Colombo, Jaffna, Peace and Conflict, Politics and Governance

PRABAKARAN MUST BE LAUGHING

Mahinda Rajapaksa seems to be turning into his one-time enemies. During the reign of terror (bheeshanaya) in the late 1980s, which was started by J.R.Jayawardene and continued by R.Premadasa, around 60,000 Sinhalese were tortured, disappeared and killed by the state. At that time, Rajapaksa collected evidence of these crimes and took them to the international community, the UN. For doing this, he was called a ‘traitor’.

Now it is Rajapaksa’s own regime that is guilty of torture, disappearances and killings, of Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims. And he is the one who calls anyone offering to give evidence of these crimes to the international community ‘traitors’!

A more recent enemy of Rajapaksa was Prabakaran. He claimed to be the sole representative of Tamils in Sri Lanka. Freedom of expression was non-existent in the areas under his control. Tamil civilians who disagreed with him were called ‘traitors’ and arrested, tortured, or simply killed. He even killed his close associate Mahatthaya because he posed a challenge to Prabakaran’s absolute power.

Now Rajapaksa is acting as if he is the sole representative of Sinhalese in Sri Lanka. Journalists are being abducted, arrested, assaulted and killed in order to clamp down on freedom of expression. Anyone who disagrees with Rajapaksa or poses a challenge to his absolute power is called a ‘traitor’, and is victimised or killed. This includes Sarath Fonseka, without whom the LTTE would not have been defeated. His supporters are being victimised, and the millions of people who voted for him are being called ‘traitors’.

Even Mahanayakes who call for a convention to discuss democracy and good governance are threatened with being bombed in the Dalada Maligawa! Rajapaksa seems to have learned how to deal with pro-democracy monks from his friend Than Shwe, the brutal Burmese dictator. And let us not forget: it was Prabakaran who bombed the Dalada Maligawa.

If Rajapaksa manages to get a two-thirds majority in parliament by using intimidation and fraud, he will eliminate the last remnants of democracy in Sri Lanka. Prabakaran’s fascist politics would have triumphed not just in the North and East, but in the whole country. That, of course, would be a disaster for all Sri Lankans including Tamils, but when did Prabakaran ever care about the welfare of Tamils? He must be laughing!

  • David G

    No I don’t think he laughing, after getting money to elect ‘pragmatic’ Mahinda Rajapakse and then getting killed by him!

  • Lankan Blogger

    It’s sad that free journalism and UNP support go hand in hand these days.
    I used to think that freedom of expression was free of political bias, but now evidently “freedom of expression” refers only to things that are against the government.
    Actually this has been going on for a while hasn’t it.

  • B.R.Fernando

    First It is the unfourtunate decision of LTTE to support MR to elect by banning voting in Nort East in 2004, Then He got killed nd The Final Triuph is that now the Prabakarans rule in North and East finally envilope the whole country.. Tamil Extremism in politics had given birth to rise or MR. All of you who supported LTTE must rethink that there are sinhalese who are not extreme and without getting united by forging Party, Ethinic differences Now This country will further move into Hypocracy.

  • Asitha Gamage

    It is high time that the few Thamil extremists who continue their misanthropic attitudes to Sinhala leadership in Sri Lanka realise that their fate will be the same as that of Velupillai Pirbaharan who depicted extreme racist misanthropy towards the Sinhala people. Let them not give unto hatred ad infinitum lest action reaction may be equal and opposite. MR is a proven pragmatist who has shown strong committment to civil and constructive engagement of all citizens of Sri Lanka.

  • longus

    If you are a person who claim yourself to be an internationalist only,you will see the JVP led insurgency and the LTTE terrorism on an equal footing.Here we got a gang who wanted to divide the country reminiscent of the ancient invasions by the Cholas from the South India.It was based on Tamil racism and the ultimate goal was to evict all non-Tamils out of a territory which called the “Tamil Homeland”.It is logical in the historical perspective to consider anybody who sided with the terrorists as a traitor.
    Apart from that point I won’t contest the other facts the writer has very correctly mentioned.

