Thursday, 17 September 2015
Zaid Ra’ad Al Hussain’s UN report on Sri Lankan war crimes is like false documents Tony Blair produced for George Bush to declare war on Iraq.
Yes of course Zaid Ra’ad Al Hussain and Pablo de Greiff may have heard of terrorism, but terrorism in
But they cannot shut their eyes to the human side of what it was like suffering under terrorism. For them the period of terrorism in
Above all for them the terrorists in
It is a pity Zaid Ra’ad was not there then , because he would have had his share of lobsters dinning and wining with the terrorists. It became a holiday resort for the INGOs, the Government representatives of
How can any one intelligent assume the report presented without giving the names of witnesses as correct ? It is a report prepared at the behest of the Tamils who have paid people like Callum MacRae the Garbage Collector by profession, of UKTV Channel4 to make a film of the horrors of terrorism as those committed by the Armed Forces. The UN Report presented at the UNHRC in
What happened in
Elimination of terrorism in
That is the correct interpretation the Western Governments should have made to the Tamil expatriates in their countries who were demanding their intervention in
Instead of that, now the UNHRCouncil Geneva working on a resolution by
01. Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam a.k.a LTTE a.k.a Tamil Tigers.
The speech of the Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka Mangala Samaraweera is a complete sell out of the Armed Forces of
The African States, Asia pacific States and the Latin American Carribbean States present at the sessions of the UNHRCouncil in
Monday, 14 September 2015
I think I started writing to Lankaweb somewhere in 1997. Lankaweb perhaps did not make me a writer, but helped me to express my battered thoughts about my country. It was an outlet to my pent up feelings. A space where I could cry out as loud as I can against those who were perpetrating injustice, treason, and wrongs against my country.
For once I feel that we have been let down by my own people who have handed over
merchants of driftwood and scrap, to be sold to our enemies. We have been made
helpless on lookers while the enemies of
the nation are bargaining to sell the country that nurtured me into being a
patriot, gave me a culture –a Sinhala Buddhist Culture that I am proud of, my
Island home Sri Lanka is today an object on sale in the hands of ambitious
politicians full of hatred, anger and jealousy, trying to sell it off for their
political gain. Sri Lanka
My feelings for my country are greater than those of the vicious parasites that come to my country, enjoy freely the hospitality of the people and condemned the governments, the Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International , UN Human rights Commissioners, and the UN itself. and the rest of those human rights activists, who have failed to bring about a just society in their own countries, but seeking to put things right in Sri Lanka as if it belongs to them.
UN has become a nonentity with the USA State Department taking over duties entrusted to the UNO by Charter. Recently
was visited by an
Assistant Secretary of State for
Democracy, Human Rights and Labour.
There are country reports on human rights to the US Congress. So where
does UNO stand ? Sri Lanka
UN is either an appendage to USA Sate Department or a powerless entity dictated to by the
Normally Member States of the UN are equals.
