5 December, 2020

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Rajapaksa Defeated; Wimalaya, SB And The Inside Story

By Surendra Ajit Rupasinghe

Ajit Rupasinghe

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As we had repeatedly alerted, even at the very last moment, in the face of imminent defeat, incumbent president Mahinda Rajapaksa tried to make a grab to hold on to power. Civil defense forces loyal to the Regime were to be dressed up in regular army uniforms to storm the bastions of state power. Media institutions were to be brought under siege. The National Security Council was to be convened. Emergency and martial law was to be promulgated. Emergency session of Parliament was to be convened to legitimize the coup. The two most notorious, low-life thugs of the Rajapaksa cabal, Ministers S.B. Dissanayake and Wimalaya were desperately pushing the agenda. Chief of Staff of the armed forces Jagath Jayasuriya was ready to sing the song. Army commander, Daya Ratnayake was in jitters. Could the coup face the wrath of the masses was their collective dilemma. The Elections Commissioner and the Inspector General of Police took strength from the raging tide of opposition. They stood firm. So, the murdering crony mafia cabal capitulated. Mahinda hastened to retreat in the face of mass mobilization. He handed over power before even before the results were announced in the hope that he would be shown some mercy. In the desperate hope that he would not be brought to face the Tribunal of the People! He knew that if he would have dared to go against the masses and reject their verdict he, his triumvirate and dynasty, together with his corrupt, murdering, raping narco-cabal would perhaps have faced the same fate as Colonel Gaddafi. Some of the most notorious criminals, drug barons, rapists and racketeers fled the country with their kith and kin well before the fall. Wimalaya tried to flee, but was refused entry at the airport.

So, to whom does this tactical victory belong? Of course, the victory parades would be held in honor of the winner, the new Executive President, H.E. Maitripala Sirisena, along with Ranil Wickremesinghe, Madam Chandrika, Champika Ranawaka and General Sarath Fonseka. Yet, if there are any real winners in this game, it would be the oppressed and suffering masses who dared to take on the hated emperor to unseat him. The victory would belong particularly to the Tamil people in the North-East and the Hill Country and the Moslem people – the oppressed nationalities, who had faced the most terrible abuse, exploitation and terrorist repression under the rule of the Emperor. The Hill Country Tamil population are to be saluted for routing Thondaman, their most direct terrorist overlord and drunken enforcer.

WimalHowever, any real victory for the people in this election would rest on whether the new dispensation would bring them justice. This would require that all corrupt politicians and officials, murderers, rapists and racketeers who had amassed fortunes under the Rajapakse Regime would be duly prosecuted and punished for their abominable crimes against the people and the country. It would require that all top bureaucrats in such infamous institutions as the Ceylon Electricity Board, the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation, the Urban Development Authority, Registration of Motor Vehicles, Customs, all Ministers and Secretaries, the Police and Armed Forces, private contractors and the whole litany of others that had killed democracy and human rights and robbed the people blind be brought before the Law to face justice. It would require that all high officials of the Judiciary and the Attorney General’s office that complied in entrenching the fascist Rajapakse dictatorship be brought before the Tribunal of Justice. It would require that the entire chauvinist-militarist-hegemonic State apparatus be dismantled forthwith and democratic institutions put in place. A system of public transparency and accountability would have to be instituted. The real victory for the people would lie in empowering their democratic rights so they may hold their political representatives and public officials effectively accountable and recallable. Most of all, a real victory for the people would lie in implementing a democratic political solution to the National Question, without any further prevarication or compromise. This is along with an immediate rescinding of the Prevention of Terroism Act (PTA) and the demilitarization of the North-East and throughout the country and granting full constitutional powers to the Northern Provincial Council.

Justice certainly would require that the cold-blooded assassins who are responsible for the killing of Lasantha Wickrematunge, Hon. Raviraj, Hon. Joseph Pararajasingham, the massacre of the aid workers, those responsible for the abduction of Prageeth Eknaligoda, Lalith, Kugan, all those guilty of war crimes and atrocities, and so many other such crimes be tried and punished. This is but a short list of such horrible crimes. All para-military fascist forces, including that of Douglas Devanada, the Bodu Bala Sena, Sinhala Ravaya be disarmed and served justice. Justice would require that the right of the people to information, their freedom of assembly, expression and conscience be immediately instituted. This would certainly include lifting of the block against Colombo Telegraph.

