23 October, 2017

Rajapaksa’s Ceaseless Whining & Its Tragic Tale

By Vishwamithra

“Out, out, brief candle! Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more: it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” ~Macbeth (Act V, Scene V)

‘A real or imagined cause for complaint, especially unfair treatment’ or ‘a feeling of resentment over something believed to be wrong or unfair’, that’s how grievance is defined in our English dictionaries. Mahinda Rajapaksa’s current spell of whining fits right into that definition. And his whining has not ceased. His family members are being called many times by various investigative agencies. Along with these family members some of his leading supporters, close to nineteen (19), to name a few, Kumara Welgama, Mahindananda Aluthgamage and Udaya Gammanpila feature prominently among them. All these cohorts have already being questioned and Gammanpila and Aluthgamage in fact are out on bail. Investigative action takes place when some irregularity in administration, some palpably criminal activity or even some blatantly corrupt practices are smelled of and, an even more dangerous end the stench leads to, is recognized by those men of the law. It is not the law that was in play and practiced, most corruptly administered by those who wielded government powers during the Rajapaksa time. It is a different system now. In fact it is a better one than indiscriminate disappearances in ‘white vans’, better than killings of antagonistic journalists in broad daylight, better than removal of the Chief Justice by way of a select committee process within seventy hours, it is much better than arbitrary decrees by ‘Executive Presidency’.

Arguments for and against Executive Presidency have begun to end. No one is interested in prolonging a system of Executive Presidency as was envisaged and practiced by the architects and engineers of the 1978 Constitution. When enormous powers are invested in one single authority, whether that power is very loosely checked by a parliament whose majority is held by the same man or woman who comes from the same political shade of that majority, enormous consequences cascade with or without that parliamentary checking system. JR Jayewardene who introduced this 1978 Constitution enjoyed five sixth’s (5/6) majority in the 1977 Parliament. The mind that was working on a stronger executive power to deliver goods on time for a long time while he was in the State Council and then in Parliament, as second in command until the physical demise of the incumbent leader (Dudley Senanayake) in almost all governments led by the United National Party (UNP), when assumed power with real power to back him with that massive majority in the House, introduced a constitution that could have been tolerable if those who held that power were nursed and nurtured in the discipline of era of the first half of the twentieth century.

The 1956 transformation that dramatically affected not only the nation’s blend of leaders and the corners from which they originated, it also pointed to an end which seemed hazy at best and disastrous to the socio-economic balance of the nation at worst. Mahinda Rajapaksa is a direct product of that transformation. His father literally crossed the floor of the House of Parliament along with SWRD Bandaranaike, the leader of that ’56 transformation. The ’56-transformation, among others, had one singular and most radical influence on our electorate. I purposely use the word electorate as against society for the societal change that the ’56-transformation engendered was gradual while the on the electorate it was almost instantaneous and is lasting to date. That electoral effect underwent another shocking adjustment in 1977 but it lasted only 17 years, from ’77 to ’94. That ’77-change affected Mahinda Rajapaksa and it threw him out of parliament.

The ’70 – ’77 government led by the Bandaranaikes was alleged to have given license to some willing parliamentarians to exercise unfettered political powers in their respective electorates and the Bandaranaikes gave administrative cover to such exercises. At the receiving end of those thuggish exercises were the supporters and financiers of the UNP. In fact, at the very beginning of the Bandaranaike-led government in 1970, in the wake of the UNP’s crushing defeat at the General Elections, JR Jayewardene the then Leader of the Opposition raised in Parliament the unprecedented violence unleashed by  the SLFP supporters against the UNPers in the electorates. Prime Minister Mrs Bandaranaike’s response was thus: ‘let the SLFP supporters enjoy the unprecedented victory against the capitalist, imperialist-UNP’. The words of the first woman Prime Minster in the world were a shameful portrayal of the psyche of all Lankans.

