Colombo Telegraph

Hail!

By Rasika Jayakody –

Rasika Jayakody

He was never the

first to shoot
first to kill
first to flee
first to return
first to con
first to perform miracles
first to molest democracy
first to squeeze the breast
of rule of law
and smile innocuously.
He will not be the last too.
He was always
somewhere in the middle,
in the middle of a shady deal
called ‘Politics’,
in the middle of a 21 million tombstones
called ‘citizenry’,
in the middle of the last breath
of justice,
in the middle of a forgetful history
that always repeats itself
as a farce.
Sri Lankan Parliamentarian, R. Duminda Silva (C) smiles as his father Premalal (L) and brother (R) looks on at his private residence in Pelawatta, suburb Colombo, Sri Lanka, 27 April 2013. Member of Parliament of the ruling United Peoples Freedom Alliance from the Colombo district, Silva is an alleged suspect in the death of former Parliamentarian and trade union stalwart Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra on 08 October 2011 during an election campaign. Silva sustained gunshot injuries in the incident.
Picture by Sanka Vidanagama

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