The new dispensation under H.E. Maitripala Sirisena shall be on public trial to ensure that Justice shall be done to the people. This is why the people voted him to power. They had no other choice. Unlike before, this time, the people are alerted to the real possibility that their democratic mandate be, once again, subverted and hijacked by the System and its ruling class. For sure, they will continue to be fed to the wolves of Capital and the country sold to the imperialist powers even more ruthlessly that before. This is the real agenda.

It would be the responsibility of the genuine progressive, democratic forces to build the independent power of the people to defend and advance their sovereignty, even within the prevailing neo-colonial Capitalist State, however illusory that may be. It is the sacred duty of all genuine revolutionaries to grasp this opening to build the united, organized conscious revolutionary will, strength and fighting capacity of the proletariat and the oppressed masses and nationalities in a common front of struggle against world imperialism and the neo-colonial State and direct the rising wave of class struggle towards the establishment of a People’s Democratic State, as a liberated base area of the world revolution, along the path of Socialism and the final victory of Communism.

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    Lets hope that all parties put their differences aside and agree to put forth a real genuine political solution to the Tamil question.
    This is an opportunity not to be squandered for a bipartisan approach that’ll pave the way towards genuine reconciliation with the Tamil people.

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      not as revenge but by going through proper investigations – for all what these both plus Duminda silva have done for the lanken folks should be made clear if need should be punished accordingly. These are the happy days of all that thought blatant lies, abuses based culture would not stay forever. Jayawewa

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        Do you flip your hat frequently?

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      WHAT RUBBISH.. I cant Believe People with Brains Actually fall for this tripe.. So he is saying this master plan to hold on to power was thought by S.B. Dissanayake and Wimalaya.. THESE TWO.. WHile CMB telegraph in another article NAmews GOTA(More Likely).. Yets when The Dust has settled .. Credable People who were with the Regime Today have Given their name to leading news papers and said Nothing of the sort mentioned by these conspiracy theorist is True.. When the Leading News papare asked the Election Commisioner About Gota and the Army coming to see him Nothing was True ( a piece carried by CMB telegraph) with its unnamed soruces..

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      If anybody could teach Wimal weerawanse how to hold public speeches without using sinhala filthy terms, our society would have remained as noticed in the 70ties. At that time, we thought about very many times before expressing our views – if anyone added anything – they were polite sinhala langauge. I truly believe – the set of words being used by MY3 will lead many in the society to recheck that civilized way should come from the top of the leadership. Not attacking the man who just got defeatd, honestly, his set of words on public stages were not appropriate mostly. Examples are given below

      a)At the time, the repeatedly debated whether his 3rd term is ethical, moral, legal – he once used ” he can 3 times” and he has already proved it -by producing 3 healthy sons. Had any western leader (say David Cameron) used the words in that way – what could have happened ? please judge it by yourself

      b)Taking MR as exple, Kelaniya Mervin, Wimal Weerawane and others used even ” all civilized kind of words ” on the public stage – all these were heavily criticised by new generation lanken youth thourgh social media -but they had not guts to do anything since thuggery of the MR regime could destroy them if reacted promptly.

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        Applogies
        b)Taking MR as exple, Kelaniya Mervin, Wimal Weerawane and others used even ” all HIGHLY ucivilized kind of words ” on the public stage – my 90 elderly parents could not bear this anymore – what torments they went through – beyond all levels – can you imagine ?
        Please jude this by yourself… ask your healthy conscience any of you would allow your younger ones to use the set of sinhala words Wimal, Mervin have been using to divert the average mindsets.

        all these were heavily criticised by new generation lanken youth thourgh social media -but they had not guts to do anything since thuggery of the MR regime could destroy them if reacted promptly.

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    Dear Surendra Ajit Rupasinghe,

    Kukulgoo behethata oney.

    It is sad that you have made an alert mind like yours irrelevant to the governance of Mother Lanka – up to now. Regime change has given you an opportunity to change that.

