6 December, 2019

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Rebirth Of Rajapaska Is A Threat To Social Progress

By Ramachandrage Adaviya

(Following article is a blog post from the Ramachandrage Adaviya translated to English by Lakmali Hemachandra)

Mahinda Rajapaksa has again become a topic in power politics. For a moment, after January 8th, it seemed as if his historical role has come to an end. Contrary to justified expectations by many there was no sign from his camp to remain in power by force in the aftermath of the electoral defeat on January 8th. Rajapaksa handed over not just the Executive Presidency, but also the SLFP party leadership and disappeared to Madamulana. However, that disappearance is now looking more like a tactical retreat as he is now coming out with the preparations to contest in the coming general elections and President Sirisena is compelled to come in to terms with that reality.

Mahinda LionThe project to bring back Rajapaksa is based on ultra-Sinhala nationalism. Rajapaksa apologists explained his defeat as the consequence of ‘minority votes’. Rajapaksa himself expressed these views. In a recent interview with a newspaper Basil Rajapaksa, summed up the defeat of Mahinda to have been the result of organizing Northern votes against Mahinda Rajapaksa. In the past few months, the main theme of the pro- Rajapaksa camp was Sinhala nationalism. In seminars like, venasa sapada? (Does the change feel good?), claims were made that the country is being handed over to the Tigers since the defeat of Rajapaksa.

‘Rajapaksism’ is a disgusting political phenomenon made up of rural backwardness, Sinhala racism and idiocy of the island-centric thinking. A political shift that took place post 2005 was this disgusting phenomenon gaining power as the hegemonic political model in Southern Sri Lanka. Looked at through this perspective all components of the modern democratic project including representative democracy, human rights and devolution were undermined and ridiculed. Militarization of daily life was naturalized and a massive security state maintained with enormous investments was established while Tamil and Muslim people were subject to racists attacks in order to legitimize this state in the eyes of the Sinhalese.

The defeat of Rajapaksa on January 8th can also be described as a revolt by the people who were marginalized under Rajapaksism. Internal divisions within the SLFP and the rift between the JHU and Rajapaksa created cracks in the Rajapaksa vote base and this division combined with the dissenting votes of the majority of minorities, created the 6.2 million votes that eventually led to Rajapaksa’s defeat.

Rajapaksa rule was replaced by a temporary government consisting of various social forces of which UNP, an elitist right wing party based on neoliberalism became the chief component. In the past few months, this government proposed many institutional democratic reforms required to perform a smooth link up of Sri Lanka to global capitalism. However in their liberal democratic content itself these reforms are still very lacking compared to what has been achieved in other countries within the liberal democratic tradition. If Rajapaksa based his hegemony on Sinhala nation, one axis on which Wickremesinghe is trying to build his hegemony is the pledge for democracy.

That is dividing line between the two main bourgeois political parties.

While elitist parties are thus structuring politics from the top, an independent political expression of subaltern including the working class is as good as non-existent. During the 40′-70′ decades when LSSP and Communist politics was dominant the working class constituted a decisive political forces in the country which means labour, not just capital, was organized in different levels. However labour as a political factor is in a very weak position now and until it re-emerges as a dominant political factor, politics will continue to be manipulated by elitist forces.

Nevertheless, in the perspective of organizing the lower classes politically, Rajapaksism needs to be identified as a fatal threat to that very purpose. Therefore in the coming days, the task of the leftist and progressive forces will acquire a dual nature. First and foremost a merciless battle needs to be waged against Rajapakism and this needs to be maintained with special emphasis. Rise of racism will, without a question, obstruct the way of the left and therefore rise of Rajapaksism needs to be decisively objected.

Secondly, the slogans of the bourgeois liberals should be radicalized surpassing the limits of bourgeois liberalism and this include the re-definition of the discourse on democracy through the point of view of the lower classes and other oppressed communities. These include demands from right to protest, right to strike, right to form trade unions, an end to national oppression to right to education, healthcare and environment. The road of the left is paved with this dual strategy.

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    Ramachandrage Adaviya

    RE: Rebirth Of Rajapaska Is A Threat To Social Progress

    This is a Betrayal, if the News is True! Yes!

    Does Maitripals Sirisena has a second Hopper Coup , to send Mahinda Rajapaksa and his cronies up a “murunga”, Drum Stick tree? Let us hope so.Let MaRa MaRa Chatu Mara, fall hard this time.

