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Call For A May 9 Commission: Bring Gota, Mahinda & Basil Before A Parliamentary Commission

By Vishwamithra

“If you hang out with chickens, you’re going to cluck and if you hang out with eagles, you’re going to fly.” ~ Steve Maraboli

If President Ranil Wickremesinghe is serious about reestablishing democratic principles and the rule of law, he should do one thing. He should immediately take steps to introduce an Act, a Motion in Parliament that would enable the institution of a Parliamentary Commission, along the lines of the January 6 Commission in the United States of America; it’s essential to hold those who condemned our country to an abyss of economic and sociopolitical death accountable. Such a Commission would seek answers to many questions that are swirling around now and transparency and accountability would stand a fighting chance of survival. And Aragalaya will have met a meaningful goal and those who took part in that noble venture could be proud of their labor, both physical and spiritual.

How feasible would this kind of approach be in our current political crisis? How practical such a measure would be, given the current economic downfall? How far-reaching such a move would be and apart from the exhibitionistic aspects of such a commission hearing, how is the electorate going to react to such a transparent measure? How consequential would it be in the exposure of our political leaders? All these elements need to be addressed before such a ‘Commission’ is instituted. 

That is why we must look beyond the sensational aspect of such a ‘Commission’ and its hearings and findings. Once the hearings begin, the mass approach and mass interest might be very keen but would wane away once they reach run-of-the-mill meanderings of a politico-run hearing. Yet how is such a Commission equipped with the essential wherewithal in a real sense; whether such a Commission is embedded with inherent judicial powers; whether it would have the powers to punish those who are found guilty or could it even recommend for criminal hearings in the court system in the country after such findings; they are all questions craving answers.      

But the political advantages to the ones that advance the cause of such a Commission are enormous in that, the very optics of such a move could be seen on the very numbers of those who would pay attention to their television screens when the hearings begin to be telecast. The need is to create as much chaos within the superficial minds of those political leaders who think that political power is everything; that political power so invested by the people on such a temporary basis lives forever. They do not realize that, in a democracy, what was granted at the elections is a mere and unequivocally impermanent measure of faith by the people for a limited amount of time.

Mahinda, Gotabhaya and Basil cannot be allowed to go scot-free. Accountability to the teeth and toe is a must if our leaders have to be taught a lesson on abuse of power and subjecting the masses to excruciating hardships and adversities. If the Constitution blocks any judicial measures taken against the incumbent or former Presidents, there are only two options available for those who elected them to power on fake foundations of this Chintana and that Viyath Maga. A Parliamentary investigation, I suppose, sits outside the provisions of the Constitution and if such action is initiated by the current Opposition parliamentarians led by AKD, Sarath Fonseka, Champika or Sajith, then let the accused go to the Supreme Courts and challenge its validity. Challenging such a motion in the legal setup is no good optics for those who challenge it. What is necessary is to create an atmosphere of fear in the minds of those who committed the unpardonable crimes of corruption and thereby subjected the people to mindless suffering, pain and anguish.

In politics, especially in Parliamentary politics, a constant and unending agitation is a very powerful tool if the Opposition chooses to exercise such power. Being lethargic, uncreative and apathetic is a ready recipe for electoral defeat. Pursuit of power is a long and hard journey. One does not attain the seat of power by being lazy and engaged in a futile exercise of procrastination. The greatest example is what JR Jayewardene did from the day he became the leader of the United National Party (UNP). He engaged himself, his party-men and then the entire country in a teeming exercise of mass-opposition to the Sirimavo-led coalition government from 1973 to 1977.

JR was not a young man then; he was nearing seventy. Yet he managed to galvanize hundreds of thousands of people in the opposition against the inefficiencies of the then government and the results were ultimately sweet and enormous in every sense of the word. No political party (UNP as one single Party, not a coalition) has routed an incumbent governing party so decisively in any election, before or since 1977. When JR started his Satyagraha campaigns soon after he became the leader of the UNP (after Dudley Senanayake’s death) no voter or a potential voter thought in terms of capture of power the day after the campaign. What JR did was creating the context and atmosphere for such an electoral victory. It took almost five years but eventually a success was the result.

