There are two candidates for the Presidential Elections scheduled for the 26th Janurary, 2010. One is the incumbent President Mahinda Rajapakse, and the other the retired Commander of the Sri Lanka Army Sarath Fonseka . Sarath Fonseka is a last minute candidate chosen by Ranil Wickramasinghe of the UNP, as their was no suitable man among the members of the UNP, who is respectable and popular enough to be nominated for the highest office.
Ranil Wickramasinghe formed an alliance with three other politically bankrupt Parties who have neither the political base nor the people of recognizable stature to be nominated as a candidate for the Presidential election. They therefore, roped in with the help of their political friends of the foreign governments seeking to politically destabilize Sri Lanka, the retired Army Commnder Sarath Fonseka to be their common candidate to contest the Presidential election.
The incumbent President Mahinda Rajapakse, who within three years of his taking office harnessed the services of a formidable combination of dependable persons such as one of his own brothers a military man of experience, a very clever military strategist, and equally clever naval and air force commanders, to carry out the military offences against the terrorists who had built a considerable military force, even better than that of the government, during nearly thirty years of a disastrous rein of terror.
The Sri Lanka Armed Forces were given a free hand to carryout its military offences against the terrorists without any interference by the government. The President Mahinda Rajapakse himself took charge of keeping in check the foreign interventionist governments from interfering into the military offensive against the terrorists, until the Government Armed forces completely annihilated the ruthless group of terrorists.
No one could dispute the enormous role the incumbent President Mahinda Rajapakse played in the elimination of terrorism from Sri Lanka. There had been many Presidents in Sri Lanka, as well as brave Army Commanders during the three decades of terrorism, but none of them were able to end terrorism, as those several Presidents did not have the fortitude to stand by their conviction, and determination to end terrorism.
Therefore, no person with even the least intelligence could deny that it is to the President Mahinda Rajapakse, that we owe our gratitude for the complete annihilation of terrorism in Sri Lanka.
But the Common Presidential Candidate Sarath Fonseka , claims he alone is responsible for the defeat of terrorism, and continues with absurd declarations which show, that he though a very great military strategists and contributed immensely for the defeat of terrorism in the performance of his functions as the Commander of the Army, is sadly not suitable to lead the nation as its President.
His claim that he alone was responsible for the defeat of the terrorists, is an affront to the Commanders of the Naval and Air Forces, and numerous others who paid the highest prize to make the war against the terrorists a success.
Sarath Fonseka is a self-centered man goaded by pride, and blinded by fury. Therefore, he does not realize that even the battle against the terrorists, as any enterprise, was a shared responsibility. Can such a man lead the Nation as its President ?
Therefore, the only choice the people have, if they were to intelligently evaluate the period after the 2005 Presidential elections, notwithstanding the call for eradication of corruption and put an end to the government by a family etc; is to vote for the incumbent President Mahinda Rajapakse to continue his development projects in the peaceful climate he has brought to the people of Sri Lanka.
The people in Jaffna recently celebrated the Thaipongal, without fear, in peace, and happiness, for the first time after thirty years of suffering under uncertain condition of living with terrorism. So were the Tamil population in the east, who are witnessing today an unparalleled development of the infrastructure, the roads, bridges , towns and villages, schools, hospitals, markets, and houses.
The people who suffered most during the three decades of terrorism were the people in the North and East. They are being compensated for what they were deprived of in the past, having been forced to live with terrorism in their midst.
Some of the Sinhala voters , who have not suffered as much as the Tamils in the North and East from the presence of the scourge of terrorism amongst them, swayed by an avalanche of anti Mahinda Rajapakse propaganda, fail to see the reality of the end of terrorism, despite the fact that it was their very sons who sacrificed their lives to deliver Sri Lanka their motherland from the disastrous cancer of terrorism that prevailed for nearly thirty years.
I was watching a television program in which a man somewhere in Colombo was asked what he thinks of the Presidential elections and what he expects. He spoke pretentiously that he is a socialist, but nevertheless, he said he thinks from what he had seen that there should be a change. What did this foolish Sinhala individual really understand by “ a change “ ?
The President Mahinda Rajapakse who was elected the President of Sri Lanka in 2005, had in three years brought about the greatest “ change” in Sri Lanka, that none had seen since the independence, or at least from what it had been during the last thirty years.
