27 November, 2020

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Gamman Pillars

By Nishthar Idroos

Nishthar Idroos

Nishthar Idroos

Member of Parliament Dilan Perera said something interesting recently at one of those ubiquitous press briefings. What he took great pains to enunciate momentarily confused me. Referring to an action of a colleague known for his noisy political aspirations in the muddied milieu of turbulent politics of Sri Lanka, Mr. Perera mentioned for some odd reason two strange and incomprehensible words and attributed it to this individual .i.e. Gamman Pillars. An awkward yet hilarious set of words that had the potential to induce laughter in anyone. I for one was laughing.

Incidentally this individual’s legendary notoriety to capitalize on scarce opportunities for political fame and subtle maneuvering was doubtless second to none. His persona and character interesting artistic material for a discerning scriptwriter with eyes set on a magnum opus. It’s not for any reason we say Sri Lanka is a country like no other. Its insouciant politicians thrive on all kinds of opportunities. Trying valiantly to fabricate phantasmagorical tales either to woo people or being booed by people.

This youthful Member of Parliament in question reminds a lot about another former parliamentarian all be it a senior one, prone to similar theatrics. We all remember A J Ranasinghe of the “Serappu soup” fame. Arthur Jayasena Ranasinghe former State Minister, diplomat and ardent confidante of President Ranasinghe Premadasa. The bloke rose to a powerful position from a relatively insignificant one. I think the youthful Member of Parliament too would one day soar to greater heights when his masters are returned to power, until such time he has to do one thing very right – keep his eyes strictly focused only on the script.

Gota and GammanpilaWhy did Member of Parliament Dilan Perera say Gamman Pillars? He separated the two words clearly, possibly using it as some kind of a proper noun. Why would he refer to his colleague as a pillar when actually the bloke is a Pilla? More precisely Udaya Gammanpilla? It did not make much sense initially. My first reaction nonetheless was to acknowledge the need for pillars in the country, I mean all kinds of pillars.

The country needed as many, not just those that hold buildings together but pillars that can uphold noble values and traditions. Pillars eminently capable of uniting a fragmented and fragmenting nation. We certainly live in times where value based social constructs are seen crumbling pillar after pillar. In days of turmoil any strong pillar is a useful pillar. It just takes one adulterated soul to violently rip open the flimsy façade and expose the moles and aid the gradual degeneration and dilapidation.

Soon it became evident that the Badulla district MP was not referring to any of what I was thinking. He was in fact alluding to a supposed contract given by Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe to the Member of Parliament the right honorable Udaya Gammanpilla to execute a secret plan.

It’s alleged that the contract was to bring into motion a suitable strategy to bifurcate the SLFP. I believe installing permanent pillars and separating Mahinda loyalists from Maithri loyalists was the gist of the plan. Such a ploy would indubitably redound to the base of the UNP and increase its chances of strengthening its position and possibly forming its own majority government in the future.

If there is any credence in the above it will be a bit of his own medicine for Mahinda Rajapaksa who doubtless had the reputation as the indisputable Mr. Fixed it. He was always well stocked with a plethora remedies only a prescription away. An attribute that aptly demonstrates his days of power. His commodious repository replete with analeptics, tonics and a myriad of concoctions addressing very specific ailments. Patients only had to ask and received it on a platter, thus did the grand Chintana Human Resource acquisition process unfold and rest is history.

If all what’s said is true it’s now RW’s turn. It seems he’s valiantly employing similar strategies with a different twist. This in no way will undermine MR’s reputation as a master schemer and contriver of Sri Lankan politics. He achieved immortal fame for his skill. He did bring his own inimitable style and delivering with prodigious swing and spin.

There is growing and persistent high-octane noise in sections of the opposition within the parliament. All for a purpose I believe. Those supportive of the previous president known as opposition (B) are enacting quite a drama with the script subject to constant change. Integral part of the drama are a notorious twosome with an aptitude for ventriloquism. They are indeed presently performing to packed galleries. The legislative body is reverberating.

Most members of Opposition (B) besmirched with corruption allegations and lacking credibility are unlikely to contribute anything useful or consequential anyway. Next best thing for them is to sling mud, a craft considered a national heritage carefully passed from generation to generation. The intention of opposition (B) is clear. Try and derail the development process if possible. Monitoring recent events this doubtless is indeed the reality.