  • Susantha punchi nilame who stuck nails on Trimaha withanas head was given a minister post by Mahinda.

  • anthony jones

    He paid the price for obstructing the Tamil people from voting, if only they were allowed to Sri Lanka would have been a paradise.

    Now let the whole nation especially the masses pay the price. a j.

  • Carli

    “journalists are being abducted, arrested, assaulted and killed in order to clamp down on freedom of expression” This is anti Government propaganda by a website that pretends to be neutral. Give me one solid proof of Rajapakse’s hand in any of these accusations.

  • sanjeewa

    The writter seems to understand the reality of the time. But to whom must we vote. There was no strong opposition for the last 16 years or so. Thanks to God we got a strong leader who united all the opposition parties- Gen. Fonseka. He is the only threat to the MR’s regime, that’s why he was arrested. MR prefer’s Ranil to be the opposition leader so that there is no competition. Something unusual happened in the Presidential election and our opposition is still strugling to find out what had realy happened. For me this is not only the tallent of MR’s regime and they were guided by International inteligence(specialy India) on how to win the elections by honestly or by cheating.

  • SF is prebakeran’s man. it came out from the election and LTTE network given
    dollos for the election and its proved. in case of SF won praba will laugh and even he will come again from hell

  • Who is praising the writer?

    He is a racist and coward person who tries to divide Sri Lankan unity. He seperate Tamils and Sinhalese never aloowing them to work hand in hand. He should understand that there are no two lands in Sri Lanka. There is one and only land for all the races.

  • Selva

    I dont mind whether Prabakaran laughing or dancing, as far as he dosent exisit.
    All i mind is that there should not be any dictators like him will run the country.

  • Prabakaran was not smiling when the bullett hit him in the back of his head and when he fell down near the Nandikal lagoon. All his 300 body guards could not help him as it was one of them who pulled the trigger. Long live Mahinda, Long live Gota for destroying this monster.i

  • Belle

    Selva,
    For some people, it is not so much dictatorship that is repugnant as the race of the dictator. Tamil dictator–not acceptable. Sinhalese dictator–OK!

    B.R.Fernando,
    Re: “Tamil Extremism in politics had given birth to rise of MR.”

    So far so good. What extremism in politics gave birth to Prabhakaran?

  • CW

    What about the threats made by SF during the election campaign? Also, what about the threat made by Ranil to Ariyananda Dombagahawatte? They are good threat, I believe. Where were you all this time? Just woke up after day dreaming, I guess.

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    Summing up above: “TERRORIST AND TRAITORS TOTAL TO “DOUBLE STANDARDS”.

    GSP+, SOVEREIGNTY:

    “The EU has NOT threatened trade sanctions against Sri Lanka. The GSP+ facility is an extra privilege granted to developing countries which abide by certain human rights norms. If it is withdrawn, the EU will continue to… ”

    HE President Mahinda Rajapakse has stretched his wide hands along with his wide heart; inviting all those who left Our Motherland in ‘bad old days’ encouraging them in embracing the Nation once abandoned; Soon Transforming as ‘Greatest Nation in the World.’ Its no Dream but Reality! Progressing sooner than any ever believed! Even the most powerful Country USA also known as Obama Country too on the same ‘wave band’ flying higher and higher as Sri Lanka. This is why Most Powerful Nation’s President Barrack Hussein Obama is keen in accepting Sri Lanka as an important and friendly Nation. What more credibility Sri Lanka needs?

    “It is worth clarifying here the situation regarding the EU GSP+ facility, given the confusion prevailing in the mainstream media. The EU has NOT threatened trade sanctions against Sri Lanka. The GSP+ facility is an extra privilege granted to developing countries which abide by certain human rights norms. If it is withdrawn, the EU will continue to… Rohini Hensman, November 15, 2009.”