    News: UPFA decides to give nomination to Mahinda Rajapaksa http://www.adaderana.lk/news/31475/upfa-decides-to-give-nomination-to-mahinda-rajapaksa

    Let’s see who this President Maitripala Sirisena is based on what has transpired over the past 6 months.

    1. A Spineless person

    2. A Wimp

    3. A Coward

    4. A Traitor to 6.25 million voters.

    5. A Foxy schemer, who sent sent Mahinda Rajapaksa and his cronies on a wild goose chase.

    UPFA called it a “compromise”. A ‘compromise” with the Devil, Satan, MaRa. Iblis, Shaitan. Lucifer and MaRa.

    If so, Maitripala Sirisena has helped form a new Word. “compromise”, now means Wimpromise. Is so, Maitripala Sirisena is a spineless, wimp, coward and traitor wimpromised with the Liar, Crook, Robber and criminal Mahinda Rajapaksa.

    MaRa MaRa Chatu MaRa Amana MaRa, Wimpy Sira

    Sira Sira Wimpy Sira Wimpromised With MaRa Chatu MaRa

    From the grape wine..

    When it is announced , Mahinda has secured nomination under the UPFA , the aimless ‘slaves’ of his would have been jubilant , but such ecstatic delight was not visible because such a thing has not happened because of the signature issue. ‘Maithri will never give nominations to us .He is only sending us on a wild goose chase ’ , said Gotabaya who saw the letter.

    Or, did Sira send MaRa up the “murunga” drumstick tree and on a wild goose chase?

    Wait until the fat lady sings…

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      Ramachandrage Adaviya –

      Did Amarasiri jump the gun?Has the fat lady sung yet?

      MaRa MaRa Chatu Mara Amana Mara on a wild goose chase since January 9, 2015???

      Through the grape wine…

      Not only tyrannical Mahinda but even his corrupt minions in the queue will not get nominations : President Maithri re -confirms!

      Second Hopper, Appa Fest and Wild Goose Chase by MaRa ans cronies??????

      President Maithripala re affirmed and re confirmed that Medamulana Percy Mahendra Rajapakse who only deserves an ignominious place in the Guinness book of records as the worst liar and tyrannical ruler in the world responsible to disgrace and degrade the country on an unprecedented level will not be granted nominations . Even those minions who are propping and prodding him will not get nominations , said President Maithripala who was steered to victory on the 8 th of January by the people who risked their lives to accomplish that for Maithripala and elect a government of good governance. It is a pity even now the deposed people discarded ex president who is considered by one and all as fast gravitating towards the grave and a spent force is despite his acute senile decay mentally and physically is engaging in most treacherous manipulations to wrest nominations from president Maithripala.

      The president gave this unequivocal confirmation when he met with the leaders of the people’s forces today (noon) who were ready to sacrifice their lives to earn him victory on 8 th January.. The president met with these patriotic forces at a venue that cannot be disclosed.(Names of the leaders who participated shall be revealed later )

      Following a lengthy discussion , the president has stated in no uncertain terms that not only Mahinda , even those minions who are queued up behind him , the notorious corrupt crooked scoundrels who were responsible to devastate the SLFP party will not be given nominations.’ ‘Even if my hand is severed I shall not grant nominations to the corrupt’ were the words used by the president.

      Accordingly, the following :
      Mahinda Rajapakse
      Namal Rajapakse
      Basil Rajapakse
      Mahindananda Aluthgamage
      Dilan Perera
      Sajin Vaas Gunawardena
      Rohitha Abeygunawardena
      S.M. Chandrasena
      T.B. Ekanayake
      Duminda Silva
      Mervyn Silva
      Lakshman Vasantha Perera
      Dhanasiri Amaratunge
      Jonstan Fernando

      are the corrupt politicos who will not be getting nominations under SLFP.

      It is significant to note that Susil Premajayantha the UPFA general secretary , even though is a bootlicking shameless stooge of the Rajapakses , he has no powers to sign for the nominations alone.In the circumstances , his statement yesterday that all the parliamentarians will be given nominations is based on his day dream.

      Desperate and dejected Mahinda who got wind of this is now frantically seeking to take refuge in Dinesh’s MEP party and its symbol , the wheel , or Wimal Weerawansa’s NFF party and its ‘panchayudha’ symbol . He is now having discussions on this.