Takeover of the famous Buhari Hotel in Maradana under the Business Undertakings (Acquisition) Act (No. 35 of 1971) is another example of political victimization. Government-sponsored agitation against free-market-oriented business ventures began with vengeance. Mahinda Rajapaksa learnt his ABC of state-sponsored harassing of his opponents under the tutelage of a Master par excellence – Felix Dias Bandaranaike. Mahinda’s record-breaking span of ill-governance in the new century is now being questioned by many investigative agencies. His whining is about those investigations and various other allegations that are being debated and argued in the court of public opinion aside from the courts of law. Despite the undisputed fact that it was Mahinda’s regime that ended a twenty seven year-old war against the Tamil terrorists, and considering the sense of patriotism and its resultant ‘hero-savior’ image created for the consumption by the masses by the propagandists for the Rajapaksa clan, for Rajapaksa to suffer an electoral defeat at the hands of his own Party’s General Secretary was an insufferable shame. That is to say the least.

Survival in politics is not easy. Especially in the current internet and Facebook era in which the life cycle of news is measured in minutes not days and weeks as was done about a decade ago, withstanding instant attacks with such unimpeachable authenticity is no mean task. Mahinda Rajapaksa has proven over the years that he is a survivor. He has a proven record in employing some of the best in the business in advertising and branding. Slogans such as ‘Uthuru Wasanthaya’ (Northern Spring), ‘Neganahira Udaawa’ (Rise in the East), ‘Maanushika Meheyuma’ (Humanitarian Operation) bear witness to the way he and his brothers tried to hoodwink the masses, especially after the war-victory. Such slogans were used to such an unbearable extent; the brothers became intoxicated in their own lies. When they began believing those lies, those lies had a more dangerous effect on their already–elongated egos. It gave them a sense of righteousness. That sense of righteousness gave them license to resort to any illegitimate and paralegal ventures.

That phony patriotism founded on self-righteousness gave them an illusional warrant for another term of office. So was born the Eighteenth Amendment. In other words, the Eighteenth Amendment was a legal and constitutional manifestation of the avarice and pursuit of power and wealth by Rajapaksa and his corrupt clan. Now he does not have that power. He does not have the cover that protected his misdoings and corrupt practices. That is a great loss. One cannot underestimate the chaos that this ‘absence of cover’ creates, not only physically in the day-to-day work routine, the psychological chaos that it creates could be utterly devastating to the psyche of the ruler who is all of a sudden found naked and exposed. His whining is one of paradoxically logical responses to that loss of cover. One can empathize with the man, but to sympathize is to condone his very actions and misdeeds and would be as guilty as the man in question. One may even forgive him, but that forgiveness, if at all, must necessarily follow after justice is effectuated.

Mahinda Rajapaksa is no fool. To portray him as one would be foolish for any investigator. Over the years he was in power as President of Sri Lanka, Mahinda surly has cultivated many friends and associates who stood by him during the dark nights of struggle and pain; many of those friends and associated may have fled him when he is out of power. But what would eventually stand by him are his own family and his siblings. Mahinda looked after his relatives while in power. His practice of nepotism knew no limits. Even the corrupt practices he is alleged to have been engaged in became exclusive to him and his family. The avarice that grew with him ultimately took its unkind toll. Every corrupt regime ultimately comes to that sad end. One should never disregard history’s lessons. How bitter or how drastic those lessons are, they are the only measurable yardsticks by which man can learn. Yet history repeats itself, for man has failed time after time. It is evident that Mahinda Rajapaksa and his cohorts are not willing to learn from history. Either they don’t know that there historical precedents or they deliberately chose not to regard them with any due weight.

Mahinda’s whining is essentially a necessary by-product of the loss of power he suffered. He is amply displaying that he simply cannot come to terms with that by-product. 

The writer can be contacted at vishwamithra1984@gmail.com     

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    I blame all this on Buddhism and Reincarnation. One person cannot be this screwed-up in one lifetime.

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      His spouse was a Catholic. Why did she not have a good influence on him and her children? It is easier for a Catholic to sin. A confession would make her clean to sin again. A Buddhist has to think of his karma.