    First rewrite this article, and submit for republication. It should highlight and revolve on the concepts “no more impunity”, “rule of law”, “equality before the law”, “People’s right to seek and obtain governance information”, “strengthen and guarantee the independence of the Judiciary, Legislature, Police, Public Prosecution, and Administration Service”, “outlaw public hate/racist/anti-religious speech”, “legally embed the principle of accountability to the People by all sectors comprising the Government (at all times, not merely at election time).

    Second, educate the Public that democratic governance is not possible without above. Illustrate by reference to the acts of commission and omission by the Rajapakse Government of the last six years. Eg 2000 percent commission, rape murder looting gone unpunished, “the gnanasara barking”, the plunder of the national wealth and many many others.

    Third, publicly bring pressure to bear on the Public Prosecution, and follow-up, to identify the misdeeds / criminal acts and prosecute the criminals. You have mentioned most of these in your Article, but that is not sufficient. Write to the authorities. If there is no action, publish your letters as a reminder. Talk about them at public gatherings. Hold up that piece of paper for the public to see. Make a hue and cry when you suspect that corruption affiliated to any politician.

    Fourth, publicly heap the necessary pressure on the Legislature to bring in and pass the required enabling legislation.

    Maithripala Sirisena may be a good man. It may be that is because he had no real power. But those in power cannot be trusted. Power corrupts. One should expect Politicians to leave some leeway for themselves to act corrupt. They will act only under pressure. Since I believe you are NOT one of those who craves for power, you are the ideal candidate to carry out what is required at this juncture in Sri Lanka’s history.

    Believe me if you persist with this course of action you will no more be kukulgoo. You will bring salvation to Mother Lanka and you will be valued by the Citizens.

    Hope you will be reading this comment.

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      [Edited out]

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      I agree with Reza what I was about to write spared my time. (first I write after blockade lifted).

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    My3 victory is for all races Sinhalese, Tamil, Muslim and others because all these communities are voted en mass to My3. But vote for MR is for seperation only for Sinhales

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      True. Racism is hell for the country and very harmful for the economy. Sri Lanka should be like Singapore’s policy which we can combat racism and make all Sri Lankans to live together without fights for rank.

      If the Sri Lanka’s new government agrees on this policy, The Tamils will drop the idea of Eelam and they will come to Sri Lanka as one and united and improve the combatting the hardships of their livelihood under the unity Government.

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      What is that My 3, do you mean it SOMEWISE?

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    I am sure many of us are glad it’s all over now and welcome the change. But as many writers have said before me, justice has to be served so that all who engaged in corruption and violence are hunted, charged and all illegal earnings recovered.
    WHY ELSE WOULD ONE FLEE THE COUNTRY,
    This should be a deterrent to the present regime who we hear are already being accused of asking businesses for their “share” etc.
    Ranil and CBK are no ANGELS.
    Monkey See Monkey Do!

    Most Ministers and Govt authorities are expected to be corrupt.
    Pay them better and reduce these degrees of corruption.

    Justice has to be served and I wish and pray Sri Lanka never goes down this path again.

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    Media is cannot be trust anymore.they take bribe from current goverment and published these kind of articles for favour of the current goverment. People ain’t stupid now. They know the truth.

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    I believed this article until I read the bit “Wimalaya tried to flee, but was refused entry at the airport.”. That sounds like a cock-and-bull story.

    I’m not particularly fond of “wimalaya” but why would he be refused entry at the airport? Surely he must have had a valid ticket for a departing plane? Then what was the reason for refusal? Does the author care to elaborate? Many goons already left without any trouble, although refusal to them don’t get any rhetorical points in an article.

    Or was there any extra-judicial decisions being taken at the airport?

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    What about prosecution starting with the Rajapakse family? Then Ministers/MPs’ like Keheliya, Nimal, Wimal, terrorists like KP, Karuna, Douglas and public servants like Jayasundera, Cabral, Mohan Peiris(too many to mention but) and businessmen like Dammika Perera, Sumal Perera, Ashok Pathirage and other proxies for Gota, Basil, Mara and Namal.

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      RICHARD what about the non career Diplomats who were posted to have extra immunity. Some of them war criminals. All should be tried including Mohan Pieris for big lie in Geneva Re: Prageeth Eknaligoda, that he is living in one of the European capital.

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    Conrage Rupasinghe,

    There is much anger in your voice.

