By Vishwamithra1984 –
“It is the wisdom of the crocodiles, that shed tears when they would devour.” ~Francis Bacon
‘Come on, man’…that’s how President Obama ridiculed those who believed that Donald Trump was a sincere politician who professed to rule the United States of America and ‘Make America great again’ as a ‘successful’ businessman. Donald Trump winning the elections is another matter altogether and I have already written a commentary on the savagery defeat the Democrats and Hillary Clinton suffered. I have also repeatedly emphasized that ‘wide acceptance of an idea among a majority group is no proof of its validity’. I use the same phrase that Obama used to subject the former President of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapaksa to utter scorn and ridicule. ‘Come on man’, do you think that the people of Sri Lanka were born only yesterday? Step down from your portals and witness what is real and factual. Open your eyes and ears and behold the unprecedented harm and injury you have brought upon the good name of our nation and in the name of patriotism.
Mahinda Rajapaksa’s article ‘Media Repression Is Now a Cornerstone of Yahapalana Policy’ is an unmitigated insult to the rudimentary intelligence of every man, woman and child in this country. After committing atrocities of monumental proportions on the men and women of the mass media during his regime, Rajapaksa’s plea to the mass media cannot be construed in any other way than as a preposterous joke. He has lost all his credibility on this single article he is supposed to have written to the newspapers. Unfortunately for the Rajapaksas, the atrocities visited upon the men and women in the media have been well catalogued. They have been illustrated and presented in a book that is currently in circulation. It’s titled “Rajapaksa & Company” and authored by dahamipurawesifoundation– Righteous Citizens’ Foundation- a very credible presentation of facts and figures, cataloguing the range of atrocities committed by the Rajapaksa family and their relatives, cohorts, and henchmen. It is indeed a graphic description of an alleged commission of dastardly acts by a set of politicians headed by the First Family of the time.
In such a context, how on earth can the former President utter such nonsense? His transparent wickedness and apparent disregard for the immediate past is deplorable. And the total rejection of the people’s power of memory is appalling and contemptible and must be condemned by all those who yearn for good governance. Good governance- Yahapalanaya- did not have a place of recognition under his regime; Sri Lankan civil service and constitutionally independent institutions like the Central Bank were servile serfs. The defense cum military establishment was a lapdog under the command of a sibling reminding one of some third or fourth world dictatorships whose only goal was enrichment of themselves and their closest comrades-in-arms.
Maintaining all the time a ludicrous self-righteous stance, basking in the glory of the war-victory against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE), bragging about being brave and courageous in the face of the imaginary global enemy while incarcerating the real war-hero General Sarath Fonseka, stripping the then Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake of her position, desecrating the roots and powers of the Attorney General, the Supreme Court and the Central Bank, these political vagabonds made history by letting go of a unique opportunity to establish tangible good governance after the war. Such opportunities come but rarely in history and those rulers who refuse to recognize such opportunities must be condemned to its dustbin. Great rulers right throughout human history have identified those jewels of times and opportunities and acted in accordance with the utmost sacred principles of humanity, fairness and selflessness. They had brought happiness to their subject people; they had made their people fearless and courageous and creative. All the architectural edifices and religious stupas left behind by our ancient ancestors stand as great monuments to our religio-cultural heritage. What is the legacy of the Rajapaksa regime?
Here is the legacy. Here are some excerpts from the creative booklet of Rajapaksa & Company (pages 103, 104 and 105):
RAJAPAKSE & COMPANY
JOURNALISTS ABDUCTED/ASSAULTED WITH IMPUNITY DURING RAJAPAKSE TIME, NOW PRESUMED TO BE LIVING ABOAD
T. M. G. Chandrasekara, Rupavahini, 2007
Anurasiri Hettige, Rupavahini, 2008
Lal Mawalage, Rupavahini, 2008
Ranjani Aluthge, Rupavahini, 2008
Keith Noyahr, TNL Television, 2008
Upali Tennekoon, Rivira, 2009
Poddala Jayantha, Divaina, 2009
JOURNALISTS WHO FLED SRI LANKA TO ESCAPE RAJAPAKSE REGIME
Sonali Wickramatunge, Sunday Leader
Iqbal Athas, Sunday Times
Upali Joseph Fernando, Lankadeepa
Rathnapala Gamage, Lankadeepa
Anuruddha Lokuhapuarachchi, Reuters
Mandana Ismail, Sunday Leader
Romesh Abeywickrema, Sunday Leader
Sanath Balasuriya, Divaina
Sunanda Deshapriya, Lankadeepa
Prasanna Fonseka, Silumina
Shantha Wijesuriya, Lanka-e-News
Jayampathy Bulathsinhala, Pathula
ANOTHER MAJOR ASSAULT ON THE FREE MEDIA DURING RAJAPAKSE REGIME WAS THE ATTACK BY MILITARY COMMANDOS ON THE MTV/SIRASA TV STATIONS.
On 5th January 2009 where damage was caused for more than Rs. 200 Million to the TV stations. This was 4 days before they killed editor of the Sunday Leader Lasantha Wickrematunge.
(Source: Rajapaksa & Company, pages 103, 104 and 105)
While the Rajapaksas are waiting in their drawing room cushions, day-dreaming about an unprecedented political comeback, the people at large are still awaiting justice and they are beginning to lose their patience. Facing such formidable obstacles, it is laughable that the former President has decided to throw stones at the present regime without realizing that his bubble is not all that hard and solid.
They have to answer these allegations. If not, suspicion remains and it alone is sufficient to keep them away from many an election victory. Human folly is pardonable provided the culprit shows adequate and genuine remorse and repentance. If he or she decides to deceive the machineries of justice and law, wheels will turn against him or her and devour them unmercifully. Law must be equal to all and at the same time totally blind in that whoever the accused is, his or her background and profile must remain invisible to the law-givers. While being power, grinding the mills of corruption and nepotism to the hilt, distributing the residues to the henchmen and relatives with an utter carefree attitude, emptying the government coffers to the bottom and now pontificating to the country of ‘good governance’, this clan of rulers shaped and defined the true measures of avarice and greed. Such avarice and greed should not be satiated, such avarice and greed should not have any place in our midst. Jean Paul Satre stated thus: “Politics is a science. You can demonstrate that you are right and others are wrong.” Former President may take full meaning of that wonderful quotation. The people at large who voted him out of power are right and he was wrong. Demonstrable results are still coming out.
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