25 September, 2020

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Rattled Ranil Panics After Nugegoda: Summons Media Heads

By H. L. D. Mahindapala

H. L. D. Mahindapala

H. L. D. Mahindapala

The 100-day programme of the “My-3-pala-naya” had no plans to encounter the Nugegoda rally. Not so soon, at least. They thought they could sail smoothly into the imagined “ideal country” located, of course, only in mythical Maithripala’s Manifesto. But within 40 days the “My-3-planners” were hit by a backlash that no new elected government had ever faced in electoral politics. It is Ranil Wickremesinghe who is feeling the heat of the rising events going against his political ambitions. It is his Prime Ministerial seat that is at stake in the coming general election. Maithripala Sirisena has no such problems because he is ensconced safely in his presidential seat.

It is this turn of events that has made Wickremesinghe nervous. He is showing signs of a panic-stricken, nervous wreck. He is hitting indiscriminately at anything that moves – from the Australian Prime Minister to editor’s who have criticized him. He has now summoned newspaper owners to meet him to keep the media in line with his future. He has even invited anti-Rajapaksa NGOs to this meeting, hoping to get their backing to suppress the press.

It is time that someone started feeding him with valium sandwiches morning, noon and night to calm his nerves. This champion of “free media” – remember how he packed off Paul Harris, the correspondent of Jane’s Weekly and Daily Telegraph for exposing his deal with Prabhakaran? – feels that the only way to control the oppositional forces rising against him is to muzzle the media. To do this he has to cook up a plausible argument. Having promised the electorate that the media will be free he cannot be seen to have gone back on his word to suppress the opposition. He has to provide an excuse. And the excuse is : media is rousing communal feelings!

So has anyone seen the Bodu Bala Sena, or even Champika Ranawaka who raved and ranted against the Muslims and Tamils in his recent tour of Australia just before the presidential election, whipping up communal feelings after January 8 in the south? I was in the Monash University audience listening to Ranawaka predicting the end of the Sinhalese with the Muslims and the Tamils taking over the nation within the next few decades with their powers of prolific procreation, money and scheming politics. Even he is silent as if his mouth is stuffed with pittu now on the communal issue. Only Wickremesinghe has begun to see Sinhala-Buddhist communalists rising in the newspaper columns. Obviously, he hasn’t read TamilNet and Tamils newspapers. He is quitehappy to look the other way about Jaffna jingoism because it does not pose a threat to him. Only the alleged communalism of the Sinhala papers is seen as a threat to communal harmony. Which is Wickremesinghe’s way of saying that raising Sinhala-Buddhist issue is a threat to him.

Apart from this, there are early signs of Wickremesinghe cracking under increasing pressure. As a control-freak, with an obsession to gather all power into his hands, the work load is bound to overwhelm him. There is no one else to blame except himself for painting himself into this tight corner. Suddenly everything has begun to get on top of him and unsettle him.

First, he is the unelected Prime Minister without a majority in the House. His position is hanging in the balance with his major political partners in the SLFP threatening to challenge his authority with a no-confidence motion against one of his most reliable partners, John Amaratunga. He wouldn’t have given Police powers to anyone other than whom he can trust. Remember Amaratunga is the loyal Police Minister who concocted the story of Army trying target Wickremesinghe soon after he signed the deal with Prabhakaran – a ruse to leak the names of the deadly and elite LRRP forces for the LTTE to target them?

Second the work load is throwing him into a dizzy spin, with pressures from various lobbies crowding him and pushing him into corners from which he cannot escape. His political IOUs are also coming home to roost. He is also struggling desperately to catch up with his 100-day time-table which he presented with President Maithripala Sirisena to the business community to impress that the “My-3” team can achieve what they promise. With each failure and falling behind his own time schedule he is beginning to look more like a lame duck than a dynamic reformer.

Third, cracks are developing within his own ranks and his partners and he does not how to prevent these exploding forces from running out of control.

Fourth, in his koka-tath-thai-laya Manifesto he has bitten more than what he can chew. The rosy optimism of delivering promises on time is fading by the day. Ven Sobitha is now batting on the sidelines promoting the idea of postponing the delivery date to two years.

