5 December, 2020

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Is The Government Being Sabotaged From Within?

By Vishwamithra

“Leaders who are kind of insecure or egocentric, they basically sabotage themselves.” ~John C. Maxwell

Coalition governments are usually sabotaged, if at all, from outside its orbit. A strong united Opposition, as was evident against the Dudley Senanayake-led coalition just prior to the 1970 elections and then against Sirimavo Bandaranaike-led coalition regime a few months before 1977 polls, was a special ingredient necessary for such a sabotage scheme. But neither the Dudley-led coalition nor the Sirimavo-led coalition was damaged or incapacitated from within. Of course, both these coalition governments were constituted under the pre-1978 constitutions; one under the Lord Soulbury-Constitution and the other under 1972 Colvin R de Silva-Constitution. Nor was the ‘proportional Representation’ system under which Members of Parliament were elected in operation. Sabotaging a government from within is a wicked act. Stabbing from behind is not an act one would easily forget or forgive. Julius Caesar’s last words, before his ultimate submission to death when he beheld his close friend Brutus, had been immortalized into history: One does not want to hear the words ‘Et tu, Brute’ addressed to him from his close friends or associates. ‘Et tu, Brute’ signifies ultimate betrayal!

The United National Party (UNP) and its leader Ranil Wickremesinghe have found their phony ‘Brutus’. With all due respect to real historical Brutus, he stabbed Julius Caesar from the front. He did not pursue Caesar from behind and deal that deathly blow from the rear. As Mark Antony remarked in his glorious eulogy for Caesar, ‘Brutus was a noble man’. Such historical exaggerations were not wasted by Shakespeare’s pen. What is the historical significance of Caesar and Brutus in the current Sri Lankan context? The reader would ask that question and the answer is so near, yet too far for our modern day Brutus is still alive and may be planning yet another brutal massacre of our cherished institutions. 

Ignorance of the validity and critical relevance of those institutions to the wellbeing of each man, woman and child in modern Sri Lanka is a terrible aspect of our politicians of today. Loyalty and obedience to those institutions that protect and safeguard the fundamental rights and privileges of all citizens is rarely upheld by today’s politicians. Today’s politicians are too preoccupied with their eagerness to find ways and means to gain access to the national coffers. Obedience to the institutions of democracy has become an anachronism. Service of the people is secondary; yet we have in our history. When exactly 56 years ago in 1962, JR Jayewardene, the then Deputy of Dudley Senanayake, the Leader of the Opposition was made aware of a looming Coup d’état against the Sirimavo Bandaranaike government, he called Sydney de Zoysa, one of co-conspirators of the attempted military coup of 1962 and told him off thus: ‘Sydney, I hear some of your people are planning ‘[a coup]. Don’t play with fire. Don’t tamper with democracy. You will start what has happened in so many countries in Latin America. Don’t do it.’ (Source: Page 118, JR Jayewardene of Sri Lanka, Professor K M de Silva and Howard Wriggins).

One couldn’t have found a more vocal and aggressive critic of the Sirimavo/Felix Dias than JR Jayewardene at the time. Yet his commitment to democracy (despite his efforts, later when he became first elected President of Sri Lanka, to bend that democracy without breaking it) and to the institutions that sustain it was apparently more than his zeal to grab power in whatever available means. Sustenance of institutions that defend and advance the cause of democracy is not an easy task for politicians whose commitment to politics is devoid of an authentic allegiance to ideological reasoning. Democracy and demands for its continuity in the midst of complex objective conditions and societal contradictions are subjects that are debated and discussed by University academics and media top-notch editors and deputy editors. Profit-motivated private sector executives might pretend that they too have an opinion which, more often than not, is inconsistent with those of the academics, yet a philosophical commitment on the part of each segment in society is indispensible for a thriving and growing system of governance that is truly committed to the service of the masses. 

When one forgets this basic notion of commitment to the service of the masses, other incendiary ambitions take control of the conduct and mindset of the politician. The culture that has been growing ever since the unleashing of the free market-oriented open economy in 1977, not only did it adversely contribute towards the waning in our elementary human values, it has caused a tremendous gulf between the powerful and powerless. Such social contradictions have generated their own momentums which cannot be checked and balanced in the context of historical advance of society.

Caught in the vortex of these confused and confusing events, when rulers take arbitrary decisions in order to strengthen and advance their own careers, what is most damaged are the institutions that they preside over. However, against a backdrop of powers that are judiciously divided amongst the Executive, the Legislature and the Judiciary, when the Chief Executive, Prime Minister or any other ambitious ignoramus tries to kill any democratic institutions or their ancillary bodies, without seemingly being aware of such destructive behavior which is chiefly due to lack of education, the natural collapse of those sacred institution cannot be checked, nor averted.

