A President of a Country once elected becomes the President of every one. He will not only be the President of the Party he represents, but also those opposition parties which may have voted against him. Therefore he cannot be a friend of some of the people and the enemy of some. Because once he is elected President he becomes the President of every Citizens in the country
Therefore we cannot understand Maithripala Sirisena treating the former President and his supporters different from those who voted for him and promised their support. Even if those who voted against Maithripala Sirisena speaks against him and his policies Maithripala Sirisena has no moral right to take vengeance from them. To love your enemy as you love yourself is a great human quality, a way to get into the hearts of the people.
The President should be able to accept criticism, and remain honourable and equanimous without reacting to critics. That would show the greatness of a man who holds the highest office of the Nation. This is equanimity(upekkha), which distinguishes the goodness of the character of a person, from others.
But can we say this about Maithripala Sirisena ? No, unfortunately not.
He is acting like a cheap village thug, trying his best to use all the power of his office to take revenge from his enemies. He even stops the Joint Opposition from holding a separate May day Rally and gets his Judiciary to issue court orders to stop the use of the ground for their rally.
It is a shame for Maithripala Sirisena to come down to that low level of a thug using his force to stop his enemies from using their rights. His stopping the conduct of the Joint Opposition rally is anti democratic. His fear is that the Galle Rally of his will have a lesser attendance, that should not be the reason for him to act like an authoritarian leader without consideration for other people.
He is becoming an adharmistaya ( අධර්මිෂ්ඨයෙක්). The President of
should be a man of merit ( පින්වතෙක්). Therefore it is the Buddhist monks who should take
him in hand to make of him a good
Buddhist leader. Sri Lanka
President Maithripala Siriseana is very boastful. He tell the people at meetings his generosity towards his enemies, like providing security to the former President and providing him with a helicopter to take him to Medamulana after the election.
He takes pride in the fact how well he is received by the West. He speaks of how the Queen Elizabeth took her gloves off to shake hands with him. He tell how the Prime Minister of UK David Cameron came up to the car that took him to
10 Downing Street, and opened its door for
him to get down. He tells of him being invited to attend the G7 Summit meeting.
But he little realises that these are the flattery of Western Suddho to keep
within the Western fold. In reality it
is sure these Western Leaders have a good laugh at his expense dressing him as
a man to please ( ගොණාට
අන්දනවා). Otherwise what could
Maithripala Sirisena contribute to the G7.
He is only the leader of Sri Lanka , a
country which is in the grip of financial bankruptcy. Sri Lanka
Even the UNP leader, his Ministers, and Chandrika flatter him without any great respect or affection. Maithripala Sirisena has served their purpose, and to that extent they speak respectfully of him. The President Sirisena is weak of mind not to understand that.
He does not realise that he will receive respect and affection of the people by changing his present position of an angry, vicious, revengeful man taking every opportunity to condemn and assail the former President Mahinda Rajapakse his family and those who are close to him.
Maithripala Sirisena should accept that Mahinda Rajapakse will remain a popular and a respected man amoung the people of this country. Mahinda Rajapakse’s service to the people cannot be equalled by another leader- past, present and perhaps in the near future..
As long as the memory of his elimination of the feared terrorism last, even if it is not for any other contribution he has made to the country, people will still be grateful to him and show their respect and affection. That cannot be removed by Maithripala Sirisena or even by any other National leader of
for years to come. Sri Lanka
Maithripala Sirisena should stop his anger and vengeance against Mahinda Rajapakse. More he attacks the former President Mahinda Rajapakse, more will President Maithripala Sirisean be hated by the ordinary people of Sri Lanka. It is a fact that a large majority of the Sinhala Buddhists did not vote for him, and still refuse to accept him in preference to Mahinda Rajapakse.
Maithripala Sirisena has nothing to fear from Mahinda Rajapakse or his supporters, as he will be the President of Sri Lanka for the next four or five years. Mahinda Rajapakse is now only a Member of the Parliament and will not be a rival to him in any way other than perhaps taking away the affection of the people from him.
President Maithripala Sirisena should cleanse his mind with thoughts of Buddhist kindness (metta) and compassion( karuna) towards his supposed enemies. If he begins to understand his enemies and show sympathy, it will reflect back on him, turning his enemies to be his friends.
Therefore, please be advised Mr. President to stop your meetings to slam the former President Mahinda Rajapakse , to speak ill of him and ask people not to attend his May Day rally to be held in Kirilepone.
If Maithripala Sirisena could do that, even if he were to have a lesser number of people attending his May Day Rally in
the people will reflect on Maithripala Sirisena’s goodness and begin to respect
and show their affection to him in