Friday, 26 October 2012

Tissa, Vasudeva and Dew have become reactionaries, while Gotabhaya Rajapakse with foresight explains danger of 13 Amendment.

Today  the LSSP  and the Sri Lanka Communist Party cannot even speak for the working class which has unfortunately been taken over by Lal Kantha of JVP.  Their failure in the Trade Union Sector is seen in Bala Tampoe of the Mercantile Union, handing over Rs.500,000,00 to FUTA – a Trade Union of University Professors who are the most destructive, egoist, reactionary,  and unpatriotic elements in Sri Lanka today.

The Lanka Samasaja Party is  represented today by the  two of its “remnants” Tissa Vitharana and Vasudeva Nayakkara. They represent nothing  but a shadow of what Lanka Sama  Samaja Party was  in the past.

Lanka Sama Samaja Party  is the  oldest socialist political party of Sri Lanka founded as far back in  1935.  It was a Trotskyite  moment and fitted into the Colonial State Council system  of the day. It divided the mass of people into the proletariats and the bourgeoisie, and became a Party of the urban working class. It left out the essential sector of the mass of people the peasants, and the farmers therefore  failed to become a political Party of the people when the country gained independence.

Even today,  its phantoms  Tissa Vitharana and Vasudeva Nanaykkara  are still trying to keep what remains of the Lanka Sama Samaja Party  an  urban workers party of yesterday far away from the aspirations of the people.

Despite its erstwhile beginning as the  Marxist party of Sri Lanka, Mr.SWRD Bandaranayake who  broke away from the capitalist UNP which the Lanka Sama Samaja Party opposed, formed the Sri Lanka Freedom Party in 1956.  He  became  a popular leader of the people of Sri Lanka almost overnight. His popularity came from his ability to have  identified from where the real political power comes from.

SWRD Bandaranayake appealed to  the five great  powers ( panca maha balawegaya) the priests, the  teachers, the physicians, the  peasants , and the  farmers and formed  the first SLFP Government.   The villagers and peasants of Sri Lanka did not even know the  Lanka Sama Samaja Party other than from what the UNP had told about it as a Marxist political party that calls comrade to every one including one’s own parents .

Following the same old  Marxist political theories, it is no wonder that Tissa Vitarana and Vasudeva Nanayakkara  the phantoms of the old LSSP even today turn their backs to the people of  Sri Lanka, and quite opposed to the will of the people,  demand that 13A imposed on Sri Lanka by  the reactionary India should not be removed
The Communist Party of Sri Lanka was no better it was a party feared by the ordinary people , it was only some of the white collar workers  that joined the Communist Party. It was  only Pieter Keunaman speaking in Sinhala to the people who was liked and was able to  attract the attention of the intelligentsia. Yet the Communist Party of Sri Lanka was not a popular party of the people.
Hence Dew Gunasekara  the remnant of the old  Communist Party  has  not changed  and is reported to have bragged, “….that he was the first opposition MP out of  all the Opposition MPs who voted for the 13th Amendment in 1987. …..I stand by it. There is no reason to oppose. But if there are any more constructive alternative available, then I am prepared to concede. “
SLMC the Party of the Muslim’s are opposed to the removal of the  13Amendment  on the ground that it does not want rural development projects being initiated by the central government without giving powers for such projects to the Provincial Councils.  SLMC General Secretary M. T. Hassan Ali, MP,  has said, “We will defend the 13th Amendment. It is unethical to hold a referendum at national level as the majority community would vote en-bloc in support of the move to repeal the 13th Amendment introduced as a panacea for the longstanding grievances of the minorities following the signing of the Indo–Lanka Accord in 1987."
Ali  forgets that the Majority has not failed to protect the minority and give them their due rights.  The protection of minorities had been assured by the majority sacrificing their youth to fight against any one who takes arms against the country and the people.  Hassan Ali cannot forget so soon that the cancer of the nation that was terrorism was removed by the Sinhala youth willing to fight against it en-mass, while the Muslim community except for a few individuals, were mere spectators, ready even to sign MoUs with the terrorist Prabhakaran to have a Muslim Eelam, without caring for the safety of the majority community. The Majority Community has the right, and it is its duty  to see how the country should be developed to face the future.
Of course we should  pay homage to Muslim sons of Mother Lanka who fought along side the Sinhala soldiers to eliminate the terrorist menace. My thoughts go to late Lieutenant Colonel Fazley Lafir the son of my friend Dr.Lafir of Madawala, Wattegama, who gave his life trying to save the  soldiers  of the Special Force.
“Lieutenant Colonel Fazly Lafir, a 37-year-old veteran special operations soldier and one of the founding members of the Special Forces. Lafir and the first wave of SF landed under heavy fire on the exposed beach. The pilots of the SLAF’s No 6 Helicopter Squadron brought their Mi-17 transports suicidally close to the Tiger positions, one landing his SF “stick” practically on top of a Tiger .50-in heavy machine-gun, so close that the Tiger crew couldn’t bring their weapon to bear in time. Led by Fazly Lafir, who was by now in radio contact with 215 Brigade, the SF fought through the rest of the day and, after being reinforced by a second wave of SF at dusk, into the night to secure the beachhead, making repeated assaults on the Tiger positions that surrounded them, and losing thirty-six men killed and sixty wounded. Already shot several times, Lafir continued to lead his men until finally killed by shrapnel early on the 19th. At one point during the night, surrounded by battle and the continuous mortar fire of the Tigers, he was heard to say, “This is the most beautiful night of my life.” Lieutenant Colonel Fazly Lafir is the highest ranking member of the Armed Forces to receive the PWV.” (

