22 May, 2022


Rajapaksa’s Patriotism Vs. Citizens’ Patriotism

By Hema Senanayake

Hema Senanayake

Hema Senanayake

The Citizens’ Power (Purawasi Balaya) is an organization of artistes, academics and civil society activists. They will be holding a public rally on December 02nd at Hyde Park in Colombo. Among speakers there will be Maduluwawe Sobitha Thero, Common Opposition Candidate Maithripala Sirisena, Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, former President Chandrika Kumaratunga, JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake, TNA National List Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran, Democratic Party Leader and former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka, Mano Ganeshan of the Democratic Peoples’ Front and a host of other academics and activists. I felt writing something brief about a good citizen. 

A good citizen is a patriot. As Theodore Roosevelt defined that patriotism means to stand by the country; it does not mean to stand by the president; it is patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently serves the country; it is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country; in either event, it is unpatriotic not to tell the truth, whether about the president or anyone else.

MR cut colombotelegraphBy this definition, in this moment of history one might feel that it is unpatriotic not to oppose the President as he fails in his duty to stand by the country and its democratic values and laws by enacting 18th amendment to the constitution.

As one of former U.S. presidents intimated you are a good citizen if you do your job well. If you love your children you are a good citizen. If you feel that you want to raise your children good, you are a good citizen. If you love your parents and take care of them when needed, then you are a good citizen. If you feel happy when our cricketers do well in the World Cup and other matches you are a good citizen. If you feel proud when our scientists do well here and abroad you are a good citizen. If you are concerned with environment, you are a good citizen. If you feel bad when injustices are done to others, you are a good citizen. Put all these traits together then you become a wonderfully good citizen. Still you have one more thing to do in order to be a good citizen. That is to participate actively and wisely in the electoral process. It is your civic duty. In other words you should willingly and enthusiastically exercise your citizen’s power, the power of franchise.

You are so good and you feel that you would not have to go before a court of law in your life time and hence you concern little about the judicial system. That is okay. Still, if you felt disgusted about the way that this government removed the Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake from the Supreme Court, then you are a good citizen.

You might not be a journalist. Perhaps you have no relative in that profession or you are not associating any one of them closely. But if you feel disgusted when newspaper editors were killed or assaulted or kidnapped and tortured or when they are labeled as LTTE sympathizers without substantiating allegations, then you are a good citizen.

You might or might not have that much regard for the Ministers and MPs of the government. But if you feel worrisome when the president says that he has “files” of those who crossed over to the opposition, then you are a good citizen. And if you feel that the president fails in his duty to stand by the country’s democratic values by keeping secret “files”, then you are a good citizen.

If you felt relieved when the country got rid of LTTE menace, you are a good citizen. If you felt grateful towards the political leaders and military for establishing peace in the country you are a good citizen. If you felt you are humiliated when General Sarath Fonseka was put into jail by an unlawful Military Court, you are a good citizen. If you feel disappointed with the political leaders who put him in jail, then you are a good citizen even though you feared to come out for his rescue.

If you feel happy when the country’s infrastructure is shaping up, you are a good citizen. But if you feel disgusted about the rampant corruptions that are associated with infrastructure projects, then you are a good citizen.

Perhaps you might go or you might have gone after a politician to get job or help. But, still if you feel embarrassed for having to do so, due to a desperate predicament, then you are still a good citizen.

Recently, the whole country saw a worker of Road Development Authority (RDA) was pasting election propaganda posters of the President Mahinda Rajapaksa. A Journalist captured the seen and showed it in the TV. The worker told the journalist that he had to do it in fear of losing his job if he didn’t do it. If you happened to paste posters or to do something else, in fear of losing your job yet be unhappy about it by your heart, then you are a good citizen. By this measure the poor RDA worker is a good citizen. Also, if you feel bad about the plight of the RDA worker he is in and about the system that put him in that situation, then you are a good citizen.

The official residence of the president is not the place to conduct a “progress review” of universities. Federation of University Teachers Association released a press statement opposing it as it was not proper to have such an event when a presidential election has already been declared. Some academics have already insisted that they would not participate. However if an academic had to go in fear of losing his or her job or any other repercussions but feel bad for having to attend it, still he or she is a good citizen. Also if you feel bad about the abuse of their innocence, then you too are a good citizen.

Also, if you curiously wondered when Ranil says that UNP would take its share and give others their share, then you are a good citizen.

Millions of millions of good citizens might be waiting to take care of this government when comes the January 08th of 2015. That is citizens’ power. Any future government should know that good citizens’ hearts beat in the same way as it is happening now; Citizens’ Power should ensure that Maithri and Ranil should know about it with certainty.

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  • 1

    Perfect list of patriots … Isn’t it..

    Just a few highlights from their CVs.

    Ranil.. Insulted the brave Soldiers when they were getting killed by the LTTE.

    Locked them up in the barracks and allowed Prabakaran to recruit members from the TNA in Govt controlled areas.

    Set up the hit on the whole Military Intelligence Wing which was massacred in their sleep by the LTTE.

    Fonseka dobbed in his leaders ,to Ms Pillai with his eye witness account of his own Soldiers and Commanders shooting white flag carrying Nadesan and his LTTE Police team who were escorting the poor innocent LTTErs behind their political wing leader Pullidevan.

    Anura Kumara is a disgrace to his former leaders who helped to kick Ranil out before he could make his ISGA to Prabakaran legit..

    CBK at least sacked the Cousin before major damage was done.

    Is Mano Ganeshan a Patriot?.

    Wonder why the TNA sent Abraham who is not even elected, when they have formidable patriots starting from the boss himself, Vellala Sambandan followed by Premachandran , Sivagilingam and a whole host of others with impeccable patriotic credentials.

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      K.A Sumanasekera

      Have you been hearing voices in your head lately?