      At the same time , according to the memorandum of understanding signed between president Maithripala and Ranil Wickremesinghe , anybody who is not granted nomination under the SLFP will not be given nomination under the UNP too. In any case , the UNP executive committee and Ranil Wickremesinghe have already decided that nominations shall not be granted to politicos facing charges of corruption.

      6.2 million people rallied together to bring about a decisive change in the country successfully .Today this number has risen phenomenally – not diminished.It is the people’s apirations and cherished aim that the government shall be anti corrupt , development and good governance prone . No mafia boss , no godfather , no selfish opportunistic or thug of a ruler can oppose this force.

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      This man Rajapakshe will kill MY3 in a very fine manner as he committed all crimes during the terms given to him during the last 10 years. He can again abuse the presidential immunity by doing so – since anything that is being done during a presidency would not be investigated properly. Latter should be the reason him to compell on seeking a new mandate – then only, he could stay free for all the crime and abuses he and his men have committed during the previous two terms. There is no leader in the country who would belong to the category of Rajaapkshe when it goes with higher abusive tricks being played. Attacking CBK or any other exaggerating all the abuses that could have ocurred is unfair actually… while the very same folks not seem attacing MR for his HIGH magnitude abuses.

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        Mahinda Phobia? LOL

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    Listen to what the prime sri lankan sinhala intelligentsia had to say about MRs “governance”:-

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwFRgMySYBs

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      punchinilame

      So, is Maitripala Sirisena going to be a Traitor for the People by Nominating Mahinda Rajapaksa? Yes.

      Maitripla Sirisena is a Spineless, Wimp and Coward. His actions support that assertion.

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    Man! he is threatening the Executive President, party leader and North Central Thug Family Head, with out a seat in the parliament(at least that is what the explanation given to put him on the candidate list). Tell me, what he would do when he become the Executive Prime Minister.

    The 19 Amendment was made only to seat him back safely as the executive Prime Minster. The foolish TNAs goofed againg!

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    Mahindha Rajapakse’s return to parliamentary politics is going to be the stepping stone for a complete division of the country. The world that watched with some amazement when he was voted out of power ” peacefully” will now realise that the Sinhala racism is still very much live and kicking,this is what we need to convince the international community with that ,the so – called war on terrorism is a sinhala ploy to hoodwink the international community into supporting the Sinhala racist to defeat the Tamil liberation Struggle.

    The moral of the story is that if Rajapakse is now re- elected to power it will clearly and unequivocally put past to any suggestion that the racist disease of the Sinhalese is sufficiently cured to allow the Tamils to live a peaceful live in Srilanka. The UN and the international community now must moot out a solution to the Tamil national question which can only mean separating the country to protect a further genocide of the Tamils At the hands of the Sinhala rabid racists led by none other than a confirmed war criminal Mahinda Rajafucker.

    The new solution to the Ethnic problem in Srilanka must take in to account the incontrovertible fact that the majority Sinhalese are racist and to expect anything reasonable from them to solve the ethnic problem is totally in vein. This will convince the UN then ,the only way forward is to intervene in Srilanka via a UN mandate and separate the Country in to Two states under One country if necessary with the help of UN or Indian forces.

    It is my opinion that under the 13th amendment India can and should send peace enforcement forces to police the North and east to prevent genocidal attack of the Tamil and Muslim citizens by Rajafuckse goons masquerading as, Army,navy air force,STF,Cid,Tid and the like not to mention war Anti-social elements like Karuna,Pillayan,Douglas et al.

    The victory for Rajapukse in the next parliamentary election will be a death knell to the unitary state of Sri lanka.

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    Mahindha Rajapakse’s return to parliamentary politics is going to be the stepping stone for a complete division of the country. The world that watched with some amazement when he was voted out of power ” peacefully” will now realise that the Sinhala racism is still very much live and kicking, this is what we need to convince the international community with that, the so – called war on terrorism is a sinhala ploy to hoodwink the international community into supporting the Sinhala racists to defeat the Tamil liberation Struggle.

    The moral of the story is that if Rajapakse is now re- elected to power it will clearly and unequivocally put past to any suggestion that the racist disease of the Sinhalese is sufficiently cured to allow the Tamils to live a peaceful life in Srilanka. The UN and the international community now must moot out a solution to the Tamil national question which can only mean separating the country to protect a further genocide of the Tamils At the hands of the Sinhala rabid racists led by none other than a confirmed war criminal Mahinda Rajafucker.