is acting as a superpower not caring for the Sovereignty of the member states
of UN. USA
What is this rotten world where
the worst violator of human life by the use of Drones, declare wars on
countries producing false documents as evidence, and reduce them to rubble by
unconcerned bombing with the use of their
NATO Forces ? USA
What moral right has
to accuse Sri
Lanka and move resolutions in the UNHRC in Geneva
against ’s just cause of elimination of terrorists that
had caused immense damage to the country and human life ? Sri Lanka
And no one dares stop
USA ,which is like a
vulgar thug employing killers to eliminate objectors , immoral in every sense
of the word, uncontrollable
that change regimes , set up new regimes and dictate the way they should rule
their people. We write but it is just
barking at a speeding caravan. USA
When Barack Obama was elected President, we were waving the American flag and lighting crackers, as if an Angel had descended on earth to eliminate a cruel war mongering USA Government and bring peace and justice to the world. We thought we were right in that gleeful demonstration after all
which had been imposing its law on every one else in the world was finally going
to meet with its destiny before the new messenger of the God-Barack Obama. America
At last an uncontrollable
is to be reigned in by a black American who knows, we thought, the suffering of
the poor , the unprivileged people and
States, and stop distasteful scandalous American “bossing” of the world. But what happened was the opposite. Barack Obama became another war mongering , regime changing American
pushing for the leadership of USA
, carrying on American wars in the world as usual, stopping any undeveloped
country raising its head over economic hardship. America
Barack Obama became an unjust, biased, pompous Black American and the office that was cast upon him making him the 64th President of America, did nothing for the betterment of the unprivileged Americans in
or the people elsewhere in the world who were looking for justice from ’s mean “dictatorship”
in the world. USA
Barack Obama is privileged to be there in the White House, but the ordinary black Americans have still not found their just place in the American Society. And that is the
of which Barack Obama is
the President that continues its history of regime change, setting up trade and
economic embargos on nation, indiscriminate use of Drones killing civilians in
its search for terrorists. America
It is that America of Barack Obama which is dividing nations like
accusing the country that
had been menaced with territorial
division and made to suffer for thirty years
by a group of terrorists going on rampage. This America of Obama is now
accusing Sri Lanka Sri Lanka for war
crimes, and passes resolution at the UNHRC in trying to take the Armed Forces before a tribunal for war crimes. Geneva
Where is this blessed democracy, justice and fair play, or peaceful coexistence ? Who can we appeal to against injustice that is being committed by the West seeking means to maintain its leadership in the world ?
and the West still continue the
same tactics they carried out during the past in colonising countries. It is a
game they play, as they have no interest in the developing countries or their
people other than the extent to which they could use the countries as pawns in
their checker board of world political strategies. USA
There were the times after
, that I detested those who ruled my country.
But yet with all their wrongs they were after all my people and I could understand them better than
those from the West that knows nothing about my people or the culture of my country which they always tried to
treat as insignificant. They chose from the countries only those that did not
represent the real people or those that
represent the real culture of the
country, to give them the reins of the destinies of the people fooled by their
invented methods to make unpopular the popular local regimes , and make popular
the unpopular local politicians. Independence
The UNP could never think without taking examples from the West. UNP was so entrenched in the British culture and their way of thinking it had no vision of development of Sri Lanka that had been nicknamed Ceylon for colonial convenience, beaten, trodden, its pride and values squeezed out, wronged and changed in every way possible during 500 or more years of colonization.
The Sinhala people I am ashamed to say had learnt from the west to treat my country as a country without a proper religion, a culture, a language or a dress. They have no gratitude, they easily forget the past for a carrot of development and prosperity that any one would dangle before them. They have become so pathetically non-Sinhala they do not think twice before they would cut the throat of one of their own for a political, financial or any lesser benefit.
with denying the deserved his place. Sir
Baron Jayatilleke was tricked to accept a diplomatic post in Independence , for
D.S.Senanayake to become the Prime Minister.
That was the beginning of the UNP reign, backstabbing cut throat
tactics. What did UNP give to India other than a set of boot lickers
wearing the Englishman’s coat and trousers, speaking their language,
worshipping their gods, and trying pathetically to behave like them. Sri
It was UNP now acclaimed by the Tamils that passed the Citizenship act in 1948 to disenfranchise the Tamil plantation workers of Indian descent.
When D.S.Senanayake died, his son
Dudley became the
Prime Minister, he was a political misfit in the UNP Clan. Having had to reduce
the rice ration to the dictates of the aid
providers of the West UNP had to face a
people’s uprising- Hartal, organised by
the LSSP and the Left wing political parties, in 1953, and good man Dudley
resigned, allowing his uncle Kotalawala to become the Prime Minister.
The UNP did nothing significant either under
Dudley nor under John Kotalawela. Under John Kotalawala
the Catholics became an important
political support for UNP.