      Leave your bunker, go out, seek help, people will provide you with hot meals at least twice a day, ………. you can have free shower, wash your clothes, hoover your flat, wash your dishes, drive you to local GP, …………… only if you stop abusing them.

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        K.A Sumanasekera deserves the prison for the perjury he commits by his every post. There, he’ll receive all the goodies listed but more – love from his fellow prisoners, love that he has been deprived of apparently. I am told, some nights, it will just be cuddles.

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          he is a slug with a crash helmet crossing the street from his bunker at wella for his wadekahate tea para (st black tea)
          at dusk leaning on the lampost he waits for mohini to pass by and she bites him so there are no cats paws in the ward- a smart coolie goo`ta dogee
          fleas take a ride on him at night after a drool and have a good time stinging an d singing. he ho

    • 1

      Mahinda Rajapakse was in a luxury bunker during the war. He did not want to be in the country during crucial ending moment of the war. He was scared for his life.

  • 2

    Hema Senanayake –

    Amarasiri Completed Chapter 1 of Common Sense Pamphlet 2014 Sri Lanka.

    Can you round up 7 other Authors to complete the balance and be ready to distribute on Dec 2, 2014 and well before Jan 8, 2015?

    I am quite convinced, just like Thomas Paine was in 1776, the Common Sense Pamphlet need to be concise less than 47 pages, in simple language the masses can read and easily understand. Something like “Gam Peraliya”. Another version is Gone with the Wind.
    You can get a Free Copy Pdf of the Common sense by Thomas Paine here..



    Now to Common sense Pamphlet. Amarasiri is Pushing the Sri Lankan version of the CS Pamphlet for Altruistic reasons. Amarasiri’s only satisfaction is the defeat of MaRa , the Despotic Medamulana MaRa Dynasty, and there is no financial gain, other than he “Good Works” and “ Pin” in afterlife, if there is any as such.

    So Amarasiri is with the Common Opposition in this endeavor. The Common Opposition should embrace Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, Christians, agnostics, Atheists, Democrats, Republicans, and others EXCEPT the MaRa, their Shills and their cronies , BBS and Rapists and few undesirables

    However, Amarasiri has limited time. This is What Amarasiri can do. This post to the Common Opposition and well wishes, and ask them to Complete it.

    There will be 8 Chapters. Why, January 8,? It is the Triple Point. The Day SWRD Bandaranaika was born, the Day Lasantha Wickramatunga was killed and the Presidential Election.

    Common Sense Pamphlet
    Sri Lanka 2014
    Rata Peraliya – Family Dictatorship Vs. Democracy.
    Anonymous Author(s)

    Chapter 1: Introduction Common Sense Sri Lanka 2014 – Author 1

    As long and violent abuse of power , and as the President of Sri Lanka has undertaken in his own right , to support the parliament in what he calls theirs, and as the good people of this country are grievously oppressed by the combination, they have undoubted privilege to suppress and abuse the citizens rights given by the constitution.
    The cause of Sri Lanka is in a great measure the cause of all Sri Lankans.

    Who the Authors of this Production is, is wholly unnecessary to the public, as the object of Attention is the Mahinda Rajapaksa Family Dictatorship Doctrine and Proposed dynasty Itself.

    This Pamphlet has 8 Chapters by different authors. Use Common sense and make the choice between Family Dictatorship and democracy in the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.

    Chapter 2: Of the origin and Design of the The Democratic Socialist Republic o of Sri Lanka in general, with remarks on the Constitution. Author 2

    Chapter 3: Of Monarchy, Dictatorship and Hereditary Succession. Author 3

    Chapter 4: Thoughts on the Present state of Sri Lanka Affairs 2014. Author 4

    Chapter 5: Of the present ability of Sri Lanka 2014 with some miscellaneous Reflections since Independence . Author 5

    Chapter 6: Rights of the Citizens of Sri Lanka. Author 6

    Chapter 7: Dangers of Dictatorship Sri Lank 2014. Author 7

    Chapter 8: Bribery, Corruption, Nepotism and Crime Sri Lanka 2010-2014. Author 8

  • 2


    Ho chi Min, North Vietnam, was conducting all his war campaign from a thatched hut in the jungle and a few telephones in the hut.

    King Dutugemunu took even his mother to the battle front. That is how he was confident.

    • 3

      Jim softy

      “King Dutugemunu took even his mother to the battle front. That is how he was confident.”

      The mythological King Dutugemunu knew he was fighting a just king hence he was confident that Elara or his army wouldn’t rape his mother nor kill her unlike the war criminals now running this country.

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    Jim softly; According to Mahavamsa Dutugamunu had deposited Buddha-relics in the spear which he carried to the front – to kill Tamils with! ( Kunte dhaatum nidhaapetvaa -MV)He took his mother to the battle front. Yes. But at one place when he found it difficult to overcome the resistance of a Tamil commander, he `Jilmarted` him by offering the services of his mother to him! Read Mahavamsa. A king who did hardly anything for the common good, Dutugamunu is not such a great king compared with Walagambahu,Wijayabahu et.al.

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    Hema Senanayake –

    Video: Large crowds to ‘Defeat despotic regime’
    MONDAY, 01 DECEMBER 2014 23

    The first of a series of rallies the JVP has organized under the theme ‘Defeat despotic regime! Rally for Democracy!!’ was held at Nugegoda today (1st) with the participation of a large crowd.

    JVP leaders including Member of its Political Bureau K.D. Lal Kantha, its General Secretary Tilvin Silva and its Leader Anura Dissanayaka addressed the rally.

    The JVP stated that rallies under the theme to defeat despotic regime under Mahinda Rajapaksa would be held in all principal towns. The party also has organized campaigns of leaflet distributions, posters and house to house campaigns

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