government expenditure and useless jobs. A recent example of this is UNP and JVP trying to oust the government in budget debate while the war was going on. JVP only got cold feet (partly due to Wimal) just because they realized that the coup would not be successful anyway.  Had they have the majority necessary, there would not have been any sudden bout of patriotism that we saw at the last moment.

Also, a powerless government could be vulnerable for minorities taking advantage of the situation under the thin veil of equality. For instance, as sittingnut says here, government should take care of the bloated representation of NE population, a reason why the terrorists didn’t want any census in the areas. Similarly, it should prevent the opposition from attempts at destabilizing the government, exploiting either Sinhala or Tamil or Muslim racial lines for petty gains.

Media, NGOs and Cat’s Paws

An example for the latter is the hoax about the presidential speech which claimed that Mahinda threatened the tamils for hooting at his speech. The scene was so ugly and even the card-carrying Dollar NGO groundviews had to pretend some balanced view. Of course peace-pimp Sunanda Deshapriya showed his usual idiocy by claiming that Demala is a”derogatory term” on the fact that Tamils don’t call themselves “Demala”. I wonder whether they use “Sinhalaya” in tamil to refer to Sinhalese or whatever they use (Singalam or whatever) is also a “derogatory term” because Sinhalese don’t use it for themselves.


Whats more interesting is that JVP has shed their nationalist pretense and had gone to a stand that shows that they won’t care about what they do for petty political gain. Their handling of the presidential speech showed that even racial hatred is OK. It also seems, especially from the line of Inter University Student’s Federation, that they are pandering to minority votes, like they tried to do in late nineties sleeping with the likes of Wickramabahu, just before Sihala Urumaya started. The recent line of the IUSF looks very much like a classic “muttiya daala balanava” case of a sinhala idiom. Probably they have admitted losing to the competition at being a radical Sinhala Nationalist parties, but their new stand isn’t clearly due to any policy change per se. It took them only weeks to ditch Wickramabahu and align with Sinhala Nationalism, and it seems now that they have gone back to minority “issues” equally as quickly. This isn’t policy. This is opportunism. And a dangerous one too, because the way they behaved (for instance, their stand on the TNA which I have addressed before) shows that they don’t care about even aligning with terrorists or terrorist supporters who still keep the same terrorist policies, as long as it gives them some temporary political edge. In early 2000, it was the UNP that had this policy, but they are increasingly showing reluctance to jump into that bandwagon now. The terrorist-peacenic-western-NGO flame is carried today by the JVP, not by the UNP.

Gen. and Mrs Fonseka

Of course, the UNPers, and the liberal “intellectual”s who saw the coming of the General as a rays of sunlight in a pitch black night, were quick to forget/disclaim Fonseka. Some even claimed that they wouldn’t have bothered less whether Fonseka won or not. Today, “The General” seems to be out of the equation for many who considered him as their National Leader just few months ago. All the nice things the UNP said about the General was forgotten with the simple idea that the elephant symbol can secure them more votes!

I think the JVP has no special love towards him either: JVP doesn’t accept him as their leader, and his policies are not theirs. Other than hating Mahinda, there’s very little the JVP and Fonseka have in common. Even General Fonseka’s letters and Madame Fonseka’s press talks seem to be dictated by the JVP. I think their clear plan is to get the sympathy votes, but have their best try to have JVPers elected by these votes. A good “jilmart”, if they can manage it.


The only way that UNP could regain their old stature is definitely a change at the core of the party, a change that is both structural and political, rather than changing a few faces, installing yet more powerless offices or nonfunctional committees. As I have said before, I think the people who consistently vote for UNP is partly to blame for the mess they are in. As shown from the Fonseka  fiasco, both the outwardly UNPers and the closet UNPers pretending to be liberal/leftist intellectuals approve of anything UNP does, however opportunistic, as long as it gives them a semblance of hope in bringing the UNP to power. Listening to them (those who wield power in the UNP is more vulnerable to these kind of media/internet/newspaper BS compared to those in UPFA) the UNP leaders might be getting the idea that they are doing the right thing. It’s only when their collective behinds thump the ground that they suddenly start criticizing the “leader” and suddenly remember “ranil has to go”. Ravi Karunayake’s votes, for instance, will show how many of the UNP is still in this kind, regardless of what they think of the “leader”. As a minister only memorable thing Ravi K did was to ruin Sathosa and sell its assets cheap and having his henchmen/women at important places (and bringing in UB40!). Only thing he is talented at is coups, but a lot of UNPers seem to like him.

In that way, Ranil is also a symptom as much as the cause of the problem of UNP. As long as the UNP thinks that their way to power is exploits at any cost, they deserve to be in the pathetic mess they are in right now.


