By Sudat Pasqual –
The normally ornery and intransigent Tamil National Alliance has suddenly started acting as if they care about Presidential politics in Sri Lanka. The President, Deputy President and at least one of the Deputy Secretaries of the TNA have been making coy statements about who the Alliance will support if a Presidential election were to be held next year. Wow, the TNA seem willing to take their subservient attention away from their diaspora mafia, however briefly, and actually consider acting in the best interests of their constituents in, get this, SRI LANKA! Praise is to Lord of Land and Police Powers.
Maybe the TNA feels neglected by all the hoopla and attention about a common candidate. Not many observers have paid much attention to the position of the TNA vis a vis a presidential election. Or, the TNA may be getting a whiff a of Rajapaksa blood in the political air and is jostling for a place at the trough. Separate and equal. Slurp, slurp.
But, before you start waxing eloquent about candidate X or Z Mr. Sumanthiran et el, just chew a bit on the following, will ya?
For starters, your track record on acting in the best national interest (fyi, ealamist interest does not count as National interest) is not exactly stellar. One day you are for Ealam, then when Praba got his ass whacked you said we will be part of a unitary (but not necessarily a united) Sri Lanka, then thought you might be able to resurrect the Ealam nightmare again through your pal Navin Pillay of the United Nations and now you are not sure whether that is realistic and would like to see if someone is desperate enough to agree with you on the Thimpu principles to get elected and carve up the island.
Really, how do you fellas decide on policy matters? Schizoid doesn’t even begin to describe your behavior. It is like you guys dropped some acid (a hallucinogenic drug that distorts perception of reality) read Machiavelli’s Prince and said; ” Yo Niccolo, you the man”. The only problem is you got your wires crossed and confused the interests of drug peddling, human smuggling and arms dealing Tamils living in foreign countries with the best interests of Tamils living in SL. Really?
Considering, many non-Tamil Sri Lankans have this issue about trusting you. I am not talking only about the Compassionate One’s Saffron Skin-Head Army and supporters; I am referring to the average Sri Lankan, even the ones who dislike Mahinda Rajapaksa. Only the most obtuse will deny that the Tamil people have valid reasons for distrusting the Rajapakse regime and their ham fisted approach to post-war rapprochement but a sizable chunk are uneasy about your dalliances with sleazy foreign elements. Your behavior and obsequiousness to anything foreign, indicates that you are seeking to recreate your special relationship under the British Raj with no regard to the welfare of the country.
By the way, the British Raj is gone. Kaput. They can’t even win a Cricket World Cup.
Let me ask you this; you may be amongst us and physically with us but are you of us?
If you are honest with the answer to above, you will not be surprised if the candidate of your choice is reluctant to embrace you in public.
I think the time is ripe for you to wean yourself off the diaspora/foreign teat.
Get on Milco. You should like it because you don’t have to bend over and you don’t need to carry a bowl.
And then lets meet again.