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      Rajapakshe is a pseudo buddhist. Nor is he that religious even if we were compelled him licking the srimaha bodhi as an event of media display. Not once several dozens of times, to send the message across the grass eating majority, to making them feel how religiouis our athigaru has been.
      Very same manner, unlike the incumbent president, former even got down to a paddy field to show that he is with farming community who are the majority in this lost land.
      But my million dollar question is, even if many young farmers living Rajarata and others got fatally caught by an unknown kidney disease – nothing like rigorous steps had been taken in banning the globally used herbicide- most known, monsantos, Glyphosat.
      Agro chemical import industry is no second to pharma drug export industry. So, may be Athigaru had no hearts to block it during his 10 years, no matter, over 40 000 got killed if my numbers are right.
      In the same manner, ballige putha had direct mediation with DRUG kin pins such as Nimal Lanza. Every 4 th young chap is caught by DRUG MAFIa TODAY. but ballige putha never had any strict actions against drug traffickers. Even Kudu dumiya was Athigaru s family friend. That is how these Rajapakshes fooled the nation.

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    You seem to be writing a lot of crap here mate … .UNP’s F******* CID questioning MPs and Public Servants is not going to prove them guilty…. Especially when the F******CID was hand picked by Dr Batalanda Ranil……. If they are fair dinkum, what about the rogues in the current Government ?, Is that because these rogues are waving Green Flags for the Yhapalanaya?….Has this F ***** CID proved even one person of wrong doing ?… Sorry to see a Political Journalist who doesn’t know about Politics, especially Srilankan Politics…….

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      KASmaalam K A Sumanasekera———– “Especially when the F******CID was hand picked by Dr Batalanda Ranil”—————–How about Ranil deciding to appoint you the Permanent Representative to UN – one or two grades above Bandula? Don’t forget duty free single malt, tax free pay, expensive chauffeur driven limousine, you will have choice of your own b***s carriers, frequent invitation to cocktail circuits, on the side you can help Basil run his business empire for 10, 20. 30 percents commission, ……………endless scope, opportunities.

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    All Rajafucksas must be in jail with their friend Nanasara.

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      Surely you realise by now at least that the mad monk is the creation of none other than Patali ???..

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    This man MR should finally see the manner Mr OBAMA behaves today. THen he could learn it from him and even Mr Cameran. Patticular power intoxicated man was travelling across Japan last week. What he should have experienced there should be applied to change his nature. That can then help the masses and specially his nation. Actually, the manner the power greedy man should finally leave the leaders came in to power do their job well.
    I really dont know what MR wants this weakened nation to achieve next.
    They Prez Obama and Premier Camran served two terms. Now they enjoy their family life NOT being greedily harboured to politics. Both democracies safeguard their democracies much better than in our third world countries. We will have to stay third world so long we have MR nature leaders to represent us.

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    I have to thank two people. One is Vishamitra for writing this and the other is Mahinda Rajapaksha for being alive to read this.—–Soma

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    Rajapakse cannot accept the fact that he was kicked out by the masses, he is a bad looser and above all he is a Traitor to Sri Lanka. All other Presidents when they lost they accepted the verdict and stayed home. This hooligan cannot accept it and he creates trouble to the Yahapalana Govt. If he is so greedy for a political position he should wait until next election. He is such a scoundrel he could not even feel happy when we got GSP + which he lost. Hundreds of thousands lost their job because of the loss of GSP, now they will get those jobs back. Why do we need politicians like him? All he is trying to do is to stir up the JO members, most of whom do not even have a voter base, by doing so he is trying to protect himself, his wife, children and brothers from the clutches of the law. Its time President Sirisena appoints a special courts to sit in judgement against all the cases related to him and his family and provide justice to the people of Sri Lanka.

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    Vishwamitra, Instead of poking your finger in Rajapakse’s asshole and writing the same old BS that we have heard million times, please put your finger in the assholes of the ‘Yahapalana’ guys and tell how smelly their shit is. 6.2 million cast their votes to Hansaya hoping that they can get out of ‘Rajapakse’s Hell’ and live in ‘Sirisena’s Yahapalana Paradise’. Now that ‘Yahapalana Hansaya’ is dead and rotting; the stench is unbearable. If you go to Southern Sri Lanka and ask, people will say ‘Hansayata chande deepu kenek behethakatawath hoya ganna behe’ kiyala.Sirisena has become ‘Emperor without Cloths’!