Fifth, he wants to form a national government ONLY with him at the head, without giving too much power to the other parties, even though they are in the majority. His obsession with power together with his paranoia is compelling him to poke his fingers into minute details in the administration which is spinning beyond his control incrementally. It is impossible for him be at the top overseeing the big picture and micro-manage the details at the bottom simultaneously. Nor is he. at 65, that healthy or physically strong to carry that work
load.

Sixth, his gimmickry of presenting a “seeni-bola” budget has come and gone with hardly any impact on the electorate. He has already lost two Ministers – Faizer Mustapaha and Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha (possibly). And counting. There is no new blood to give a shine to his regime. He has fallen back on the tired old fogeys that led to his fall the last time.

Seventh, he lacks the charisma of a leader who can win the confidence of the people or a credible mandate from the electorate. He is in a very vulnerable position of depending on manipulating a few ith-thas (pawns) at the top. He is now screaming his head off saying that he can reduce Mahinda Rajapaksa’s majority. Isn’t this another sign of his being on the verge of a nervous breakdown?

Last but not the least, an election is hanging over his head like a sword of Damocles and he knows that there will be hardly anyone to pick up his severed head.

His anti-Sinhala-Buddhist paranoia too is unsettling him. His first reaction is to summon Sinhala newspaper editors and accuse them of rousing communal feelings. He has blasted them as “suck-killi-yas who cleaned Mahinda Rajapaksa’s toilets”. Not stopping at that he has decided to have a go at the media owners. He aims to tighten his grip on the media from the top and summoned the newspaper owners.

The reality is that the media has been subdued sufficiently and the state media has been cowed down. The media that ttaked him aggressively when he was in the opposition has turned to play his kind of music. The state media, as per usual, has turned 360 degrees to be the Master’s voice. For instance, an NGO apparatchik like Luxman Gunasekera has returned to The Sunday Observer to resume his anti-Sinhala-Buddhist campaigns.

The nervous and paranoid politics of Wickremesinghe is revealed when he first blasted the Sinhala editors and then followed it up with summoning the newspaper owners on far-fetched charges of rousing communal passions without uttering one word about the most damaging racist attack coming from Northern journalists, academics, NGOs and politicos. The most provocative statement to disturb communal harmony was the anti-Sinhala resolution passed by the North Provincial Council resolution on February 10, 2015.

Not since the Vadukoddai Resolution was passed on May 14, 1976 has such a vicious, twisted, racist attack been unleashed by the North on the South. It is to the credit of the Sinhala-Buddhists that they have restrained themselves and not gone on the rampage. When the Tamil leadership passes a resolution projecting the entire Sinhala race as murderers of Tamils and accusing the entire leadership, including Wickremesinghe’s blood relatives, as genocidal barbarians, it was his prime duty, as the Prime Minister, to defend the nation and its great leaders.

Which prime minister in the world would not defend his/her nation against such a sweeping denigration of its image? When, for instance, Prime Minister Dudley Senanayake, in passing made a remark that people in Sri Lanka had not died of starvation like those in India. Indira Gandhi reacted furiously and Dudley, being the gentleman that he is, apologized in parliament explaining that he did not mean to denigrate or insult India.

Imagine, for instance, the reaction of India if any southern provincial council had passed a resolution condemning Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a genocidal murder for what he did in Gujerat? Whether true or not, is making such an accusation in sensitive times conducive for reconciliation or easing the tensions between Indian and Sri Lanka? So is NPC resolution aimed at promoting reconciliation? Or is directed at confronting the Sinhala-Buddhists with the sole aim of destroying communal harmony? Isn’t Wickremesinghe’s silence a deliberate act of giving consent and encouragement to the anti-Sinhala-Buddhists who are vilifying the nation for their political gain?

If the Sinhala-Buddhists were the kind of genocidal killers as stated in C.V. Wigneswaran’s resolution would they have rescued 300,000 Tamils fleeing from the Tamil Pol Pot? Would 23,000 Sinhala soldiers have sacrificed their lives to liberate the Tamil children from the gulags of Tamil Boko Haram? Why has Wickremesinghe been silent on this internationally significant and nationally sensitive issue? And why was he quick to turn his wrath on Sinhala editors and threaten newspaper owners by summoning them? As opposed to this, why is he purring like a pussy cat in the lap of Wigneswaran and the NPC? Is it because he got their votes to get into power? Is Wickremesinghe appointed to play the role of the Prime Minister or Prime Traitor?

