In the World’s current social system, it seems that a comfortable government regime can only be maintained for a decade. That is perhaps why the present system of representative democracy is less than 5 years, so that one regime can maintain power and control for two terms. The same can be said in the 7 decades following independence in Sri Lanka. While it was not the case during J. R. Jayewardene’s rule, the years after that can be summed up as a black spot in a tragic history. Societies where leaders such as Gaddafi, Castro and Putin held and still hold control, are similar to that of being at the brink of a volcano. There are many examples of how such a rule has sent Nation’s plunging into decline and catastrophe. Libya, Iraq and Syria are tragic examples of what ignoring the unwritten golden rule of a decade-long regime can do.
If Mahinda Rajapaksa won a third term, by this time, due to the terms imposed on Sri Lanka by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), there would have been absolute chaos and confusion within the country, and government forces and the civilians’ would have fallen – once more – into a state of civil war. In this situation, indifferent youth would have been fighting for essentials such as fuel, food and drink. On January 8th, when this government came to power, we already know that Sri Lanka’s economy had become a confused mess. The cost of living was at an unbearable high, democratic institutions were eroding, and the rule of law and the judiciary was under the iron boot of the controlling regime. The people themselves were so distressed by the situation, that their silence was palpable.
During the exhibition development carried out during the previous regime, one part of the country was suffering as though in the depths of hell, whilst the other mature and knowledgeable portion of the nation had an unfortunate understanding about their fate forming around them. The Hambantota port, airport, theatre and international cricket ground are nothing short of wasted resources and messy loan-traps. The central priority of the current regime is to undo the dept-trap the previous regime plunged Sri Lanka into. In this regard, the Prime Minister has suggested many economic strategies, laws and regulations.
Under this situation, the Rajapaksa regime were to be found declaring their ability to secure power instantaneously to their followers, thus engaging in improper political conduct. This is quite amazing if you were to think about it. It is a historical mistake that the Rajapaksa’s, instead of correcting their past mistakes, have instead partnered up with the same old thieves, murderers and criminals, in order to begin a new power grab.
Frequencies used by the Sri Lankan electronic media organizations are the inherent property of the public, and have been obtained on a temporary basis after paying taxes. These organizations further obtain large amounts of advertising from government agencies in order to secure these frequencies and ensure the maintenance of their organizations.
Similarly, due to the current trend in Sri Lanka’s electronic frequencies, it is not uncommon to hear people hurling allegations towards the government, asking them to leave. Anyone watching the evening newscast would think that the government is likely to collapse the next day. However, while they promote a anti-government opinion, there is a difference between blaming, criticizing and opposing the government. There is one matter which the electronic media opposing the government should remember. Regardless of the laws in the country, these media institutions exist because of the advertisements amounting to billions of rupees from the government.
The following is the annual ad revenue generated by just 3 leading media institutions solely from the National Lotteries Board:
Sirasa T.V. – 29 Million
Sirasa F.M. – 17 Million
Y F.M. – 06 Million
Hiru T.V. – 22 Million
Hiru F.M. – 19 Million
Derana T.V. – 20 Million
Derana F.M. – 12 Million
This is just the revenue from one government organization. The Government, through many such agencies, place a vast number of government advertisements. If the electronic media organizations continue to disrupt government processes, the best course of action would be to stop these ads as soon as possible.
Can the Rajapaksa’s regain power once more, even after a ten-year rule? My assessment is that they cannot be re-elected. The charismatic and popular leader of that movement, after his 10 years in power, is now 81 years old. As for Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka’s civil intellectuals and opinion makers are violently opposed to him, and Basil is so corrupt that he laughs behind the backs of those who support him. Namal Rajapaksa on the other hand, instead of evolving into a contemporary leader of the country even after ten years, has instead evolved into an immature and abusive leader. My conclusion is that after the UNP’s decade concludes, the next SLFP leader – still on a journey – can be expected to come into the limelight by 2020. And after 2020, hopefully, Sri Lanka will be a Nation where a healthy dual party system exists without the need for a common candidate.
Nihal Gunatilake / December 23, 2016
Hi They will come to power, b’cos of the inability of this Yahapalanaya government!! And there are few guys in the Yahapalanaya who have made billions
and still preach abut anti-corruption etc. God bless Sri Lanka. None of the politicians are honest -Both are deal makers. bye- Nihal Gunatilake
Patriot / December 23, 2016
Phew after reading the last paragraph I am so relieved that Ranil will be ruling for the next ten years. He he hoo hoo haa haa haaaa. What are you smoking man?
max / December 23, 2016
CT readers, if you need a time pass in this holiday season, read Thushara Wanni. Such an insane.