Today’s leaders, specifically Sajith Premadasa and his cohorts, are delusional about coming to power and their mad sprint seems to have come to a sudden halt as a result of their former leader Ranil Wickremesinghe is now occupying the highest seat in the land. Unfortunately for them, Ranil happens to be in a short honeymoon-orgy with their enemy, the Pohottuwa Gang. Severely let down by the crush of circumstances and betrayed by some of their own members, the Samagi Jana Balavegaya (SJB), Sajith and his closest cohorts comprising of Eran Wickremaratne, Harsha de Silva, Nalin Bandara, except, of course, Sarath Fonseka and Patali Champika Ranawaka, do not seem to be possessing any skills of creativity and originality. Either they are completely incompetent or they simply do not seem to care about what’s waiting for them at the end of this disgraceful game of politicking played at the expense of the public at large.

Total lack of strategic planning and absence of clever execution of such a plan are the components of their current enterprise. Ultimately it comes down to their leader. In the wake of Dudley’s death, if the UNP’s leadership had gone to someone else other than JR, what could have been the fate of the UNP and for that matter, the rest of the country? Leadership in real flesh and blood, a massively relatable persona living, breathing and motivating the followers in moments of national crisis are not just characters one finds in fairy tales. They did and still do exist amongst us. Whether what happens after such a leaders come to power and what they do afterwards is not what I am writing about now. I am writing about the necessity of such a person or persons in flesh and blood given the current chaos and crisis.

One would neglect or disregard such an essential item, a driving force and a motivating trailblazer only at the peril of the organization that he or she is involved in. Mere being involved or engaged in the daily mundane activities of a political organization is no substitute for such a consequential leader. If Sajith, AKD or any other so-called leader, even whether Sarath Fonseka or Patali Champika, chooses to abdicate such a leadership role, then let that be. Get out of the arena and allow some young and raw person to come forward and lead a nation in distress. 

No solution to the current economic crisis is complete nor is it meaningfully consequential without a resolution to the country’s political, cultural and especially the ethnic stalemate. The second-class treatment meted out by our Sinhalese political leaders created Prabhakaran, who some have chosen to call a monster and a terrorist. Yet Prabhakaran rendered leadership to all Tamil people in the country, literally by hook or by crook. His instruments of power were the gun, the bomb and the suicide killers who rightly or wrongly believed in their cause. So were some of the JVP insurrectionists in ’71 and ’87 periods. Such blind and selfless motivation belongs to a select few, a select few whose ideals and the beliefs in those ideals surpass their selfish desires and ambitions.  

Fyodor Dostoevsky, in his classic Crime and Punishment writes as follows: “Human nature is not taken into account, it is excluded, it’s not supposed to exist! … They believe that a social system that has come out of some mathematical brain is going to organize all humanity at once and make it just and sinless in an instant, quicker than any living process!…The living soul demands life; the soul won’t obey the rules of mechanics.” Such rich and enshrined articulation may be limited to the greats such as Dostoevsky, yet the eternality of such sayings lasts beyond all memories of mankind. Are we fortunate to behold a man or woman with such eternal qualities?

The essential ingredient for a successful introspection and its resultant effect in the context of the current crisis we face is pure and total accountability; accountability without reservation, without any preconditions and without excuses but definitely with suitable and fitting punishment. Bring the Rajapaksa Gang and their cohorts before a Parliamentary Commission!

*The writer can be contacted at vishwamithra1984@gmail.com   

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    All members of the US backed and Brokered Ranil Rajapakse Regime must be held accountable.
    What about the head honcho — Bondscam Ranil who looted the Central Bank, destroyed the credibility of the country’s most important financial Oversight institution -CBSL – and did 2 bondscams to fund his UNP’s election campaign being held accountable?
    It was after all RW who put Lanka into the Washington Concensus International Sovereign Bond, IMF Paris Club Debt trap and bailout business! The largest amount of ISB debt was taken by RW’s Jarapalayana govt. when he was Finance Minister.

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      Dinuk,
      Get your FACTS first of all right?? RW was never Finance Minister during the Yahapalanaya or ‘Jarapalayana’ govt as you would like!!
      The loans and Bonds during that time was taken to service the Commercial loans already taken by MaRa during 2010 to 2015!! Those loans had no GRACE period to commence repayment and high interest??
      PBJ did NOT make it a SECRET in 2014 (PRE ELECTION), that SL would not be able to ‘service those loans’?? Therefore, it would be better to “Pass the Govt on to the then Opposition” – UNP and Yahapalanaya!!
      BLAME THE RIGHT ACCUSED WHO ARE MILLET COLUR SHAWLED!!

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        Mahila,
        “RW was never Finance Minister during the Yahapalanaya”
        Absolutely right. Some commentators are only good at twisting facts and inventing realities to match their imagined conspiracy theories.