    The new solution to the Ethnic problem in Srilanka must take in to account the incontrovertible fact that the majority Sinhalese are racist and to expect anything reasonable from them to solve the ethnic problem is totally in vein. This will convince the UN then, the only way forward is to intervene in Srilanka via a UN mandate and separate the Country in to Two states under One country if necessary with the help of UN or Indian forces.

    It is my opinion that under the 13th amendment India can and should send peace enforcement forces to police the North and east to prevent genocidal attacks of the Tamil and Muslim citizens by Rajafuckse goons masquerading as, Army, navy air force, STF,Cid, Tid and the like not to mention Anti-social elements like Karuna, Pillayan, Douglas et al.

    A victory for Rajapukse in the next parliamentary election will be a death knell to the unitary state of Sri lanka.

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      ‘Mahindha Rajapakse’s return to parliamentary politics is going to be the stepping stone for a complete division of the country’. This is absolute nonsense.

      Without Mahinda there won’t be talk of democracy and good governance. Even you would not have commented in these columns.

      Mahinda is a man of charisma and vision. He is an avathar without him democracy would not have been reignited in Sri Lanka.

      Your concluding comment ‘A victory for Rajapukse in the next parliamentary election will be a death knell to the unitary state of Sri lanka’ is absolute rubbish.

      My engagement with him proves otherwise and he is the saviour of the country and not a seller. Please rethink and write positively in the future. Why did you name him Rajapukse instead of properly Rajapaskse. What is wrong with you. Is it your intention to hurt the feelings of loyal Sri Lankans like me?

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    Rajapaksism is yet another ISM added to the numerous other ISMS,like Capitalism,Socialism etc.

    Rajapaksism,however,draws its strength from the Mahavamsa.
    If ever there was one individual who exploited this to the full it is Mahendra Percy Rajapakse.

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    hell with the minority votes,

    MR should discard minority aspirations and should be able to crush tamil and muslim terrorism. hopefully, he’ll do that…otherwise he will be sent packing to medamulana

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      ela kolla

      I am very very happy for you.

      How did you manage to type few words?

      “MR should discard minority aspirations and should be able to crush tamil and muslim terrorism.”

      Good.

      Who is going to crush Sinhala/Buddhist state terrorism?

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      Wait and see, not only miniorty voters, but also any one among those 62 lacks went against him would be butchered by him … he is the IDIAMIN of South Asia. No men with brain would see it right bugger to return active politcs of the island whose literacy rates are said to be the highest in the region.

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      You are just an another fly who work on the overflowing toilet pits of Mr Medamulana.

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    The racist sneaks through the back door. What a shame!!!!!!
    My3 you betrayed the nation. As JVP correctly put it through- You have a very flexible backbone :)

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    The intention was to keep SLFP/UPFA intact but now it stands divided though some fake legitimacy is there that the nomination is sort of an approval and an assumed MR-My3 cohabitation, it is because the charges against MR are unprovable etc. If the winning chances are bright politicians will contest in any party but ministry they aspire for won’t come they again somersault but ironically more greying ones are claiming premiership, there are dozens on bothsides of the main parties except TNA as they are precluded by the majoritarian constitution being non-buddhists. If MR can muster 113 in a badly divided electorate that would be a miracle a possible cross overs post poll salon door unity with lure of cabinet slots. To pre-empt that Ranil too moots often unity govt. If politically active rural masses swing towards JVP all the predictions go wrong, warranting another election suppose TNA & jVP got 25 each!

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    Hi Nirmalan

    why are you writing under a Tamil name when you are not a Tamil,this is a form of racial abuse , please use your real name as I have done. In short I am a Tamil citizen of Srilanka from Mullaitvu district where at leat 20 of my relatives were killed and about five are still missing due to Rajapakse war on Tamils since 2009 may 18.

    Don’t tell me it is not a war on Tamils but a war on terrorism, I have heard this nonsense enough times and I am not convinced about the bona fides of the so- called war for peace. Be that as it may do you want me to address this mass murderer of Tamils who killed a number of My own people politely as you request. No way mate forget it, for me he is a war criminal who should face the war crimes tribunal soon.

    I am not willing to enter in to a debate with you over war crimes and I shall do that in the appropriate fora.

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