2015 Basic Elections : Saving Sri Lanka’s Sovereignty

Sri Lanka is at a vital juncture. The situation is far a lot more dangerous than the 3 decades of terror that prevailed. It is such an intense scenario that calls for all politicians to set aside their self-centred political ideologies and cunning to recognize the thin line we are treading on and the abysmal outcome most likely to outcome unless we all rise to the occasion as a single nation guarding the nation from division or separation. This election is about voting to divide or safe the sovereignty of the country.
Let us take incidents and place them in point of view to comprehend the plot.
Firstly we need to have to recognize that with the implementation of the 13th&nbspamendment through the India forced Indo-Lanka Accord in 1987 and the introduction of the provincial council program, Sri Lanka is in structure federal. Nevertheless the Centre holds the powers to dismantle the provinces if they do not function to the countrys laws. The very best instance was the annulment of the merged North-East Provincial Council in 1990 when its Chief Minister Varatharaja Perumal declared Unilateral Declaration of Independence and thereafter ran off to India.
Moreover it have to also be stated that 36 of the 37 subjects have been devolved to the provinces barring police and land powers which have not been devolved to ANY of the provinces. Why should only the North seek it. The NPC cannot behave as spoilt young children throwing tantrums with no proving they are capable of governing the 36 powers beneath their purview! Certainly they are least interested in serving the men and women of the North proven by the easy example of utilization of the price range. TNA Provincial Administration requested Rs.five,831million for 2014 but had only utilized 25.17% for the whole 9months whereas the GOSL had spent&nbspRs.290,271 million from the National price range for the identical period. Who provided a service to the North &#8211 the GOSL or the NPC?
http://www.dailynews.lk/?q= attributes/sri-lanka-who-says- 13th-amendment-not-implemented
http://www.lankaweb.com/news/ products/2014/11/04/what-is-the- tamil-national-alliance- complaining-about/
Ever given that the Northern Provincial Council was established in 2012 with a former Supreme Court judge leaving Colombo where he lived for over 70 years to live for the initial time in the North there has been nothing but a harangue of complaints and whining with little accomplished to serve the men and women of the North. The TNA MPs had been travelling overseas campaigning with each other with LTTE diaspora among foreign leaders and UN officials.
The packaged list of complaints have included demanding the closure of military camps and removal of military personnel, accusations of rape, claims of vices, colonization of Sinhalese. Taken with each other what the clear intention is to take away military presence, nullify safety blanket over the North and make sure that no Sinhalese was given entry to North. This higher-handed initiative overlooked the fact that 10% of the population in the North in 1977 were Sinhalese and some Sinhalese had been living in the North nicely ahead of 1940s although sufficient archaeological and historical artefacts serve to prove the Sinhalese occupied the whole island just before Tamil migrants came from Tamil Nadu! As a result all mythical notions can be statistically &amp historically established incorrect even though cultural genocide of Sinhala Buddhist artefacts want to now be showcased against each Tamil politicians and LTTE/supporters.
To give oxygen to these demands by the TNA and the North Chief Minister in comes the usual culprits the human rights activists all of whom safe their monthly salaries from Western governments&nbsp&nbspplotting the outcome for Sri Lanka in Washington &amp London. Hence, we have C4, Sooka, Amnesty, HRW and their regional paid stooges all coming out with reports, panel discussions, statements which are then quoted as if from the Bible by the UN and foreign envoys and leaders which suffice to establish grounds for resolutions entirely ignoring the legalities involved. The worldwide systems function in such a way that there is not a soul to query how the extremely players that labored to avert the elimination of the LTTE militarily were the one&#8217s bringing the resolutions against Sri Lanka for war crimes/crimes against humanity partnered by internationally proscribed LTTE&#8217s handlers abroad! No a single came forward to question how investigation calls for the final phase ended up producing allegations on everything that could be packaged to bring their enemies to trial and place them out of the way of disturbing their plans for Sri Lanka.
It was the identical coalition that put together a widespread candidate and canvassed for the regime change in January 2015. The players have been the same. The stakeholders the same.
Now imagine exactly where these developments will gradually lead to:
  • Unelected Prime Minister assuring complete autonomy to the North in an interview to Indian media immediately right after the January 2015 Presidential elections
  • Applauds and bouquets pouring in from Western governments going so far as to even create state reports praising enhanced human rights within months of the modify in government.
  • Virtually buying more than key neighborhood entities like media / SL Bar even academia and steering the believed process of the men and women via a properly constructed media campaign feeding lies and distortions that men and women have been ready to believe and accept.
  • Northern Chief Minister demanding direct foreign aid and direct diplomatic ties.
  • Northern Chief Minister leaving for US without permission for &#8216tuition&#8217
  • Significant slip of the tongue revealing the actual intentions came when UNDP head referred to the Northern Provincial council as a &#8216Government&#8217&nbsp&nbspa ideal example of &#8216kata boru kiwuwath diva boru kiyanne netha&#8221&nbsphttp://www.lankaweb.com/news/ items/2015/06/11/use-of-the- term-northern-provincial- government/
  • UNDP and other INGOs offering only Northern Province direct help and other help especially in locations that are needed in the occasion of operating a separate state.
Reiteration of a separate state by means of the TNA election manifesto whilst simultaneously the Muslims are also claiming that unelected PM had provided to them in an unwritten election pledge. (these all contact to mind how the unelected PM signed the 2002 cease fire agreement giving territory to terrorists with out so a lot as even informing his personal cabinet and thereafter promoting himself for his wessanthara gesture).
What we want to take property from these developments is the realization that although LTTE was a creation of India &amp Britain that drafted the 13th&nbspamendment &amp the provincial council system keeping in mind Sri Lanka&#8217s geopolitical positioning and the Trinco all-natural harbour. It was with the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi that LTTE became directly controlled by the West by means of the Church and explains why Church leaders have been the mouthpieces for both Tamils and the LTTE more than the years inspite of more than 98% Tamils being Hindus. The three decades of terror that kept Sri Lanka destabalized and curtailed to firefighting and harm control enabled the West&#8217s covert operators the NGOs/INGOs and the UN entities to penetrate to Sri Lankan society and important structures that could be influenced &#8211 falling instant victims had been the SL media, handful of journalists, SL Bar Association and other essential state structures.
When the choice to militarily defeat the LTTE was taken the West did their greatest to stop the LTTE loss and when the elimination looked inevitable the West had a backup program currently in spot and therefore by bringing down the curtain on LTTE terrorism the next modus operandi was to resurrect the political arm of the LTTE by means of the TNA. This explains the manner in which considerable interest was shown by the West towards the TNA. The GOSL erred in not initiating action to investigate TNA&#8217s hyperlinks to LTTE prior to holding elections in the North.
With the West realizing that in the TNA they have an effortless partner ready to let them to use North/East so lengthy as Tamils were granted access to reside in the West, the subsequent stage was to safe a puppet down south. RanilW fitted the bill to perfection. With the potent position of the Presidency diluted for the next five years by installing a rainbow multicultural President not knowing where his allegiance is, the overall security and stability of the country is now in a volatile position. Neutralizing the enemy comes via the UN and by means of the illegal mechanisms now in force to topic the national leaders for bogus war crimes and remove them from the image.
So what does the image now look like? With elections just weeks away the TNA manifesto and open declaration that UNP Leader has promised them a separate state fits completely with the slip of the tongue by the UNDP head referring to the Northern Provincial Council as the Northern Government! This is the ultimate outcome pursued.
So what is the danger in TNA asking for autonomy? TNA is an unregistered coalition. It is the ITAK celebration that is the crucial party in this coalition. The ITAK &#8211 Illankai Tamil Arasu Katchchi has fooled the individuals by referring to itself as the Federal Celebration. Its Constitution has been challenged and ITAK is reluctant to reveal what ITAK&#8217s constitution aims &amp objectives are. If ITAK claims &#8216Shamasthi” stood for ‘federalism’ why did they substitute the word &#8216shamasthi&#8217 with &#8216innaipachchi&#8217 in August 2008 months prior to LTTE was eliminated? The allegation is that the new word stood for ITAK&#8217s aim for a confederacy. A confederacy is a union of independent and sovereign States.&nbsp&nbspA confederacy is formed with an intention to develop independent and sovereign States. The government of a confederation can withdraw from the Union and explains why TNA is generating a powerful bid for self-determination a quest that satisfies age-lengthy mental preparation that will leave them in the exact same abysmal predicament that the people of Kosovo finds themselves though only a handful of Tamils are now beginning to realize that the West is pursuing their &#8216cause&#8217 not for any enjoy of them but because that &#8216cause&#8217 fits effectively into their general program. If we look deeper we can comprehend the &#8216cause&#8217 was really produced by the West and promoted using selfish Tamil politicians who viewed it as an opportunity to rule over their personal folks!
Be that as it may possibly the West has been playing politics with the minds of people creating slogans to pitch the minorities against the majority in the time-tested successful divide &amp rule initiative.
It is in connecting the dots that we can put the puzzle collectively to understand why Mahinda Rajapakse is not the preferred choice but Ranil Wickremasinghe is whilst the dots should also reveal that these preferences are only until the job is accomplished and thereafter it is cheerio darling&#8230 as Saddam, Osama, Gaddafi and even Mubarak located out too late.
What we as citizens need to now comprehend is that in enabling a variety of foreign entities to interfere and dictate how a sovereign nation ought to run itself we have invited the enemy and now that enemy is slowing closing in and disturbing the structure of the country. Though Sri Lankans are poor at comparing Sri Lanka&#8217s case with the other nations that &#8216democracy&#8217 has been delivered to we are blindly walking into a trap that is destined to ruin the nation and our people.
Nationalist leaders will be imprisoned for concocted crimes whilst puppets who will be employed to get rid of all legislative, constitutional and other legal barriers and thereafter as soon as there of no use any a lot more they as well would be removed. Exactly where does that leave the rest of the nation&#8217s citizens?
That answer merits some critical thinking in the next couple of days by Sri Lankan citizens to comprehend that this election should not be to vote simply because parties promise to lessen the price tag of vital goods, promises the sun and the moon or increasing salaries. This election is extremely significantly about voting to safeguard the sovereignty of the nation or to blindly vote for parties that are willing to give the nation to foreign powers so lengthy as they will be kept in energy irrespective of what is excellent for the nation or people.