There were such great Muslim heroes  who fought along with the Sinhala soldiers. They cannot be forgotten , for they did not differentiate the minority from the majority like the SLMC Secretary General M.T.Hassan Ali who is a sad example of the Muslim Community.
Now coming to JVP  its Propaganda Secretary Vijitha Herath while blaming the defence secretary for waking up late to speak against the 13 th Amendment says, that “….the 13th Amendment that has been forced on the country as a product of the Indo-Sri Lanka accord of 1987 has compounded the ethnic issue. …… the people should stand against any solution that is forced on the country by an outside party. “
TNA has no positive ideas of their own, hence they follow  disastrous dictates of the expatriate pro terrorist  Tamils.  For instance the  Global Tamil Forum  spokesman Suren Surendiren, says, that, “…..As far as we know there is no credible Diaspora organisation that is currently in any talks with the Government of Sri Lanka. If (President) Rajapaksa wanted to resolve the Tamil National Question he could have easily done so by talking with the elected members of the Tamil people the TNA,” 

We have proof  here that TNA is an agent of the Global Tamil Forum

From what has been written  above,  one may  observe that all those who speak in favour or against the 13 th Amendment  are all politicians.  They have given their views on the 13Amendment to the Constitution. Some  of them had been silent on the issue and comes forward to express their views after the Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapakse  came forward to speak against it. 

Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapakse is not a politician, but one of us   with great patriotic feelings for his motherland.

Gotabhaya Rajapakse  was a Military man who was able to  forget his military past to become an ordinary citizen.  He does not boast of  his military successes for his prestige and self aggrandisement.

He was a soldier-Commander of the Gajaba Regiment.  He fought against the terrorists and helped to drive them from Jaffna to the jungles of Killinocchi.

He retired from his military service after being  the Commandant of the Kotalawala Defence Academy. He was the Administrator of the Loyola law School in Los Angeles , when he was called to enter the President’s Cabinet as the Secretary of Defence of the Government of Sri Lanka. He is a dedicated patriot for the cause of his mother land.

In this new role as the Secretary of Defence, Gotabhaya did not mix politics with military activity. He, as an experienced Serviceman, coordinated the three defence forces, the Army, the Air, and the Navy,  leaving them the responsibility of planning strategies and the execution of the plans.

Gotabhaya Rajapakse  had enabled the Security Forces to conduct its military offensive effectively by  modernising the army by providing them with necessary modern equipments. He also served as the spokesman of the Army, to the President and the Government.

The Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapakse keeps the politicians away from interfering with the activities of the armed forces. That was an important contribution which  resulted in the unprecedented success of the Security Forces. Even the Foreign Governments interfering to contact the terrorists at the height of the offensive were kept at bay by the Defence Secretary, which was the right thing to do,  but which made him unpopular with them, and the UK Channel 4

Whatever is said by the media and his political enemies, he is not corrupt, and as an experienced former soldier, he is dedicated for the cause of the Armed Forces. His larger vision is to make a success of his service as the Secretary of Defence, to allow the government and the people of Sri Lanka regain the lost pride and prestige of the beloved motherland. He has given up a lucrative post, to take over a risky task as the Defence Secretary, in which capacity he narrowly escaped death from a terrorist attack in which an auto-rikshaw laden with explosives was driven on to his vehicle.