    .Given the confusion prevailing in the mainstream media; Here comes Financially Established Force of ‘ex-Sri Lankan Business Entrepreneurs in establishing themselves on their Vibrantly Healthy Land, as ‘Prodigal sons and daughters calling their Land of Birth, thus Embracing as the Nations Trusted and Worthy Son, none other than Most Powerful Great Leader the Nation ever produced, setting a Noble Act of Kneeling down, Venerating Motherland on bent knees, composing his upper body that brought “Warm Tears to all Eyes, who Witnessed this Rare Glimpse!”

    If The GSP+ facility tend to lay down its permanent anchor right between Hambanthota International Airport and International Harbour right into the Blue Waters with less Salt from the same District; Welcoming Visitors sure to Enjoy Sri Lankan Dishes cooked by Versatile expert Cooks who may extend their Southern visits longer than their scheduled itinerary.

  • Sinna Siththar

    Could anyone in this forum explain the difference between a all powerfull state exercising racism and Polpotist Prabaharan practicing ethnic cleansing. LTTE and its sun god leader were supported by all powerful former president Premadasa and the satate’s undemocratic institutions for their short term tactical interests against India.

    In his first presidential election it is alleged that substantial amounts were paid to LTTE which enforced a boycott leading to God King Rajabaksa’s victory by a narrow margin.

    The deals LTTE made with two Sinhala Buddhist politicians led to unprecedented level of carnage among all sections of the Island’s population including Sinhalese beween 1987 and 1991.

    Those who accuse Tamil racism have only to look at the state structure and its practices. Don’t forget the numerous riots against the Tamil Speaking people in the past 62 years of the country’s existence. The racist Immigration Acts enacted by the DS Senanayake’s government leading to the expulsion of 500,000 up country Tamils from the Island. If these were not rascism then what is?

    Neither Prabaharan nor Rajabaksa as individuals could unite and represent any one community. Prabaharan perhaps in last leg of his journey would have painfully found out the consequence of running a dictatorship. Time and again we have witnessed individuals destroying their nations by just following their illusions. Rajabaksa has begin his journey, where would Sri Lanka end up is anybody’s guess.

    Unity in diversity is the only path to salvation of the Island not assimilation in the name of development.

  • jayathilaka

    during the presidential campaign the one of the main slogan of the opposition was that people should rally round to defeat that the frenzy of dictatorship of the Rajapaksha regime is heading towards in addition to corruption and nfamily bandysim of Rajapaksha .Specially JVP had seminars ,meetings to make peole aware the seriousness of this even before the presidential election.But unfortunately It is said that People has given a mandate to the same ruling party once again.As the oppostions says the ruling party has started to show the its ugly teeth of dictatorship by assualting,intimidating their own party memebers before even fade away the memory of gloomy days people experinced just before the election.And people in sri lanka will experince more of these kinds of ruthless things in the future but then worrying of the past will be useless .

  • DON

    We are laughing after prabha got killed.but i can see you crying because of something.we had democracy thick and hard under chandrika and what was the use.may be she might have made the west and prabha happy.

    What we have now is better than the so called democracy which did absolutely nothing and nothing at all.the writer is a disgruntled sf supporter or a ltte supporter

  • saman

    It is clearly visible that the writer of this article has some personal issues with MR!!. We all know how democracy prevailed during JR & RP regime & how many suffered in that era!! Comparatively what is happening is nothing (I don’t approve those either) !! People have voted for MR & as some of comments mentioned, the freedom of expression for some means ‘crtisizing MR & the GOSL’

  • Lankan

    LOL @ write. Prabahkaran probably laughing after reading the comic articles like these.