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    Dear Vishwamithra,
    Your clinically dissective analysis is par-excellence even by international standards. In this instance I believe for many real patriots of SL past or present, this is like visible rays from the third eye of Lord Buddha or Shiva.

    I sincerely hope this message will be picked up many Sangha or other faith clergy members and they will echo it in the Vihares, Temples, Churches & Mosques.

    It may be wishful thinking but if the top level Sangha can pursuade or advise MaRa & his clans to renunciate SL politics and to become Sangha members like Emperor Ashoka’s family SL will become a real paradise in earth.

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    I remember, an office colleague who was accused of misappropriation of office money – a few thousand of rupees (a false charge), did not face us till he was exonerated of the charge. I wonder how whole Rajapakse family (and their cohorts) accused of so many frauds, still appear before public without any shame. Best act is all of them when coming out of courts, CID or FCID shout about government’s faults completely avoiding the reasons for their presence at those places.

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      Bull Shit Perera,
      Haven’t you heard a cardinal principle of law “you are innocent till proven guilty”. A mere accusation will not prove that you are guilty. I can claim that B S Perera stole billions. Does that mean that you are a thief.

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        In Sri Lanka it differs by Race and Religion.

        For Tamils / Christians your guilty unless proven innocent.

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    Very well said , except that Shakespeare wasted on such a nincompoop. Bensen

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    Thanks Vishvamithra for writing an analytically excellent piece. We need more Vishvamithras for our land ruined by MaRa and his family together with KAS Sumanasekarams. MaRa is absolutely a scourge and an unending disease to our land.

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    Lanki: You are sort of questioning: Why MR cannot accept the verdict of the people and keep silent? Please do understand that MR cannot do it. Why? (1) In the early morning hours of January 9, 2015, he was “assured” that everything would be “looked after” and all arrangements were made for him to leave Temple Trees. But MR was not quite sure of those “assurances” because he knows how politicians behave. (2) Because of that “uncertainty” MR had to keep building “pressure” on the newly elected regime of RW and MS. To do that MR was compelled to make a show of his “might” by being active in politics. (3) MR was charged with the responsibility of avoiding all possible risks to his immediate family, cohorts, goons etc . of being brought before justice on all charges of crimes committed. To do that MR was compelled to be a “indomitable force” that MR & MS combo would reckon with and make concessions or deals on all matters pertaining to the “crimes” committed up to 2014 end. (4) MR had to use and show that he still possessed “People Power” and that he shows through a tool titled “Joint Opposition”. All these “Involvements” are aimed at one “GOAL” of ESCAPING the “Criminal Charges” that are leveled against him, his family, relations, cohorts, goons etc. So don’t expect him to accept the verdict of the people and retire. He (MR) is presently fighting that BATTLE from varying fronts. Presently he (MR) is half way on the path of winning.

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    On the contrary Vishwamitra, MR is a brilliant strategist! He LOST the 08 January 2015 election to evade UNHRC radar. Success. He KNEW that the new GoSL will not succeed with any attempts to eradicate corruption. Success again. He has this instinct “PEOPLE FORGET”. Remember his “Known devil better than an unknown ….etc etc”? Vishwamitra, in the Macbeth quote “Out, out, brief candle! Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more: it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” there was no poker card game as such!

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    Rajapakse is quite simply put, is the worst leader we ever had, from the time of independence. It is only the present lot and Dayan J that make him look good.

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      Are you insane? The leader who finished terrorism and developed the economy like none since independance is the worst leader? No wonder idiots like you make this country a failed country!

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    Great stuff. An eye opener for all of us who have forgotten the past & those who are unaware of the birth of corruption & thuggery in Parliament.

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    Bring legislation to the effect that no person should be allowed to contest an election whatever, more than twice during a life time. If we do that all this giving jobs etc. will have only minimal effect on voting.

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