11 August, 2020

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Destroying Confidence

By Rajiva Wijesinha, MP

Prof Rajiva Wijesinha

Last week, I was told, a mysterious lady approached the President while he was at a funeral, knelt at his feet, and came out with a terrifying story. The person who told me the story evidently thought of the lady as she who must not be named, but she was nothing like the fictional character who could not be named. Young and rich and beautiful, I believe she had long raven locks and sparkling dimples.

The story she had to tell was however a sad one, for it was a tale of betrayal. The President was told that the previous night, at the dinner given by the Indian High Commissioner, at least one senior member of his Cabinet had joined with the Indian Parliamentary delegation in criticism against him.

My interlocutor thought this upsetting news, whether it was true or not. If it was true, it would explain why the President has not moved forward in accordance with his Manifesto, since obviously he would be worried about being criticized on all sides if he took steps that were controversial. If it was not true, the matter was more upsetting, because it indicated that there were those he trusted who were deliberately creating doubt about the next tier of leadership in the party. And that of course is how many seemingly solid governments have collapsed.

Not going to funerals generally, and not certain of the identity of the mysterious dimpled young lady, I was not sure what to think. But that evening I was reminded of a similar incident that had taken place several months ago, when once again our ambassador in Paris had been under threat.

On that occasion, it had been reported, by a Cabinet Minister it seemed, that Dayan had joined with an Indian politician in criticism of the government. The story which I had heard only in a vague form at the time had struck me as preposterous, because Dayan has never made any bones about his views, and they have always put Sri Lanka and its interests first. Like his adored boss, the President, he believes that others are friends but India is a relation – and that is why we are all so sad, whatever the reasons, that India not only voted against us in Geneva but also made a statement that allowed countries less single-minded (or more sensible) than the United States to co-sponsor the Resolution; but Dayan is also clear that, even for relations, one should not sacrifice oneself, even though one should be sensitive about their concerns.

What had happened way back last year in Paris is that Dr Karan Singh, with whom a meeting for the Minister in question had been arranged, had asked that a message be conveyed to the President, namely that the Indian government was under a lot of internal pressure from politicians in Tamil Nadu, and it would be good if the President would move quickly on his commitment towards implementation of the 13th Amendment. Dayan had then it seemed chipped in to the effect that he himself believed in implementation of the 13th Amendment, but it was also important that India make sure the TNA worked on the basis of that Amendment and did not demand things in line with previous LTTE and current TGTE requirements.

Far from the Minister having conveyed the message to the President – which might have helped in making clear the urgency of Indian concerns, since this was a message from one of the most distinguished friends of Sri Lanka who had a long history of association with Lakshman Kadirgamar – instead the Minister signed a damning indictment of Dayan. I cannot believe he wrote this himself, since it was in polished English, which I suspect only Prof Pieris in the Cabinet can match. But it would certainly not have been Prof Pieris, who admires Dayan though he may not always feel strong enough to speak up for him, who would have engaged in such duplicity.

There was no young and rich and beautiful lady in Paris at the time, so it was obviously not the same person involved as in the incident at the funeral. But there does seem here to be at the very least a congruence of interests in those who wish to undermine the President’s confidence in those who have been pillars of strength to him in the past. Had the President been persuaded to dismiss his best ambassadors – and I am told that newspaper editors had confidently been assured that this would happen – and also ceased to work together with the established leadership of the SLFP, it would be easy for those who are anxious for regime change to achieve their aims. If that happens, as we have seen in Libya for instance, those who have practiced duplicity on behalf of a leader who is to be changed are the first to start practicing duplicity against that leader, and on behalf of the new authorities, when change occurs.

That is not conceivable of Dayan, that is not conceivable of the SLFP leadership that is moderate to a man, but also deeply patriotic – as for instance we noted when the General Secretary of the SLFP resisted the efforts of the duplicitous branch of the US State Department to suborn him. They are generally in favour of proceeding with the 13th amendment as pledged by government, but they would also work positively towards developing substitutes for any elements that are worrying in a changing world. The point is to address the concerns that led to the 13th Amendment, without creating further concerns. In discussions with the TNA I found their leadership quite prepared to work on this principle, in accordance with the Constitution, though obviously extremists on both sides would prefer to emphasize the points of contention rather than the many areas on which agreement would be so easy.

But if our efforts to reach consensus are going to be undermined by efforts to sow distrust amongst members of the government, and with regard to the most able public servants we have, then we will certainly have problems. I have no idea how we can find out the identity of the raven haired young lady and question her in the presence of the Ministers she criticized. But surely it will not be difficult for the Ministry of External Affairs to conduct an inquiry, with the support of the Minister whose name was used, into the effort to denigrate Dayan. That may open up a can of worms, but it is better to do that than to keep allowing them to be used as bait to entrap us all.

 

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    More psychobabble from the jobless MP..How about doing some work for the tax payers

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    CT, do you really need to publish such………..?