  • Ranjan

    “If Rajapaksa manages to get a two-thirds majority in parliament by using intimidation and fraud, he will eliminate the last remnants of democracy in Sri Lanka. Prabakaran’s fascist politics would have triumphed not just in the North and East, but in the whole country. That, of course, would be a disaster for all Sri Lankans including Tamils, but when did Prabakaran ever care about the welfare of Tamils?” [Seethi Ironi]

    “Tamil Extremism in politics had given birth to rise or MR.” [B.R Fernando]

    “It is high time that the few Thamil extremists who continue their misanthropic attitudes to Sinhala leadership in Sri Lanka realise that their fate will be the same as that of Velupillai Pirbaharan who depicted extreme racist misanthropy towards the Sinhala people. Let them not give unto hatred ad infinitum lest action reaction may be equal and opposite.” [Asith Gamage]

    “He paid the price for obstructing the Tamil people from voting, if only they were allowed to Sri Lanka would have been a paradise. Now let the whole nation especially the masses pay the price.” [A.J Anthony]

    All of the above are wonderful examples of the Singhalese in denial…this extends genocide denial theory too – i.e. the refusal to examine the self but rather place all the ills on the ‘other’ (the the ‘other’ being the Tamils).

    Under this framework, continual violence and racism against a particular minority is increasingly justified by spinning the truth on its head and calling the victims (Tamils) racist and ‘deserving’ of the treatment they get. Examine the comment by Asitha Gamage, “Let them [Tamils] not give unto hatred ad infinitum lest action reaction may be equal and opposite.” – this is a clear cut threat to the Tamils, continue to demand independence and stand up for their rights, challenge Singhalese political and cultural hegemony, and they will get whats coming to them…i.e. future pogroms, massacres, incarceration, torture, rape, demonisation in the media (it is all a dreadfully familiar tale).

    Now examine the comment by Br. Fernando – “Tamil Extremism in politics had given birth to rise or MR.” A very bizarre interpretation of Sri Lankan history, this! One may ask whether it was Tamil extremism that gave birth to the JVP and all the racist Buddhist chapters in the island. One may ask, (as the noted by Seethi Irnoni)”During the reign of terror (bheeshanaya) in the late 1980s, which was started by J.R.Jayawardene and continued by R.Premadasa, around 60,000 Sinhalese were tortured, disappeared and killed by the state” and also in the first JVP uprising in the early 70’s, whether they were the result of Tamil extremism. One may continue to ask, whether the pogroms of Tamils in 1956, 1958, 1978, 1981, 1983 were all the result of Tamil extremism. (of course all of the above events – state based violence against both Singhalese and Tamils – occured well before the LTTE established for itself a defacto territory in Sri Lanka – who to blame then? Tamils? Singhalese people, why not look in the mirror? do not blame post-facto the ‘reaction’ for the original set of actions – it is not logical to do so.

    “HE President Mahinda Rajapakse has stretched his wide hands along with his wide heart; inviting all those who left Our Motherland in ‘bad old days’ encouraging them in embracing the Nation once abandoned; Soon Transforming as ‘Greatest Nation in the World.’ Its no Dream but Reality! Progressing sooner than any ever believed! Even the most powerful Country USA also known as Obama Country too on the same ‘wave band’ flying higher and higher as Sri Lanka. This is why Most Powerful Nation’s President Barrack Hussein Obama is keen in accepting Sri Lanka as an important and friendly Nation. What more credibility Sri Lanka needs?” [Alfred Seaneviratne]

    Sri Lanka is a laughing stock in the world…common people outside from various countries within Asia and the West only know of the Singhalese as being a community famous for their politically active, violent and racist Buddhist sangha. They are increasingly becoming aware of the bloody nature of the Sri Lankan (read Singhala) state and of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and long-running ‘rolling’ genocide it has bee committing on the Tamil people. And they will come to see (yet again), major bloodshed in southern Sri Lankan polity and society – this behaviour would appear equivalent to a pack of rabid dogs as the major singhalese political contenders turn on each other…Yet despite all this, we have clowns like Alfred, see immediately above, continuing to live in cloud cuckoo land – imagining Sri Lanka as some new ‘Singapore’ or the like, so delusional that they believe Sri Lanka competes on anything at a world class level (tea being the only product that could claim to do so – again the hard labour is done by the Plantation Tamils, no surprise there!).

    the “bad old days” never ended…WAKE UP!