A New Twist To Thajudeen’s Death

The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has seized a car belonging to a non-governmental organization involved in the alleged abduction of the slain national rugby player Wasim Thajudeen, according to Police sources.

Wasim Thajudeen

Wasim Thajudeen

This NGO is stated to have handed over this car to one more NGO run by Shiranthi Rajapaksa. At the time of Thajudeen’s death the mentioned car had been in the possession of the NGO run by her.

Meanwhile adding a new twist to the Thajudeen killing, Cabinet Spokesperson Dr. Rajitha Senaratne on Thursday mentioned that three officials attached to the Presidential Safety Division (PSD) were
allegedly involved in the murder of Thajudeen. The courts on Thursday granted permission to exhume Thajudeen’s physique. The exhumation will take location on August 10.

Meanwhile the son of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and former UPFA Hambantota District MP Namal Rajapaksa has denied allegations that his family was involved in the murder of Thajudeen. He had told media that Thajudeen was a family members pal even though adding that some components were attempting to politicize Thajudeen’s death.

Thajudeen had died on May possibly 17, 2012 inside his automobile which had apparently crashed into a wall close to Shalika grounds in Narahenpita. The Police at the time mentioned that the vehicle had exploded instantly. Later the charred body of the rugby player was identified inside the automobile. The CID had recently informed courts that they had been in a position to ascertain through a fresh investigation that Thajudeen’s death was not accidental but murder.

Meanwhile issuing a statement the Asian Human Rights Commission mentioned &#8220one of the principal aims of political alter in the nation, therefore, has to be the restoration of its criminal justice apparatus – to the point that the relevant operators in these institutions will dare to execute their duty with no worry of consequences and irrespective of what ever class, caste, ethnicity, and other considerations.&#8221

We publish below the statement in complete

Exhumation of Wasim Thajudeen’s physique may possibly open an crucial page in criminal investigations

Subsequent Monday, 10 August 2015, the body of the effectively-identified rugby player and Havelock’s Captain, Wasim Thajudeen, will be exhumed on the orders of the Colombo Additional Magistrate. The Magistrate created this order on the basis of an application by the Criminal Investigations Division, which submitted reports stating that newly offered evidence suggests that Thajudeen’s death was caused by murder. Three Judicial Healthcare Officers will conduct the examination of the exhumed physique of Wasim Thajudeen.

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) understands that substantial investigations have been conducted into this case. The investigations have revealed comprehensive information about the manner in which this alleged murder has taken place, like details about the abduction the injuries caused to Thajudeen, which led to his death the manner in which a fabricated crime scene was constructed, to develop the impression of death by accident as nicely as information of the persons involved in the murder, such as the masterminds.

The initiative taken by the Criminal Investigation Division to reinvestigate the alleged murder marks a new starting in Sri Lanka, exactly where, for several years, investigation into allegations of critical crimes including murder, enforced disappearances, abductions, and the like, have been hushed up, particularly when there is suspicion of politicians or their relatives becoming involved in such crimes.

There are lengthy lists of such cover-ups prominent circumstances consist of the daylight assassination of Lasantha Wickrematunge, the abduction and disappearance of Prageeth Ekneligoda, the assassination of former Tamil National Alliance Member of Parliament, Nadarajah Raviraj.

The AHRC also learned that some essential breakthroughs have also been made into the abductions and the disappearance of Prageeth Eknaligoda and with regards to the assassination of former TNA MP Raviraj.

For over two decades, the Asian Human Rights Commission, with each other with several other organisations, has warned that the administration of criminal justice has been seriously paralysed in Sri Lanka due to political factors. The AHRC has also regularly warned that the political scheme unleashed by the 1978 Constitution and the paralysis of the criminal justice administration is linked. Moreover, the AHRC has regularly communicated that the the paralysis of the criminal justice program will necessarily result in a breakdown of the legal program as a entire, which will, in turn, result in a serious societal crisis.

The initiative to exhume the physique of Wasim Thajudeen, as properly as developments in numerous circumstances brought to the courts by the Economic Crime Investigation Division of Sri Lanka Police, points to the administration of criminal justice in Sri Lanka heading in a constructive path. It is to be hoped that this trend will gather strength and that investigations into each and every crime will grow to be the standard practice, as it need to be in any nation possessing the capacity to enforce the rule of law. Consequently, the AHRC cautiously, but at the same time hopefully, welcomes these initiatives and urges the whole society to assistance such initiatives.

What is often lost in discussions relating to the upcoming election is the fact that criminal investigations are matters that go beyond the interest of any specific election. In truth, the whole problem goes to the extremely core of the meaning of statehood. No state can survive if the state abandons its principal duty to safeguard its citizens from crimes. The capacity and the will to investigate crimes is a way by which the state manifests its capacity and the will to safeguard its own people.

Therefore, these criminal investigations should be looked upon not as matters of sectarian interest for or against any specific political celebration but as a matter of far greater value than the outcome of an election. Whoever may possibly win or lose an election is a matter of people’s decision, but that every government ought to defend the people by way of a viable and a genuinely functioning criminal justice technique is matter of permanent interest.

January 8, 2015, has generally been viewed as a day that created the possibility of a shift away from the type of politics envisaged through the executive presidential system created by the 1978 Constitution. Within that scheme, a government was allowed to function outside the limits of legality and, in reality, the extremely idea of the legal boundaries to power was altogether abandoned.

January eight could, however, mark only the starting of the possibility of a alter of that catastrophic scheme. The realisation of this possibility is quite an additional matter. What the citizens have a proper to hope for is that the daring initiatives getting undertaken by the Criminal Investigation Division are an indication that such an actualisation is within people’s attain.

The criminal investigators who dare to take actions to uncover crimes that have been safely buried are taking huge dangers. In such moments of transition and risk, exactly where entrenched habits of inaction are getting broken, it is the duty of the citizenry to stand up to supply the moral assistance that duty conscious criminal investigators require. Below regular situations of a functioning democracy, a criminal investigation is a matter of routine. Nevertheless, exactly where such routine has been forgotten, the creating of a new starting is a tough process. Consequently, those who are taking the initial steps in that path should get the encouragement and help of the citizenry as a entire, irrespective of whatever political opinions distinct sections of the society might hold.

Instances when politicians can mockingly ask, “We are accused of crimes, but exactly where is the proof?” are chilling occasions. When a criminal can say “prove if you can” and the relevant institutions fail to do so, the society faces a single of the most frustrating moments in its collective psyche. When people grow to be psychologically discouraged and lose their will to pursue justice for the crimes they have suffered, such a society reaches its lowest depths. And, such is the scenario of the Sri Lankan society.

One of the principal aims of political adjust in the nation, for that reason, has to be the restoration of its criminal justice apparatus – to the point that the relevant operators in these institutions will dare to execute their duty with out fear of consequences and irrespective of what ever class, caste, ethnicity, and other considerations.