Please note that the NPC resolution was sent to the UNHRC, demanding action against Sri Lanka based on the accusations listed in resolution. Any Prime Minister, who has any respect for his people, would react forcefully, being aware of the serious consequences that would flow from such grossly distorted and concocted lies. The silence of a prime minister on a vital issue like this is totally unacceptable by those people yearning for peace and reconciliation.

At a time when Western leaders in liberal democracies are demanding from minorities threatening the values of the majorities total acceptance of the national way of life, language, and laws Wickremesinghe has no right to be silent when “his nation” (I hope he agrees?) is condemned as a genocidal state by another community which has benefited most from sharing the riches, benevolence and welfare programs of the country.

It is inconceivable that Prime Minister Wickremesinghe can remain silent on a critical issue like this. His silence can only mean that his uncles and grand-relatives were all murderous barbarians as stated in the resolution. Besides, Wickremesinghe too was a part of the leadership that is accused of being genocidal murderers. The only missing part in the NPC resolution are the atrocities committed at Batalanda. Could this be the reason why he is silent on the NPC resolution? Is it with this record that Wickremesinghe proposes to contest Mahinda Rajapaksa in the coming election and reduce his vote by five million?

More importantly, will the media owners cave in and go along with Wickremesinghe? They have a duty by the readers and not by Wickremesinghe who does not even have a mandate from the people, or parliament to be the prime minister. To counter Wickremesinghe’s media offensive they can politely hand over a copy of the “My-3”s” Manifesto highlighting the segment on free media. They can even go further and cite the rules of the International Democratic Union of which he is a Vice President.

The most incontrovertible argument against Wickremesinghe’s demand for compliance on the grounds of communal harmony comes from the West which is waging a life-and-death battle to defend free media against Islamic fundamentalists. The right of the media to express freely, even when communal harmony is threatened, is exemplified in the case of Charlie Hebdo, the French satirical magazine which has inflamed passions on both sides. Using the Charlie Hebdo stand to defend media freedom, even above communal harmony, the media owners should unmask Wickremesinghe’s fake hijab of taking cover behind communal harmony. He should not be allowed to import ISIS fanaticism duty free. He cannot promote communal harmony by imposing his dictatorship only on the journalists of the south. He must begin with the NPC politicians first. He must begin first by asking the NPC to apologize to the nation and withdraw its resolution. Communal harmony is a two-way process. It cannot be attained by suppressing the media of the south.

The media owners should not tolerate Wickremesinghe’s high-handed action to read the riot act to them under the pretext of protecting communal harmony. That is a bogus issue, as pointed out earlier. They must attend and listen to him carefully. If Wickremesinghe threatens them they can walk out. For once, they can be guaranteed that the people will be with them.

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  • 6
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    Give Ranil some slack, he has to give something, or he will be like the previous head of state. I bet he is a patriot as much as anyone at Nugegoda.

    I do agree, however, that he needs to say something about the accusations of ‘genocide’

    • 6
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      Go and see what he said to australian media about Australian government’s support to SL.

    • 13
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      Leave this Racist foreign Old man alone. Delusions of grandeur will drive one to GUTTER same as his master. Do not take notice of this pathetic man.

      He should be charged with TREASON and racial Hate in Aussie and in SL.

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      HLDM

      Have been mollycoddled by the Rajapakse regime to tip toe dance with KTR of Asian Tribune, you are now on the nauseating crusade to bring back the rotten regime.

      HLDM-KTR fattening purse saga must be investigated.

  • 7
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    “Not since the Vadukoddai Resolution was passed on May 14, 1976 has such a vicious, twisted, racist attack been unleashed by the North on the South. It is to the credit of the Sinhala-Buddhists that they have restrained themselves and not gone on the rampage”. Here again Mahindapala who as a journalist promoted race riots while in Sri Lanka cannot but betray his rabid anti Tamil racism suggesting to the Sinhala chauvinists to go on the rampage again. It is genuinely clear that Mahindapala does not want any settlement to the national question. Bensen

    • 6
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      This Pala is married to a Tamil woman and takes revenge on all Tamils
      since he is unable to comply to his partners demands!!!!!

      MR will be rattled once the Assets Declaration Form for PE is made
      public, before the next Rally.

  • 7
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    I hope the rogue PM didn’t use the term “Sakkilliya’..

    If he did, he should apologize forthwith to the great majority of the inhabitants on prime time National TV.