Internal combustion that is taking place within the UNP-led government of today is mainly owing to these political and social impulses displayed by some vested interests within the same coalition. The coalition government that was elected in August 2015 has transformed itself into collusion-with-Opposition. The fundamental miscalculations made by the trio of Maithripala Sirisena, Mahinda Rajapaksa and Ranil Wickremesinghe have produced their drastically destructive consequences. A brittle coalition government, insecure political environment and an irreversible political dynamic, creating in the minds of the people at large a strong sense of anarchy, are these consequences. 

 The basic differences of political thinking and calculus between the two leading parties in the country, namely United National Party (UNP) and Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) have eventually defined this moving political dynamism. The plight of the public is totally ignored and disregarded as inconsequential. That truly is a tragedy.

To be continued…

The writer can be contacted at vishwamithra1984@gmail.com     

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    The present Govt is not sabotaged from within. That is all Bullshit.
    Sri Lankan politicians are Evil people or personalities. They are all infused with the Evil Spirit of Corruption, Greed, Lust, and all that is of the world of Satan ( aka the Devil ).
    When one dwells in the Evil World of the above one is tied to that powerful Evil Spirit until one gives in to that powerful Evil entity and does things beyond good human understanding.
    Sri Lankan politicians are groomed as Buddhists to go into any temple and plead for blessings despite the fact that those blessings are for their own corrupt intentions, not for the country or the people they serve.
    Was the Buddha corrupt ?????????? No ! never and never will be.
    Every religion in this world is not corrupt but the people who serves those religions are corrupt.
    Which good God blesses or serves corrupt people ????????????????

    As long the politicians of Sri Lanka are corrupt and the clergy of all religions are powerless to voice true facts, corruption , instability, and insecurity will reign supreme in the land. No doubt about it.

    Satan will have the last laugh and his ugly kingdom will expand.

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    In continuation of their historical tradition (installation of 1978 Constitution, the referendum, civil rights of Sirimao, Jaffna library, 83′ Black July, 89′ Bheeshanaya, Indo Sri Lanka agreement and Wickramasinghe – Prabhakaran pact with recent additions of looting Central Bank, sale of prime assets etc. ) UNP is now hell bent on sabotaging the country with a federal constitution. If possible sabotaging UNP within is a patriotic necessity at the present juncture of history.

    Soma

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      somass

      ” UNP is now hell bent on sabotaging the country with a federal constitution.”

      How would a federal constitution sabotage the country when you have had plenty of smart ass patriots in the past and plenty more in the present starting with English speaking Demela SWRD Banda (1956, 1958, …), Weeping Widow (1960, 1961, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1974, …)…. Mahindawamsa from 2005 to 2015, 2018, ……………. 2100… continue to destroy the people and country?

      You fondly mention Jaffna library (1981) alright what did you do to investigate, arrest and charge the arsonists and retrieve a large number of books stolen by them? Remember the SLFP enjoyed political power from 1994 to 2015.
      What the heck were you doing all these years?

      VP won two elections and a war for Mahinda.
      Mahinda, yourself and SLFP … will win VP a separate state.
      Please stop testing Hindian patience.

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        NV
        “… will win VP a separate state.”

        I am the only Sinhalese in this forum who supports a separate Homeland for Tamils (all Tamil speaking people irrespective of their religion, caste or the date of arrival). This entails relocation of +50% Tamils presently living outside the envisaged Homeland so that they will not be denied the benefits of living in a Tamil only enclave. Can anything be fairer than that?

        Soma

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    Why can not the Sri Lankan’s be given a referendum on how to proceed with Ethnic & Religious harmony?
    The choices can be put forward by ALL the Political parties and civic associations. The most acceptable choice must be incorporated in to the NEW CONSTITUTION which essential of SL to progress from now on.
    We the PEOPLE are NOT interested in the games played by the GREEDY CORRUPT politicians who aren’t interested in the sacrifices made by the people of this ISLAND PARADISE. So far SL had been a paradise for the crooked. It’s time all the political parties and independent candidates should put forward their names for the Presidential Election. We the people are NOT interested in the Provincial council ELECTIONS which should follow the ELECTION OF A NEW PRESIDENT.
    Better still is to pass the NEW CONSTITUTION FIRST

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    CT should give the Author a chance to reply to the comments after a week or so.

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    NV
    “… will win VP a separate state.”

    I am the only Sinhalese in this forum who supports a separate Homeland for Tamils (all Tamil speaking people irrespective of their religion, caste or the date of arrival). This entails relocation of +50% Tamils presently living outside the envisaged Homeland so that they will not be denied the benefits of living in a Tamil only enclave. Can anything be fairer than that?