Sri Lanka’s future & voter fault lines

Sri Lanka&#8217s geopolitical positioning has been both a blessing and a curse. In spite of 17 invasions from South India, 3 Christian Western colonial occupations over 410 years at no time did Sri Lanka fall except to be handed more than to the enemy by regional traitors &#8211 Alas the exact same appears to be unfolding specifically 200 years later. It is the lessons from these past histories that beckon citizens to be cautious of history not been repeated given that within the political establishment there are parties &amp politicians ever ready to divide the nation if it enables them to stay in energy. If the voters vote considering within the parameters of their personal demands overlooking the bigger ramifications for the country the complete nation is most likely to endure and fall. Although we require to accept that there is no one hundred% best leader, policies must usually be nationalistic and making certain the sovereignty and national safety of the country comes very first. We do not elect folks to office to advance the agendas of other nations and these elements need to be working on the minds of all voters.
Let us look at how the voters feel:
The Tamil voters (Hindu, Christian/Catholic, Higher caste/class, low caste &amp poor)
  • Victims of Tamil politicians (some by option some with no option) tapping into getting Tamils to vote for &#8216our own folks&#8217 as a result major Tamils to self-alienate themselves from pondering nationally.
  • Self-alienation by such actions negates claims to want to reside in peaceful co-existence when Tamils align with separatist political parties and do not take a stand
  • Apart from a modest fraction the majority of Tamil voters do not believe nationally, statistically proven by the manner they continue to vote for separatist political parties and give preferential votes to politicians advertising separatism.
  • Providing credibility to racist/extremist Tamil politicians by continuing to vote for them
  • Fixated by a mythical notion of a Tamil homeland propagated for political agendas with no realizing that Tamils came from Tamil Nadu as migrants and settled down in Sri Lanka over diverse periods in time.&nbsp
  • Majority of Tamils hold an emotional gratitude to LTTE for enabling them to settle in western climes employing the &#8216discrimination&#8217 tag which continues to be utilised as a battering ram. Several will not realize that it is the desire to reside in the West not so much any hatred for Sinhalese that tends to make Tamils seek asylum. Sinhalese discrimination is only employed as a tool to get a foothold into the West and enable much better living and education for their young children &#8211 these realities are being manipulated by India, the West and Tamil politicians
  • It is suggested that Tamils come out of considering themselves as the aggrieved celebration and grow to be&nbsp&nbspa stakeholder to developing the country as an alternative of eternally complaining about what they have not been provided ignoring what they have got in just a handful of years when for three decades under LTTE they did not even get a paved road!
  • The nation cannot rise if a handful of individuals want to bring the nation down simply because their aspirations are not realized. When constitutionally, legally, legislatively all men and women are treated equal ahead of the law it is unfair to be promoting false notions.
    &nbspChristian/Catholic voters (Sinhalese &amp Tamil)
  • Divided in between putting religion or nation 1st considering that the headquarters of each religions are located and connected to Western imperialism and it was by converting Sinhala Buddhists and Tamil Hindus following 1505 that the spread of Christianity took spot via colonial policies and rule making a group of men and women who had been aligned to and loyal to Western dogmas and values. This notion continues to be nurtured by means of various modus operandi orchestrated by the West.
  • The conversion of natives to Christianity remains component of divide &amp rule policy and connected with increasing Christian foot soldiers in Asia facilitated by Christian NGOs &amp faith organizations operating as help workers &amp humanitarian help providers.
  • The hyperlinks of specific church leaders all through LTTE rule and even post-LTTE elimination queries the nature of the Church&#8217s involvement with LTTE and LTTE fronts overseas.
  • The Sunday congregation has been typically used to influence Church goers and establish who their allegiance need to be with in distinct throughout election instances. This is subtly accomplished.
  • It is only a handful of Christian/Catholic Sinhalese &amp Tamils who recognize the international picture, the ramifications and foreign agendas and place nation very first understanding the gameplan to divide the nation and the folks.
    Muslim voters
  • As opposed to in the case of Sinhalese &amp Tamils who are subdivided as Sinhalese Buddhists/Christians and Tamil Hindus/Christians &#8211 Muslims stick to Islam, a religion foreign to Sri Lanka and came with traders who were allowed to settle in Sri Lanka by the Sinhale kings.
  • The influence upon Muslims by means of the mosques is observed by the manner that Wahhabi Islam has penetrated into society raising alarm bells with a Muslim joining the Wahhabi ISIS movement and getting killed lately.
  • Though Muslims had been warned not to fall prey to the Wahhabi slogans of halal/Shariah banking/burka showcasing that these had been not component of genuine Islam, Muslims took these warnings negatively and now in connecting the dots it is straightforward to understand that the Wilpattu, Kattankudy, attacks on Sufis all align to US-Saudi infiltration to slowly build an additional battlefront in Sri Lanka employing Muslims in order for the West to safe the East of Sri Lanka. An endeavour the West can very easily penetrate employing the War on Terror against Jihadists! It is nevertheless not also late for the Muslims to disassociate themselves from these slogans pushed by Wahhabi mosques.
  • Even though several Muslim politicians prevail they usually align to political parties advertising only Muslim will and have absolutely nothing to supply nationally.
  • Muslims in voting for such ethno-religious parties statistically confirmed show that they too are not considering nationally however a lot they claim to want to live in peaceful co-existence.
  • The party that majority of Muslims end up voting for at all elections finish up crossing more than for individual gains and destabalizing the country. The Muslims that vote for such political parties are knowingly contributing to the destabalizing of the nation being aware of the behaviour of these parties and in distinct the politicians who have a record of crossing over for individual gains only.
    Sinhalese Buddhist voters
  • The majority votebase in Sri Lanka are the Sinhala Buddhists and it is these voters that all political parties attempt to win over (but only during election time &#8211 after that they are usually forgotten till the subsequent election)
  • The stability of the country is held collectively by the Sinhala Buddhist voters who look for how the trend is flowing and then use their votes to make certain the country is not compromised. Because ancient times the quest has been to break or divide the Sinhala Buddhists then only the country&#8217s protective layer is exposed for these that want to manage or manipulate it. For that reason the strength and foundation of the country rests with the Sinhala Buddhists and their will to hold the nation with each other.
  • However, Sinhalese voters are divided by religion, by political party, by class, by these that appear at safeguarding the nation whatever celebration comes to energy and these that choose foreign rule.
  • Although the 2 primary national political parties are not a lot separated in common ideologies the UNP leadership falling into the hands of 1 person for a distinct time period has projected the notion that the celebration stands for the rights of the minority completely ignoring the wrongs taking spot to the majority. Moreover, allegiance to always running to the West for guidance and assistance has diminished the sovereign aspect of governance by natives. The SLFP even though attempting to strike a balance has erred in not taking choices when folks have crossed boundaries and not communicating plans effectively to the public. SLFP has also erred in siding with minority leaders who have becoming pushing for anti-national themes which is what has tremendously contributed to the majority Buddhist voters feeling disappointed with the SLFP/UPFA policies. This region needs consideration. Minority politicians representing ethnic-based political parties must not be provided strategic portfolios (defense, education, financial, heritage &#8211 as they are funded to carry out diverse agendas and the damage completed will only be observed years later).
  • The Sinhala Buddhist voters stay disgruntled in view of incursions to their heritage sites, cultural genocide unaddressed, poverty amongst Sinhala Buddhists unaddressed and the lack of any Sinhala politician to publicly claim he/she stands for the rights and grievances of the Sinhala Buddhists when Tamil and Muslim politicians openly do so. A lacuna has been produced simply because even internationally there is no one particular to list out the grievances of the Sinhalese Buddhists for the globe to understand the other side of the story.
  • Then we have the kolambian voters even though statistically an unimportant number. However in view of their influence more than business and social circles the notion they project about Sri Lanka impacts the general nation&#8217s image. Historically, the Kolambians have been aligned to a pro-Western liberal worth method ignoring the ramifications for the history and heritage of Sri Lanka specifically offered the West&#8217s agenda of changing the demography of continents (culturally, religiously. Note the Church&#8217s orders to priests to enhance flocks and Christianize Asia. This endeavour demands conversion and converting men and women by many covert means to Christianity/Catholicism). When these facts are pointed out the instant response is to uncover fault with the messenger overlooking the dangers in the message! The targets for conversions are generally those who are poor and these who are stressed/mentally disturbed. Buddhists and Hindus do not have the wherewithal financially to compete with the billions the Church and Islam uses to convert folks except to highlight the subtle methods continents are becoming changed and politicians are made to keep silent!

There is considerably that Sri Lankan voters want to consider of far more than casting a vote due to the fact the value of petrol or gas is decreased or salaries are increased. The folks need to ask who can provide stability to the nation although not undermining and compromising the country to foreign elements waiting to use Sri Lanka for their own geopolitical interests. As a sovereign nation we should act as one particular. We do not vote politicians to advance the agendas of other nations. We must believe constantly on the lines of how protected and secure the nation is and which party will guarantee the nation is not divided or separated.

by Shenali Waduge

Provincial Participatory Role Symbolizes Very good Governance

By Ayathuray Rajasingam &#8211

Ayathuray Rajasingam

Ayathuray Rajasingam

The issue at the coming General Election is whether or not Good Governance will be given priority. Promising of a new constitution to demonstrate excellent governance would be meaningless, as any new constitutions will have to abide by the Indo-Sri Lanka Peace Accord, unless it is abrogated by both India and Sri Lanka. The goal of the Indo-Sri Lanka Peace Accord is to promote Provincial Participatory role to encourage very good governance and discourage the call for secession.

In a Federal method, each and every level of government has its own direct connection with the citizens. Although the power is dispersed, it is the coordination amongst the Central Government and the Provincial governments that germinates great governance. This symbolizes the protection of pluralism as effectively as the rights of the individual against an more than-powerful government. Very good governance marks the beginning of righteousness.

Federalism also protects regional interests to some extent. The advantage of Federalism is that Provinces have their capability to handle and administer the geographical places. This is been misunderstood by the JVP and other politicians that it would lead to separation and be a threat to National Safety. If they realize that creating very good decisions overtime across a spectrum of economic, social and other locations and working out power for the benefit of the people and the nation (which is excellent governance), they can’t give valid causes that Federalism would be a threat to National Security. If one particular thinks the Provincial participatory part in a constructive manner, he will comprehend that Federalism denotes solidarity. Each Provincial participatory part and good governance are interwoven. The conflict of East-West ideologies prevailing among the politicians ought to not be an obstacle. What is necessary is a reform in the political transformation that need to address towards democratization and pluralism in the nature of promoting Provincial participatory function.

Maithri WigneswaranIf they keep away from the issue of the Provincial participatory function, it signals that they intend to mislead the public in order to conceal their corruption. This is what occurred till to date. Provincial participatory role also can give birth to the granting advantages such as pensions to non-government servants. The presence of Provincial governments administering local issues make Nations significantly easier to manage. In this context, all Provincial governments meet routinely and communicate with one particular one more through formal and/or informal means, i.e. through the departments of inter-governmental affairs, for which there can be a Minister in the Cabinet. This is 1 way of establishing a confident developing measures. In this context, the appreciating factor of Federalism is the recognition of different kinds of political problems with the creation of normal Departments of inter-governmental affairs, which could be carried out by a Cabinet Minister. But in Sri Lanka, the Central government areas restrictions in order to conceal the corruption of the Ministers and their supporters, thus sending a message of excellent governance in crisis.

Provincial participation has the qualities of bringing even the rivals of strengthening the unity of the nation for which excellent governance is a need to. Transparency is a key element of good governance. Accountability and the rule of law calls for openness and good info which permits the administrative sector to confirm functionality and compliance to law. But this element of transparency has turn out to be a query mark throughout Mahinda Rajapaksa’s regime.

Since independence, Sri Lanka was unable to rectify soon after getting opinions and views from all segments of the society without having discrimination. Even after the Indo-Sri Lanka Peace Accord, Sri Lanka was observed unaccountable to all segments of society on account of the clumsy handling of the corrupted politicians. On the contrary, the North East Provinces have been demerged posing a question mark on great governance. For the duration of the regime of Mahinda Rajapaksa poor governance manifested the inability to preserve law and order to handle the sporadic eruptions of political instability and violence. As a result it had knowledgeable suspicion from specific segments of the society and triggered a negative influence on the economic development.