After the war he did not abandon the  Armed Forces, the men and women that helped to eliminate terrorism. He used them in various activities, even as salesmen selling vegetables,  others to renovate buildings destroyed by the terrorist, such as the Catholic Church in Madhu.  He built Hospitals for the disabled Soldiers and special homes for them. He put up memorials for the soldiers who sacrificed their lives in the defence of their motherland ( which the terrorist lover the Old and dying Karunanidhi had recently condemned) .  He built houses for the families of the dead and disabled soldiers.  He made use of the  strong and healthy to construct roads and bridges and renovate old  city of Colombo and its vicinity.

But in contrast  USA that condemns the war effort of our soldiers and wants to take them before a International Tribunal accused for war crimes,  did not treat their own veteran soldiers coming from Vietnam in the same way as  Gotabhaya Rajapaksa treated the  Sri Lanka soldiers who fought against the terrorists.  Many of the Vietnam Veterans  came home with psychological wounds, but USA gave them scant recognition.

“ How were Vietnam Veterans treated after the war ?

The neglect and resentment of  veterans was an unfortunate social effect of the war. Whilst after other wars, the soldiers were welcomed back with parades and open arms, the Vietnam veterans were shunned, demeaned and booed. Since it was such an unpopular war, Americans held veterans responsible for the war, although many of them did not approve of the war either. The veterans' situation was a tough one, especially with little or no support. About 150,000 veterans came home wounded, or amputated, and at least 21,000 were permanently disabled, unable to work for the rest of their lives. Many developed illnesses after the war such as cancers liver disease and rashes, mostly due to exposure to Agent Orange. Having seen the horrors of Vietnam, many veterans were psychologically scarred. Nightmares, anxiety causing flashbacks, and fits of terror from loud noises were common behaviors reported amongst veterans. Approximately 830,000 survivors of Vietnam suffered mental and emotional disorders and showed symptoms of  Post traumatic stress disorder.

However many were unable to get the help they needed and deserved, because they were perceived as crazy and dangerous, and even deserving of their circumstance. Economic medical and educational aid were not made available to them right away, and many veterans felt abandoned by the country they served. In trying to deal with this situation, some veterans developed drug or alcohol habits and many felt driven to suicide.”Read more:

But the Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajpakse who did not foresee a similar end to our  soldiers looked after them in a most exemplary way.  Hence  Gotabhaya Rajapakse is a man to be trusted and followed for his good sense.

If the Defence Secretary speaks of the removal of the 13Amendment we can safely assume that he does not do  that for his personal benefit, for any other ulterior motive,  or least of all for his political ambitions, but because he is a patriot who is  able to see through what would be dangerous to the country he helped to save from terrorism..  He knows what damage  the 13Amendment did to  Sri Lanka,  and how it affected during the war and will affect Sri Lanka now after the elimination of the terrorists.

India Imposed the 13Amendment on us to allow the Indian Peace Keeping Forces to be deployed in one area-the North and East making it a single Province. India  was hoping to bring the terrorists under their control . If Prabhakaran had given in to India’s Secret Agenda,  the Indian Armed Forces would have established a Provincial Regime- a Tamil Eelam for the Tamils  and  stayed on as a Peace Keeping Force cutting the North and East from the rest of Sri Lanka. 

That was what they were proposing to do but failed because of the stubbornness of Prabhakaran and the demise of JR Jayawardhana.  Subsequent governments too failed to subdue and eliminate terrorism.

It had to be the President Mahinda Rajapaksa who very wisely got his brother  to reorganise the Armed Forces to vanquish the 30 year old  terrorism.  The Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapakse was perhaps  well aware  of the danger of the 13th Amendment, and he may have waited hoping the  TNA will finally fall in line with the government to reconcile the communities and work  together with all the communities for the peace and prosperity of Sri Lanka.  

It is the continued  attempt of the TNA to form a Tamil Eelam at any cost that Gotabhaya Rajapakse  saw through in the TNA’s  continued efforts to get India to support their cause. He also understood that the TNA is planning to  disable the government’s  own attempts to reconcile the Communities. 

It seems, it is only then  that Gotabhaya Rajapakse  decided to speak out against  the 13 th Amendment demanding it to be removed to stop TNA and other pro-terrorist elements from dividing Sri Lanka despite  its heroic Armed Forces  had eliminated terrorism to let the dawn of peace and progress.

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