There was colonialism under which many countries, poor from Western standard, were conquered subjugated and brought under the control of the respective Western Countries that colonised them. The Colonisation was an immense enterprise that brought into the countries of the Colonial rulers an immense wealth from which they have created a strong economic foundation which has while assuring their prosperity, given them power over the subjugated nations, and allowed them to claim wholly or in partnership with other Western countries the leadership of the World-the leadership of the Whites.
Then with the Russian revolution the patriotic nationals of the Colonised countries demanded a breakaway from the colonial rule to be liberated as Independent Nations. It was not to the liking of the Colonial rulers. Some nations like
Sri Lanka were given Independence
on Constitutions written by accredited Englishmen such as - Donomore and Soulbury, keeping them as members of the Commonwealth
Some Nationalist Leaders such as, Lumumba of Congo, Jacobe of Nicaragua, Aillande of Chilli , Mossadeq of Iran were physically disposed of with the employment of the notorious CIA ( the presence of which cannot be ruled out in Sri Lanka for a possible political or a physical disposal of Mahinda Rajapakse)
With the independence of the colonies the Colonial rulers faced an insoluble social and economic crisis which they have still not been able to surmount, Therefore, they are finding every possible means to stop the emancipation of the now independent former colonies from their former colonial ties, which are alien to their culture based on their religion, creed and customs, to traverse a different path for development.
One such alien tie is democracy inculcated into us specially through the English educated class- still attached to the alien dress and language, who are still the guardians of that alien culture.
Democracy or at least the concept of it existed in
before the advent of the
colonial adventurers. One example of it
is the Order of the Buddhist Sangha. It was established by the great Saint
the compassionate Buddha. It is
organised in to a community participating as a whole functioning according to an accepted system where each one
takes the responsibility for the application of the rules of administration of
the Order , following an established and
accepted rules of discipline. Sri Lanka
But “ Democracy” as introduced by the Colonial Rulers-the British is perhaps good for their system which they had established with the priviledges they had gained becoming rich with the plundered treasures of great value from the colonies, in addition to misappropriated mineral and agricultural resources of these colonies. Their “Democracy” is a political and an administrative facility with the resources they have acquired and stockpiled for their future.
The Political Parties in these countries have very little difference be they Republican or Democratic, Conservative or Labour. It may be a question of how they manage the finances in effective measures for a successful administration with high or low income tax and maintaining a workable gap between employment and unemployment etc.
There are no large scale development projects as the Western countries are already industrially and agriculturally developed, the infrastructures are in place with highly developed education facilities and health services, Hence whether a Democratic or Labour Government is replaced by a Republican or Conservative Government or vice versa makes no great difference and their “ type of democracy” is workable in that manner, with a change of government every four or five years and limiting the term of office of a President for two terms.
But “ Democracy ” cannot work similarly in developing countries like
. Because the
underdeveloped countries or developing countries unlike their colonial counterparts who dictate terms and
give lessons on democracy, are deficient
in all aspects of development such as the capital and skilled manpower. Sri Lanka
Therefore a four year change of government and a two term President cannot do much to bring a developing country in par with a developed country or at least bring development half way towards it.
In a developing country like Sri Lanka for example, with a change of a government or the change of a President the whole system of governance changes. As
is basically poor, it cannot in reality have a Conservative Capitalist Government, as the
rich are a minority. Sri Lanka
Nevertheless, there could be a government of a pseudo Conservative Capitalist party as it is in Sri Lanka, depending on Conservative or Labour, or Republican or Democratic former foreign Colonial countries for development, respecting their democracy, their judicial system and accepting their recommendations of how to develop the country and with whom Sri Lanka should have diplomatic relations.
In fact it is what is being proposed to day by a pro Western pseudo capitalist opposition in Sri Lanka presenting a common Presidential candidate, against President Mahinda Rajapakse presenting himself for a third term with the genuine intention to complete the tremendous development of Sri Lanka he undertook since 2005 when Sri Lank was reeling on its heels under the threat of being territorially separated by a ruthless group of terrorists.
Does the absence of “good Governance “ means this departure from Western dictates, taking a people consisting of all communities-Sinhala, Tamil, Muslim, from poverty to prosperity based on a democracy suitably adopted to benefit the people ?
Does the absence of “ good governance” means not depending solely on the former Western Colonialists, but also on unconditional support and aid of the developed and developing Nations of Asia, the Middle East and
without completely breaking away from
the West ? Russia
The former colonies now Independent came under the influence of left wing politics and their allegiance to the former Colonial rulers and the Commonwealth was affected and found Sri Lanka for instance turning towards other Nations such as China, Japan, and Russia and countries outside the Commonwealth and the West for its security and development. Setting up the UNO did not faciligtate matters for the developing countries. The West set up the World Bank and IMF.