If Provincial participatory role is to be offered priority for strengthening the democracy, there is no require to have a mega Cabinet. It is enough to have not much more than 20 Ministers in the Cabinet, when some segment of the society are engaged in illegal activities. The current deaths of Muslims in Syria raises an issue whether or not Islamic terrorism had encroached within the Sri Lankan communities. It cannot be forgotten that a Deputy Registrar of Persons was engaged in issuing National Identity Cards some years back as nicely as the praising of Bin Laden following their Friday prayers by the Islamic communities when the Twin Tower was attacked. As there are reported news items about the families of the deceased which left either for Pakistan or Iraq, the situation is whether the relevant authorities and some politicians are conscious of it. This is only a beginning of vulnerable youngsters becoming at threat of Islamic radicalization and ultimately drawn in to terrorism. Terrorism begins with the procedure of radicalization. A single ponders about the great governance if such politicians are given locations in the cabinet.

As the financial development was retarded by the corrupt politicians throughout Mahinda Rajapaksa’s regime, it is crucial is to uncover out the remedy to enhance the economic conditions. As such, it is important to concentrate not on the troubles, but on the possibilities which would develop a lot more possibilities to strengthen Sri Lanka. It is not late for the politicians to reconsider on Federalism which respects the locations of Provincial jurisdiction and sends the signal for the establishment of a formal mechanism for Provincial output into the development of a country. Federalism invites the Provinces to take component in international negotiations. If Ranil Wickremesinghe and Maithiripala Sirisena can take a bold step for the establishment of a formal mechanism for Provincial output, Sri Lanka require not be concerned about sending labourers to Middle-East nations and face tragedies like in the case of Rizana. Briefly Federalism is about collaboration with Provincial Governments. Such Federalism will not only strengthen the very good governance but also nullify the call for secessionist movements. It is time for Ranil Wickremesinghe to act as a Statesman and shed all variations and stretch a friendly arm towards C. V. Wigneswaran in the very best interests of the nation. Even some of the Tamil politicians in the TNA and UNP like Vijayakala Maheswaran need to don’t forget that the Parliament is a holy spot and not to deviate towards cheap politics as they are not well versed in Provincial Participatory part.

Had due importance been provided to the Provincial Governments, it would be clear that transparent decisions-generating is a important element or necessity for exploitation of Provincial organic sources in compliance with the laws of the nation. Transparent decisions make aid the public to confirm performance and encourage private sector for investments which will be helpful for the country. Transparent decisions-producing will deny room for incidents such as an assault on a Tamil engineer who exercised his duty in compliance with engineering common and the throwing of stones at the Magistrates Court in Mannar by supporters of former Minister Rishard Badurdeen are cases in point.

Canada, USA, India, Switzerland and some other Federal countries have sent the message that the concern of good governance can only be recognized in a federal structure, which guarantees the high quality life of the citizens. Political leaders in Sri Lanka which practises pluralism, have to recognize that it is in Federalism, excellent governance plays a pivotal role as a determinant element of the sustainability and strength of democracies. Each Ranil Wickremesinghe and C.V. Wigneswaran have a formidable activity of reminding the Sri Lankans that the grant of needed powers and allocation of adequate funds to the Provinces for exploiting the organic sources have become a need to, given that Provinces are accountable for their decisions and performances, which would eventually pave way for strengthening of the unity of the nation. If powers are given to the Provincial governments they can play a participatory role which once again would involve consultation in the development of policies and choices-producing in the ideal interests of the country. It is this element of Provincial participatory role that encourages both the Central government and the Provincial governments to know about the needs and priorities of the men and women of the respective Provinces and lead to excellent governance.

The technique of Checks and Balances can be demonstrated via Provincial participatory role. The distinct levels of Provincial governments and the Central Government can act as a verify on a single yet another in the exercise of political authority which is a need to in Sri Lanka. This would enable a Federal structure with a far more diverse and steady atmosphere for investment and economic improvement which would offer a new protection of the rights of the individual. Certified members of the TNA and UNP can go over on this subject and could arrive at a meaningful conclusion for the benefit of the nation, as an alternative giving promises of special programmes for financial improvement for North and East. This would mark the beginning of great governance.

Each the Sinhalese and Tamil speaking communities ought to stay away from themselves in falling prey to emotional speeches of narrow-minded politicians whose main aim is to be in power and lead a luxurious life. As Federalism leads to a greater tomorrow in a multi-racial nation, the situation before the Sri Lankans is regardless of whether good governance as promoted via Federalism would resolve the conflict by means of peaceful means, while it is history that Unitary in Sri Lanka resolved issues by means of coercion of war symbolizing corruption.