The people had enough of capitalist UNP and were awaiting for a different political movements to displace UNP; allowing them to breath the air of real
. The man the
people sought to replace the UNP with a
different and a more acceptable
political movement was SWRD Bandaranaike with his SLFP. Independence
Bandaranaike changed the path
was taking under the leadership of a non visionary hackneyed upper class black
sahibs of the UNP following a foreign policy dictated by the British. SWRD changed drastically the existing UNP’s withered government policies. He made
Sri Lanka an Independent nation making ordinary people of Sri Lanka a part of
the political system, allowing them to breath the air of freedom in a new
independence away from the Black Sahib
culture of the UNP. Sri Lanka
It is towards this self same British, American and Western influence of the fifties that Ranil Wickramasinghe is even today trying to drag back our
under the guise of a new political
During the short time that he lived after 1956 SWRD brought the left together and brought back the battered, shunned , neglected and decadent Sinhala Buddhist Culture to the fore. The Sinhala language that was the language the UNP hierarchy used to converse with the kitchen staff and other manual workers; was made the National language, and the old Sinhala flag brought down by the British to hoist their own Union Jack , was recognised as the National flag of Independent Sri Lanka. SWRD said addressing the UN General Assembly in November,1956:
“This is an age when we have to live and let live, when we cannot afford to hate each other so much that we are prepared to sacrifice all mankind in the name of peace or for some other reason. We cannot afford to do that today. Within the limits of honour, of course, and those principles which we hold dear, we have to live and let live. That is the philosophy behind the doctrine of co-existence. We in
Asia do not hate anybody. We want to be friends with all.
We have to build up a new society for ourselves; one, as I have said, which
best suits the genius of our country. …………That is why we do not range ourselves
on the side of this power-bloc or that power bloc. This is the philosophy of
He set up an independent foreign policy pulling
away from the, “ British
ruler –colony” complex. His vision of an Independent Nation like any other in
the world was thwarted first by the racist Tamil Nationalists, and then by the
local pro British politicians-the UNP. Sri Lanka
After the assassination of SWRD, Mrs. Sirimavo Bandaranaike became the Prime Minister making history as the first woman Prime Minister of the World. She turned out to be a remarkable politician despite having been in the shadow of her brilliant husband. She was able to introduce a new facet to
foreign policy as changed by her
Her nationalization of Petroleum companies earned her the disapproval of the
USA and UK
which resorted to their pseudo democratic
brilliance of imposing trade and
economic embargo by cutting aid to . It made her get politically closer to Sri Lanka China and Soviet Union
out of which came the non-align movement of which she became the Chairman. She
had her share of problems from the Tamils.
She is remembered for getting back the real identity of the country as
casting away the nickname “Ceylo” given to it by the colonialists. Sri
These are things that never come into the cramped minds of the UNP leaders who cannot think beyond certain limits. The UNP as
, has a one track mind and as usual accused Ms. Sirimavo Bandaranayaike for corruption.
Nevertheless Sirimavo Bandaranayake took
forward the country from where her
husband was stopped by an assassin.
After her defeat in the elections, UNP
came back to power with Dudley Senanayake as the Prime Minister. When ever the UNP relying on the USA USA and the West came to power manifestly takes a few steps back
from progressive political advancement. Sri Lanka
In 1978 J.R.Jayawardhana of the UNP became the President of Sri Lanka. His government was far from being democratic. Today, his nephew Ranil Wickramasinghe brings back memories of the UNP’s repressive government under JR.
JR took deliberate actions against his opponents . He saw to it that Sirimavo Bandaranaike would not come back into politics by taking away her civic rights. You see the repetition of this in Ranil Wickramasinghe doing all that he can to keep Mahinda Rajapakse away from politics.
Even Buddhist Priests and
did not escape JR’s
wrath. JR Jayawardhane’s rival Presidential candidate Hector Kobbakaduwa went through almost the same
political difficulties Mahinda Rajapakse is made to suffer by Ranil
Perhaps Madoluwawe Sobhitha thero has not forgotton what happened to Professor Sarathchandra at Peradeniy, when he was beaten and pushed to a drain by the thugs sent by JR’s supporters, and barb- wired the Getambe Rajopavanaramaya, to teach a lesson to the High Priest who supported Kobbekaduwa.
“Hector Kobbekaduwa, had to face a very difficult period after the Presidential elections. …………….Hector Kobbekaduwa was taken to the 4th Floor on 64 occasions for questioning by the CID. But, the J. R. Jayawardene Government was unable to prove any of the allegations.