I think what matters most is the future of the country – solid development in economy, living conditions, law and order, fundamental rights and freedom. Admittedly, some of these start to work when others are available. For instance, while law and order is important, in an undeveloped country without many opportunities for honest growth, there will be less law and order and more corruption.

The Rajapakse-led UPFA government has proven their ability in some of these areas, and their record on some other areas is not so good. Still, I think they deserve a chance after war, and it’s up to the people to make sure that crooks don’t get elected to the parliament.

Development is a given unless there is a major mess up somewhere. But clearly, that pace of development is not enough, given this opportunity and relative stability of the government. Hopefully, Rajapakse and his new cabinet won’t sit on their win, but do something useful for the long-term future of the country. That would need brains as well as the willpower. Not the kind of self-proclaimed brains of rotting, lethargic UNP and the supporting liberal hypocrites, but more practical, patriotic and energetic brains.


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First, JVP claimed that someone hacked hicorp.us to make it look like that HiCorp’s boss is Danuna Tilakaratne. They said they verified the “hacking” with HiCorp representatives.

මේ අතර අප මේ සම්බන්ධයෙන් එම ආයතනයෙන් කළ විමසීමකදී එහි ප්‍රකාශකයකු සදහන් කළේ තම වෙබ් අඩවිය තුළට අනවසර පිවිසුම් කරුවන් පිවිස ඇති බව තාක්ෂණික විශේෂඥයින් තහවුරු කළ බවත් හැකි ඉක්මනින් එය යථා තත්වයට පත්කිරීමට අවශ්‍ය පියවර මේවන විටත් ගනිමින් පවතින බවයි.

Alas, HiCorp website hicorp.us is down even today, and JVP doesn’t seem to be very keen on following up the “spokesman” whom they could contact earlier within hours, in the dead of the night. Meanwhile, it has been proven beyond doubt that Danuna has links with the company.


Then the JVP alleged that the election was rigged via a computer “jilmart”, and that Sarath Fonseka was the actual winner. It failed to explain how one could work around all the manual counting results and the fact that not all counting officers are MR stooges. Naturally, the allegation didn’t make it to the lawsuit regarding election malpractice.


The latest installment seems to have come as a claim that the petition website that campaigns for Sarath Fonseka’s release, http://www.freesarathfonseka.com is”obstructed by an organized group”:

Sources close to DNA told ‘Lankatruth’ that an organized group is obstructing the web site and viewers have been denied access. Speaking further these sources said they would not be put off by acts of saboteurs but would take all measures to make available the website as soon as possible for the viewers to place their signatures demanding the release of Gen. Sarath Fonseka.

However, it seems that the so-called “obstruction” is global.

It is not just me ...

Government can’t block a site globally. So, the government must have “hacked” this website too, rather than blocking it inside Sri Lanka. And that, within hours from the launch too. Anyone with a decent computer literacy knows that it’s not easy to “hack” an arbitrary website within a short time. It could be a DDoS, but given earlier claims, I’d rather be skeptic.

Or, there is something actually wrong with the site, either deliberately in the part of admins or not, but nothing to do with “organized groups”.

I’m sure the JVPers and the (dwindling) support group for Fonseka will believe the first version. Well, they believed the two old stories too.

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I think its the entertainment time, so here’s a question.

A lot of media reports question about the possibility of Sarath Fonseka contesting with the JVP getting more preferential votes than Ranil Wickramasinghe.

What many of these reports don’t seem to consider is that preferential votes come out of actual party votes.

Here are the Colombo district Presidential election results:

Mahinda Rajapaksha 614,740 52.93%
Sarath Fonseka 533,022 45.90%

Ranil got 329,524 preferential votes out of the 441,841 votes for UNP (75%)  in 2004 General election. That was with 1,057,966valid votes in the district.


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The JVP and UNP are contesting separately, it seems. UNP will contest as the old UNF, under elephant symbol, while JVP with some other name boards and Sarath Fonseka will contest under the Democratic National Alliance, under Trophy symbol, oh irony.

The Loser's Trophy

So far, UNP seems to have washed its hands off the Fonseka Farce. Even the token protest in front of the Sirikotha with the convenience of party headquarters behind them and Kanora bakeshop in front of them has stopped. They say that the UNP is still not closing their nominations in case Fonseka wants to contest under them, but this just seems to be a token gesture. After all, Anoma Fonseka meets her husband twice daily, and it seems that UNP has no trouble contacting her.