Christianizing of Sri Lanka – UNP’s Betrayal of Buddhism

Andrew Sparkes the British envoy to Nepal sparked controversy in demanding the appropriate to convert be included into Nepals new constitution. The Pope has vowed to convert 100million non-Christians to Christianity by 2025. Each West&#8217s &amp the Vaticans objectives compliment a &#8216Look East Policy&#8217 mirroring colonial rule with gun in a single hand and Bible in the other.&nbspDo non-Christians have a right to worry when Theravada Buddhist Asia is now targeted?&nbspYes but slogans of reconciliation, multiculturalism, multi-faith employing international agencies/envoys shoot down these issues. Nonetheless secularism is no license for conversion. The statistics are alarming.&nbspThe Centre for the Study of International Christianity declares Nepal to be the quickest Christianity developing country in the globe, followed by China, UAE, Saudi Arabia &amp Qatar. How has the UNP contributed to realization of Christianizing/Evangelizing Sri Lanka?
The function of the Church in Sri Lanka
From the time the Portuguese landed in Sinhale in 1505 the Church&#8217s mission was anti-Sinhala Buddhist and anti-national. The Church together with the Portuguese, Dutch and the British set out to oppress indigenous religions &#8211 Buddhism and Hinduism. Compulsory conversions was a kind of terrorism utilised that led to converting or facing death and destructions to kovils and temples. Portuguese historian Queroyz lists down the temples that have been destroyed and on top of which Churches are erected. Colonialism and conversions became trojan horses to plunder continents of Asia, Africa, Middle East and Latin America with the purpose to indoctrinate followers to appear down on neighborhood traditions, values, national heritage, indigenous religion and appear at history from the prism of the benefits that the West delivered. Indigenous heroes and patriots had been taught to be despised.
The Church succeeded in alienating a chunk of the native populace away from their heritage steering them to function as surrogates &amp fifth columnists and not showing the qualities of kshatriyas (patriotic warriors). They have been turned into sepoys or mercenaries of the Church/West. The question of where the allegiance of these converted Catholics lies whether or not to the State or to the wishes of the Vatican is typically shrouded in controversy.
In China, neighborhood Catholics are debarred from dealing with the Vatican to guarantee Chinese Catholics integrate with Chinese culture/nationalism. In Sri Lanka we can recall the Catholic Action that led to the failed military coup by Christian military officers in 1962. The allegations of the Church hyperlinks to the LTTE on behalf of the West by means of Christian NGOs as well as LTTE front heads who are Fathers and have openly compared Prabakaran with Jesus without having any objections from the Vatican.
The US Govt via the USAID allocates billions to more than 50,000 faith-based organizations with the distinct job to convert.
UK-linked Wahhabi Islam makes use of $ 100billon to export extremist Wahhabi Islam to purposely trigger disharmony and give West a foothold.
UNP &#8211 anti-Sinhala/anti-Buddhist
The oldest national political celebration in Sri Lanka is the United National Celebration. Its leader D S Senanayake is fondly identified as the Father of the Nation. Quick post-independent leaders of Sri Lanka have been practically all Christian/Catholic. English education was only for the converted and missionary education was capable to create natives loyal to Western dogma/ideology/values and even dress! As a result the absence of calls to reverse discrimination to the Sinhale nation/Sinhala Buddhists.
The UK&#8217s unwritten constitution follows a political tradition that tends to make the Queen the Head of the Church of England who appoints 15 representatives of the Church of England to the House of Lords. If so, why are efforts being made to subtly eliminate the foremost place given to Buddhism and proper to reclaim Sri Lanka as a Buddhist nation? When Tony Blair a Catholic became Prime Minister the 1st factor he did was to convert to Protestant which is moreorless what the Catholic UNP leaders did in converting or pretending to be Buddhists for political relevance. One particular month just before he left office Blair reconverted to Catholicism once more and concerns the ceremonial Buddhist politicians of Sri Lanka! Bands of pirith nool tied about wrists do not make politicians Buddhists.&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp
Evidence of UNP&#8217s pro-Christian hyperlinks
  • UNP leader unchallenged considering that 1994 is a Christian and only a Buddhist for cosmetic purposes.
  • His preferred advisors and close buddies are all evangelists and pro-Christians
  • Ranil Wickremasinghe is the Vice Chairmen of the IDU and Chairman of the Asia Pacific Democratic Union. The International Democrat Union(IDU) is an international grouping of conservative and Christian democratic political parties. Formed in 1983, the IDU gives a forum in which political parties holding similar beliefs can come collectively and exchange views on matters of policy and organizational interest, in order that they might act cooperatively, establish contacts, and present a unified voice toward the promotion of center-correct policies across the globe
  • No sooner the UNP Leader became Prime Minister in 2001 the Buddha Statue that was placed in front of Sirikotha from the time of the late Senanayakes was relocated.
  • His 1st achievement after taking workplace was to sign a ceasefire agreement on 22 Feb 2002 drafted by Evangelical Norway endorsed by LTTE putting these terrorists on par with a reputable elected Government and giving territory to these terrorists and claiming he had done a fantastic achievement!
  • When Ranil Wickramasinghe became Prime Minister in 2001 he appointed a Cabinet of Ministers of whom over 60% had been Christians by faith in a country where more than 70% were Buddhists and by the same equation how he came into power!
  • In 2001 for the 7.5% Christians and 8% Muslims, Ministry of Christian Affairs &amp Ministry for Muslim Affairs was designed. The same has been accomplished in his 2015 manifesto. No country in the planet has such Ministries for such numbers!
  • In 2001 he appointed John Amaratunga as Minister in charge of Interior Affairs below whom Public Safety and Police, as well as the Dept of Immigration &amp Emigration came so Visas had been freely granted to inbound Evangelists to spread the faith. He was also created the Minister of Christian Affairs.
  • Beneath this Minister, the Police were instructed to make sure that the whole month of December was celebrated for Christmas with lighting. The exact same portfolio has been provided in 2015.
  • Below Ranil&#8217s rule in 2001 Buddhist ceremonies were provided step-motherly treatment and in some circumstances directives were given not to issue permits for loudspeakers even for important Buddhist functions like Wesak and Poson
  • In 2001 illegal prayer centers around the country were given police protection in residential regions – Police had been instructed to ignore complaints produced by Buddhists when they complained about illegal religious activities
  • In the course of this identical period no interest was paid to excavation thefts of Buddhist artifacts and destruction of Buddhist archaeological sites as the Minister of Christian Affairs was also in charge of Public Safety and no surprise rapidly forward to 2015 the UNP leader has appointed the identical particular person as Minister for each portfolios as soon as once more!
  • The pattern continued with the appointments to the State Rupavahini &amp Radio station to guarantee Buddhist opinion and voice was drowned in 2001 with the exact same occurring now in 2015 and with each and every year the incursions gained a good results to the Christian bloc and a loss to the Buddhists! Enumerate that into future and lack of opposition to foretell what the ultimate outcome is targeted to be!
  • In 2002 the Prime Minister, the Media Minister and the Lakehouse had to extend an apology to the Maha Sangha for a mischievous try to challenge the authenticity of the relics enshrined in the sacred Temple of the Tooth with a group of non-Buddhist writers preparing an report issued below a Muslim writer who was fired from his post later.http://archives.dailynews.lk/two 002/01/21/new14.html&nbspnumerous attempts have been made making use of Christian/Muslim writers to denigrate Buddhists/Buddhism in each state &amp private print &amp electronic media. Practically all editors are non-Buddhists and normal columnists are non-Buddhists as well. None of the published news is in proportion to the 70% Buddhist populace.
  • The present editor of the&nbspSunday&nbspObserver was the very same editor in 2002 that published the post beneath a Muslim journalist! Present editors ofSunday&nbspObserver and Day-to-day News are Christians. We can previously recall yet another editor who forced Lakehouse employees to attend Bible classes!
  • Catholic Archbishop Rt.Rev. Oswild Gomis was appointed Chancellor of Colombo University permission was granted for Christian Evangelical groups to conduct “Open Air Prayer Healing ” sessions in close proximity to Buddhist temples so that Buddhist ceremonies would be drowned by the loudspeaker noises of the healing sessions
  • In 2005 possibly to prop up his vote, the UNP Leader launched a book on Buddhism which was challenged to a debate by JHU Ven. Omalpe Sobhitha Thero which the UNP leader did not accept and not surprisingly for a person who does not know what &#8216pasdun korale&#8217 is!
  • Then in 2005, the Archbishop of Colombo Rev. Oswald Gomis and the Golden Important crook Lalith Kotelawala inserted an advertisement titled &#8216Christians Awake&#8217 producing a veiled request for Christians and Catholics not to vote for Mahinda Rajapakse at the Presidential Election. This exact same Mahinda Rajapakse inspite of requests not to, invited the Pope to bless Sri Lanka but was not President to accept the invitee because the Catholics/Christians did not vote for him! The Church has come out once again subtly telling Christians/Catholics who to vote!
  • Numerous other Catholic priests openly side with the LTTE and have joined LTTE supporters to write to UN to press for war crimes charges against these who liberated the nation from terrorism.
  • Ranils chosen Minister of Ladies &amp Kids&#8217s Affairs wasdistributing Bibles to a school in Maligakanda where the students had been nearly completely Buddhist and Muslim The exact same minister is soliciting funds to convert as &#8216Born Once more&#8217 numerous
  • UNP Leader visited Portugal and personally invited the Prime Minister to&nbsp&nbspto pay a visit to Sri Lanka in 2005 to celebrate the 500th Anniversary of Portuguese colonization of Sri Lanka (and entry of Christianity to this nation) totally ignoring the murders&nbsp&nbspcommitted by the Portuguese in Sri Lanka and the destruction of temples &amp kovils on leading of which churches are nowadays erected.
  • In 2007 Jeyraj Fernandopulle said&nbsp&#8220Like me, Ranil Wickremesinghe and Ravi karunanayaka had been born Christians. It is incorrect for them to use the accusing finger at a priest of a different religion and get in touch with him names.&#8221 When Ranil attacked&nbspVenerable Ellawela Medhananda more than a automobile registration.
  • In 2010 the&nbspAll Island Monks Organisation accused Ranil W of insulting Buddhism
  • In 2012 Ranil Wickremasinghe claimed that the&nbspKapilavasthu relics had been those of Sariputta and Moggallana (the two disciples of Buddha) though Buddhists think the relics are those of Buddha!
  • Key UNP MPs openly denounce Buddhism going so far as to publicly declare that the Buddhist identity of Sri Lanka needs to be replaced.https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=lJ2WYlfjm-E
  • UNP has paid only lip service to occasions where Buddhists have faced attack ex: Bangladesh, Thailand, Myanmar and even in India
  • UNP has in no way been the voice for the Buddhist heritage/history of Sri Lanka though majority of UNP supporters are Sinhala Buddhists
  • Sri Lanka media is in the hands of pro-Christian editors who all take pains to promote UNP policies and politicians and denigrate Buddhists/Buddhism (content material evaluation of editorials / selected writers and their writings / themes and so on will reveal this clearly although examples have been offered in the Press Commission Report of 1964 and warrants a fresh commission)
  • Majority of influential middle class Catholics extend assistance to UNP what ever policies it holds in view of their allegiance to the Church neglecting the threat
  • The Christian Law &amp Order Minister in search of Rs.300m from China in exchange for assessment of Port City to renovate the Thewatte Church that has been lengthy accused of distorting history.http://www.lankaweb.com/news/ products/2015/07/27/distortion- of-buddhists-history-in-sri- lanka-by-thewatta-church-in- ragama-is-just-a-tip-of-a- large-ice-burg/

This cartoon sealed the fate of the UNP in 1956

It depicted Sir John Kotelawala riding an elephant (the symbol of the UNP) pointing a spear at the Buddha statue. Accompanying Sir John was individuals dressed in western garb drinking and dancing (Western Liberalism gradually attempting to take away the Buddhist cultural heritage of Sri Lanka) in the foreground was a calf killed and prepared to be barbecued…(Buddhists have been appealing against animal slaughter in maintaining with Buddhas preaching to treat Man and Animal equally) &#8211 the characters can simply be replaced by present day UNP leaders and the message hasn&#8217t changed much!&nbspThis cartoon shook the Sinhala Buddhists

The West are now using UNP to evangelize Sri Lanka in a bigger Asian strategy that is targeting the Theravada Buddhist nations that are covering China. This demands that Sri Lanka be alert as properly as project the plans in location and expose the West-Church links and their puppets in Sri Lanka. What Buddhists and converted Christians have to realize is that these imperialistic efforts have absolutely nothing to do with teachings of Christianity (in whatever kind) but Christianity is getting used as a tool to firstly enrich the Church and produce loyal Asian/African foot soldiers loyal to Western Christian hegemony out of the Third World.

Not numerous countries can boast of a civilizational history as extended as Sri Lanka. The glorious previous observed in monumental ancient relics/artefacts/ archaeological sites can not be allowed to be destroyed or its history distorted simply because other faiths do not have such wealthy previous to be proud of and a religion not based on myths but scientifically proven. For jealousy and spite&nbspour country can not become victim for ethno-religious demographic alter or become the ground to destroy fellow nations!

Devo vassatu kalena &#8211 Might gods give rain in due season

Sasa sampatti hotuca&nbsp &#8211 May possibly the crops be bountiful

Pito bhavatu lokoca &#8211 Could the folks be satisfied

Raja bhavatu dhammiko &#8211 Could the king be righteous

Only those who worth &amp want to preserve the nations historical past will foresee the dangers and endeavour to shield it from destruction

Shenali D Waduge

Additional reading :

  • Report of the All Ceylon Buddhist Congress on Unethical Conversions
    http://www.acbc.lk/images/ stories/pdf/chapter%202.pdf
  • http://www.lankaweb.com/news/ things/2012/11/17/manipulative- christian-conversions-in-sri- lanka-some-perspectives/
  • http://www.boston.com/news/ unique/faith_based/faith_ based_organizations.htm

Muslims Should Reject SLMC & Its Offshoots Wholesale

By Ameer Ali &#8211

Dr. Ameer Ali

Dr. Ameer Ali

The creation of the SLMC as a political celebration primarily based solely on religion was a historic blunder, which if not rectified quickly, will drag the Muslim community into political abyss. The foundational philosophers of SLMC were deluded by a misguided vision about the Indian Muslim League model. The tragic consequences that Muslims of India had to face and are still facing as a outcome of this ethno-religious model somehow or other missed the consideration of the SLMC founders. A crucial study of the birth and development of SLMC is a tempting field for research.