    Soma

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    Politicians creep into the class of elites and most remain there. Few resort to unfair methods to reach the very top. Internal sabotage is used.
    For example British politics is full of this. Right now it is under use to edge out Theresa May.
    Australian politics?
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    SWRD B used the sabotage weapon by forming SLFP. Now SLPP is being used to sabotage SLFP!
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    RW has survived several internal sabotage attempts. These are no secrets.
    Vishwamithra asks ~ “Is The Government Being Sabotaged From Within?”
    The simple answer is “Yes”.

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    Vishwamitra says [“As Mark Antony remarked in his glorious eulogy for Caesar, ‘Brutus was a noble man’.”]
    In the now famous speech: “Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears”, attributed to William Shakespeare, Mark Anthony uses the words “………For Brutus is an honourable man……….”.
    Is he rubbing in “Noble men are not necessarily honourable”?
    .
    The Lankan nouveau ‘Nobles’ are not honorable.

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    How on earth a federal constitution will sabotage the country? Federal form of government is a system of government appropriate for a country with a multi-ethnic, multi-lingual and multi-cultural country. Sri Lanka is one such country. 13A itself contains federal features, that is devolving power to the periphery, and what the new constitution does is to deprive the unelected governor with executive power and vest same in the Board Ministers. This is a sensible proposal that will empower the Board of Ministers, like the cabinet, manage and administer the province. It is time Sinhalese-Buddhist zealots stop scaremongering the Sinhalese people. 13A has not brought the wrath of heavens down! The Sinhalese more than the Tamils have reaped the benefits of decentralization.

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      Thanga
      Write down the benefits of federalim and demonstrate that they satisfy political aspirations of at least 90% of Tamils (all Tamil speaking people irrespective of their religion caste or the date of arrival) without relocation of Tamils (+50%) presently living outside NE.
      What are the arguments against devolving power down to district level? Too small?


      Soma

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        somass

        “Write down the benefits of federalim and demonstrate bla bla bla bla ….presently living outside NE.”

        Please define in your own words what you think Federalism is, the benefits that accrue from such system, ………. why are you scared of system that would benefit people across the island. As usual if you are paranoid, no one can help you. If you worry about separatist tendencies in the South, let the Hindians do the worrying.

        It is time all those Fascist Mutant thought about the waste accumulated over the past 70 years and along with forgone development, progress and peace.

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    Ranil’s leadership method is to stuff UNP high positions with old school friends and politically impotents like Sagala and Harsha. His leadership style is to pretend to know all the answers, which he learnt by reading books ( don’t tell others what books these are !) and talking to white people.

    But where are the results ? Where is the UNP today ? Where is the country today ?

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    My dear Vishwamithra you wrirte so well. What is your real name. Hope you are not DBS Jeyaraj

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    Thamodaran T Pulle

    There is no way in the world Vishvamithra is DBS Jeyaraj. Vishwamithra seems to be a true patriot

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    Sirisena wearing nice expensive garments. Hercules Tailors?

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    “Leaders who are kind of insecure or egocentric, they basically sabotage themselves.” ~John C. Maxwell.

    Who is John C. Maxwell (apart from being another Jew)!

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    Thanga
    Write down the benefits of federalim and demonstrate that they satisfy political aspirations of at least 90% of Tamils (all Tamil speaking people irrespective of their religion caste or the date of arrival) without relocation of Tamils (+50%) presently living outside NE.
    What are the arguments against devolving power down to district level? Too small?


    Soma

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    In spite of all right-wing political trends and manipulation by current regime installed by 2015 January 8th one and only single mandate has start from sabotaged very foundation of that principle of democracy in our soil. It led by MS, RW and CBK of federalist elements that grand alliances with JVP, TNA, MC and JHU, There may be some reasons this alliance has arise certain differences by sabotaged of Nation Economy looted by Central Bank Money, that CB Bonds looted by RW & gang and by the full blessing of political Democracy by federalism of CBK
    Undenibially that RW of UNP , CBK, TNA & JVP that leadership of Sabotages being in charge an uninterruptedly governing nation since 2015 January . Except 52 days .

    The Aim of political perspecativities of sabotages regime of UNP’s that has extended unlimited only that an Economy; It has gone to superstructure of Judiciary and Parliament chamber by heavily committed by house of Speaker .
    As whole an institutional of democracy are negative approached by Parliament and Judiciary is/was bad tendencies by very survival of Island democracy by UNP leadership.
    We country democracy in dangerous suiatition by Judiciary rejected that dissolutions of Parliament by President power been discarded by SC was that Totally wrong! ????
    By UNP regime led by RW of man who talk of “Democracy” and right of Universal franchised had been suppressed and that postpone of Provincials elections indefinitely. There for that by so-called technical reasons are not answered to the people having Right to elected their represtanative has been suppressed by UNP of RW CBK and JVP & TNA.
    The Current regime that UNP of RW and CBK denied that respect and accepts Right to vote and Fresh mandate by new election are key pillars of New social contract of that reality of democracy.

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