Monday, 27 June 2016

The great betrayal

Sri Lanka  in 2005 after 57 years of Independence  elected Mahinda Rajapakse as the President of Sri Lanka.  That was a great decision taken by the people of Sri Lanka to elect a great patriot, a national leader of affectionate qualities of whom one could be proud of to have as the President. He had a vision of what he wanted Sri Lanka to be.  He improved on the national socialist plan of the late S.W.R.D.Bandaranaike. Mahinda Rajapakse  did not want to build Sri Lanka on any foreign model.  He wanted Sri Lanka developed as it is, to be an example for other  developing countries.

When he was elected President, he inherited Sri Lanka in the grip of a group of ruthless Tamil terrorists.  He had to deal with  a very unfriendly Western Countries ferociously opposed to independent development of third world countries outside Western influence. The western media called him a hawkish  politician.  On the contrary Mahinda Rajapakse is  a humanist and a fighter for human rights, believed  in independent Sovereign rights of developing nations.

He knew that the West  does not take kindly to national leaders who want to develop their countries independent of Western domination. The glaring instances of this Western prejudice are Cuba, Iran, Chili, Guatamala Congo etc. Therefore he had to be cautious even in dealing with terrorism that was festering the countries progressive growth.

He had to settle terrorism first. He therefore tried to contact the terrorists for a peaceful settlement of their problems adhering to Western democratic norms. But as Tamil terrorists did not want any peaceful settlement but were determined to have their way to divide Sri Lanka by force, Mahind Rajapakse decided to deal with them the way they wanted it- using the Armed Forces for a military solution.

Though the odds were against a military intervention to eliminate terrorism, he decided to use the Armed forces for a military solution against the advice  of America and the West, who were acting in favour of the Tamils settled in large numbers in their countries-the Tamil diaspora the principal financial contributors to maintain a strong and a well armed terrorist force in Sri Lanka.

Mahinda Rajapkse a determined leader  knew that the correct way to bring about peace and develop the country at the same time was to plan  a strategy of development and act accordingly without changing it to suit what ever interfering foreign forces.  That was how Mahinda Rajapkse a great leader who brought peace to Sri Lanka  was able to developed the country modernising it in a short time, as no one ever thought it was possible. 

However, Mahinda Rajapakse  wanted a little more time to maintain the momentum of development to bring Sri Lanka in par with developed Nations of the world. In that he miscalculated  his chances of success, and decided to call for an early Presidential elections.  He believed that the satisfied people who were already enjoying a higher standard of living thanks to the changes he had been able to bring about  despite a higher cost of living  due to market exigencies, would re-elect him for another term. 

Unfortunately, the people decided otherwise. The Tamils and Muslims stood together against the Sinhala Buddhists to tip the scale against Mahinda Rajapakse. Mahind Rajapakse lost the Presidential election and with it the Sinhala Buddhists lost a rare leader that made them proud to be Sri Lankans.

Mahinda Rajapakse was undoubtedly a great leader of rare qualities who followed the path traced by his erstwhile elder S.W.R.D.Bandranaike. He was respectful of the  thoughts of Anagarika Dharmapala and gave an impetus to Buddhism turning his official residence every full –moon day to  a centre for the emanation of  the discourses of the Buddha by eminent Buddhist Monks. Some affectionately speak  of  him as a reincarnation of  King Dutugamunu.

But what have we got in place of the great leader the President  Mahinda Rajapakse ?

We have got Maithripala Sirisena a most ungrateful man of this century, a great betrayer of Sri Lanka ? Maithripala Sirisena  inspires nothing. He is a political pawn in the hand of a cunning and ambitious man Ranil Wickramasinghe the leader of the UNP- the party against which SWRD Bandaranaike organised the SLFP.

Maithripala Sirisena distorts SLFP with a politically inexperienced Duminda Dissanayake as its General Secretary,  insulting the memory of the late SWRD Bandaranaike the father of the SLFP.

Maithripala Sirisena is so weak that he had to consent to let Ranil Wickrmsinghe swear in un-Constitutionally as Prime Minister , when there was already a Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne of the former government, which had not been dissolved. Maithripala Sirisena on the instruction of Ranil Wickramasinghe and Chandrika Kumaratunga promised to have a national government of SLFP and UNP.

But the resulting national government led  by Ranil Wickrmasinghe is  a strong UNP Government with the Finance Minister from the UNP and a man obedient to Ranil Wickramasinghe the Speaker of the Parliament. He allowed a Tamil politician who was brought in  to form the TNA by the terrorist leader Prabhakaran as the Leader of the Opposition.

That appointment of Sampanthan as the leaer of  the Opposition  was also un- Constitutional, but the Speaker Karu Jayasuriya an obedient coterie of Rani Wickrmasinghe , followed his masters instructions, and refused to accept the leader proposed by the Joint Opposition. That is their respect for democracy.

Maithripala Sirisena will go down history as the traitor of the Sinhala Nation who helped the local enemies of Sri Lanka,-Ranil, Chandrika , and Muslims  to sell the nation to the Tamil separatists, India and the West.

Maithripala Sirisena  was in the SLFP long enough to have known  that Ranil Wickramasinghe and Chandrika Kumaratunga were the local agents of the West. The West was determined to oust Mahinda Rajapakse  and his  government so that they could  replace Mahinda Rajapakse with one of their local agents manoeuvrable  by them.  But all those mattered less important  to Sirisena  or  his mind is so small that he did not know what was going on.