I was desperately trying to find who exactly introduced coconut plantation to Sri Lanka. Whoever it was the bloke was pretty insightful. He had known the multiple needs of its blessed fruit. Who could have been a more devoted faithful of egregious superstition than our very own politicians? Desperately uniting with fanfare to appease supposed goddesses with a generous collection of nuts and invoking their wrath against those studiously navigating the tedious labyrinth to recover billions of dollars of the nation’s wealth that had apparently evaporated to thin air.

On the question of pillars the country needs five Ranwan pillars. I mean really and truly gold pillars properly engineered and erected. This is for Sri Lanka’s own progress and success as a nation. It’s really hard work and let’s hope the current Yahapalanaya government will have the gallantry and moral fortitude to forge ahead against all obstacles.

Democracy is the first pillar along with human rights, & good governance. They are an essential forerunner for sustainable economic development. Democracy, human rights, and good governance are so integral for a nation to advance and forge ahead. Inclusive, accountable, and democratic governments are so necessary and fundamental for ensuring true faith in the system and for different communities to reach social cohesion.

The second pillar is the constitution. The country is in the process of promulgating a new constitution. How a country needs to divide power among different parts of the government is something that should have been done long time ago. Even after 68 years of independence the country is still reeling. The separation between the Executive. Legislative and the Judiciary must be clearly delineated. This division of power between the central government, provinces and the local governments too should be very clear viz a viz the needs and aspirations of the people. A constitution cannot and should not divide a nation or its people.

The third pillar is the rule of law. Following four universal principles has to be upheld for apparatus to work smoothly.

  • The government all its officials, agents as well as individuals and private entities are accountable under the law sans any exception whatsoever.
  • The laws are clear, publicized, stable, and just; are applied evenly; and protect fundamental rights, including the security of persons and property.
  • The process by which the laws are enacted, administered, and enforced is accessible, fair, and efficient.
  • Justice is delivered timely by competent, ethical, and independent representatives and neutrals who are of sufficient number, have adequate resources, and reflect the makeup of the communities they serve.

The fourth pillar is Multiculturalism. Multiple cultures can co-exist and has co-existed within the same nation. Tolerance is key and extremism is a definite no. World is getting increasingly multi-cultural and Sri Lanka has to follow. Multiculturalism is important because it dilutes and dissipates the divisiveness of ignorance. It encourages dialogue between different cultures. Multiculturalism may be the right antidote for the inappropriate and destructive behavior of dictatorial regimes hell bent on marginalizing minority groups for cheap electoral advantage.

The fifth and most important pillar is the return to sanity leaving behind the irresistible proclivities for bestiality, patricide, incest and all that goes with it. The nation has had enough of this absolute madness.

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    Gemban Pila

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      These men are the headache for the future of srilanka.

      They are the real ultra nationalists. Telling something and doing always totally different thing being obedient to Rajakashe group – mother lanka will never be proud of these men.

      Always, Gommanpila knows better. How can his wife and the family get on with him should be really unthinkable. I can understand the level of Buruwanse – coming from his background, but i REALLY cant get Gonmanpila et al to follow the same path..

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    Well, one could go further and call him Udayan Gamman Pillai too !After all his genes begin in the southern tip of Baharath Matha.But for obvious reasons he has to spell and behave as Udaya Gamanpilla or at least Gaman pillar! Otherwise how could he cohabit with Mahinadan Rajapaksan and Wimalan Weera Wansan & company?

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    Well this writer instead of living in Canada and trying to portray him self as an expert in current politics, should come down and see the real situation on the ground. First MY3 is rejected by the SLFP. He won on UNP votes. Second. Split or no split SLFP is not relevant for Mahinda’s political future. The ground swell is such Ranil is a worried man. Don’t take my word his actions and behaviour says it all. Fourth. Dilan Perera came from the National List. Gammanpila got higher preference votes than any UNPer in Colombo District other than Ranil. Fifth. UNP will split and a faction will join Mahinda at the right time. Sixth. Current government is still acting like that they are the opposition. Seventh. Ranil finally had figured out there is no money coming from the west. John Kerry promised just 31m dollars. Now he sends Malik to China and questions the Airbus deal with EU. So my advice to you don’t write about Sri Lanka when you don’t have the facts.

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      You’re entitled to your opinion and I respect that. You’re out of touch. Your loyalties have been made patently apparent and I respect that as well. I am sorry to state that your overall analysis does not add up.