Even at the last stages of his political career, Hector Kobbekaduwa was deprived of his right to use his ballot by the United National Party Government at the 1982 Referendum as his vote was used by another.”
Like Uncle JR like nephew Ranil. Fortunately for Sri Lanka Ranil Wickramasinghe is not the President .
JR Jayawardhane was an unconditional admirer and a loyal friend of
. He thought he was politically strong with the
backing of the powerful America . But in 1978 when the Indian Air Force
trespassed into Sri Lanka air space to drop dry ration to the terrorist
held in siege in Jaffna by the Sri Lanka
Armed Forces, and forced JR to enter in to the Indo Sri Lanka pact
demanding him to introduce the 13A prepared by India in to the Constitution, JR
had none to appeal for help as USA would not
interfere and burn its fingers antagonising India. USA
So Ranil Wickramasinghe is better advised to be aware of his American and Western friends , re-dressed and introduced anew by Mangala Samaraweera.
It is better he thinks twice be fore he considers himself a skilful politicians with the backing of the
West. USA USA and the West as
they did to JR, will drop him as well
like a hot brick if he finds himself in a political fix with India, which is not unlikely, unless he becomes
a blind stooge of . India
Maithripala Sirisena’s loud boast that his government will go the full term and no one will be able to topple will be an empty boast when things begin to change. JR also thought as much, but he too learnt his lesson the hard way.
JR Jayawardhane, who took over the reigns of government from Mrs.Bandaranaike a very capable politician who made Sri Lanka proud, came beating drums and blowing trumpets like his nephew is doing at present, promising to rid Sri Lanka of all its ills brought about by SWRD and then his wife Sirimavo.
But he lost to Rajive Gandhi, a young politician who did not have the experience of JR who some called the “old fox” JR gave into Rajive without a whimper signed the Indo Sri Lanka Pact, accommodated the Indian PKFforces, accepted a politically crippling 13A to the Sri Lanka Constitution and made worse the situation Sri Lanka was in added to an unabated terrorism.
His successor the other UNP President R.Premadasa was no better. Premadasa even armed the terrorists against the Indian PKF. Killed innumerable numbers of Sinhala youth who foolishly took up arms to seize political power. The UNP after Mrs. Bandranayake proved they were unable to solve the problems of
take the country forward leave alone develop it. Mahaweli Project and Gamudawa did very little
or nothing at all to Sri Lanka by way of development. Sri
The UNP experience showed the people that Sri Lanka is in need of a leader who could really solve the problems of the people, eliminate terrorism, develop the country from the intolerable condition to which it had been put by the previous incapable UNP Presidents, who had neither the ideas nor the vision to think saving Sri Lanka from terrorism , ameliorate the living conditions of the people and change the situation in Sri Lanka.
It was then that the people sinking in the deluge of unsoluble problems with the terrorists in the north, insurgents in the south, strangled by a mismanaged economy, ready to hang onto any straw to save themselves voted to put Chandrika Kumaratunga into power at the elections of 1994 . Chandrika had the sympathy votes of the people as she was widowed by the assassination of her husband, and was a mother of two young children, and above all she was the daughter of SWRD and Sirimavo the dearly loved leaders of the people.
Though she could have done much as she was young and active, but the accumulated problems in
was too much to
handle. She was ambitious, pretentious,
and thought she had the backing of the people, but that was not sufficient to
put Sri lanka
back on an even keel to make it safe to sail on the troubled waters of
politics. Sri Lanka
She thought of pacifying the terrorists she knew nothing about, and having failed thought of a military solution. She selected the wrong people to handle the terrorist problem. She brought in Eric Solheim to mediate between the government and the terrorists. Solheim became an agent of the terrorists, and handled the terrorist problem in the interest of the terrorist helping the terrorists to become militarily more powerful than the Armed Forces of the government . The Embassy of Norway imported sophisticate telecommunication material for the terrorists using its diplomatic priviledges. Bradman Weerakone allowed the material to be transported to terrorist Controlled area.