    I agree that the wrongdoers need to be tried, but they must be allowed due process. This is what MARA failed to provide for the citizens. This is why MARA was kicked out.

    Vengeance is a double edged sword.

    Furthermore Ranil and CBK have a chequered past also. I hope they will not succumb to their bad ways once again. I hope Maithree is capable of putting his foot down and have a clean administration. Time will tell.

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    Cannot agree with all. Demilitarisation of North -East and granting full constitutional powers to North-Eastern provincial councils would mean the LTTE and TNA would get what they have always wanted- a self governing, separate state…

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    Congratulations Surendra! A bold and courageous exposition. Bensen

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    Personally I don’t believe anything said in para 1. These may be in the domains of imagination of people that wish to write garbis of similar vein to what was publicly uttered by Gotaya against General Fonseka after the General and Gotaya fell out, with the latter trying to usurp the Dutugemunu role, i.e. Gotayas claim that the General had launced plans actions to move regiments of soldiers to Colombo district to launch a coup de tat. All bull shit!

    Writers that were discredited by one regime bolt out of their wormholes when the regime changes.

    MR and all their followers were booted out by the public because of their excesses. Even those who initially supported MR during his 2005-2010 reign turned their back on the regime, disgusted by his governance, their corruption and the lawlessness in the country.

    We don’t want any more blood lettings. People of various ethnic groups and shades of political opinions should be able to learn to live like brothers and sisters; they already do it in inter-marriage families. This idea should be extended to group behaviour too.

    There should be no place for corruption in future. In Eastern countries it is rife; Sri Lanka in particular, where feudal systems still in action, it is bad. We need better governance, laws and enforcement agencies to implement them.

    As to past crimes of villains of all shades, they should be legally charged to account for their misdeeds, and dealt with the correct procedures of a civil society, similar to the way top notch leaders of US, China, France have been dealt with in the past in their countries. But first let us get the infrastructure right. That is the first priority.

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    From where did this author get all this information? Is it fiction or real? Where was this guy writing when MR was in power. Shame on CT for publishing this type of Journalism.

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    Now I see all the “Pandiths” come forward to “advise” the present administration on how to do government business. There is already a 100 day programme and let it be the accepted governing principle, already endorsed by the people for that period. Next comes the “Second Step” i.e. the Parliamentary Election after its dissolution on April 23rd. Before that and within that 100 days let us see how the new President and his team are going to be promising, efficient and responsible to the task of governing. That is the “Litmus” test for this newly established administration.

    That programme also “promises”: “A National Government” of all parties represented in Parliament will be established to govern for a period of at least two years”. Within that two year period, also it is mentioned of 100 policy directives to be implemented.

    So let this be a “Brand New” set up and allow its course to be followed without any “interference” from outside forces. Our responsibility will have to be to give the necessary support and “watch” on the progress. That is the “check” and “balance” that must be carried out by the PEOPLE.

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    It is vital to take proper legal actions against all criminals,thieves,Komiskarayas and who misused public funds and resources to establish justice on behalf of the people.The state resources were being shared among the family,relatives and friends and supporters of MARA’s regime without any limits.The New Government should have investigation on the assets of these scoundrels,including the business enterprises,Hotels,lands,cash,gold,vehicles etc.etc.Do not allow them to go free.The State assets must be recovered and the culprits must be sent to jail.

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    If we as Sri Lankans fail to uphold the ‘check and balances’ we are a failed society with no Democratic values.

    The new government is now established,they seek no vengeance.The Presidentt’s message says so,the Prime ministers message clearly upholds true Democratic values.

    Unfortunately there are some on this platform who write rascist comments and keep questing why the Tamils should be ‘given’ —- .?.
    It clearly shows that democratic values have miserably failed in Sri Lanka.

    The Tamils and Muslims from remote villages did not treck miles to cast their vote to establish a ‘Southern Victory’ only.
    Let us be cautious not to incite people as we stand at the first steps we are about to take with a new government which over threw a despotic kingdom that held thugs,racists,murderers,drug Lords,and ran around with white vans and motorcyclist killer squads.

    We Sri Lankans let this Happen.The rule of law failed because the people could not and did not stand up to the past regime.

    Let the government get rid off all vermins of such low life.No revenge but the due process to begin and the Rule of Law upheld.