Following is enough to understand what a stupid mentality the said writer diagnosed with!
//If Mahinda Rajapaksa won a third term, by this time, due to the terms imposed on Sri Lanka by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), there would have been absolute chaos and confusion within the country, and government forces and the civilians’ would have fallen – once more – into a state of civil war. In this situation, indifferent youth would have been fighting for essentials such as fuel, food and drink. On January 8th, when this government came to power, we already know that Sri Lanka’s economy had become a confused mess. The cost of living was at an unbearable high, democratic institutions were eroding, and the rule of law and the judiciary was under the iron boot of the controlling regime. The people themselves were so distressed by the situation, that their silence was palpable.//
MR should not be re elected for third term. Thats a different argument. But how on earth one can absorb the above shit of Thushara W?
One more example:
//As for Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka’s civil intellectuals and opinion makers are violently opposed to him//
Where are the “civil intellectuals” this man refers exist? Must be the NGO gundas like him, he’s talking about. As of my experience with the so called civil middle class society, most of them are fond of GR.
Mad bugger trying to impose his psychosis on readers. (Or is it because he knows the mentality of CT readers much better than me? :-))
Dcn / December 23, 2016
Any thing is possible in our country with black money from drugs,political scandals etc.
Sriyani Mangalika / December 23, 2016
[Edited out] Today in contrast we have to say see ahort term effects before long term. Situation is rather complex and illusive.
Raj / December 23, 2016
Are People Blaming The Government? Will Old Thieves Rise To Power Once More?
The short answer to the questions – Of course people blame the Govt (who else is there to blame, apart from the average voter who voted these yobs in again & again?) & old thieves are there for life (they will make sure their siblings will continue if they can’t). Its a cosy ‘old boys’ club’ with entry barriers for decent people to come in to politics). Politics in SL has been deteriorating for decades but the last regime takes the biscuit for promoting corruption to rampage in all forms, whether it’s the Govt. services, security forces / Police, judiciary. The public sector took advantage by oiling the palms of the politicians & sucking up to them for their own gain. So the rich got richer (you only have to see the Rolls, Bentley, Porsche, Range Rover, Tesla etc on the road but the duty on 1000 cc cars has increased beyond the affordability of an average person) It’s a paradise for the rich.
Priyantha Alagiyawanna / December 23, 2016
He visited New Zealand with Ranil W. Pictures were all over in his Face book. Carried out face book campaign for UNP. A man who is working for Ranil preaches general public about Ranil and virtue of this government. Don’t try to misled the public by writing as an independent person. Accept that you work for Ranil.
Nimal / December 24, 2016
As I see after visiting many countries and doing business,UK is a fine example of a decent country. Their system is the best so far, so we must follow them to a great extent. Only weakness is the generous welfare system that keep some away from doing a job.
To attain those standards we must form a new party or enlarge the scope of corruption fighting JVP.This means the new party must recognise the contribution to the economy by the hard working and tax paying private sector.
sumedha / December 24, 2016
So what this article is all about :
1. Ranil will be in power for 10 years
2. media : Don’t criticize the govt. , we will stop giving advertisements
Bullshit… yanne koheda malle pol article
sanjay nanayakkara / December 24, 2016
All these private channels like Sirasa / Hiru /Derana, are talking corruption. & these media channel license are obtain by the relevant Governments by the respective owners who are with questionable history,It was given to them not by calling for tenders or any other legal procurement practice, It was taken by offering bribes & not by Merit. yet these channels are brain washing the public mind, based on their owners political & other agendas. luckily there is social media now, which is catering for at least 50% the population.
Media Ministry or Any authority should terminate all the current licences & call for fresh public tenders based on a justifiable formula which cannot be used to influence the public mind on their personal agendas.
All the other interested parties should be given a equal opportunity without any political influence.
Hela / December 24, 2016
Are People Blaming The Government? Will Old Thieves Rise To Power Once More?
Thushara has forgotten that the old thieves are already in power. Did he think Ranil, Chandrika & Sirisena are innocent new comers?
If Thushara wanted to be humorous, then he had chosen a bad joke….