Then came the tsunami adding more to the already existing problem. The terrorists wanted no baby sitter and wanted to assassinate Chandrika but succeeded only blinding her in one eye. Her mother Sirimavo then old and sickly would still have been a better President than her daughter Chandrika. Chandrika messed up the situation further with enormous sums of money that came as aid to reconstruct areas damaged by the tsunami and the large numbers of NGOs that descended who became a law unto themselves. Chandrika handled terrorism badly and so with the distribution of tsunami Funds.
To make matters worse, she was forced to dissolve the Parliament due to the unreliable back stabbing Rauff Hakeem leaving her government with his seven followers. The general elections that followed put into power the UNP with Ranil Wickramasinghe, adding more to the miseries of Chandrika-the President. Ranil Wickramasinghe was now her Prime Minister. This ambitious man who always puts himself before even the country was in no mood to take orders from Chandrika the woman President.
Ranil Wickramasinghe completely ignored Chandrika as President, and wanted to take credit for settling the problem of terrorism. He got Eric Solheim to mediate to start peace negotiations with the terrorist. Eric Solheim the traitor who was waiting for his chance prepared the CFA along with Prabhakaran without consulting the President Or the Prime Minister and got Ranil Wickramasinghe to sign the agreement.
Ranil Wickramasinghe who thinks that he knows every thing signed the CFA perhaps even without reading, because on signing it he gave the control of parts of the North to the terrorists forfeiting the right of the Sri Lanka Armed Forces or the Police to enter into the areas controlled by the terrorists. Finally when Ranil was enjoying himself dining and wining in style with George Bush in USA Chandrika sacked three Ministers of Ranil’s Cabinet and took over the Ministries herself, thus ending the unholy alliance with the UNP.
Hence what we see today with Ranil Wickramasinghe forming a coalition government with Maithripala Sirisena as President is a repetition of what had already happened before, when ever UNP was ruling the country.
There is nothing for the President Sirisena or Prime Minister Ranil to be exceptionally happy about. The unholy alliance will topple over by itself without any body having to take a hand to topple it. Nothing is permanent , every thing is impermanent and so is Ranil Wickramasinghe-Sirisena combination.
It has not been said enough that it was the great fortune of
Sri Lanka to have elected Mahinda Rajapakse as
the President of .
Mahinda Rajapakse, not only eliminated terrorism, (which the UNP Presidents
beginning from JR Jayawardhana miserably
faile to do , and Chandrika got one eye blinded
without getting anywhere near even trying to end terrorism), but also shortly after the defeat of
terrorism Mahinda Rajapakse developed the country raising it from a developing
country to a middle income State. Sri Lanka
That was the great achievement of Mahind Rajapakse what ever his antagonists make him out to be , and none of them including Maithripala Sirisena, Ranil Wickrmasinghe, Chandrika Kumaratunga or Mangala Samaraweera will ever be able to do. None of them also will ever be even equal to him let along being greater than him.
The mess that we see today will continue, and it could be re-established and put things back in right order only when this unholy honeymoon of UNP, JVP,TNA,JHU is over, by the return of Mahinda Rajapakse or some one equal to him from perhaps the UPFA, but never from the UNP.
The UNP spells disaster both then and now. Sri Lanka has no place for USA or Western shaped capitalism of the UNP. SWRD Bandaranaike once said that the river of socialism cannot be made to flow backwards as it will always flow downwards.
And that is the only hope we have while the UNP and its crowded alliance are building dams to make the river of socialism flow backwards.
To-days political situation in
is utterly debased, brutal beyond
comprehension, with so much of hatred , jealousy and revenge in minds of those
in power . There are two Buddhist monks in the
ruling clan of good governance, they are also a part of this malicious
destructive political leadership. They could perhaps tell the trio Sirisena-Ranil-Chandrika how to run the country like human beings, without giving
into animal instincts. Sri
Sirisena wants to see the end of Rajapakses and so are Chandrika and Ranil. They have no time to rule the country. Never in the world’s political history could be found a politically degenerated trio trying to rule with so much of hatred towards one man who saved
and developed it without thinking of
taking revenge from his political foe.
