25 June, 2022


Mr. President, Build Us A Wall!

By Sudat Pasqual

Sudat Pasqual

Sudat Pasqual

Walls normally are meant to separate, to keep people and things apart.  However, not all walls are about separation. Walls can also be about inspiration, unification and purification.

Sri Lanka needs a wall to bring us together, to unify, to inspire and to glorify our differences. For far too long we have allowed the carrions of our society to dictate the path of our nation. Time and again the nation has invested its faith in leaders who have used that faith in the vilest of manner. We need an avenue to vent.

For many of us, when he was elected President in 2005, Mahinda Rajapaksa offered a glimpse of a future that we had almost given up on. When we thought all was lost or about to be lost, Mahinda Rajapaksa offered us a lifeline. He promised a peaceful future for our children; he told us that evil can be overcome by steadfast belief and personal sacrifice; he made us believe that we deserved peace; and he promised that he will deliver that peace.

And he did. Some will always say the price of peace was way too high, but considering the alternative I would beg to differ.

Then we came across the peace dividend. The peace dividend that was meant for the whole somehow got waylaid and ended in the hands of the few. Then the peace dividend started getting greater and greater; for the few. We mumbled that it was ok because at least the war was over. Then we pretended that it was not as bad as it sounded. Then it became impossible to ignore. Now we are mad and we need to vent.

Mahinda R colombotelegraphSo Mr. President before all goes south for all of us, give me a listen.

Build us a wall to air our grievances; to bitch; to curse you and yours truly. Also to give you a way out and the country a way forward.

This wall will be part mythical but mostly real.
But most of all, it will be about the heart and soul of a people.
A wall to unite, to inspire, to rejoice and to share.
A wall that will become a mural of a people reaching out to each other
A wall that will provide space to mothers to share their hopes and aspirations for their children. A wall that will let Sri Lanka’s children, our hope for the future tell us their aspirations, highlight our pettiness and show us a better path.
A wall that will give space to the mothers, the fathers and the children who lost a loved one to a conflict that should never have started.

A wall that will offer space to the mothers and children of the disappeared so they can pen their hurt, scream their anger and pound their fear.

Mr.President, we want this space, this wall of hope, this wall of unification, this wall of inspiration, this wall of purification so we can communicate with you directly. It will be a place of many scripts, many tongues, many gods and no gods.

We need this wall and you need this wall for you are not reading our script and you are not hearing our lament for your senses have been dulled by the cacophony of the carrions. We need this wall so you and leaders to come will always know our thoughts, concerns, hopes, and fears.

Mr.President, once it is built, kneel before this wall and ask for strength, guidance, courage and the vision to serve our people.  This wall is your protection and it is the only protection you will ever need. WE of the Wall will protect you; WE of the Wall will guide you and never again will a leader of Sri Lanka need to seek the protection of foreign temples, of foreign gods and of foreign priests speaking in foreign tongues.

But please do not desecrate this place with the presence of carrions. These minions have misled and corrupted our leaders and drained the goodness from us for too long. Their time is past. This is our time, this sacred place is our place, and you and the leaders to come must make this your temple.

The Wall will be a place of hope, joy, vision and inspiration. The Wall will also be a place of anger, sadness and despair and it will be streaked with tears and stained with blood of the innocent for that is what we are. We are a people wrapped in all that but if you listen to the voices, if you read the lines, if you embrace the sounds and if you look into our eyes we will dim the anger, lessen the sadness and shoo away the despair; together.

You build it Mr.President and we will come

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  • 9

    Machang Thun Veni Passa
    Another vacuous article that makes no sense.

    Now rather than drop your Daks on me in anger (like you did at a famous cricket match some years ago), why don’t you go shovel some snow in someone else’s driveway for charity and stop throwing this kind of rubbish in front of us anymore?

  • 9

    Sudat Pasqual –

    RE: Mr. President, Build Us A Wall!

    He separated the people into Sinhala Buddhist, Sinhala Christians, Tamils, Muslims, MaRa cronies, etc, instead of building a Nation.

    So There are two groups. Medamulana MaRa , his cronies and Family, and OTHERS.

    Now others will;l get rid of Medamulana MaRa and Cronies.

    Mr. President, Built himself a Kingdom in the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.

    Medamulana MaRa is a liar..He Bought Tissa and others for money.. Not everybody is for sale

    Story of the modern Hitler Sprechen Sie Deutsch? Sprechen Sie Sinhala?

    View this highly creative and widely viewed video clip that has been released to the internet!


  • 10

    And Mr President, call it the “Mattala International Rajapaksa Wall”, and please spend at least a billion dollars on the opening ceremony.

  • 9


    Tread carefully. As a comedian you are zero. Do not put us in a pickle with your wise cracks. Rajapaksa might actually use the wall idea to transform himself into a pharaoh.

  • 1

    Sudath you are spot on,
    All these comments are from people who lives overseas in their own lovely comforts, and gives a rats ass about what happens in Sri Lanka. Let me tell you straight Rajapakses’ branding has been that, you are not allowed to voice your opinion, No way,ask Mangala and the senior Minister who was weeping and saying the same thing in a press conference ” Sir how many times we told you”?. You guys must come and work in the country to taste this, Foreign ministry,companies run by Rajapakse kith and kin, openly kills your ideas suggestions and workers, professionals kept mum. and kept watching. MR is responsible and only himself for his own downfall.He always places unsuitable, misfits, hopeless digits for top, lucrative positions. How and why do you think he appointed Nishantha Ranathunga loss making SL Cricket destroyer, as the Chairman/CEO of 3 billion loss making Mihin Air? only to scavenge and share the loot. Did anyone question? NO. We knew MR and the company is going to ram on to the same wall, at a terrific speed, Since HE always thought “my way is highway”. Now its the pay back time Mr. Zero.

  • 2

    Mr. President, please read this article and digest.

  • 7

    Sudath P. This is a “late cut” the President missed. He missed the ball and it is now in free play. This President had the chance of unifying all communities in 2009 but he chose to pursue the Sinhala hardline due to his insecurity. He just does not have the capacity or mental intellect to be a Mandela ( Perhaps his upbringing as a villager is the cause of it) So now he stares defeat not from the opposition but from within his own party. The only way MR can win now is to trick the public again for the 3rd time and steal their democratic right to elect their President. You will know very well without the help of Velupillai P, MR would have been nowhere today. He will rob this election too. But let it go on record that there wont be another election in Sri Lanka until it sees a bloody revolution. Its happening and he will be hammered not by the minorities, the LTTE , Diaspora or international community as he so likes to claim but our very own Sinhala Buddhist Majority.

    Dictators have to fall. When they fall they hit the ground hard never to rise again.

  • 5

    Can be done Sudath. With the help of the Chinese, we can borrow at 6% interest with a 2000% commission first for MR’s family before work commences..

    I know your wall is metaphoric but please be mindful Sudath your suggestion can be taken so literally in Rajapakse land he might physically build a wall. We have a Goat as a President and Gota as a monster and Basil as a swindler.

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