    Unity in diversity is the only path to salvation of the Island not assimilation in the name of development. [Sinna Siththar]

    i agree with the comment above, the problem is, are there are enough intelligent people in Colombo and the south of Sri Lanka, able to realise this and put it into practice – both history and the current state of affairs would suggest otherwise!

  • Ashok

    UNP and all other Tiger lovers were happy when Ranil signed a pact with an organization(LTTE) which grabbed power undemocratically and not the sole representative of Tamils.Ranil helped them to be armed by letting Norwagians and NGO’s do what ever they wanted in SL.The result was bombs everyday and also the soldiers were killing hundreds per month even the pact was stil on.Prabhakaran wanted MR win because he thought by attacking Singhalese army he could easily grab more land than it was on the pact .He wanted Trinco harbour badly to make Trinco as his capital.Mahinda and Gota destroyed there all plans and that is why all LTTE lovers hate them.For one year we did not hear any soldiers die or any bomb that killed civilians! So is it not a great thing for the families where we did not know when we go out for work in the morning we never knew about coming home again? Sorry that some people have very short memories!Did MR gave children of the North nad East to go back to schoolds again rather than be a sucide bomber or a child soldier? Some people have very short memories!

  • A. Murugesu

    Just hoopla about this article.

  • Groundtruth

    Birds of the same feather obviously flock together. Democracy and all that goes with it died already several decades ago in the name of ‘majoritarian’ rule. What we witness since then are local political inventions and innovations to eliminate opposition and murder democracy due to failure to listen to the other side and work out compromises. Peaceful co-existence, in other words, not for any of what the Author has rightly described but obviously distasetful to those who refuse to ‘look into the mirror’ and see themselves in their true colours. Seething irony indeed!

  • mzd

    Srilankan majority was made to look at only one thing during the past couple of
    years and this approach has yielded results to those who orchestrated this.And
    that’s Bush formula of threatening the world to be with him or with the terrorist.
    In every single action of MR regime, you can clearly see Bush shadow applied.
    The main problem with their economic objectives is,they are nationalists but leftists and struggling unable to cope up in the business oriented economic
    set up which is protected by the design of present constitution.They are boasting about not privatising a single govt institute in their time but also note
    worthy is,they could not nationalize any private firm either.To escape from their
    poor performance of economy they resort to the cheapest prescription and
    that’s, sugar coated communalism.LTTE provided the huge marketting opportunity for the product,to MR regime and also did another big favour to
    UPFA by way of eliminating the strongest leaders of UNP one by one in quick
    succession.These are in my view,some of most compelling reasons why MR is
    so strongly and avengefully masquarading on the scene.
    When you talk about reign of terror of eighties under JR and P DASA, don’t forget the seventies of Sirimavo where even JR’s son was arrested and humiliated under emergency, on suspicion of JVP links.Loads of prominent figures were
    arrested and locked up to appease the thirst of revenge.This is a major area
    pseudo nationalists who are leftists love to do most of the time in power.They
    don’t know to do anything,so they hunt for adversaries in the name of national interest and luckily this time around JR’s master piece constitution acts against his own men.Such a strong manipulation of power play is the centre piece in this constitution.You can lose power not to comeback for another generation.

  • Kanna shot may be but credit has to go to Ranil for the tiger split; the first nail in their coffin…….

  • Anon

    Prabhas prolly laughing at how divided the Sinhalese people are now. Or how ridiculous this article is. I expected a lot more from this website, so much for being citizen journalism. Its just like an overrated editorial section from a newspaper now.