    Because Sakkilii inhabitants are part and parcel of our majority. who in the main are Dalits at least in Economic terms..

    Ranil must remember that he got his rogue PM post with the help of the 600,000 Dalits who were brain washed by the two priests and the Abiththaya who received alms from the Dalits, and not the Elite until they joined hands with the UNP Christian Faction.

    While Ranil is culling the Sinhalese from the Government institutions. the Hela Urumaya Trio are hunting down the Sinhala Buddhists who have made money.

    Obviously they have no time for the Dalits now.

    The rogue PM not only threatened the Sinhala Media owners, but also gave them notice that they will be expunged from the CSX.

    But the Vellala CM who accused the rogue PM’s beloved Uncles who formed his UNP as Tamil Killers who engaged in Genocide, goes scot- free.

  • 14
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    This writer Mahandapala is a racist. He always writes promoting
    communalism, .He is not following buddhism if he is a buddhist or whatever religion he belongs to but only trying to destroy the good relations that exist among the communities.

    • 1
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      it is all he is gene related to Dayan de Silva aka Jayathilaka. I doubt [Edited out]

  • 10
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    I am also sure that he is a paid writer. Anyway he has been singing praises of past regime for few years – you see the results – people are not deceived by writings of brown sahibs who left Sri Lanka and advising us what to do, from comforts of austrlia.

    Can someone dig old files at LH and find out what HLD did at Lake House during his younger days and come out with it for our information please.

    MS and Ranil combo is unbeatable however much people write.

    sumith

  • 6
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    This editor is a racist. By writing articles of this nature he is only
    promoting communalism.If he is a buddhist let him follow the teachings
    of Lord Buddha.His writings should not be published as it is detrimentalto the teachings of Lord Buddha.

  • 4
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    All of a sudden Tamil saints who did not kill Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, who did not kill innocent elderly people under the Sri Maha Bodhi and who never ever give cyanide capsules to their own children are getting upset about about criticizing saint Ranil and coming up with Sinhala and English names to advice barbaric Sinhala people. Amen

    • 7
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      Peter Shultz

      You should be worrying about Sinhala/Buddhist fathers raping their under age daughters.

      Aren’t you worried about your female folks being abused, misused, raped and nailed in Medieval Middle East Kingdoms and eventually sent in coffins back to their Aryan Sinhala/Buddhist one nation?

      There are millions of things you should be worrying about at this present time. LTTE is dead and gone. Now its time for you to address your own problems.

      Move on help the hapless. There are more than 400 army men whose are screwed up during and after the war. You got plenty of work to do. Run along.

    • 5
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      Pissed Spin,

      Typical tittle tattle ,,of indentured servitude.

      `I am entirely right and you are entirely wrong`

  • 5
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    Ranil is not ratted. He is only trying to salvage this nation from becoming another cesspit of racism. Thank god we have at least one leader who wants to arrest this nastiness. Booruwanse and the rest can only survive on a platform of racism. He has no intelligence to develop any other policies. I can only feel sorry for the people who cannot find any decent bloke to vote for other than a bankrupt politician like Booruwanse. I can only blame the gutter press for failing to give an informed choice to our people for the last 67 years. We have paid dearly so far driving away all our right thinking people to foreign climes and their offspring ending up serving other nations while we are starving for skilled employees.
    Booruwanse can produce only Booruwas out of his genes!

  • 4
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    When Ranil got rattled, Mahindapala became mad.

  • 2
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    When Ranil got rattled,Mahindapala became mad.It’s like when the moon get brighter faddists become more faddist.

  • 0
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    Well said Mahen. I agree altogether.

  • 2
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    Great one!

    But MR had to go because of what he has done. But not because of the power of MS, RW. If he did good he’s still leader in Sri Lanka. Last election as a Sinhalese Buddhist I didn’t see anyone who is suitable for president of Sri Lanka.

    Sri Lanka need leadership who gives priority to Sinhalese Buddhism and does not harm other religions. Not harming means not letting happen communal violence.

    But Sri Lankan should have freedom to express their views on other religions. For example there must be a good political environment in Sri Lanka which each others can criticize others religious beliefs.

    So if a Sinhalese Buddhist said “ISIS kidnapped and raped Yazidi minority women in Iraq because it can be justified by islamic teaching which related to right hand posses” Muslims would not attack them but they can argue against it. They must also have right to say their views.