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          “How far-reaching such a move would be and apart from the exhibitionistic aspects of such a commission hearing, how is the electorate going to react to such a transparent measure?”
          Any such commission would be dead on arrival. The fact is that even now, at least 40% of the electorate are rabid Rajapaksa loyalists. Add to that the Buddhist clergy, who would never allow the “Saviour of the Nation ” to be thrown under the bus. Already, the Mahanayakas are grumbling about having to pay for electricity. As long as so many members of the public are under the influence of these hypocritical parasites, the Rajapaksas are untouchable, and they know it.

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          OC,
          Good day.
          “Some commentators are only good at twisting facts and inventing realities to match their imagined conspiracy theories”
          That’s not a surprise at all?
          It’s the national past-time!! You’ll find them doing it all the time at different situations and circumstances!!?
          Stitch together unrelated events in a string and come up with the ‘manufactured truth’ and try to convince the populace, by repeating it so many time – like Goebbels, during WWII, to distract the people from the truth – Nazi Germany was in retreat?? That RW’s involvement in Bond Scam was the 1st ever Bond scam and Nivard and Mahinda Greek bonds was above board, or ISIS involvement in Easter Sunday bombing, when it was hatched in pleasanter climes, in Deep South Sri Lanka!!
          Nauseating, and unable to believe that the intelligent masses, of 2500 years culture could be so naïve, easily fooled!!??
          FOOLED THEY WERE; THAT IN 5 YEARS R BROS. Inc., ROMPED BACK TO POWER AND CONTINUED RAMPAGE!!
          Final result ruination of the Nation and the Inhabitants!!??

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      Dear Sensitive Readers,
      I don’t know if most of us actually have five senses. The same people who set fire to the “struggle” agitators are taking the stage today….this is absolutely impossible in a civilized world. People pester them with stones. Just think, how many people in the audience will applaud at this meeting..
      How stupid and sensitive people must be.
      Some YouTube dogs even promote it. Please check the link added below.
      Our people do not understand the extent of the destruction that the Rajapaksa’s are doing to this nation, so nothing that crush would be of of any use.
      :
      Those who should have been in jail for a long time are today singing those verses for their comeback on a public platform. Can Mahinda Rajapakse wear the “scarf” again in front of the people?

      Today they are gathered to cheer up a man who set this country on fire on May 9th by inciting madmen to struggle-protesters. Of course they didn’t burn, but their stories helped a lot to set the country on fire. Mahinda Rajapaksa should be publicly hanged to start a new era.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xS6eGVsRQOs

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xS6eGVsRQOs

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        LLM,
        Good Day.
        “The same people who set fire to the “struggle” agitators are taking the stage today….this is absolutely impossible in a civilized world.”
        First of all, one must answer the question, “Is Sri Lanka qualified to be part of Civilised World?” NO!! Not at all!!??
        With due respect to the Civilised World, let me apologise, if anyone even thought so??
        Sri Lanka is the part of the world now inhabited, ruled governed and looted/robbed by Thakkadiyas uneducated and the uncouth??!!

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    Vishwa, a Jan 6th commission in Lanka ? NO CHANCE. There is no need of Aragalaya in the first place, if we are capable of having one. People who organized and initiated violence, including Mahinda should be held accountable, which I am confident saying, will never ever happen in Sham Lanka. The proposed Geneva resolution this year underscores the importance of addressing “underlying governance factors and root causes that have contributed to Sham Lanka’s unprecedented economic meltdown, bankruptcy and failure. It identifies deepening militarization , lack of accountability in governance, impunity for SERIOUS human rights violations and abuses( by governments) as a central obstacle to the rule of law, reconciliation and sustainable peace and development”. Further it recognizes that “the promotion and protection of human rights and the prevention and fight against CORRUPTION are mutually reinforcing”.

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      chiv,
      .
      I get what you mean. Our great need is for an ASAP election which will give us a change of government.
      .
      There can be no doubt that the faces will change; I’m optimistic enough to feel that it will be “a better government”.
      .
      When what we now have is a legal but unrepresentative and illegitimate government, how can we hope for Commissions?
      .
      I have yet to read Vishwamithra carefully. He’s interesting, usually.

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        S_M,
        I have the utmost respect for you and your views, although you support the NPP, a different version of the JVP, which i do not support, because of bad past experiences and our extended family being affected, mainly in 1987/89.
        My humble submission, Panini, is that Elections would not solve the issues or problems facing the country??!! It would exacerbate the situation to deteriorate further down the abyss!! Not reverse the slide??
        FIRST AND FOREMOST, JVP/NPP/UNP/SJB WILL EVER WIN MAJORITY??!! tHE ELECTION WOULD RESULT IN AN ENHANCED REPRESENTATION BY SLPP AND MAKE THE SITUATION ACUTE!??

