21 July, 2019

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Dismantling Supremacist

By Surendra Ajit Rupasinghe

Ajit Rupasinghe

Ajit Rupasinghe

Dismantling the Supremacist – Hegemonic Unitary State is the Bed-Rock of Democratic Reform

We note the accelerated steps being taken by H.E. Maitripala Sirisena and the new Regime in dealing with major issues of corruption and abuse of power. This is as it should be. The twin issues of corruption and abuse of power had dragged this country into the pits of political decomposition and moral degradation. They robbed us of our wealth and violated our collective dignity and freedom. This is while staining our country internationally. These twin issues relate not only to financial fraud, but to the whole gamut of gross and deliberate violations of international human rights and humanitarian law. This includes crimes against Nature, Humanity and the People, and crimes of Genocide. This is the depth of criminality descended by the Rajapaksa Regime.

The military victory set the stage for consolidating a chauvinist-militarist/hegemonic-supremacist unitary State under the command of the Rajapaksa troika. Corruption and abuse of power reached unprecedented astronomical heights. It was fuelled by an extremely twisted form of a dynastic-crony-mafia Capitalism, powered by a narcotics-driven political economy. The narcotics trade reached unprecedented levels, as drug barons and related war lords (and murderers, rapists and political pimps) were elevated to the pinnacles of political power. Financial racketeers in high command, including the Governor of the Central Bank, Secretary to the Treasury, Politicians and Ministry Secretaries and Heads of State Corporations greased the machinery of corruption and abuse of power. The drug trade and casinos functioned as the circuits for money laundering. Mega projects and secret deals paved the way for massive bribes and commissions, amounting to billions. Highways made possible the highway robbery of the people. The naked abuse of power crystallized in the form of an attempted coup by the deposed President to retain power. We were among the first to expose this attempted coup in the pages of Colombo Telegraph.

Mahinda FamilyAre the issues of corruption and abuse of power being pursued without regard for status, position, wealth or power of the former regime, including members of the deposed Rajapaksa troika, family and dynasty? If such is the case, then a process of investigation and prosecution should be effected against Mahinda Rajapaske as the kingpin of crimes against the people, including corruption and abuse of power. Instead, we find Ranil Wickremasinghe stating that Mahinda Rajapaksa would go down in history for his role in defeating terrorism! He has vowed to protect Mahinda Rajapaksa from the on-going international investigation into war crimes. The bogey, spineless bourgeois liberal and trusted agent of US imperialism would surely ensure that his partner in crime would be protected, lest he himself would be exposed, and the whole system of neo-colonial plunder and robbery be fatally undermined. Furthermore, if this policy is being effected with regard to the due process of the Law, then it is foremost that the institutions of Justice – the Supreme Court and all the institutions and practices of the Judiciary be held accountable for any and all violations committed. The de-facto Chief Justice, Mohan Pieris, should be prosecuted for his culpability in the attempted coup in the face of barefaced evidence. What about Gotabaya, Rakna Lanka and the hoarding of containers of heavy weapons in complete secrecy? None of the real kingpins, none of the Godfathers of the Mafia have been prosecuted, let alone be charged!

For the more perceptive observers, the question arises from whence this fevered compulsion to deliver justice and accountability from a system and a ruling class that thrives on selling the country to foreign powers for a share of the spoils of profit and plunder, that is corrupt to its core and drenched in the blood of the people? Some of the very same forces who are passionate about justice, accountability, human rights and good governance remain complicit- silent or otherwise- in these crimes against the people. Some of them would seem to be attempting to cover their own soiled tracks. The system itself may require such a public regurgitation of the accumulated rot, just to gain legitimacy and survive. It may be that the New Dispensation needs with utter desperation to gain accelerated momentum to stay ahead with this selective populist campaign. Therefore, the masses shall subject the New Dispensation to an acid test and exert vigilance, lest the people be taken for yet another ride. We shall observe whether the New Dispensation is merely engaging in a surgical operation to pump new blood and life into the same old defunct State and System. Or, whether it is really serious and sincere about delivering justice, democracy, accountability, decency and freedom to the people. Unlike the self-appointed watch dogs such as the JVP or the JHU, who have their own history and complicity in rabid chauvinism and terrorist violence against the people, we shall remain independent of the rotted Comprador-Capitalist State and rely on and mobilize the people to defend their rights and freedoms.