    For the Nugegoda rally, No one is need to bring on buses. Majority of seats around nugegoda including Maharagama have been won by MR. But He ll not be the minister. Same as Last election he ll win from all others areas except north and east by a little.But when north and east added his opponent will won.

    However MR is the only person who can contest with RW in SLFP.

    • 0
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      “However MR is the only person who can contest with RW in SLFP. “

      Well well now you see my boy,

      Rail Ratted on the 2 rotton pumkins of Hum_bug_tot- Avec,

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      “However MR is the only person who can contest with RW in SLFP. “

      Well well now you see my boy,

      Rail Ratted on the 2 rotton pumkins of Hum_bug_tot- Avec,

      night of 8th January it went eek eek Bang bang!

      Black cats are very mewsical.

  • 4
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    NUGEGODA MEETING? WE KNOW HOW MANY PEOPLE FROM OUT OF TOWN WERE BRIBED AND TRANSPORTED TO THE MEETING BY PRIVATE VANS AND BUSES. RANIL WONT HAVE TO PANIC. HE PROBABLY LAUGHS AT YOUR DESPERATE EFFORTS TO PROP UP THE OLD DICTATOR.

  • 6
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    For a minute I thought I was reading speech by Gandasara Thera of BBS fame. The only difference is that this out and out racist could spin a tale to bolster his propaganda but as already shown in the Presidential election, the Sri Lankan electorate cannot be fooled, they only just given out a sigh of relief after the departure of the Rajapaksa mafia. It is unfortunate that the UNHCR report has been postponed otherwise the Rajapakse brothers would have been in Hague answering criminal charges. These boot licking sycophants like H. L. D. Mahindapala still believing in the second coming of their tyrant king, have shut their eyes to the atrocities they directed towards the Tamils and then the Muslims. Next would have been the Sinhala-Buddhist and everyone who did not approve of their tyrannical rule. Just like Stalin first got rid of the people closest to him, if the Rajapakses ever get back H. L. D. Mahindapala would be one of the first to get white-vanned.

  • 3
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    The primary motive of these SOB’s namely Dayan Jayathilake and Mahindapala is to bring back the mass murderer. to power. When MR controlled the media, these two idiots dint utter a word. These two are hypocritical bastards.

  • 3
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    Where were you when violence was unleashed against innocent Tamils and their properties long before Prabaharan took up arms to defend Tamils against state sponsored crimes during the pre 1983.

  • 1
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    Ministers in the current Government tried very hard to undermine the military offensive in 2008. Until Kilinochchi fell they kept saying the army’s claims were false.

  • 0
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    I read most of the writings. This is nothing else than utter hypocrisy. Take humbugs easy.Your writings are admired by thousands of educated people in the country. Please keep it up Sir.

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    It’s not the UNP that has panicked – it’s the SLFP.
    The tail is trying to wag the dog.

  • 1
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    What is the difference between Diego Maradona and
    Ranil Wickremesinghe speaking in football terms?

    Maradona the greater football hero that he is always
    kicked into the opponent’s goal. He became a legend.

    Wickremesinghe kicks into his own goal. This is why
    he is a born loser when it comes to elections. He
    does not enjoy the confidence of the people. Having
    come through the backdoor he now wants to remain as
    leader of a future national government.

    How can a born loser, who cannot control his own
    party, run a country as Prime Minister? He worked
    double deals with Rajapaksa when he was in the Opposition.
    Now he is paying back those favours by not pushing for
    any investigations against them.

    People are waiting to give him a fitting reply come the
    general elections.

    • 0
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      “”Maradona the greater football hero that he is always kicked into the opponent’s goal. He became a legend.””

      You are an ignorant buffon.
      Legend= popularly regarded as historical but not authenticated.)

      It was the hand of god that made him famous.

      His cocaine trips made him infamous.

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      “People are waiting to give him a fitting reply come the general elections”

      You hope?

    • 1
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      By the way, wasn’t it MR & co who got “a fitting reply”?

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    Some one said in reply this insane old fool is married to a Tamil woman ,obviously that can’t be right?

    KA sumanasekera have you gone mad?

  • 0
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    Hey Calculus. I have not seen your venomous articles in the Daily News. What has happened? Can you put a word with Mahinda to have them published again?

  • 1
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    Rattled Mahinda chug golaya looking for readership to make up for his ailing rag.

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