    Thank you,USA

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      Why do you thank USA for all in the end?

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    Mr. Rupasinghe,

    Thanks for your article. You and others should organize a progressive movement of masses that keeps the new regime’s feet to the fire, and keep everyone honest.
    I hope you are writing in both Sinhala and English newspapers and the articles are translated in Tamil newspapers.

    I would suggest one thing though–moving away from old Marxist slogans; in the modern world, when even China has embraced a form of capitalism, when Cuba and the US are trying rapprochement, it would be hard for you to organize people with pure theoretical Marxist slogans as you seem inclined to do in some of your previous articles. If you focus on specific grievances of the oppressed people and seeking justice as you are doing in this article, you are likely to have a boader movement.

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    Dear Sukirihamy_Desparity,

    I can’t believe you still remember the old days and the wonderful experience of reading and reading and enjoying Mr. Jagath Asoka’s fun filled, serious articles here in these pages for some time.
    I wish he continued entertaining a lot of people, including you and me with his wonderful new kind of satire filled write ups. Sure he’s something totally different than many others and you know…I just love that man and anything he writes, really miss him, miss him a lot here.

    Hope he’s reading CT now a days and not given up altogether, like he said then. Thank you SD so much for remembering our hero Jagath Asoka and one of the great fan of Mr.Asoka (myself >:) and reminding me about our favorite, intelligent writer.

    On and off, I go back into my saved up files of JA, and enjoy reading them. Wish I had at least 25 % of his writing talent ! Feeling happy that I am able to enjoy his writing style.

    Hope and pray that he comes back again with his usual stuff !
    Just can’t wait to see his writings again….Have a good day pal.

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    I’m not a Mahinda supporter… I voted for President Maithripala Sirisena…
    But the above story by Ajit Rupasinghe is too good to be true.. I know Mahinda had his faults but saying that he attempted a coup is bullshit… I challenge Ajit Rupasinghe to bring us proof or credible reports for his claims… Let him bring out statements from people in authority regarding this.. And I would like to ask him why didn’t any of the other media outlets report this… Don’t tell me their afraid of Mahinda…
    Pls stop publishing fairy tales…

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      I would appreciate your comments not in the socks of an English styled name, but in the smocks of a pukka Sinhala Buddhist sahib names likes of “Pranawikana”, “Warigesinha”, “Lolimbawangsa” or so.

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        henchappu: speak for yourself, moron

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    Whilst the Writer has concentrated on the tackling of corruption at high
    levels, which I beleive would take some time to conclude via a COI, I
    suggest that within the 100 days, all so-called POLITICAL
    PRSIONERS under PTA should be released in batches, starting with those
    over 10 yrs. Hon. Sumanthiran might volunteer to work out the logistics
    for the Department involved to look into this.

    This is MAITHREE.

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    Congras to the new President & Prime Minister and let’s hope government and oppositions build up a strong team and get rid of all the unwanted characters and build up and create a new SRI LANKA with the use of this 20m+ and future generation to come.

    Like to know in brief how much would have been spent for the election properganda campaign for this short 2months. From whose money? Where ? How? ……. To convince 15m+ voters ???

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    If you were an ethical “journalist” you would at least have considered the reputation the country received worldwide by the President’s decision.
    It is said that MR’s calls to the Army etc were left unanswered. Who knows what he wanted? Maybe just security enough to get home?

    Stop publicizing these “kelam” and try to continue with a more suited “Yaha-jeevanaya”.

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    Thank God i can access main CT website & Comment.

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      May God prevail your eyesight intact for a long years to come. Read, in the name of CT, who nurtured you in the vein of animosity and hatred. Amen.

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    The sinhalise are moaning the loss of our president Rajapaksa. He is still the president for us. Do not celebrate yet…..

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      So does you celebrate his retirement, I wish.

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    mr.mihi, are you still really seriously considering the possibility of a separate state? we think this a some smoke screen entertained by the sinhala chavinists to deny some devolution to minorities. with all your miltary and other forces and inter. support including india it is no more possible. sampanthan has even made a declaration that he is very willing to work within the framework of a united SL. not that you people dont’ understand. the problem is that you bluntly refuse to understand.
    -sundaram

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