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