These are the foolish Sinhala people who get swayed by words, without taking time , with whatever intelligence they have, to reflect. These are also people who have not suffered as much as the Tamils in the North and East, or have had no one of their kith or kin blown up by a terrorist bomb.
Yet these foolish Sinhala people could still be left to sink in their dirty puddles of imbecility , but we cannot expect this from the Tamils, at least those in the North and the of East, to forsake the President Mahinda Rajapakse , for an illusive “ change” . Because these Tamils were delivered from the worst of suffering under the iron boots of terrorism, by none other than the President Mahinda Rajapakse.
There is a saying that the worms living in the faecal matter are quite content in their situation. Therefore, there may still be some of those Tamils who suffered under the jack boots of terrorists , yet hoping for the division of Sri Lanka to set up a Tamil Eelam separate from the Sinhala.
A journalist visiting Jaffna on the day of the Thaipongal, wrote eloquently of what he witnessed as follows: “..............it was a special sun that marked the dawn of a New Year and more importantly, a new era full of hopes, evaporating endless worries of decades long war . Of course it was a special day for the Tamil Community, because it was January 14……..In Jaffna the situation was even more exiting. Happy faces with smiles pouring out like milk spilling over the pongal pot, bore witness to the dramatic changes over the last few months….”
Both Jaffna and East are seeing unprecedented development, remarkably so after the elimination of terrorism on the 18 May,2009. IDPs in camps brought to safety by the soldiers of the Sinhala Army are being rapidly rehabilitated in their former homes abandoned at the behest of the cruel terrorists who took them away to be kept as their human shield.
The Tamil people in the North and East are once again free and happy . They can move freely. They are no more isolated from the rest of the country, as A9 road has been reopened and buses ply regularly from Kandy, and train services have commenced from Colombo.
All that and a bright hope for the future have come about, more significantly to the Tamil people of the North East, because of the President Mahinda Rajapakse. It is a real change that has been offered to the Tamil people. Therefore these Tamil people should not have that same foolish thought of the Sinhala man who does not see the dawn of hope in the North and East , and crave for another “change”, perhaps for the worst in voting for a Presidential Candidate other than the incumbent President Mahinda Rajapakse.
The Tamil people of the North and East have above all a moral right to vote for the incumbent President, and no one else. If the Tamils would not vote for the President Mahinda Rajapakse they will be the most ungrateful Community that occupies Sri Lanka.
The Sinhala Buddhist youth who died in the war against terrorism gave their lives, firstly to save their motherland from being divided , and secondly to give the people in the North East, harassed and made to suffer by the terrorists, the freedom to live their ordinary lives in peace and without fear. The Sinhala Buddhist soldiers were willing to give their lives for those objectives as they knew that they were being lead by a patriotic President with the determination to end the three decades of terror, a President they loved, as much as they respected him.
If in this Presidential election the Tamils, specially those of the North and East, were not to vote for the President Mahinda Rajapakse, they would prove themselves to be a people who do not love their motherland but desire its division to create for them a Tamil Eelam. A people who wants to be separated from the Sinhala, and will therefore earn for ever, to put mildly , the wrath, distrust, and the dislike, of the Sinhala people.
The Educated Tamils like Kumar David, Pakiasothy Saravanamuttu, Rajan Philip and the rest of the Tamil politicians, writers and journalists, should work not for the separation of the Tamils from the Sinhala, but for the reconciliation of the two Communities. By their divisive verbiage of hatred they become the enemies of Sri Lanka, nauseating scums polluting the atmosphere of our motherland at last united under a single National Flag.
After the elimination of terrorism, which was the result of the determination of the President Mahinda Rajapakse, there should be a change of attitude of all the people that populate Sri Lanka to take the same path towards progress and development as a one nation, united and undivided.
Sarath Fonseka was a great Commander of the Army, but his vision of the future as a trained soldier is different from that of Mahinda Rajapakse. Mahinda Rajapakse is a man of the soil who understands the desire of the peace loving ordinary people. The person we want now to lead the nation for its development and progress and a real change for Sri Lanka is none other than the incumbent President Mahinda Rajapakse.