  • Grim Hope

    All these people who says UNP is the tiger lover have got their head in the wrong direction. These people cannot make up a coherent arguments who so much ‘Ditti” they see the moon and calls it Sun or they must be on drugs…

    1. If LTTE was UNP supporters then Ranil would have won the 2005 election.
    2. More UNP politicians were killed by LTTE than non-UNP politicians in the history of the war. Ideally, LTTE should have killed the SLFP instead because they created this division among race and class starting in 1950s.
    3. only SLFP has former LTTE caders who have massacred people in their party.
    4. It’s Mahinda who is using KP’s money for the election.
    5. It’s Mahinda’s son who has taken photographs with current LTTE head in party

    SLFP supporters are using reverse psychology. They cannot argue against the LTTE they are supporters of another form of terrorism….state terrorism with MR!

  • disgrunted Sri Lankan

    Good article which defines the fate of Sri Lanka today. Its a shame that even after the war, people of Sri Lanka has to face terrorism by their own government. The Rajapaksa’s are calling themselves patriots, but how can you say that when they are causing terror among the common people, media and anyone who challenges the government in elections ? So there is no difference between now and before as violence still persists, not by the LTTE but by the corrupted Rajapaksa’s and his corrupted government.

  • Get Facts Right

    For all the people who claim UNP is LTTE…

    Here’s are the facts

    1. [Edited out]
    2. Ranil lost presidential election in 2005 because LTTE prevented people from voting Ranil
    3. The most number of politicians killed by LTTE are UNP
    4. UNP doesn’t have any formerly active LTTE leaders in the party who have actively participated in brutally killing civilians and police. (Karuna, Pillayan etc)
    5. Use LTTE money for political campaign (Since to this date, KP has been never charged or tried in the court, while the person who fought the war is being tried in military court)

  • In Your Face

    I think the more astute observer would say that the NGO’s are laughing all the way to the bank! Prabhakaran must be crying his eyes out…poor fella.

  • maga

    Relations between Britain and Sri Lanka are likely to hit a new low after David Miliband addresses a meeting of Tamil activists from around the world at the Houses of Parliament today.

    The Foreign Secretary is due to make the opening speech at the inaugural meeting of the Global Tamil Forum, which campaigns for selfdetermination for Sri Lanka’s ethnic Tamils and to bring to justice perpetrators of alleged war crimes during the island’s 26-year civil war.

    William Hague, the Shadow Foreign Secretary, is to make the closing address to the meeting, which will be attended by several other MPs in an unprecedented display of cross-party support for Sri Lanka’s Tamils after the defeat of the Tamil Tiger rebels last year.

    “It’s great support for us,” S. J. Emmanuel, the president of the forum, told The Times. “The British Government, more than any in the world, knows our history and are most competent to understand our situation.”

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article7038481.ece

  • Gamaralaya

    I am laughing my head off, reading all the above comments.
    As far as I am concerned, MR is the only person who is sticking to his guns. The rest of the politicians and Party members are back-boneless cowards, who don’t have the guts to stand alone and fight. I am talking about all those who hid behind the poor fellow SF. Ranil is shameless [Edited]. While the rest of the other parties who supported Ranil’s lead [have made a mistake].
    MR has the capacity to unite and develop Sri Lanka to great heights. Why don’t the whole country support the SLFP and toe the line with MR? Then there will be one country, one leader, and one thinking!

  • Bardo Flanks

    And he is the one who calls anyone offering to give evidence of these crimes to the international community ‘traitors’!

    I too find it difficult to reconcile Mahinda the human rights campaigner with Mahinda the commander in chief. All I could say is that Mahinda is an opportunistic politician, then and now, and he did what any politician would do in his situation.

    I believe that stability and prosperity is more important to Sri Lankans than anything else. Yes, there were many excesses during the Premadasa regime, but he did what he had to do to keep us safe from the rabid JVP. We would all be starving refugees had the JVP succeeded in 1989.

    Now Rajapaksa is acting as if he is the sole representative of Sinhalese in Sri Lanka. Journalists are being abducted, arrested, assaulted and killed in order to clamp down on freedom of expression. Anyone who disagrees with Rajapaksa or poses a challenge to his absolute power is called a ‘traitor’, and is victimised or killed.