In Sri Lanka, the demographic, linguistic and financial traits that had shaped Muslim settlements, and the fact that in the 1980s when the concept of a Muslim celebration was conceptualised ethno-nationalism was currently ripping the country apart, have been assumed to be irrelevant as long as Muslims could unite beneath a religious banner and fight for their so called ‘rights’. Up to now no one particular from the SLMC has enlightened the public what these exclusive rights are. The slogan “Allahu Akbar” and nothing at all about national unity or nation’s welfare decorated SLMC rallies and Muslim voters had been hallucinated with Marx’s opiate so that they could neglect their mundane difficulties and elect megalomaniac leaders, who had absolutely nothing but self-interest in their heart to market.

Rauff HakeemWhat the ethno-religious politics of SLMC has achieved so far had been, firstly, to devalue the ‘politics of pragmatism’ which the pre-SLMC Muslim generation so effectively institutionalised by joining one particular or the other of the then current national parties secondly, to worsen the already deteriorating ethnic tensions in the nation and making the Muslim community (like the Tamils under the LTTE) to shed even the tiny it had gained in the earlier era thirdly, to reward incompetency, corruption and dishonesty at the expense of talent, truthfulness and dedication and lastly, to damage immeasurably the positive image that the Muslim neighborhood had cultivated more than a millennium especially amongst the majority Buddhist Sinhalese. Will the SLMC offer a record of their achievements that benefited the neighborhood, let alone the nation? Have the leaders of this party created any contribution on behalf the Muslim community to the national debate on the country’s economy, safety and improvement? All that they have completed is to bargain with their coalition partners for ministerial positions and private wealth.

The problems confronting the community are as well a lot of to enumerate. For example, there is a landless Muslim peasantry in the East whose lands have been taken away by government administrators beneath false pretensions there are impoverished villages in the Central Highlands whose little economy has suffered irreparably beneath neo-liberal economic policies there are refugees in the North and North West who are the innocent victims of a reckless civil war and who need resettlement and, there are the unemployment and homeless Muslims in the cities, who out of desperation are falling victims to predatory anti-social elements. A quantity of these problems are no doubt widespread to all communities and they have to be tackled not on a communal but national basis. That demands a leadership that can rise above petty ethno-nationalism and win recognition by all communities. Which a single of the SLMC leaders has this quality and the capacity to address the nation at huge and win the support of the majority to seek solution to Muslim issues?

In a plural democracy it is by way of the national parties and not via sectarianism that minorities can locate salvation. What ever that the Muslims have accomplished so far are the outcome of a farsighted generation of Muslim leadership that realised the futility of ethno-nationalism, joined hands with national leaders and persuaded the majority community that Muslims are constructive contributors to national wealth and they required national help. The pre-SLMC history of Sri Lanka will vouch for this reality. It was the achievement of that politics which partly prompted the late President Jayawardena to alter the constitution of the nation from the Westminster model to the current hybrid Gaullist model. The creation of the SLMC was the incorrect move to counter JR’s master stroke.

It is time the Muslim community realises the heavy price tag it has currently paid for placing their trust on SLMC. Once just before I known as for the dissolution of SLMC, but that will not occur as extended as its leaders see the private rewards they could reap from of its existence. The Muslim voters at the next election however, can reject that celebration and its offshoots wholesale and revert to politics of pragmatism. A Sinhalese or Tamil politician elected to the legislature with huge Muslim assistance will be a lot more responsive to Muslim demands than one particular from the SLMC mafia or its offshoot. The community deserves a far better leadership.

The Akuressa Man

By Tisaranee Gunasekara &#8211

“Did this ever happen?” &#8211 Homer (The Iliad)

It was the defining moment of a decisive election. Mahinda Rajapaksa tries to plunge into a crowd of supporters in Akuressa to hammer a man who grabbed his hand. The video shows a visibly angry Mr. Rajapaksa, his other hand balled into a fist, prepared to take on the perpetrator of lèse majesté.

Soon following the video went viral, some Rajapaksa acolytes tried to depict the incident as a dry run for a future assassination attempt. Had the alleged finger-puller been a real or suspected enemy, he would not have escaped unscathed from the crowd. He was unharmed because the rest of the audience recognised him as a kindred spirit.

Mahinda Rajapaksa Attempts To Attack UPFA SupporterMr. Rajapaksa stated that he felt fantastic pain (‘tharu penuna’ – I saw stars) when his finger was grabbed and there is no reason to doubt him. What is of relevance politically is his instinctive reaction to this injury. He did what anybody in a similar scenario would have accomplished, and attempted to pull his hand away. But his reaction did not cease there. He went a number of actions additional and did some thing most men and women, specifically these who are older and much more mature, would not have accomplished he raised his other hand threateningly and charged into the crowd to attack ‘the attacker’. Had his safety guards and supporters not dragged him away, the country would have witnessed the distinctive spectacle of its ex-president hammering an unknown man, in public.

That instinctive reaction tells a lot about Mahinda Rajapaksa, man and politician. He is a fighter, which was a single purpose he could beat Vellupillai Pirapaharan at the latter’s own game. He is, probably, a good decision for a nation at war, a country threatened by external or internal enemies. He is absolutely not a wise decision for a nation which is recovering from a extended and debilitating war, a country which is faced with the process of building a consensual peace. As Mr. Rajapaksa’s instinctive reaction to a perceived injury demonstrates, he is a man who sees threats and enemies exactly where there are none, a man who is prone to thoughtlessly violent options. That is precisely what this country does not need to have, at this historical moment.

Gratitude was theme of Mr. Rajapaksa’s 2010 presidential election campaign. An absolute majority of the electorate accepted that logic and voted him in. But Mr. Rajapaksa was a wartime leader and as such he was incapable of understanding, let alone handling, peacetime demands. He not only failed to implement political and socio-financial measures aimed at winning over the alienated Tamils. He implemented measures which infinitely exacerbated their alienation. Some measures had been strategic and sourced in his own project of familial rule and dynastic succession such as garrisoning the North. Some have been motivated by ideology, such as denying the existence of an ethnic difficulty and as a result the require for a political remedy. But really a couple of had been like his Akuressa behaviour, angry and vengeful reactions to a genuine or perceived injury. An outstanding case-in-point was banning the singing of the national anthem in Tamil this move was a reaction to the cancellation of Mr. Rajapaksa’s second Oxford Union Speech due to protests by Tamil Diaspora groups.

But perhaps the most deadly legacy of Mr. Rajapaksa’s aggressive politics was the antagonising of the Muslim neighborhood.

The Unending Search for Appropriate Enemies

For Lankan Tamils, the cruellest month had to be July. No defeat or tragedy which befell them was as universal as Black July. It was a common conflagration which spared no Tamil. Poor bottle-sellers and wealthy entrepreneurs, uneducated road-sweepers and highly certified experts, voters and politicians, Hindus and Christians, young and old, leftists and rightists, guys and females, every single Tamil was imperilled by it.

Final year, as Aluthgama burnt, it looked as if Black July will be repeated in June, this time with Lankan Muslims as its target. A private quarrel among a Buddhist monk, his Sinhala diver and three Muslims youths was exaggerated and depicted as an act of Muslim on Buddhist violence. As an alternative of moving swiftly to restore order, the Rajapaksa regime permitted the BBS to hold a public meeting in the middle of the simmering Aluthgama town. “In this country we nonetheless have a Sinhala police we still have a Sinhala army. Right after nowadays if a single Marakkalaya or some other paraya (alien) touches a single Sinhalese…..it will be their end,” [i] BBS reside-wire, Bhikku Galagoda-Atte Gnanasara thundered, as the police and the army watched. That is all the guardians of law and order could do, watch, simply because the energy-wielders had been on the side of the mob.

Virtually as quickly as the Eelam War was won, Sinhala-Buddhist extremist groups started inciting anti-Muslim hatred. The Rajapaksas responded with a nod and wink. In the resulting enabling environment, the BBS et al could say anything and do anything, with total impunity. Which policeman would lift a finger against the yellow-robed marauders, right after Gotabaya Rajapaksa attended a BBS function and praised BBS monks for engaging in a “nationally important task”[ii]?

Till Black July erupted, armed Tami groups, like the LTTE, had been starved of funds, arms, recruits, public sympathy and international assistance. Black July took care of every single a single of those issues, spectacularly. The rest is blood-soaked, death-raddled history.

The Aluthgama mini-riot warned that Sri Lanka was rushing headlong towards another cliff-edge, this time of religious conflict.

Deliverance came unexpectedly. Mahinda Rajapaksa held a presidential election two years ahead of time, and lost it. Deprived of state-patronage the BBS et al receded into ineffectuality. Abruptly, and with unbelievable rapidity, the air cleared as racial and religious toxicity decreased drastically. The poison did not vanish fully, but it ebbed to standard, bearable, non-threatening levels.

That alter indicated a basic truth. Anti-Muslim hatred did not come from beneath, from Sinhala society it emanated from above, from energy-wielders. Suspicion, aversion, perhaps even contempt and dislike, these feelings are organic on every side of the religo-racial divide but not murderous hate. That was an artificial construct, a deadly drama staged for political purposes. When the producer-directors were ousted from power on January 9th, the manufactured-hate, deprived of life-assistance, died a all-natural death. Sri Lanka took a decisive step away from one more disaster and towards a largely peaceful future.

Sri Lanka is a pluralist nation. We want to create peaceful mechanisms to deal with the problems and tensions unavoidable in a multi-ethnic, multi-religious society. It is the only possible path to a secure and stable future. Mahinda Rajapaksa did the opposite he turned ordinary differences into implacable divisions and tried to advantage from the resulting extremisms.

This was where Sri Lanka was headed when the presidential election intervened. This is the journey the Rajapaksas will resume if they win on August 17th.

Protectors presuppose enemies and threats. As soon as the Tigers have been defeated, common religio-cultural differences had been repackaged as threats and yet another minority targeted as the next enemy. The anti-Halal campaign, which erupted with virulent suddenness, sowed worry and hate by the bushel, and vanished with equal suddenness, was an excellent case in point.