Sirisena was attracted by  the proposal made by  Ranil Wickraamasinghe and Chandrika Kumaratunga to be the common Presidential candidate of the opposition to become the President of Sri Lanka.  He considered turning traitor to his country, and the political party of which he was the general secretary for 40 odd years  was worth it, if he could become he President of Sri Lanka..

But now Sirisena  speaks shamelessly ill of  his former political  leader Mahinda Rajapakse  relating  difficult times he had with him, and his fear that he would have been buried in an unknown cemetery if he had lost the Presidential election, to justify his quitting the party and an uncomparable political leader- Mahinda Rajapakse, who changed Sri Lanka to a modern country hoping to gradually turning it out to be a country not second to any other country  in the West. 

Perhaps Sirisena was not aware to what extent Ranil and Chandrika were cunning to make use of  him to come to political power themselves and make  him  their puppet once he was elected as the President. It is now quite evident that Sri Lanka is not run by Maithripala Sirisena as its President but by Ranil Wickramasinghe and Chandrika. Maithripala is  quite satisfied making speeches visiting  foreign countries to meet foreign leaders, shake their gloved and ungloved hands and be photographed with them.

In the meantime the Tamils are having a whale of a time making their political plans and readying themselves to set up their own  Tamil Eelam. This situation is similar  to that of  the terrorist Prabhakaran building his arsenal and the terrorist force after signing a CFA with Ranil Wickramsinghe and participating in  the so called peace talks in foreign countries agreed to by  the terrorists, supported by  the Norwegian Eric Solheim.

While all that is going on in the North,  Maithripala Sirisena who is politically naïve has only the desire to wipe the name of Rajapaksas from the name board of  Sri Lankan political  leaders. Along with Maithripala Sirisena are the other members of  SLFP basking in the dim light of Maithripala Siriena’s not so bright political star, enjoying the ministerial bonanzas and all the perks that go with it.

These self seeking SLFPers do not care what may happen to Sri Lanka to morrow which is in the hands of Ranil and his UNP coteries, and not at all in the hands of the traitor Maithripala Sirisena who ha been conveniently parked into a Presidential Palace with his SLFP sprites keeping  him happy doing things to please him.

Maithripala Sirisena asks for nothing better.  He is happy calling himself the leader of the SLFP, and tell his little sprites that he will not allow Ranil Wickramasinghe and the UNP rule the country,  but he  with his SLFP sprites will be doing that. But in the meantime knowingly or unknowingly Maithripala Siriseana is only helping UNP to rule the country without even consulting him.

Ranil and the UNP will be writing the new Constitution for Sri Lanka and sign the agreements with India for the ECTA and  to construct  the Hanuman Bridge.  Maithripla Sirisena cannot say no to Ranil Wickrmsinghe because it is he who made it possible for him to be the President of Sri Lanka.

In the meantime the bones of the late Mr.S.W.R.D.Bandaranaike must be rattling in his grave as Maithripala Sirisena has made SLFP a partner of the UNP- the policies of which SWRD opposed and formed the SLFP only  as a barrier against UNP taking Sri Lanka away from independence and development.

SWRD with his  SLFP brought to independent Sri Lanka a spirit of national socialism, brining back the cultural and national values lost under colonialism. He gave a proper place to Sinhala Language , Buddhism and even the national dress. It was Mahinda Rajapaksa and not his daughter Chandrika Kumaratunga that stepped into continue SWRD Bandaranaikre’s progressive policies.

Today  we have a government  distinctly opposed to the policies  for which SWRD Bandaranaike fought against the UNP and set up his own party the SLFP against UNP.

Maithripala Sirisena nominally the President of the SLFP has subordinated SLFP to UNP .  Maithripala Sirisena is in fact promoting UNP to which he is grateful for having made of him a President of Sri Lanka.

Sirisena is being used by Ranil Wickramsingh and Chandrika Kumaratunga  calling the government a  National Government, but carry out proWestern and pro Indian policies of UNP. The Government of  Maithripala Sirisena and Ranil Wickramasinghe has taken a complete U turn making Sri Lanka   a colony of the West, dependent on the West. 

What is national about the Maithripala-Ranil-Chandrika government is the National dress worn by Maithripala Sirisena,  amoung the UNP Ministers- the Black Sahibs, dressed  in  very English Coats and trousers.

UNP will do lot of damage to Sri Lanka  as they had done before, like the Indo-Lanka pact signed by J.R.Jayawardhan with Rajiv Gandhi  of India, CFA signed by Ranil Wickrmasinghe with Prabhakaran- the Tamil terrorist, and arming the terrorists by R.Premadasa.

Maithripala Sirisena will be instructed by Ranil and Chandrika to keep the SLFP Ministers under control,  to enable him to sign the ECTA and sign the agreement to construct the Hanuman Bridge  with India.  Sirisena will obediently send out stricture to the members of the SLFP to obey Ranil Wickrmasinghe and  fall in line as  it happened  on the No Confidence motion against the Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake.  Maithripala Sirisena will also obediently re appoint the Governor of Central Bank for a further period, and ask the SLFP Ministers  and some of the obedient UPFA Parliamentarians not to raise objections.

This most calamitous situation could be stopped only by the ouster of both the President Maithripala Sirisena and the so called Nationl Government along with Ranil Wickramasinghe and the UNP.  If that would not happen then good-bye my unitary Sri Lanka.

For the people of Sri Lanka to have voted against Mahinda Rajapkse at the Presidential election  on the 8th January,2015 was a great betrayal. The result of it would be that generations to come will suffer, and Sri Lanka will never be again what it was before the 8th January ry,2015.

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