The vicious trio could be compared to Caligula. in the absence of any
one else. Sri
This is the first time we have the likes of them in
politics. They are actually running a police state and
not doing politics to develop the country and help the people live peacefully in an environment of universal love, without hatred, fear and
uncertainty. Sri Lanka
Monday, 7 September 2015
It is interesting to investigate what this New Political Culture the Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe keeps talking about.. From what one has observed so far it is a dictatorship of the President , a police state of the lowest sort with an extended dictatorship of the Prime Minister within a frame work of a damaged democracy . An experiment perhaps of a new political culture still in a very infantile state and lets hope it will not look to Videla’s Argentine, Salazar’s Portugal or Pinochet’s Chile.
The change of political culture began in January, 2015, with the appointment of Ranil Wickramasinghe unconstitutionally, as there was already a Prime Minister and a Cabinet. After the swearing in of the PM in January,2015, he immediately transferred the democratic Republic of Sri Lanka into a police state with a special police force taking orders from the Prime Minister himself to catch thieves, to make real their hallucinations of thieves of the previous government in every project, every profit making Companies, and even in every hotel in Dubai, and banks in Seychelles.
The Foreign Minister rolled his big eyes trying to get all foreign experts to get the stolen loot hidden in various places by the former President, having accused him of having stolen an enormous sum of money equal to many times the income of the Government of Sri Lanka. The new political culture is not a service for the people , but revenge against the former President Mahinda Rajapakse. All hands to the fore to catch thieves.
There was also an evident don’t care attitude, appointing as Finance Minister against whom a case for money laundering was pending, and strangely the presentation of the Budget was to be on the very day he had to appear in court !!
Weeks later the most scandalous bond issue in the history of the Sri Lanka Banking System took place , and in keeping with the “new political culture” all that was hushed up and the falling “dirt” swept under the state carpet.
There was again a display of the comedy of reappointing an impeached Chief Justice, making her retire and appointing another kicking out unceremoniously the Chief Justice in place. That is part of the new political culture a unique system in the world.
The new rulers chucked out our greatest friends China and Russia who defended us in the Security Council against USA and West, and have welcomed our enemies USA and the West who presented resolutions after resolutions in the UNHRC in Geneva preparing to take our armed forces to be taken before a tribunal accused for war crime, and India that seconded the USA Resolutions as Sri Lanka’s new friends, to take over the countries development from China.
Ranil Wickramasinghe’s UNP Ministers each had to catch at least one thief of the previous regime. Even Company Directors who held office during the previous government were not spared. They accused various people and the FCID of the Prime Minister took them for questioning and they never came back , as they were immediately arrested and put in remand. There was the JVP marching proudly with files in hand to be handed over to the Bribery Commission. JVP was a part of the new political culture of Ranil Wickramasinghe.
Another facet of the new political culture was seen after the dissolution of the Parliament. Maithripala Sirisena actively contributing to shape the new political culture, proposed by his super intelligent Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe. But Maithripala Sirisena’s behaviour was some thing beyond the recitation of the daily Yahapalanaya Manthra, ordinary democracy as we know, or even outside the corrupt regime they had vouched to replace.
There is no democratic country in the world where a President elected by the people does what Maithripala did from the day he was sworn in as the Presidenof Sri Lanka.
The democratic norm is that a President elected by the people belongs to all the people without discrimination against the political parties they belong to , the religion they profess or the language they speak. But in the new political culture being shaped by the present Yahapalanaya government of Ranil Wickramasinghe under the Supervision of Maithripala Sirisena all those accepted political and moral norms have been ripped away. It is a new political culture.
The new political culture apart, it is a government set up to vilify the previous government, and take as much revenge as possible from the deposed President Mahinda Rajapakse his family, friends and those connected distantly or those who pay respect to him for the life they owe to him, who eliminated terrorism.
Maithripala Sirisena the President walked the length and width of the country, saying to the people that if he had lost the election he and his family would have been six feet under ground. That was a most ridiculous, vicious, and unintelligent thing to have been said by a man who occupies the most respected position of the country. Stabbing a man’s back, to gain power is another thing , but to accuse him for what he is incapable of doing is base, low, distasteful and foetid.