    Mahinda Rajapakse managed to get about 75% of the Sinhala-Buddhist votes. He represents us. There is no such fear campaign in Sri Lanka. I can see hundreds of articles in Sri Lankan newspapers that are extremely critical of the government, but I don’t see all these journalists being abducted, arrested, assaulted and killed. A few may have been arrested for perfectly legal reasons, and there is no proof that the government has abducted anyone. Shouldn’t the whole opposition be victimised or killed because they pose a challenge to Rajapaksa? What rubbish.

    Even Mahanayakes who call for a convention to discuss democracy and good governance are threatened with being bombed in the Dalada Maligawa!

    Only Ranil Wickremesinghe claims so. Who would really believe that Mahinda Rajapakse – who was given the honorary title of Sri Rohana Janaranjana by the Malwatte Mahanayake in 2000 thereby signalling the Buddhist establishment’s wish to see him become the president – would go and threaten the same Mahanayake to blow him up.

    The Mahanayakes were rightfully angry that Sarath Fonseka was arrested for committing what really are minor crimes, while people like Karuna who had killed hundreds of Buddhist child-monks in Aranthalawa were given positions in the government.

    This includes Sarath Fonseka, without whom the LTTE would not have been defeated. His supporters are being victimised, and the millions of people who voted for him are being called ‘traitors’.

    The LTTE would have been defeated even if another commander like Shavendra Silva or Jagath Jayasuriya was in his position. Sarath Fonseka was a skillful soldier, but he was a mere functionary in the war machine. The war would not have been won if it wasn’t for the political leadership of Mahinda and Gotabaya, and even the Tamil diaspora knows that. That’s why the pro-LTTE parties overwhelmingly supported Fonseka. His supporters you speak of were the ones who were against the war, and claimed Fonseka was not even suitable for the leadership of the Salvation Army, and said that the army is going to Paman Kada not Alimankada (Elephant Pass) and that sort of thing.

    If Rajapaksa manages to get a two-thirds majority in parliament by using intimidation and fraud, he will eliminate the last remnants of democracy in Sri Lanka.

    Mahinda doesn’t need intimidation and fraud to win the election. Even a two-thirds majority sounds plausible given how fractured the opposition seems to be. If elected, he will ensure that peace, stability and prosperity prevail in Sri Lanka. As for democracy, just because you don’t like the way people vote doesn’t mean that Sri Lanka is not democratic.

  • Wow, enjoyed the discussion more than the article itself.(
    I thought UNP was out of money, Hwo did they managed to pay you?

  • Heshan

    “I too find it difficult to reconcile Mahinda the human rights campaigner with Mahinda the commander in chief. All I could say is that Mahinda is an opportunistic politician, then and now, and he did what any politician would do in his situation.”

    I would agree with that. MR is a lawyer with 40+ years of political experience. The possibility that someone with zero political experience, of the likes of SF, could dislodge MR? Extremely unlikely. MR knows the system extremely well; every backdoor, front door, hidden door, and where/when to build new doors. Under a different set of circumstances, it is possible that he might use his maneuvering capabilities for the betterment of the country. Unfortunately, MR has changed quite a lot since his JVP days. His focus has long been on promoting the interests of his family; I don’t think its any accident that Namal has entered the political scene so quickly. I cannot really comment objectively on the psyche that underlies MR’s behavior; suffice it to say that it is not too different from the one that CBK had – hold on to power at all costs. MR is simply using more subtle, protracted means to finetune his grip on power. He is using the pre-existing mechanisms, of course, e.g. Emergency Regulations, Executive Presidency, but I believe his main focus is the slow but sure build-up of the family dynasty. That will be his other “gift” to the country. Just as the country was infatuated with Bandaranaikes once upon a time, now it will be the turn of the Rajapakse’s. Once upon a time, a master manipulator of the masses, Adolf Hitler, had this to say:

    “Through clever and constant application of propaganda, people can be made to see paradise as hell, and also the other way round, to consider the most wretched sort of life as paradise.”

