22 September, 2020

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Geneva: Possible Outcomes And The Tasks Of The People

Surendra Ajit Rupasinghe

As you know, the Geneva sessions started on the 27th February. A possible, and most probable outcome would be a resolution calling for an independent international mechanism to investigate war crimes. (Appointing a Court of Inquiry under the Army Commander will provide more ammunition for the foreign powers to denounce the credibility of the Regime. It is a joke anyway! It will not hold!). While I have steadfastly stood for accountability, I have also resisted foreign predator powers from exploiting this issue to advance their strategic agendas. Some may feel that in the absence of any other means of seeking truth and justice, such a resolution should be supported. On the grounds of truth and justice, this position has validity. Whatever the case, we would do well to consider the possible outcomes of the emerging scenario and decide upon our responsibilities and tasks as the people of Lanka.

Such a resolution will plunge this country into the most profound crisis ever, as society gets irrevocably polarized. The Regime may use the opportunity to raise the banner of ‘anti-imperialism and patriotism’ and enforce it under an even more straight-jacketed militarist-chauvinist dictatorship. This may have   with the blessings of the powers that are supporting the Regime- ala China, Russia, Iran, Myanmar  and others. In such a scenario, inter-imperialist rivalry  will intensify and drag the country into a veritable chess board of global contention. The emerging conjuncture is bound to polarize society, where the extreme militarist-chauvinist , mafia-fascist forces may gain an iron hegemony over society. This is a most serious possibility that will be so consequential for the future of freedom and democracy for decades to come.

It is for these very reasons that I argue that the Regime may have no other option in overcoming both the political and economic-financial crisis, but to resort to intensifying dictatorship and terror.

Along with the looming political crisis, whatever the antiseptically suave, economically  illiterate and deliberately manipulative  Ajith Nivard Cabral has to say, there is a financial crisis of massive proportions intensifying. As any schoolboy would know,  spending colossal sums of money on the most unproductive mega-projects and the equally colossal losses incurred in trillions of the tax payers money, such as with Mihin Air, Sports Stadiums, Hambantota Port, Uma Oya etc, combined with trillions wasted on foreign tamashas and victory parades-  all designed not on criteria of economic feasibility but on glorifying and perpetuating the emperor and the ruling dynasty – have now accumulated into a state of bankruptcy of the State. The Government cannot even deliver the farmers pension funds nor maintain Samurdhi benefits, nor meet the demands for wage and salary increases of the workers and university lecturers. This is in the context of jacking up the price of fuel and thereby escalating the cost of living to even more unbearable heights, including electricity tariffs. This when social infrastructure such as public health and education is left to rot.

So, we may face a scenario where a political crisis combines with an economic-financial crisis that will strain the Regime and the system to the outer limit. Once again, battle lines will be drawn and the masses made to decide on which side of the barricade they stand. However, unlike in the past, the battle lines will be contested. Already, the vapor of the Dutugamunu cult is evaporating as the masses are no longer prepared to undergo intolerable burdens for the sake of a Regime reeking with abuse and corruption. The mood of the masses is clearly shifting. The Sinhala chauvinist base that the Regime relied on, including broad Sinhala masses, the armed forces, the Sinhala mudalali compradors, the middle classes will be confronted with an engulfing economic crisis, and they may seek an alternative. Whether the UNP can ride this wave of discontent is yet to be seen, but it can pose a formidable threat to the Regime, if it gets its house in order- and this is not beyond the pale of possibility. It is a question of whether Ranil has the spine, but he may discover his spine in conjunction with the injection of foreign powers who have an agenda for regime change. Sensing the pulse, the JVP, the DNF and the TNA are gravitating towards the  Platform of the UNP. The demand for the release of Sarath Fonseka will be a powerful rallying point for these forces that may serve to draw dividing lines among broad sections of the population, including within the armed forces. In this option, the UPFA will be strained, but may hold, since they cannot afford to lose State power, loose the perks, privileges and fat commissions, nor can they afford to face the wrath of the masses.

It is for these very reasons that I argue that the Regime may have no other option in overcoming both the political and economic-financial crisis, but to resort to intensifying dictatorship and terror. This regime of naked fascist terror could be unleashed through a massive wave of repression directed against all opposition, particularly targeting the People’s Struggle Movement and the Inter University Student Federation and the LEFT forces who have joined together to from a Center of Mass Resistance, whom the Regime has already demonized as ‘Terrorists’,  to be in cahoots with the Tamil Diaspora and the Western Imperialist powers. This repression will pave the way for advancing the neo-liberal agenda without any formidable opposition, particularly on the education front. This scenario will also provide the ground to do away with a political solution and the LLRC Report, which are troublesome guardian knots for the Regime. The 13th Amendment, let alone plus or minus, will be thrown into the dust bin, along with the LLRC report.