The attempt was of course to bring disrepute and make unpopular Mahinda Rajapakse, making people believe that he is a criminal not worthy of trust. Coming from a man who had known Mahinda Rajapakse for more than 47, years he may have thought that people would believe that the Batalanda torturers are angels of sort under the new political culture, compared to Mahinda Rajapakse.
Fortunately the people –the Sinhala Buddhists would say that Mahinda Rajapakse is a man who will not harm even an insect let along burying people six feet under ground. The other woman Chandrika who is not worthy of being called a one time President of Sri Lanka speaks as if she is under the influence of liquor. No wise person would go abroad and condemned a Presidents who had been elected by the people of
as a killer of Civilians who ran a police
state. Sri Lanka
Chandrika was incapable of stopping the terrorists even after she offered Prabhakaran north of
to be ruled by him for ten years, and therefore she is responsible to the very
“hilt” for all those deaths of terrorists, soldiers and civilians from 19 August 1994 to 19 May, 2009. She
cannot escape from that blame by putting it on Mahinda Rajapakse who saved Sri Lanka
from terrorism. Sri Lanka
Mahinda Rajapakse is unique. He is a “man for all seasons,” how ever much the authors of the New Political Culture, try to portray him differently denigrating him, without thinking for an instance that, none of them are able to hold a candle to former President Mahinda Rajapakse.
Sri Lanka refuse to listen to Chandrika , and no
one will trust her in except Sirisena-Ranil duo. Therefore
she is gleeful she has a foreign audience who knows nothing about her or her
doings as the President of Sri Lanka, and may have not even read the book
“Queen of Thieves” by Victor Ivan. She is unfortunately a part of Ranil
Wickramasinghe’s new political culture. Sri
This Yahapalanaya Government is of course unlike any other government of the world, and what it is going to be with its sworn new political culture is any ones guess. Of what we have experienced since 8th January, 2015, it is not encouraging. It became worse when the Parliamentary elections were to be held on the 17 August,2015.
At that election the former President was contesting to become the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka. It was an ordinary Parliamentary election. The difference was that the former President was contesting as an ordinary citizen but sponsored by some political parties to make him the Prime Minister if the UPFA wins with a majority number of seats. Mahinda Rajapakse is very popular despite his defeat at the Presidential election of the 8th January,2015, and all the “ who done it” stuff with which the yahapalanaya clique was trying to hoodwink the people.
Maithripala Sirisena the President was afraid that Mahinda would win and claim to be the Prime Minister. ( there was a question of an inferiority complex).Hence, under instruction from Ranil and Chandrika or on his own, he descended from his Constitutional and Democratic call to be independent and impartial in Parliamentary elections, to make public announcement that he would not name Mahinda Rajapakse the Prime Minister even if he were to win the election. Thereafter he started an election campaign of his own against Mahinda Rajapakse.
He announced that there are number of persons in the SLFP who deserve to be named as Prime Minister and therefore he will not name Mahinda Rajapakse the Prime Minister even if he wins the election.
These were all happening just a week or two before the election. These were irregularities under the election law. But the Elections Commissioner had not proscribed the President’s actions. Then the President sent an open letter of several pages to the former President Mahinda Rajapakse making lot of accusations and reiterating that he would not be made the Prime Minister as there are others suitable to be considered for the office of Prime Minister.
Mahinda Rajapakse sent a short reply saying that when he lost the Presidential election he bowed to the wishes of the people and left peacefully; and that it is up to the President to bow to the wish of the people if he were to be elected with a majority number of seats for the UPFA.
Then the President Sirisena just a day or two before the election sacked the General Secretaries of both SLFP and the UPFA and replaced them with two of his henchmen.
These are all the part of the new political culture. There was absolutely no rhyme or reason for these show of vengeance against one man, who allowed people to live peacefully and breath freedom in a country without terrorism.
The result was the failure of the Party that sponsored the former President as a Prime Ministerial candidate failed to get the required number of seats.
