Politics and Governance


The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even in one term. But, America, I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there.

I promise you, we as a people will get there.

There will be setbacks and false starts. There are many who won’t agree with every decision or policy I make as president. And we know the government can’t solve every problem.

But I will always be honest with you about the challenges we face. I will listen to you, especially when we disagree. And, above all, I will ask you to join in the work of remaking this nation, the only way it’s been done in America for 221 years — block by block, brick by brick, calloused hand by calloused hand.

A cautious, yet ambitious President Elect Barak Hussain Obama, Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois.

Individuals who don’t have the faintest idea of Sri Lankan politics, nor the policies and principals of Obama were excited. The aura in the US was that of a country that is voting for the first time. People in the United State, expect change. Granted, it was their election.

For Sri Lankans, “Change has come. Through red states and blue states. To blacks, hispanics and asians. To Betty the nurse, Jack the wielder and Dixie the stripper. it has come to gay people, straight people and the bi-curious. Wherever there’s darkness, let there be light. Whenever there’s doubt, Always remember, yes we can“.

Facebook, Google Talk, MSN and Yahoo! Messenger were flooded with status messages either hoping for Obama to come into power, and later congratulating him on his victory.

Obamania swept the world. It landed in Sri Lanka as well. Only hope I can have, is the hope that come next Sri Lankan elections, young people would show the same level of enthusiasm and involvement.

  • punitham

    ”…come next Sri Lankan elections, young people would show the same level of enthusiasm and involvement.”
    Given that free reporting is censored, how many of the reports after fact-finding missions to Mannar, Jaffna, Vavuniya, Trincomalee, Batticaloaby… by civil societies are translated into Sinhala and distributed widely? Young Sinhalese making informed choices only will solve our problem humanely.

  • isura

    Obama mania – in colombo, people were so interested in US polictics than they are of even SL politics. One channel had daily updated. people forgot to read about the sunshine budget or the 2009 one, lol so taken up with the craze.

    remember – this is a brown president (Half white).
    prefer to wait and see his policies than give him praise. let see how he performes after all the drama.

    in another aspect – after 9/11 not one sucessful attack within US of A,. GWB should be proud of that.!!!!!!!

  • Can our Sinhala political leaders ever make a statement “But I will always be honest with you about the challenges we face. I will listen to you, especially when we disagree. And, above all, I will ask you to join in the work of remaking this nation, the only way … ”

    We will continue to have dishonest and ugly politics till then.

  • kumar

    at least the sinhala politicians are alive to lie, the tamil politicians from dureappa, to neelan are dead and silent for ever.

  • punitham

    Just because some Tamils were murdered, others can’t have justice? This logic has been leading us so far and will continue for some more time till almost all Tamils are bombed/shelled/abducted/arrested/tortured/murdered.

  • punitham

    If we don’t wish to see more murders, we should have investigations into the murders that have been soaring and soaring…. Instead, the Commission of Inquiry was not allowed to carry out its work by the Attorney General’s office and the President’s office and the IIGEP had to leave the country saying that there is no political will to solve the problem.
    Disappearances and murders in High Security Zones near army check points are going on non-stop …..
    If Minister Chandrasekaran welcomes Tamil Nadu protests against military assaults, the President appoints a disciplinary committee. When Minister Mervyn attacks journalists and disrupts peace rallies and Champika and Sarath spew racism, it’s all quiet on the government side.
    There is no change in the majoritarianism on the horizon…..
    It’s all annihilation of Tamils as far as the eyes can see …..
    Now just to make sure the vicious plan stays on course, Sinhala lawyers are threatened by death squads not to speak up their conscience.

  • kumar

    puni – dear , what do you mean by “Just because some Tamils were murdered, others can’t have justice?” sounds as if you are in agreement with the killing of the LTTE..

  • S. Chandrahasan, son of S. J. V. Chelvanayakam, said that the Tamil Tigers have killed more Tamils than all others put together. V. Anandasangaree, the TULF President, who confirmed Chandrahasan’s verdict on the Tamil Tigers, added that he had the right to go to Jaffna and protest when Mrs. Sirimavo Bandaranaike opened the Jaffna University but he can’t step into Jaffna now under Prabhakaran’s regime. Statistics confirm that the majority of Tamils prefer to live with the Sinhalese than under the Pol Potist regime of Prabhakaran. Yet the ideologically fixated propagandists/apologists on both sides of the divide blame the Sinhalese. The liquidation of Tamils by the Tamils, starting from Chelvanayakam who led the innocent Tamil youth like Pied Piper to the music of elusive Eelam, are glorified while the blame for that too, ironically, is heaped on the Sinhalese. The collective violence, discrimination (even Karuna broke away from the Tamil Tigers accusing the northern leadership of discriminating against the Eastern Tamils) and oppression of the Tamils by the Tamils, denying them their basic human rights, stands as an unparalleled criminal record in Sri Lankan history. Dr. Noel Nadesan, the Editor of Uthayam, the Australian community paper for Tamils summed it when he stated: “Tigers are the enemy of Tamils, not the Sinhalese,”

  • reka perera

    In most of the posts there are comments by people who confuse the duty of a government with the tactics of an armed struggle against injustice.

  • Killing, ethnic cleansing, fascism and child abduction is been confused with justice and resistence !!