What has become of Sri Lanka we had the day before 8th January,2015 ?
What has the change to Yahapalanaya meant to my poor Lanka?
The people have gained nothing since the change over
from the Government of President Mahinda Rajapakse to the government of President Maithripala
Sirisena pretentiously called Yahapalanaya, but the Parliamentarians have
got much. Most of them are plush , taken more weight, and ply in expensive
limousines. They talk a lot but work a little , and pretends to be doing a lot.
The Yahapalanaya that came with a streamlined 100 day
programme has ended up with no programme.
The stalwarts of the Yahapalanaya were Ranil Wickramasinghe and his UNP
buddies. They thought that once they are in power the West will land here
bringing with them the much wanted US
dollars, British sterling pounds and German marks and they can turn their back
to China which would be an added incentive for the West to dump their monies the
more here to invest in every industry under the sun.
Ranil Wickramasinghe told China
that Sri Lanka
can do without them. Ranil Wickramasinghe and his predominantly UNP
Government told China that they
do not want China to
go ahead with the ColomboPortCity, as it has been
They put in place a master planner Champika Ranawaka
to re build the ColomboCity
with a larger land area. Ravi Karunanayake an experienced money handler who
occupied the money deposited with him by
Raja Rajaratnam imprisoned in USA,
was made the Minister of Finance. He thought he was turning out the best budget
ever had. But it soon fizzled out to be a “no-budget” being passed, re cast and
re-passed in Parliament several times
and still with lot of un patched
“holes”. But yet the West named him the best Finance Minister in Asia.
Ranil Wickramasinghe appointed his prized genius
Mangala Samaraweera as the Foreign Minister to rope in the West to make Sri Lanka a “Singapore”, as he had already recruited a Singapore Banking
genius to come with his magic wand to make the Sri Lanka Central Bank “ lay
Mangala Samaraweera the “prodigy” trusted to make
miracles was to use his charm to win over the West at the snap of a finger.
Mangala Samaraweera went to Geneva
without hesitation and sponsored along
with America the worst
resolution USA had brought
against Sri Lanka to take
the Sri Lanka Armed Forces to a tribunal charged for war crimes, which had been
long delayed due to lack of enthusiasm of the Previous Mahinda Rajapakse
Government to allow USA to pass such a resolution.
Yahapalanaya sponsored that resolution hoping that the West in recognition
would send hordes of investors to Sri Lanka to invest in development
Having not received any encouraging signals from the
West for the development of Sri Lanka
other than lot of applause for following democracy to the letter and taking
care of the interests of the minority Tamils, the Yahapalanaya Leadership
thought that they may probe the possibility of turning to Japan
as an alternative investor for the development of Sri Lanka. But Japan after giving Ranil Wickramasinghe an honorary
degree, seems to have gone silent on investing on any development project of
value in Sri Lanka.
Now Yahapalanaya is like the cat that evacuated his
bowels on the rock. It has no idea as to
what it should do next, to make good the
change it promised to the people after
defeating the previous government of
President Mahinda Rajapakse.
The Yahapalanaya then did what some dogs do. A dog tries to bark away a
bigger dog, and when the bigger dog shows his teeth and the claws the aggressive small dog runs away, and later,
on second thought, hides its tail between its legs and crawls back to the stronger dog that
chased him away.
Yahapalanaya that belittled and insulted China,
stopping it from continuing with the Port City project for which the President
of China Xi Jinping himself came to Sri Lanka to lay the foundation stone, is now going back to
China seeking their help. Yahapalanaya has at last realised that it is only China
that still helps the developing
countries and not the rich Western
friends of whom the Yahapalanaya spoke so highly and depended on making the
people of Sri Lanka
understand that they made a better
choice in replacing the previous regime
of Mahinda Rajapakse.
It is time that the Yahapalanaya now learns from its mistakes and understand
that President Mahinda Rajapakse was after all a good man who did not take revenge by taking
up the Batalanda file to punish Ranil Wickramasinghe or the Waters Edge
Land Transaction to embarrass and bring
disrepute to Chandrika Kumaratunga.
Now these Yahapalana “Cats “ having done what they should not have done on the rock are glum faced without a clue as to what to do
next. Not having received the expected response from the Western investors, or those
from Japan, Ranil
Wickramasinghe has turned in a big way to India.
is not ready to aid Sri Lanka for its Buddhist or Ashokan
connection, but the Indian Prime Minster knowing the failure of the
Yahapalanaya of Sri Lanka to have attracted investors from the West, from Japan and from China
knows that it has no alternative now but
to accept what ever is offered by India. India
however knows that what little they would give they will take back with multiple interest for the benefit of India.
They invited the Prime Minister Modi of India to inaugurate the UN Wesak Day in Sri Lanka. But
Modi made it an occasion to lecture on importance of India
for Sri Lanka’s security,
and that the population of Sri
Lanka is an indivisible part of the 1.25
billion Indians in the neighbourhood.
It is not a good prospect as Sri Lanka cannot depend on India for security, as we saw it when Sri Lanka
was engaged in military operations to
eliminate terrorism. India
was not very dependable then as the 80
million Tamils at India’s
southern tip dictated Indian Central
Government’s stand on the question of terrorism in Sri Lanka. Therefore can we again
trust India for Sri Lanka’s
India has a
pressing unemployment problem. Hence India is all
out to sign the ETCA as it would be a solution
for its unemployment problem. India
would like to annex the North of Sri Lanka and send excessive Tamil population to North, and for
that a Hanuman bridge and a railway to Trincomalee, would provide a passage for
illegal immigrants coming from India.
Yahapalanay Government is being fooled by every one-
the West wanted a regime change in Sri Lanka
and now that it has happened the West will pay only lip service without binding
them selves for any sort of long
term engagement to develop Sri Lanka. India needs Sri Lanka to solve at least some
of its unsolved social problems of its 1.25 billion population.
Modi had said
that India would build houses for the State Tamils and the
Tamils of the North. That would give Sri Lanka a
greater headache with the Tamils building a greater allegiance to India
above that of Sri Lanka.
That would be a wastage of all those concessions made to Tamils for
In addition to those political problems created by India, Yahaplanaya is on the verge of the sale of Trincomalee
oil Tanks, and the Eastern Terminal of
. In the south Yahapalanaya is making arrangements to lease for twice 90 years, the MagampuraPort and 20 thousand acres of land to China.
Yahapalanaya cannot fool the Chinese as by stopping
the work of the Colombo Port City , Chinese Companies must have lost
considerable amount of money, in stopping work and allowing the machines to
rust and unworkable, and re starting
work after a long loss of time. The Yahapalanaya Government had been acting
foolishly without any planning from the day one of the election of Maithriplala Sirisena on the 8th
The foolish euphoria after the election victory
blinded the yayapalanaya leaders from
acting wisely with a planned programme of development. Only thing they thought
of doing was a negative programme of
revenge and hatred to punish the
Rajapaksas and all those connected with the previous government. This was not a
wise thing to have been undertaken , and the result is an utter political
The end result
is today Sri Lanka is
like a rudderless boat in a vast rough
sea with signs of an on coming storm.