These Banks were to help the developing nations get loans from them for development without turning to countries out side the West for aid and assistance.
But the loans from these Banks came with conditions which deprived the developing countries to help the poor with welfare assistance. These conditions which were not people friendly irked the governments and aroused the ire of the people of the developing Countries, making them turn away from the capitalist West to Socialism. The West therefore formed a block against
and Socialism. They failed to counter the influence of Socialist Russia amoung the developing countries with aid and generous
loans accessible to the developing countries. Russia
The West gradually lost its hold on the developing countries, but were able to hold on to them through its influence on the local political groups favourable to the West and Capitalism.
has its own
Conservative Capitalist political party the UNP as against the leftwing
Political parties such s the SLFP, LSSP,CP.
The West used the Conservative Parties like the UNP in Sri Lanka Sri Lanka to keep its influence alive despite
the fact that the left wing politics were gaining ground in Sri Lanka along with its alignment with Russia and . China
This was unexpected and the West hastened to find other means to keep the newly Independent colonies under their control by interfering into their internal affairs using the UNO. The election of the Director General of the UNO became politicised and
West used its aid to developing countries such as those in Africa and the Middle East to win r votes for the candidate favoured by
The West introduced questionable methods for intervention in Sovereign States of the developing countries through RTP- right-to-protect and introduced human rights to accuse developing nations for violation of human rights. But the Western Nations reserved the right to violate human rights with impunity.
The West has assumed an overseeing role of developing nations-specially with regard to Sri Lanka, pampering the minorities protecting them from the majority and accusing the majority for violation of human rights of the minorities etc.
But unfortunately the pseudo capitalist political parties like the UNP allied to the West supported by pro-West Chandrika are ready to bend backwards to please the whims and fancies of the West. They have therefore taken the slogan of a lack of good governance as measured by
and the West to put people against the
President Mahinda Rajapakse at the present Presidential elections. America
The Common Candidate of the Opposition has stated that the President Mahinda Rajapakse does not understand the meaning of the word good governance as if he- Maitripala Sirisena understands it better. The word is a meaningless connotation as far as it concerns
. It comes from the West suggested by an NGO , now
used by the Opposition as a clarion call
to the Voters to refrain from voting for a President , who according to them is
immersed in corruption lacking any
knowledge of good governance. Sri Lanka
These are mere ideas pumped into the heads of the Sri Lanka Opposition by the Western NGOs and used as words from the gospel used as a means to down grade the greatest National leader of our time the President Mahinda Rajapakse.
The opposition to the President Mahinda Rajapakse is under a delusion that they can make Good Governance together with corruption a political slogan to defeat the President Mahinda Rajapakse at the presidential election.
They (the opposition to the Preident) hope with that to come back into politics and change all that the President Mahinda Rajapakse has done, thus ushering in an era of utter political chaos as the amalgam of politicians that have got together to support the opposition Presidential candidate have nothing in common except a ferocious desire to defeat the President Mahinda Rajapakse at any cost.
Good governance is an empty slogan for the ordinary people of the country, for whom the man Mahinda Rajapakse is the only leader that can take the country forward and give them peace and happiness that they have already experienced in the elimination of the most feared and hated terrorism that controlled their lives for thirty years and took away under most atrocious circumstances their kith or kin, or persons- men, women or children, known or distantly connected. What is good governance compared to those losses and the times spent in fear of an unknown death by being blown off by a claymore or a suicide bomb ?
Of all the governments
had since 1948, the government of the President Mahinda
Rajapakse is the last that could be
accused for absence of good governance-
whatever that means. In evaluating Mahinda Rajapakse’s exceptional qualities as
the President and a National Leader, one
has to take into account his first swearing in as the President in 2005. Some of those who jump to Criticise President
Mahinda Rajapakse tend to forget that beginning when Sri Lanka was at the end of the
tether so to say without a solution to a terrorism that had been going on for thirty years.
Four Presidents had going through it, one assassinated by the terrorist, one the most unworthy of all Presidents loosing her eye in a terrorist attack. No one saw a solution to the problem other than handing over part of
Sri Lanka to the terrorists, which the West
to do. JR Signed a peace accord merging the North and East and introducing an
Indian Amenment Sri Lanka 1 in
to the Constitution. Premadasa made a
gift of arms, ammunition and money and got assassinated by way of a thankful
gratitude. Ranil Wickramasinghe signed
an agreement with the terrorist leader handing overto him “ land under
terrorist control”. Chandrika offered
North and East of Sri Lanka to the terrorist leader for ten years, to do what
he wants with it. Her successor Mahinda Rajapakse was made of other mettle and
would not give in so easily to terrorism, which caused him the ire of the West.