There are larger issues than corruption and abuse of power currently pursued, although they have to be prosecuted in their own right. We will have to monitor whether the New Presidency is being driven by the US geo-political global agenda to gain a solid strategic foothold in our country with the aim of displacing China. We simply do not wish to be subjugated and be chained as a link in the strategic chain of any imperialist power, whether it be the US, China, India, EU, Japan, Russia or any other. We shall have to see if the New Dispensation is about selling out the country and the people to the imperialist-driven neo-liberal development agenda on new terms and conditions. We remain suspect that Modi rushed to greet the new President and invite him to visit India. We shall remain alert to the fact that the US, Britain, EU, Japan rushed to greet and embrace the New Dispensation, and that China jumped the gun to offer even more aid. Why would all these imperialist predators rush with panted breath to embrace the New Dispensation and offer unstinted support? Is the New Dispensation committed to implementing the “Regaining Sri Lanka” sell out first designed by Ranil Wickremasinghe and then raised to a whole new level by Mahinda Rajapakse in the form of the “20 Year Development Plan”? At this crucial turning point, all genuine patriots, progressives and democrats should remain alert and mobilized to protect national unity, independence, democracy and freedom.

The acid in the litmus test shall be whether the New Dispensation shall take systematic steps to dismantle the neo-colonial state built on the foundations of chauvinism and supremacy designed to keep us all divided, subjugated and pitted against each other. This would mean concretely whether the ND shall deliver justice to the Tamil nation cohabiting in the North-East on the basis of recognizing its right of national self-determination. Whether the national-democratic aspirations of the Moslem, Hill Country, the Ja, Burgher national minorities and the freedom and security of the religious communities would be secured. The litmus test would be to observe whether the new regime shall implement policies to address the following key issues that alone can provide the basis for a bourgeois democratic reform of the State and Political Order:

  1. Providing a democratic solution to the National Question whereby all the nations and nationalities of this country shall coexist with dignity, equality, security and democratic freedom, without any form of discrimination, violation or subjugation.
  2. Adopting a secular, democratic Constitution that shall give concrete expression to the equality, dignity, plurality, and diversity of the people of Lanka and their inalienable human and democratic rights.
  3. Ensuring a return of the Land taken over and robbed by the State and ending any form of forced colonization and militarization in the historical homelands of the oppressed Tamil and Moslem people in the North-East.
  4. Constitutionally enshrining the democratic right of the Hill Country Tamil people to own land, build their own homes, enjoy unrestricted citizenship and achieve a life with dignity and access to equal opportunity to reap the benefits and freedoms of the 21st
  5. Ensuring accountability, justice and redress for all violations of international human rights and humanitarian law, including abductions, enforced disappearances, torture, rape, and extra-legal killings.
  6. Repeal of the PTA and release of political prisoners who are being detained illegally.
  7. Providing a system of public adjudication and litigation whereby all political representatives and public officials shall be brought under the direct supervision of the people, with the power of immediate and effective recall.
  8. Abrogation of all agreements with foreign powers that offer strategic-military partnerships that endanger national unity, independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Land of Lanka, including the “Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement” with the US.

No amount of democratic reform from above can do away with the fact of imperialist domination, exploitation and plunder. Neo-colonial subjugation and national oppression will not only continue, but will be intensified. Inter-imperialist rivalry for world domination will continue to create crisis, anarchy and genocidal war throughout the world, and in the Land of Lanka. In the case of a neo-colonial State, in the era of Imperialism and proletarian revolution, only the most radical democratic revolution waged by the workers, peasants and all oppressed masses and nationalities, under the leadership of the proletariat can break the stranglehold of world imperialism and achieve genuine national unity, independence, people’s democracy and economic prosperity. In this historical context, the Ceylon Communist Party-Maoist will stand committed to ensure that the New Dispensation shall not be a New Round of the same old game of neo-colonial subjugation at the hands of a New Fraction of the very same ruling class. A ruling class that has taken turns in selling out the country, robbing, bleeding and terrorizing the people, as a means of sharing in the profits of imperialist exploitation and plunder. The Land and the People of Lanka shall not be played forever in the game of imperialist chess.

*Ajit is the Secretary of the Ceylon Communist Party-Maoist. This a statement by the Ceylon Communist Maoist

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    Surendra,

    I agree with you on the points you raised about the reprehensible Mahinda palanaya. It was a familiocracy and kleptocracy combined.