  • Get Facts Right

    “Only Ranil Wickremesinghe claims so. Who would really believe that Mahinda Rajapakse – who was given the honorary title of Sri Rohana Janaranjana by the Malwatte Mahanayake in 2000 thereby signalling the Buddhist establishment’s wish to see him become the president – would go and threaten the same Mahanayake to blow him up.”

    Why didn’t the Mahanayakes didn’t refute the statement by Ranil then? Why did they call the convention in the first place which has never happened before?

    “The LTTE would have been defeated even if another commander like Shavendra Silva or Jagath Jayasuriya was in his position. Sarath Fonseka was a skillful soldier, but he was a mere functionary in the war machine. The war would not have been won if it wasn’t for the political leadership of Mahinda and Gotabaya, and even the Tamil diaspora knows that. That’s why the pro-LTTE parties overwhelmingly supported Fonseka. His supporters you speak of were the ones who were against the war, and claimed Fonseka was not even suitable for the leadership of the Salvation Army, and said that the army is going to Paman Kada not Alimankada (Elephant Pass) and that sort of thing.”

    Using the same argument, I can say if Ranil become president, he would have done it as well and that’s the reason why LTTE prevented people from voting for him. At that time LTTE saw Ranil as a bigger threat than Mahinda.

    “Mahinda doesn’t need intimidation and fraud to win the election. Even a two-thirds majority sounds plausible given how fractured the opposition seems to be. If elected, he will ensure that peace, stability and prosperity prevail in Sri Lanka. As for democracy, just because you don’t like the way people vote doesn’t mean that Sri Lanka is not democratic.”

    If he got 2/3 majority, he is not acting like it at all. Ground reality is he lost presidential election not by huge margin nor by largely Sinhalese support, but because the Tamil people voted for SF overwhelmingly and rest of the voters stuck their usual voting bases.

    Wimal Weerawansa got Ashu Marasinghe from Japan who is a professor to hack the election results system who specializes in IT. Look for the where about of him during election time. Just compare the reaction of Dayanda right after the election. Then he is claiming he never said such things and it’s all over the internet on video. This change in heart must be due to either he was threatened with something or he was paid overwhelmingly.

  • I remember one of the proverb in sinhala shrimp [prone ] think i am very clean but in his head full of shit . and about sarath fonseka ‘ katanisa nahuna’ beacouse his gabel mouth he is supering now…..do what ever u want and with out exposing your goal to public……,

  • Observer

    Selva,
    For some people, it is not so much dictatorship that is repugnant as the race of the dictator. Tamil dictator–not acceptable. Sinhalese dictator–OK!

    Sinhala dictator not ok – hence why SF coup was squashed!

  • justitia

    MR may get less than 2/3 majority and will entice the political scum who wait to cross over for portfolio,perks,position & power to attain it.
    If this happens, the constitution will be altered in such a way as to perpetuate the Rajapakse Dynasty for many more decades.
    Executive power of the presidency will not be tampered with as “demanded by the majority of voters”. The power to pardon murderers including ministers’ spouses and henchmen will not be surrendered – nor will the freedom from accountability for any action, in a court if law.
    Sri Lanka will become a Banana Republic – not a democratic socialist one.
    Our children and grandchildren must prepare now to leave, in order to survive.
    This is the thinking of those who have the means to do so. We will wait and see.

  • In Your Face

    “Our children and grandchildren must prepare now to leave, in order to survive”.

    Leave, leave…please leave! Lanka will finally be able to breathe again. If you cannot afford to leave, I will personally send you the funds. Leave, for heavens sake leave, Lanka deserves better!

  • SinhalaBuddhist

    Just to add to In your face’s coments to justitia- if to have $15000 to spare you can get a cruze Down Under! $45000 will take you all the way to Canada. Or you can just shut your gob, stop wingin for nothin & stay put where you are! We’ve had democracy- the best of it’s kind apparently! for many years before MR and look where it’s gottn us.