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ලක්ෂ ගණන් අගනා තෑගි ගෙනෙන කතා ලිවීමේ තරඟයෙන් දිනීම සඳහා ඔබටත් දැන් අවස්ථා!!

තරගයට සහභාගි වන ඔබ කළ යුත්තේ අප විසින් සපයන දේශපාලක කතා දෙකක් සංගත වන පරිදි එක කතාවක් නිර්මාණය කිරීමයි, නැතිනම් ගෙතීමයි.

මෙවර තරගයට අප ඉදිරිපත් කරන්නේ (සෙක්‍රටරි) ජනරාල් ටිල්වින් සිල්වා විසින් කියන ලද කතා දෙකකි.


ඇමරිකානු අභ්‍යන්තර ආරක්‍ෂක දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව ජනරාල් සරත් ෆොන්සේකාගෙන් ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ සිදුවූ යුද්ධය පිළිබඳව ප්‍රශ්න කිරීමට සූදානම්වූ අවස්‌ථාවේදී කළ යුත්තේ කුමක්‌දැයි ජනරාල් සරත් ෆොන්සේකා ජනතා විමුක්‌ති පෙරමුණෙන් විමසා සිටි බවත් කිසිවක්‌ කතා නොකර ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට පැමිණෙන්නැයි තම පක්‍ෂය ඔහුට උපදෙස්‌ දුන් බවත් ජනතා විමුක්‌ති පෙරමුණේ ප්‍රධාන ලේකම් ටිල්වින් සිල්වා මහතා ඊයේ (20 වැනිදා) පැවසීය.

පසුගිය දිනවල සරත් ෆොන්සේකා මහතා ඇමරිකාවේ පෞද්ගලික සංචාරයකට සහභාගි වුණා. එහිදී එක්‌සත් ජනපදයේ අභ්‍යන්තර ආරක්‍ෂක දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව විසින් ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ යුද්ධය පිළිබඳව ෆොන්සේකා මහතාගෙන් ප්‍රශ්න කිරීමකට සූදානම් වුණා. එහිදී ෆොන්සේකා මහතා අපෙන් විමසා සිටියා මේ අවස්‌ථාවේ මොනවද කළයුත්තේ කියලා. අපි ඔහුට දැනුම් දුන්නා ඒ ගැන කිසිම දෙයක්‌ කතා නොකරන ලෙස. එතුමා ඒ කිසිවකට පිළිතුරු නොදී තමන්ට තිබුණු ග්‍රීන්කාඩ් එකත් දමාගහලා නැවත ලංකාවට ආවා.

දිවයින, 2009/12/21

ඇහුවෙ නෑ

ජෙනරාල් සරත් ෆොන්සේකා මහතා යුද හමුදාපතිවරයා ලෙස හෝ ආරක්‌ෂක මාණ්‌ඩලික ප්‍රධානියා ලෙස කටයුතු කරද්දී තමන් සමග කිසිදු අවස්‌ථාවක කතාකර නොමැති බව ජනතා විමුක්‌ති පෙරමුණේ ප්‍රධාන ලේකම් ටිල්වින් සිල්වා මහතා ප්‍රවෘත්ති නිවේදනයක්‌ නිකුත් කරමින් කියා සිටී.

සරත් ෆොන්සේකා මහතා යුද හමුදාපතිවරයා ලෙස කටයුතු කරද්දී හෝ ආරක්‌ෂක මාණ්‌ඩලික ප්‍රධානියා ලෙස කටයුතු කරද්දී හෝ ජ.වි.පෙ. ලේකම්වරයා වන මා සමග කිසිවිටෙකත් කතාකර නැති අතර එවැන්නක්‌ මා විසින් හෝ වෙනත් කිසිවකු විසින් හෝ පවසා ද නැත.

දිවයින, 2010/02/16


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Aruni triggered a post that I wanted to write for some time now. A post that addresses the question whether the JVP will resort to violence and terrorism.

I don’t think that they will in the full1989 gore of it. However, one could see that when it comes to changing colors, JVP could make Chameleons jealous. The mechanisms of an uprising, it there will be a one, will be quite different from 89, the same way 89 was different from 71.

They were foolish and crude enough in 71 to think of open old fashioned rebellion against the government. In the 89, they were more hidden, more distributed, and most of the time, they chose terrorist methods rather than open confrontation. I don’t know how it was in 71, but in 89, they had a hierarchy so distributed that at the lower level, it was hard to say whether one was a sympathizer or a cadre, and most who were active pretended to be totally apolitical guys. They adapted to the time and if anything, were more destructive than 71.

blood on the wall

Some JVP leaders allegedly despise popular "capitalist" politics and miss the good ol' days.


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