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      Well, it has been proven time and time again, people can never be satisfied when it comes to their wants, needs and expectations, and so it is with any government that comes into power. Another fact is that it has been agreed to go along with a joint effort for just two years to bring some sanity to the administration of the country’s resources. They also need the 2/3 rd majority in Parliament to pass many important and potentially path changing bills vital for the country’s development. If the UNP was going it alone, and faltering in the process, then blame will come on them and MR’s campaign to topple the status-quo would have had been devastating. But as it is, MR’s faction is being stifled and left with no breathing space. If they do form a new party and come onto the scene, the road to regaining power is going to get very much tougher as they would have the JVP to contend with as potential challengers to that position as well as the third force and a much popular one at that.

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      Patriot ur ahorapaksha stooge

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      Dear Patriot,

      Money you assume being provided by China from “his majesty”
      MR comes in HUGELY DISADVANTAGED loans that have burdened us up to our eyeballs. No money may be coming from the west but at least this government is looking for Foreign Investment, big difference to Foreign Loan. The Damage done to this countries finances by “his Majesty & company” will take us into the next decade to rectify.

      Now we must pray CHINA doesn’t recall the loans given how their economy has turned out, also the Orient Well has run dry.

      Best Regards

      NPerera

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        Nperera I can see your head is firmly inside Ranils posterior orifice.

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          Patriot

          “Nperera I can see your head is firmly inside Ranils posterior orifice.”

          You are guessing aren’t you?

          How can you see if yours is in MR’s?

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            Native Vedda what you have said applies to you. I can see yours inside the posterior vent of Nandikadal thambi.

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    It is Indian origin tribe name read as “Kamban Pillai” from Kerela modified as “Gammam Pilla” Tamil origin from south India.

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    I asked two years ago here,
    /By the way, is Gammanpila a Malayalam origin name? Kaaman Pillai is an old style name in South India, in Kerala (mainly) and Tamil Nadu. Kaaman is cupid, the love angel. /

    Of course, Malayalam is a recent branch of Tamil.

    Again, there is no surprise about Malayalam mix in Sinhalese. Kandyan kingdom seems to have brought Kerala mercenaries to fight for them.

    Further, there is nothing to be ashamed about Tamil connection there. The sacred chronicle of Sinhalese people, Mahavamsa, has documented that Sinhalese people originated from Tamil mothers.

    Further, there so many Buddhist scholars of Tamil background, who compiled and wrote many Buddhist books.

    So, please leave Udhaya alone.

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      Mistakenly named Gammanpila instead of Mappila the nocturnal snake

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    Idroos,

    Your five gold pillars, ‘Democracy’, ‘Constitution’, ‘Rule of Law’, ‘Multiculturalism’ and ‘Return to Sanity’ were planted a long time ago. But since independence these pillars have been stolen by all kinds of politicians. I assure you they will not be returned. And try and plant as many such pillars as possible and I assure you they will keep on being stolen, not by the poor citizens but by the powerful politicians. This is the destiny of our thrice blessed country and that I can without any hesitation write in gold.

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    Gammanpila is a village very close to Bandaragama. Udaya probably has his origins there. The name has nothing to do with Kerala.

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      vichara

      “The name has nothing to do with Kerala.”

      You are absolutely right.

      His name has been converted from UTHAYAN GANAPATHIPILLAI to Udaya Gammanpila for the purpose of political expediency as he did with his religion and language.

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    What a load of nonsense!

    Since SRI LANKA IS A BUDDHIST STATE, main pillar or ‘the pillar of all pillars’ should be Buddha Sasanaya. Once fashionable multiculturalism is becoming unpopular in the western-world.

    In your fifth pillar, you took a shot at Mahawamsa, without mentioning it. You want to return to sanity, now you are thinking clearly, to return to sanity, the government must do the followings;

    * Ban barbaric and savage practice of circumcision of infants immediately (recently, there was a news that infant lost his life for this unnecessary practice), there may be reasons why people in sandy deserts do it, and remember you are no longer in the desert, if you miss the desert so much then consider going back there. If you really want to get it done, then get it done after the age of 21.

    * No man should get a more than one wife (no 4 wives),you get only one wife for whole your life and treat her with respect and dignity.

    * Don’t cause all sort of havoc or don’t make other people’s lives hell on planet earth, believing in that you get 72 virgins in the heaven because you get none.

    * Let girls study all the way up to the highest educational qualification and let them work in their preferred field (some Muslim parents make their daughters quit school and force them into marriages.)

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    I knew you could write well from school days

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