But now the Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe who promises a new political culture and new country in 60 months has taken over from the President Sirisena to carry on the campaign of vengeance against the former President Mahinda Rajapakse. Corruption charges against the former President, his family and those connected to him closely or distantly continue with a promise to make the Prime Ministers police force FCID a permanent and a legal feature.
The Prime Minister has become a sort of a Dictator, rising to an Order in the Parliament to stop a Parliamentarian making his maiden speech from speaking about arms and armaments in the Parliament. Of course that can be understood , as when Ranil Wickramasinghe was the Prime Minister under Chandrika Bandar anaike did not even present the CFA to the Parliament, probably because he did not want to speak about terrorism and arms and ammunitions in the House.
Ranil Wickramasinghe did not stop at that he also refused to recognise MPs Gamanpila and Weerawansa as leaders of political parties and denied them the priviledges that follow such recognition and even denied them the front seats allocated to them in the Parliament.
That is the New Political Culture that is being set up in
and it would be interesting to know what more is to follow. Sri Lanka
Thursday, 3 September 2015
When you have wept your grief, and smothered the last drop of tears you are completely exhausted, lifeless, and nothing seems to matter.
What is left is only the slain body of once a proud nation in a bier, four terrorists in their fatigues stand silently on guard at the four corners with their hands resting on the steel rod of the T56 assault rifles kept standing before them. The red flag with tiger head in a circle of bullets covers half of the bier. Some one had thrown on the ground under the bier a half burnt lion flag. On the bier is a black hand glove of the Queen Elizabeth which she took off to shake the hand of a leader who is also responsible for the slain body lying in state inside the bier.
The people sad and grief stricken were walking away. They knew that on the third day the fallen nation will not rise again with the glory that it was before the 8th January, 2015. They were returning to their homes to meditate and pray . Sadly they pursued their evening walk talking over the events that led to the unredeemable loss. Never had they been so utterly disheartened hopeless and faithless, they were walking in the shadow of the once victorious , peaceful and a fast developing nation, today lying in a bier.
Their grief could not be restrained and they wept as they walked on . They went together into their homes and closed and fastened doors knowing that the fate of the nation might any time be theirs . ( with apology to Luke 24-The Walk to Emmaus)
At the bier readied for state funeral.
There are Catholic Bishops with their immaculate white gowns with the purple belt, Mullahs with their long beards, and half naked Hindu pujaris in attendance. The once fluttering lion flags are no where to be seen. What does it matter now .
It is the TNA leader Sampathan the leader of the Opposition in charge of the burial ceremony. It is C.V.Wineswaran the Chief Minister of NPC who is to deliver the funeral oration. Rauf Hakeem is waiting to take away whatever would be left when every thing is over
An important delegation with the USA State Secretary John Kerry representing the President of USA along with Biswal and Robert O’Blake and many others occupy the front seats. The
leaders are in the second row, Maitripala Sirisena behind Biswal, Ranil behind Robert O’Blake and Mangala Samaraweera behind
John Kerry. Sri Lanka
Also occupying the front most seats are Modi Indian Prime Minister , Jayalalitha seated next to him along side Hillary Clinton. There is also David Cameron with the flag with which he flagged off the LTTE torch relay to
Geneva demanding awareness of
which started from Sri Lanka 10 Downing
Street. The Prime Minister of Canada Stephen
Harper has still not turned up. David
Miliband and Bernard Kouchner are expected.
However, the people are not expected at the burial ceremony. Chandrika , Champika, Sobhita Thero and Ratana Thero will come back when every thing is over hoping to resuscitate a phantom Nation.
At the funeral oration Wigneswaran, will not speak of democracy or separatism because they have got what they wanted.
Those who voted for a change perhaps did not expect this sudden turn of events. They still do not know that it would be worse than it was when terrorism was assailing the nation. But it is that Nation that survived the terrorist attacks that is now being prepared for a state funeral. Bugles are already playing the Last Post.
Adieu Sri Lanka I have no more tears to shed ………..May you be reborn again with the glory that was yours before.