Massive and bloody  repression is an inherent  characteristic of the modern Feudal-Colonial/ Comprador-Capitalist  State rigged up by the British and handed over to their local counterparts. It has drowned  two Sinhala youth insurrections in the South in rivers of blood, accounting for some 100,000 lives and as alleged,  some 70,000 Tamil civilians in the North in suppressing the separatist insurgency. These blood baths have been accompanied with unspeakable brutality and barbarism. This time around the stakes are even higher and far more decisive as a Regime rotting at its  core strangulates itself from within its own insuperable violent contradictions.

This is a most momentous historic conjuncture that will decide our future for many decades to come. The way forwards towards an era of democracy, freedom and prosperity is the path of mass resistance, the path where the workers, peasants, students, youth, university lecturers and all  oppressed classes, nationalities and communities forge their unity behind a minimum transitional program that would sweep away the era of dictatorship and tyranny and convene a People’s Constituent Assembly to form a new form of a People’s Democratic State, designed, owned and governed by the people, based on sharing the Earth and this Land as members of an integral and  indivisible human community.

Rally behind the Movement for Freedom and Democracy and the Center for Mass Resistance in the making;

The writer is Secretary: Ceylon Communist Party ( Maoist). Read his articles here

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    Where were you Com Surendra, we missed you.

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      Ravi,
      I have been writing consistently. Pl check Colombo Telegraph. Thanks.

      Surendra

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    Whether the outcome at UNHCR in Geneva would be in our favour or not, I fully agree with Comrade Rupasinghe’s prognosis of what is bound to happen in Sri Lanka because the Rajapaksa clan with their tentacles now deeply imbedded in all crucial areas of our country’s economic and political power, will not want any change. Gota has built and entrenched himself in the military might of the country, and he will not hesitate to unleash the militray wrath on the masses to stay in power no matter what. The terror is already there with daily acts of human rights violations with impunity, suppression of the media, law & justice in Rajapaksa’s hands — and the atmosphere in the country is no different from a military dictatorship. The blood bath that is about to happen will be worse than the hundreds of thousands of youth who lost their lives in the JVP insurrections and the LTTE separatist wars.
    I fully agree that a UNHCR resolution for an independent international mechanism to investigate Lanka’s war crimes would plunge the country into an unthinkable crisis. However considering the atrocities & violations taking place today in Sri Lanka, and considering that the dumb, greedy and power hungry politicians currently in power do not want to accept the realities or make necessary changes, I personally have no choice but to welcome any change no matter how terrible the outcome would be.

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    This country should not go under dictatorship, we are experiencing such acts now, since the GOSL is under pressure from all sides. There are people who are trying to hoodwink the masses , but it will be the people who will win at the end . The rulers will go in to holes & Drains like in Libiya and soon in Siriya

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      The political advisor of the Labour Party of the UK? What a bloody loser!!!!!!

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    Our inaction or improper actions on our own issues have invited this invasion. This inaction or improper actions were exactly what were wished by LTTE diaspora and anti Srilankan or pro LTTE politicians elsewhere. Now we have offered them what they wanted on a platter. It’s time to stop complaining and get our acts together.
    I mean our politicians have left school long ago I believe. It’s time to prove how advanced, ethical and sensible they are.

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    Surendra,why don’t we just wait and see?In the event of an American invasion i have my own little fantasy plans in store,but for the moment it’s top secret.Oh! i would love to see those American beauties walking the streets of Colombo.

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      Watch out Max. They might be transsexuals!

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    You have a point there Padraigh.How to identify a real straight American beauty is the 64000$ question.I guess i have to forget Geneva and concentrate on this very important matter.I don’t want to be the laughing stock of being ended up with an American transsexual.I hope that our DRs contributing to CT might be able to sort out this complex matter to me.

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    This is a very serious article. Looks like the whole country is heading for a political and economic doom. Most of the IMF $2.5 Billion spent to keep the rupee float and still rupee is depreciating at record levels. Nobody has any records of where foreign exchange going out of country to whose accounts. After seeing other dictators perish, leaders may have a plan a, b and c. But all will end up in a chaos and this time people of Sri Lanka will win with an end to political greediness..

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