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    Prof……. Please tell me..

    What are you telling us actually…

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    Very amusing

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    Prof ? What’s going on ? can’t understand a bloody thing.

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    Gosh ! what convoluted and meandering twaddle. Methinks that the good Ole Prof is really going bonkers !

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    I think you and Dayan are Eurocentric doctors who are abusing the sacrifices made by village Sinhala-speaking poor soldiers like the Hasalaka Hero.

    You two and LLRC and so many in cool office rooms are betraying the Hasalaka Hero’s mother by preaching the 13A magic.

    It is sad that MahindaR is now a prisoner with people like you misleading him.

    I feel disgusted because I was behind MR since he was fighting for the Leader of the Opposition when Anura said MR is good only as a deputy!! Where were Rajiv?? you then

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    I think you and Dayan are Eurocentric doctors who are abusing the sacrifices made by village Sinhala-speaking poor soldiers like the Hasalaka Hero.

    You two and LLRC and so many in cool office rooms are betraying the Hasalaka Hero’s mother by preaching the 13A magic.

    It is sad that MahindaR is now a prisoner with people like you misleading him.

    I feel disgusted because I was behind MR since he was fighting for the Leader of the Opposition when Anura said MR is good only as a deputy!! Where were you then Rajiv??

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    hello, kiyana deyak therena basawen kiyantako mahaththayo. ohomada sabaragamuwe igennuwe. lamayinta deiyangema pihitai.

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    Rajiva
    Please touch your nose with your index finger in front of your face!

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    Implementing the 13th Amendment utterly pointless unless there is large-scale demilitarization of the North and East beforehand. Of course, Rajiva does not bother to mention this; instead he engages in the usual semantic tomfoolery: The point is to address the concerns that led to the 13th Amendment, without creating further concerns . Rajiva is as eager as Dayan to enjoy the amenities of the glass house, although it should be noted that while Dayan can actually grasp the magnititude of the geopolitical situation, Rajiva is as clueless as a tiny tot. If the 13th Amendment has not been implemented thus far, then that is the fault of Mahinda Rajapakse and no one else. And it is hardly far-fetched to say that in order to implement the 13th, regime change is essential.

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    *Implementing the 13th Amendment is utterly pointless

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    Let Prof and Wijewickrama battle for the patriotism. Dennama Gonata andala.

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    Very easy to understand , he is a MR’s follower.

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      I do not know what Thushara means by “he is a MR follower.”

      I support most of his political plans because they fit with 50 years of my political views.

      I can never be a follower of anybody.

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    WASTING OUR TIME REPLY TO THESES ANIMAL WHO PLAY THIS GAME OVEWR 60 YEARS.

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    Sorry. What on earth are you trying to say,Professor.Are you an adviser to the President?I can imagine the root of all the evils.

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    Rajiv you are a sucker going mad and using english with no sense

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    What da f…..g nincompoop nonsense is this? This is sheet rubbish and petticoat politics at its best!!! This is also utter calumny operation in governance! Into the bargain this is proof that moronic Rajapakshas have based their governance and decision making on calumny and hate-mongering talks! Anyone remembers how may votes this stupid MP obtained? I think this is a national-lister!

    When a government is legitimate and its activities are democratic there is no question of diplomatic calumny. Only when there are issues that must be concealed that such talks become an issue and these donkeys are wasting the valuable time and tax payers money on useless quarrels. God save this country!

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    Is this a translation from a different langauge?
    How can a professor write such ungrammatical sentences ?

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    “…. If it was true, it would explain why the President has not moved forward in accordance with his Manifesto, since obviously he would be worried about being criticized on all sides if he took steps that were controversial. If it was not true, the matter was more upsetting, because it indicated that there were those he trusted who were deliberately creating doubt about the next tier of leadership in the party. And that of course is how many seemingly solid governments have collapsed…..”

    There you are! President is only concerned with criticisms, next tire of leadership and keeping his sordid government from collapsing! This impotent useless and rotten president is incapable of taking any conclusive critical and important decisions that would determine the future of this country. This cardboard hero cum bogus president together with bone suckers like Rajiva are incapable of delivering any substance but chaos corruption robbery thuggery and strife.

    But how about former leaders like DSS, Dudley, JR or RW who had political intelligence vision determination enterprise and bravery to take revolutionary decisions for the country–the massive irrigation cultivation power generation projects, open economy and entry into the benefits of the industrial revolution, the CFA and deliberations on a negotiated settlement to the ethnic problem all of which demanded greater leadership qualities and political will, vision and entrepreneurship. But what the hack have these failed pathetic entities delivered to the motherland? Nothing but bitumen carpets on which ordinary people can ill afford to drive due to escalating costs of oil vehicles and spares. It is an open secret that carpeting and failed mega projects are a means of plundering national wealth by the Rajapakshas.

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