    We must be thankful for the ragtag coalition led by My3 that evolved out of nothing and in such a short time to oust this most heinous regime of Mahainda Rajapaksa. AKD and JVP helped a lot in achieving this task which all thought was impossible. It is true that urgent issues are not being attended to by this new coalition, but then we must not expect miracles – My3 has been in power only for a very short time.

    Comrade Rupasinghe, with due respect to communism, I must however disagree that a government of the proletariat is the best thing for Sri Lanka. Not very well known is the fact that Muslims and Vietnamese were the first to be decimated by Polpot purely to sate the religious bigotry and racial hatred that festered in the minds of the Cambodians. The orgy of killings stopped only when Vietnam intervened to halt the genocide of Vietnamese in Cambodia. Cambodia was a so called Buddhist nation just like Sri Lanka claim to be. Where ever Buddhism thrives intolerance also thrives. Just take a good look at the contemporarily scene where religious violence prevail in countries like Sri Lanka, Burma, Cambodia, Thailand and to a lesser extent Laos. Given the deep rooted racism that lurks in every Sri Lankan mind it would easily turn into a super bloodbath to rival the bloodletting in communist Cambodia led by Brother No.1 Polpot.

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    Comrade, communism died a death long ago. and nothing was ever perfect in the brutal utopias you worship. Next to Hitler, Stalin killed the most number of people out of paranoia. The number of Soviets killed by Stalin is over 20million. Do we need to talk about how many Cambodians were killed by PolPot. How about Mao? Go to N.Korea and observe. Will you be allowed to travel freely or speak freely. Hell no. They cannot even feed their own people without food aid from the capitalist S.Korea. Do you remember how the people of Romania treated the corrupt murderous Ceascescu? no one gave a damn when he and his wife were executed. You live in la-la lands of theory that no one practices. Do we need to go on about China and their total lack of freedoms and how they invaded Tibet? or how they treat the Uighurs? Study that old chap. Yes go read up and study on how your Maoist Commies treat the Uighurs. Wake up and smell the Tea and Coffee. Your language is archaic; your concepts are archaic. India is dominated by the singular power of Hindu Indians even if they are diverse in ethnicities.

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    Only an obsolete communist will use the kind of language this chap uses. Troika? Last time that word was used was when the Repressive communist backward Soviet Union was ruled by Brezhnev, Kosygin and Podgorny. When there are free elections not one sane person in the world will ever choose your archaic communist ideology. can you name any nation in the world that ELECTED by free will a communist regime that practiced democracy? it is mutually exclusive.

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    This man is self-appointment Maoist by when CPC become totally disintegrated from Labor unions by that time large number of party carder and member left Party since 1963 to 1991.
    He is just like Parrot, that talking on Mao-ism, which his writing that are not related to the ground reality of Demcratic revolution and their class aspirations of different classes in Sri lanka.
    He is dogmatist not Marxist. His views and mindset are more familiar with adventurist-Anarchism.

    No doubt self-appoint MAO leader is supporter of Mathariplal Sirisena of UNP politics and encourage by Democracy new type of politically oriented split and divided an Island of Sri Lankan led by Ranil W… of UNP ‘democracy governances’ and ‘Rule of Law’ by hundred day political programmed .

    Is quite obvious that self-appointment Maoist , CPC (maoist) gentlemen had been natural enemy of SLFP and an opposed Mahinada Rajapakasa that progressive role played of United democratic reforms, which Sri lanka under SLFP of that since 2005 to 2014.

    His point of views are unique, even to be surprised to Maoist that all land belongs to Sri Lankan people must be divided into pieces. First must be divided to Tamil-North-East ,Muslims that part for East,then Upcountry Indian Tamils and Burgers, & Jas some extent city center of Colombo will be allocated , which that under “Right of self-determination” by “teaching” of Lenin.

    Split, the ‘divide and rule’ is the prime agenda of US UK and Indian Hegemony Global policies. That is apply Sri lanka too.
    How is that self-appointment Maoist policies,can be same as US policy of Hegemony? of Split and Divided by small nation and bully by US hegemony?

    In essentially fake Maoist are the agents of US range of hegemony policies and their outfits.
    What will happen to Sinhalese majority people? Where they are supposed to go?

    This is the Tamil Eealm want?

    This what Ranil W..of UNP going to implemented soon by 100 Days!

    This what NEW National Government of political agenda proposed by Marithapala Sirisena of NEW Chairman of SLFP ongoing join action plan to be implement very soon? by SLFP leadership!

    This Sethey call theory ‘ secular democratic revolution’ that led by ‘era of imperialism of proletarian revolution’.

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