There is an intimate connection amongst anti-democratic politics and religious extremism. Actual and would-be despots see in intense versions of religion a weapon and a shield for their political projects. In Nigeria it was the encouragement accorded to intense forms of Christianity by the country’s military rulers which paved the way for the creation of that horror, Boko Haram. In Iraq, Premier al-Maliki’s Shia-supremacism created it possible for the IS to develop from nothingness to the monster it is today. It is an open secret that Myanmar’s military rulers are enabling/supporting Monk Wirathu and his 969 Movement. He had openly come out against Aung Sang Suu Kyi (regardless of her unprincipled refusal to condemn anti-Muslim violence) warning that chaos will result if she wins the presidency[iii].

For the duration of a keynote speech at the Kotelawala Defence Academy in 2014, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa characterised Sri Lanka as a nation confronted by a range of threats and enemies. He created distinct mention of Tamil extremists (national and international), left-wing extremists, Islamic extremists, criminal extremists, media extremists, Western extremists, anti-democratic extremists and irresponsible extremists[iv]. If the UPFA wins on August 17th, that brand of politics, which sees an enemy in anybody who is not a servile supporter of the Rajapaksas, will return, a lot more combative and irrational than ever, determined to make sure that January eightth does not take place, ever once again.

Character, Politics and National-fate

Mr. Rajapaksa is obviously incapable of understanding the difference amongst antagonistic and non-antagonistic contradictions. Any act, if it causes him a real or perceived injury, is observed as an act of aggression, enemy-action requiring a decapitating reaction. That was what Mr. Rajapaksa tried to do in Akureassa. He did not bother to feel or purpose he acted, and acted violently.

That was, for instance, the way he responded when then Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake incurred his wrath.

Offered Mr. Rajapaksa’s determination to take the nation back to the previous and his promises to ‘restore the rule of law’ the impeachment saga assumes a specific relevance. As US Ambassador Patricia Butenis mentioned in a classified cable (dated 24th February 2010) Justice Bandaranaike was believed to be a Rajapaksa-loyalist[v]. A number of of her controversial decisions indicated this bias. In February 2010, Dr. Bandaranayake headed a bench which rejected Gen. Sarath Fonseka’s fundamental rights petition asking for release from detention till investigations against him are completed. The court accepted the Attorney General’s rather curious contention that till the investigation is concluded it is not feasible to establish whether there is any explanation to detain Gen. Fonseka. In September 2010, an additional bench headed by her approved the controversial 18th Amendment, in 24 hours.

But Dr. Bandaranayake was no Mohan Peiris. She was biased but she was not an acolyte. And she did draw the line at rulings which blatantly violated the constitution. In December 2011, a bench headed by her decreed that the Town and Nation Arranging (Amendment) Bill can’t be presented to parliament with no the consent of all the provincial councils as land is a devolved subject. This controversial bill would have provided the Minister of Buddha Sasana and Religious Affairs the energy to take over any private land just by declaring it a ‘Protection Area’, ‘Conservation Area’, Architectural or Historic area’ or ‘Sacred Area’. Then in September 2012, a bench headed by her produced a related ruling vis-a-vis Basil Rajapaksa’s Divineguma Bill.

Within months a bogus impeachment motion was brought against her and she was hounded out of her post.

Either you are with us totally or we will destroy you totally was a key premise of Rajapaksa thinking and Rajapaksa rule.

Going by electoral statistics and trends, the UPFA will not win the upcoming election nor will it turn out to be the single largest celebration. Mr. Rajapaksa as a result will not turn into the prime minister. That is certainly fortunate, because back in power, he will plunge the nation into a series of conflicts. He will battle with President Maithripala Sirisena for energy and with the UNP and the JVP for Southern dominance. Inciting anti-minority sentiments will be a essential weapon in both these conflicts. The nation will grow to be embroiled in a chaotic scenario, as every institution (such as the military) is divided along pro-Rajapaksa and anti-Rajapaksa lines. Even the SLFP will not be spared, if the hostile treatment meted to these SLFP candidates who are not out-and-out supporters of Mr. Rajapaksa is something to go by.

Multiple confrontations, instability bordering on chaos, a country fractured beyond salvation, that is what a Prime Minister Rajapaksa will give us. He is not capable of something else.

The safety wants and issues of a country at peace are diametrically opposite to those of a nation at war. The last issue Sri Lanka needs nowadays is the return of the Akuressa Man.


[i] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOxPJzlXDJs

[ii] Sri Lanka Mirror – 10.3.2013

[iii] http://www.irrawaddy.org/burma/suu-kyi-presidency-bring-chaos-says-firebrand-monk.html

[iv] http://www.kdu.ac.lk/notices/news/82-events/214-sri-lanka-s-national-security-concerns-element-two

[v] https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/wikileaks-chief-justice-shirani-bandaranayake-is-a-rajapkasa-loyalist/

UNP Condemns Bloemendhal Shooting At Ravi K’s Supporters

&#8220The most current incident of violence which took spot at Bloemendhal Road, Colombo clearly demonstrates the plans of these elements who reject the culture of good governance and their intent on winning elections by unleashing terror.&#8221 says the United National Party.

Ravi KarunanayakeIssuing a statement the General Secretary of United National Party, Kabir Hashim mentioned &#8220The United National Celebration vehemently condemns this attack on a group of people who were peacefully engaged in Minister Ravi Karunanayake’s election campaign.

&#8220We will not leave room for retarding our efforts to establish a civilized political culture in Sri Lanka by this kind of uncivilized incidents. The Commissioner of Elections up to now has been able to conduct a peaceful election campaign inside the atmosphere of very good governance ushered in on 8th of January. It has been created attainable due to the clear stance of this government against acts of terror and lawlessness. We would like to emphatically state that we will not enable this type of cowardly brutal attacks to reverse the victory of very good governance. We request the safety establishment to initiate an immediate investigation into in this incident.

&#8220The United National Party in deep sorrow of the demise of a female party activist, who was killed for the duration of the election campaign supporting the celebration in its endeavor to consolidate the already accomplished victory of excellent governance, offers its deep condolences to the members of the bereaved family members. We also want speedy recovery to all our celebration members and other individuals who are hospitalised with serious injuries. We stress the need to be firm and not get discouraged by isolated incidents of this nature and all political parties, candidates and activists collectively act resolutely to make certain a peaceful election in the course of the next few days and attain our objective of consolidating very good governance.&#8221

UN Leaked Document On Sri Lanka War Crimes UN Human Rights Chief Need to Speak Up Now: Tamil Civil Society

The UN Higher Commissioner for Human Rights must respond right away to the yesterday&#8217s exposure by Channel four News relating to a UN initiated strategy to establish a domestic mechanism for accountability in Sri Lanka, the Tamil Civil Society Forum (TCSF) has stated right now.

Zeid Ra&#x002019ad Al Hussein - The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein &#8211 The UN Higher Commissioner for Human Rights

&#8220The UN Higher Commissioner for Human Rights, if he is to sustain the dignity of his office, can’t be silent any longer&#8221, the TCSF stated in a statement.

We publish beneath the statement in complete

The Tamil Civil Society Forum takes critical note of the yesterday&#8217s exposure (28 July 2015) by Channel four News with regards to a UN initiated plan to establish a domestic mechanism for accountability in Sri Lanka. In a joint letter dated the 3rd of July 2015 signed by 15 civil society organizations from the Tamil majority North-East of Sri Lanka addressed to the UN Human Rights Commissioner we raised concerns about the UN in Sri Lanka&#8217s collaboration with the Government of Sri Lanka to set up a credible domestic mechanism in Sri Lanka. The concerns had been raised primarily based on a speech delivered by the UN Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka on 04 June 2015. The speech appears to have been primarily based on the UN Memo now exposed by Channel 4. In our letter we argued that these moves preempt the OISL report scheduled for release in September 2015. There has been no response to date to our letter from the UN in Sri Lanka or the Higher Commissioner&#8217s office, except for an acknowledgement of receipt from the UN Resident Coordinator&#8217s workplace. Complete text of our letter can be discovered right here.

The leaked document by Channel 4 provides for a domestic mechanism to be run by the Government of Sri Lanka with mere &#8216technical assistance&#8217 from the UN. We condemn and reject these moves hatched in secrecy to establish a domestic mechanism solely negotiated among the Government of Sri Lanka and the UN. The UN clearly does not see the Tamil folks as being partners in the method towards accountability in Sri Lanka, in spite of the truth the High Commissioner has repeatedly insisted on consultation with victims. TCSF has regularly maintained that establishing a credible domestic mechanism in Sri Lanka would be not possible. The UN Higher Commissioner for Human Rights, if he is to preserve the dignity of his workplace, cannot be silent anymore. He should respond quickly.

Kumaravadivel Guruparan &amp Elil Rajan
Co-Spokespersons, Tamil Civil Society Forum.

Do not Ignore The Role Of Minor Opposition Parties

By Thrishantha Nanayakkara &#8211

Dr. Thrishantha Nanayakkara

Dr. Thrishantha Nanayakkara

I am not a political analyst of any sort nor an academic with professional expertise in politics. Nonetheless, this is the time all Sri Lankans attempt to make sense out of the country’s political history to take informed decisions. I just thought of sharing my particular thoughts about the part of the minor political parties. The glare of primary political parties frequently tends to make us overlook the part of minor opposition parties in the Sri Lankan parliament. We typically overlook that their composition and principles indicate key issues restricted to specific groups of citizens, which if neglected, can lead to social catastrophes even the majorities have to face.