The West repeatedly demanded
to find a political solution as
terrorism had out grown a military defeat and stood tall as Goliath and no David was within sight. When all hope had dwindled in to grey ash,
Goliath found at last his match in a
David from Beliatta a village in the deep south of Sri
Lanka . Sri Lanka
Mahinda Rajapakse from Beliatta who took over the reins as the President of Sri Lanka was determined, full of confidence and sure of success. He was as good as a chequer player. He knew where to place his knights and pawns on the chequer board to check mate his opponent the feared terrorist. He was fearless like David with his catapult in his hand facing Goliath. Mahinda Rajapakse who placed his entire confidence on his selected man –his own brother Gotabhaya for a military assault against the terrorists, was prepared to give him a relentless political support.
It was a perfectly well planned effort that resulted in the complete elimination of terrorism. Now after the flames have died in to ash, and the grass has gown over the battle ground, there are the phantoms of the past Colonial rulers rising from their graves to accuse the mighty forces of Sri Lanka led by Mahinda Rajapakse for violation of human rights and war crimes, for the sin of having eliminated terrorism which the west believed invincible. Whatever the enemies and the adversaries say the President Mahind Rajapakse after the elimination of terrorism did not rest on his laurels because his challenging tasks were still incomplete.
The greatest road construction project ever undertaken by a government of
since 1948 is again by the government of
the President Mahinda Rajapkse. He completely revolutionised the road
construction by introducing modern highways from Sri Lanka Colombo
to Matara, and from Katunayake to . This was accompanied with the construction
of overhead bridges, Concrete and carpeted roads. The pinnacle of this road
construct project was the Colombo Jaffna railway constructed with aid from Colombo
. President Mahinda Rajapase had begun a non-stop development process. India
At the end of the completion of every one of these great undertakings he approached the next task before him with the same determination and confidence as it was with the elimination of terrorism, there were no shortage of critics despite the fact that no other President besides the President Rajapakse had dared launch on a series of development project with so much of ardour and hope of success. He was indeed a great patriot who dedicated every ounce of his energy in the development of his beloved country giving his people a country which they could be proud of.
The opponent of the President Mahinda Rajapakse show as example of corruption the construction of roads. This they do without understanding the tremendous engineering feat involved in the construction of high ways. They divide the total expenditure in kilo meters of construction, and questioning why there is a great disparity in the cost of construction of one highway compared to another.
They compare the cost of construction of highways in
and Kenya and ask why it had
coast so much more in .
Having had the privilege of being
with one of the Engineers who had worked on the Sri
Lanka – Colombo Galle Highway
and now working on the outer circular road. I saw the on going construction of
the outer circular road, the huge bridge being constructed placing block by block. It is
the work of Sri Lankan workers, under
the Japanese contractors assisted by Sri Lankan, Philipine and Pakistani
The land on which the road is built is a waterlogged marshy land .
of preparation has gone on the land itself before the road had been constructed on huge cement towers
driven deep into the land. The first layer of the road is earth checked for its
reliability, some times collected from different parts of and transported to the
place of work. The sites where earth had
been removed have to be prepared , grass
and shrubs planted on it, and
conserved to avoid land slides. The next layer of gravel is constantly
checked for its quality and resistance before the road is carpeted. All that
cost a tremendous amount of money. Sri Lanka
Every land area where the highways were constructed had required careful examination and different construction methods had been used depending on the situation of the land and its quality of resistance. In
the highways run through villages and towns unlike in Australia
where villages are either not by the highways or are far apart. In Kenya the highways run through
villages. Therefore facilities have to
be provided for the people in villages on either side of the highway to move from place to place. The Sri Lanka 124 Km long southern
highway required the construction
of a large number of overhead bridges
for the use of the villagers on either side of it.
Hence the critics who blatantly say the cost of construction of highways are far excessive and that the discrepancy between the cost of construction of one highway and another is a proof of pilfering by way of commissions and bribes is an exaggeration and unverified statements made to bring disrepute to the Government. Good governance is not measured from vague statements of vilification.
One who makes a sincere objective evaluation of the work carried out by the Government of the President Mahinda Rajapakse since 2005 from the elimination of terrorism, construction of roads to extending science education to the village schools, would see the extent of work the Government has carried out, which would have been impossible if there had been no good governance.
The President Mahinda Rajapakse has begun a continuous process of development we have to forget democracy of the west and make democracy a workable method for
which has come out of a
disastrous terrorism. Therefore we
cannot change pilots half way, which would result in a catastrophe. We should therefore continue with President
Mahinda Rajapakse to allow him complete the
process of development he began since 2005, and for him to unite the
people which he alone can do, and end
corruption , and criminality and make our people peaceful and disciplined. Sri Lanka
In order to continue development, to create a disciplined, safe and secure environment and give peace and happiness to the people, let us not hesitate to allow the President Mahinda Rajapakse remain the pilot until we reach our goal of success, unity and prosperity.