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    Kishali Pinto Jayawardena the BASL Nominee on the RTI Commission had,several years ago, listed out all the Commissions of Inquiry appointed by Governments of the day on various national issues. Most,if not all the recommendations made therein have never been implemented,notwithstanding enormous sums of money that went into those sittings.

    Would Ranil Rajapakse ever appoint another Commission to go into the May 9th incidents which was in essence the Rajapakse response to the Aragalaya?

    A long shot Vishwamithra……………

  • 7
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    Hey Chiv, You guys are asking for an election without knowing the outcome. It will be a worst situation than now because not a single party will get more than 70 seats. So the MPs auction will start. Whoever has the most money will form the government and most likely the Rajapakshas.

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      Hec , I am not asking for an election. My simple opinion is that, there will never ever be a January 6 like commission in Sham Lanka.. I hear yet another truth finding mission promised in Geneva after getting only 7 countries support. We never get tired of finding the truth isn’t it???

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        Who voted against ??? Here we go China , Russia , Cuba , Venezuela, Pakistan…….. Do I need to say more

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        Chiv,
        Good day.
        “I hear yet another truth finding mission promised in Geneva after getting only 7 countries support. We never get tired of finding the truth isn’t it???”
        All Fake??? Ploys to defer, delay, protract the issues? Not to resolve, which point, they have made up their mind!!?? These inquiries, commissions are to find justification as to why no action has been taken to resolve?? They will never admit their stance of no being keen to resolve, but “beat about the bush”, with some NONSENSE!?
        CHARLATANS hood-winking the masses of the Tax Payers money!!?
        These vagabonds think, they could pull wool over the eyes of all the people all the time!!??
        That defines the calibre of FOOLS, UNEDUCATED, UNCOUTH IDIOSYNCRATIC IMBERCIELS WE HAVE AS ELECTED REPRESENTATIVE OF THE SOVEREIGN PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY OF SO CALLED 2500 YEARS OF CIVILISATION THAT WAS A MIRAGE!!!

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          Mahila, you are right. Thanks to Aragalaya, many feel the same as you (comments I read from different sources) Considering 1) When Ranil was PM under MS, Lanka drafted it’s own commitment which was supported by all members. 2) This time, while Ranil is President, our FM says ” we categorically reject” accusing Geneva of interference” 3) When fugitive became President, he outright rejected what was already agreed by Lanka / Ranil 4) For years Rajapaksas denied rights violations, so much so they could not continue anymore.

  • 5
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    It is like Criminals Commission to find the truth?

  • 6
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    VM,
    Good Morning,
    Very good suggestion and all well intentioned citizens and Sri Lankans must endorse that and ensure is carried out to successful completion!
    Very good indeed

  • 2
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    What A Parliamentary commission.This proposal is a good news for parliament members for them you are opening a gate make money.RAJAPAKSA and company has millions of rupees to buy over the members of parliament who will never find fault with RAJAPAKSE CLANS OR CLOWNS.SEE THE RECENT EXAMPLE A MAN A PROFESSOR WHO LICKS THE BOOTS OF KAPPUTA IS APPOINTED AS COPE CHAIRMAN.

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    If you go for an election the idiot voters will vote for like minded idiots. It always happens. That is why an election is the dumbest thing to do right now.Use the 2.5 years to get some reforms in place such as the 22A, Restructuring the economy. Shutting down or privatizing all SOEs so that future idiots cannot gouge on them. We live in a country where verdicts are issued before the case is heard. The independence of the judiciary has been legally compromised. The honest investigators locked up, vilified and forced to flee the country. Direct orders from the supreme court to pay back pay to such a vilified officer blatantly disregarded. How wonderful it would be if the three amigos are hauled up and made to be accountable. Giving each of them a well deserved public flogging is what should be done but forget it.

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      Thiha, You say that independence of the judiciary has been legally compromised. There are still some righteous legal minds left in our country who cannot be simply bought up with the money god. Flogging might kill these sick brothers, and so it is better to imprison the family in the Trinco island, far away from the parliament they usually buy up. Then legally punish robberies of all the rest and build up the economy. It is possible only legally.

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    Accountability, the rule of law, honesty, integrity, sincerity, and even humanity could not all be expected from any members of the Rajapaksa family. Most Sinhala voters, who supported them in the past have already experienced how they have been misled in the last 15 years.

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