I start with 1977 – 1989 parliament shown in figure 1, due to the fact it was based on a new constitution that introduced an executive presidency although keeping the republic introduced n 1972. In this parliament, United National Celebration (UNP) had 5/6 power in the parliament and the opposition was Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) with 18 seats from the North and East. The main league Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) was lowered to 8 seats. President JR Jayewardene merely ignored the opposition and did what ever attainable to intimidate them. For instance, the leader of SLFP lost her civil rights, and rule of law was humiliated. When some judges have been publicly stoned by goons, the president merely said &#8211 “oh, it is individuals enjoying their democratic rights!”. TULF could not quit the parliament from passing laws to standardize education that introduced a quota for every district to send students to universities, worsening the Sinhala/Tamil media based standardization introduced in 1972. This benefited most parts of the South, but it was a huge blow to students in the North that had a great education system capable of sending larger numbers to National universities. This standardization began robust sentiments amongst Tamil students and pros living across the Globe to intensify the demand for a separate state where Tamils can take care of their personal affairs centered on a very good education method.

Muslim-Hakeem-Anura-TamilWhen I appear back at this era, I locate it difficult to think that JR Jayawardane administration chose a socialist method of introducing quotas for education, when he represented a much more capitalistic party that need to have as an alternative created the school system in the South and broadened opportunities in universities. Nonetheless, the relevance to the subject is that the opposition led by TULF was also weak to resist these moves. It only led to a loss of trust in democratic politics amongst the emerging radical Tamil youth.

1977 Sri Lankan parliament

1989 Sri Lankan parliamentJR Jayewardene administration skipped the Common election to be held in 1983. He knew that an election would price him the five/six powers in the parliament. As a result, he went for a referendum asking no matter whether the public was prepared to extend the same parliament for an additional 6 years. Apart from this energy hunger, his government had managed to intensify tribalistic politics each in the South and the North by cleverly instilling a sense of insecurity and paranoia in each communities. A tiny trigger was all that was required for a enormous racist civil blood bath. It occurred on 23rd July 1983 triggered by an ambush by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) on an army troop. Sinhalese mobs killed Tamil civilians and burned their properties in Colombo at will. Not a single culprit was arrested, and it took JR Jayewardene administration 1 week to impose a curfew under stress primarily from Margaret Thatcher administration in UK. State media was higher in bashing the undue interference from the International Neighborhood. UK and India have been usually singled out. This introduced a new dimension to Sri Lankan politics – a threat of dividing the nation backed by the international community! A massive majority of Sri Lankans gobbled up this version strongly coined by state media that was under the iron fist of clever lawyer, JR Jayewardene. I am certain JR Jayewardene knew that the pressure from UK came due to lobbying of Tamil professionals in UK who were disgruntled by his policies to limit Tamil students from receiving into universities, and that from India came due to their personal perceived threat from unrests in Tamil Nadu due to refugee Tamils from Sri Lanka.

Figure-2 shows the 10th Sri Lankan parliament elected in 1989 &#8211 1994. We frequently ignore the fact that the Eelam Revolutionary Organization of Students (EROS) got 13 seats, and that they represented a important Tamil concern about standardization of education and ideologies of energy sharing as a solution to a lot of troubles with Colombo. It is also important to note that yet another ten seats were shared by TULF, ENDLF, EPRLF, and TELO due to mushrooming of Tamil radical parties proposing alternative views to bring in reforms. Obsessed with a clear majority power, common UNP led by president Ranasinghe Premadasa proved that the representation of the above Tamil parties in the parliament was in vein. This gave a clear legitimacy to LTTE to assassinate the leaders of the above parties in rapid succession to emerge as the sole visible force representing Tamils. We all know what befell on Sri Lanka as a consequence.

The scenario in the 1994 &#8211 2000 parliament is shown in figure-3. Note that the opposition re-organized under People’s Alliance (PA) to confront UNP, and EPDP overtook EROS in Tamil politics, which was later understood to be a shrewd but brief-sighted political maneuver of the two primary political parties to counter anti-Government Tamil politics. SLMC continued to use their block of four-7 votes to bargain with each primary parties. In this case, the primary consideration of key parties was to win SLMC and use EPDP to ignore the concerns put forward by all other Tamil parties who refused to kind coalitions with them or be proxies for them. LTTE continued to nourish on this dishonest management of the minor political parties.

1994 Sri Lankan parliamentThe PA continued to hold power in the 11th parliament elected in year 2000 shown in figure-four. Emergence of JVP as the 3rd force (10 seats) with fragmented Tamil vote share among 4-parties (with 16 seats in total), and Sinhala Heritage with 1-seat introduced new dynamics in the minor party politics in the parliament. Even though Sinhala-Heritage won only 1 seat, it signified the solidification of Southern Nationalistic politics. JVP as well was much more aligned with Southern Nationalistic politics. This produced fragmented Tamil parties far more vulnerable to LTTE.

2000 Sri Lankan parliamentThe result was a clear polarization of Nationalistic politics in the North and the South attracting an unprecedented level of International sympathy to LTTE led Tamil struggle. This, compounded by the economic crisis in 2000, forced another election in 2001 with a ceasefire agreement on the cards. This time UNP contested as a coalition like SLFP did in 1994. UNF got a clear mandate with 109 seats and PA was reduced to 77 seats as shown in figure-five. Even so, the president of the nation, Mrs. Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumarathunga (CBK) was from PA. Note that the landscape of minor political parties changed significantly as well. JVP gained from ten seats in 2000 to 16 in 2001. All Tamil parties except EPDP got with each other to kind Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and kept their collective total at 15. EPDP was lowered to 2 from 9 in 1994.

What is noteworthy right here was that president CBK fought back, but she was left with the only choice of dissolving the parliament rather than buying a massive chunk of MPs from the ruling party, due to the fact the wedge formed by JVP and TNA with 31 seats amongst them created it unviable to go for the second choice. Nevertheless, she produced the Government significantly less desirable to best politicians in the Government get taking more than 3 crucial ministries – defense, interior, and media. She also declared a state of emergency and utilized state media, now below her handle, to convince the public that the country is in danger beneath the UNF government. When time was ripe, she dissolved the parliament in 2003.

2001 Sri Lankan parliamentThe resulting 13th Sri Lankan parliament from 2004 – 2010 is shown in figure-6. Quite significantly, this time PA absorbed JVP to form UPFA, additional unifying southern Nationalistic leftist politics. Note that this was accompanied by the growth of Sinhala-Heritage (1-seat in 2000) to a considerable Southern nationalistic political force called Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) with 9-seats in 2004. It additional consolidated the polarization of Northern and Southern Nationalistic politics into two clear foci &#8211 one particular growing while feeding the other. It is signified by a clear rise of TNA that was often accused of representing LTTE in the parliament to 22 seats. This polarization inevitably produced breeding grounds for a complete-scale war between the LTTE and the Government.

2004-Sri-Lankan-parliamentFigure-7 shows the 2010 – 2015 parliament. This reflects the mentality of the nation following the war came to an end in 2009. We notice that EPDP was now openly a portion of UPFA. JHU also was openly absorbed to UPFA. TNA dropped from 22 in 2004 to 14 in 2010 forcing them to re-think about their character and identity in the post-war era. Often EPDP was credited for reaching this by empowering UPFA in the North. JVP that contested seperately was dropped to 7, mainly due to a lack of clarity about the distiction from UPFA in their post-war politics. Though UNF won 60 seats, a mass cross-over (typically said to be a mass buy-over) brought president Mahinda Rajapaksa two/three power in the parliament. The outcome was a jumbo cabinet of ministers (Prime Minister + ten Senior Ministers + 54 Ministers + two Project Ministers + 38 Deputy Ministers). This was made feasible by the weak wedge formed by the minor political parties (just 21 seats between JVP and TNA with none from other minor parties).

2010 Sri Lankan parliamentFigure -7: 2010 Sri Lankan parliament (supply https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/14th_Sri_Lankan_Parliament).

Once again, the country spiraled down the path of Nationalistic polarization. TNA grew in reputation in the North and the East, although UPFA led by President Mahinda Rajapaksa continued to thrive on Nationalistic politics with an iron fist on state media. A quantity of independent media personnel lost their lives, and ultra-Nationalistic groups like Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) enjoyed total impunity in harassing Muslims. One more ethnic catastrophe was in the formation.

Due to some magical turn of events, upbeat President Rajapaksa decided to go for the next presidential election two years in advance of schedule in January 2015. A quantity of senior ministers in the UPFA led by party secretary Maithripala Sirisena defected. The whole opposition united under the presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena to contest against Mahinda Rajapaksa. Probably, this was the riskiest political choice taken by Maithripala Sirisena in his entire life that ended in a good results. What is important to note right here is that what was expected to finish up in an ethnic blood bath ended up in a radical shift in the politics of minor political parties. JVP openly stressed upon the need to have for National reconciliation. TNA that grew in energy in the North and East showed much more flexibility to negotiate with the Central Government. In response, the Central Government appointed a civilian as the Governor of the North and East and solved a number of issues like releasing 425 acres of army-occupied lands back to civilians by means of a method of dialog. Nationalistic JHU split into two with a tough-core Nationalistic section remaining supportive to Mahinda Rajapaksa. The other section showed improved flexibility towards reconciliation efforts.

This is the backdrop on which we are going for the basic election in August 2015. Once again, I want to stress on the significance of the minor party politics in the parliament. Whenever, a main celebration secured undue power, they chose to do divisive and Nationalistic politics brewing a polarization among North and the South. The antidote appears to be a powerful minor party block that appreciates the need to have for great governance, rule of law, democracy, and National reconciliation. Traditionally, minor standard leftist parties and the Muslim Congress have settled down to conform with the ruling celebration in exchange of ministerial positions. Therefore, that block should come from minor parties that have traditionally stood by their principles. Due to this purpose, I would dream of that block to come from TNA and JVP with a powerful will to defend above National priorities and to hold the main parties accountable for it, so that they will do much more of that politics to win over the vote base of minor parties than undertaking far more of Nationalistic and divisive politics. Having said that, I would strongly urge JVP to abandon their classic tactics of waiting till a disaster occurs to make their point, and to be a a lot more active driving force in the opposition with determination to engage positively.