20 January, 2021

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The Machiavelli Of Medamulane Has Pulled It Off

By Harim Peiris –

Harim Peiris

Sacking a CJ with minimal domestic political fuss or costs

Hats off to the Rajapaksa regime, the Machiavelli of Medamulane has pulled it off. Sacking a Chief Justice and getting away with it is no easy task and few governments succeed. The Fijian generals who periodically overthrow that tortured nation’s democratic governments usually follow up by sacking judges, Mugabe’s Zimbabwe has found it necessary to curb an independent judiciary, the list is not long. Now Sri Lanka joins this group, where the government has successfully got rid of a Chief Justice who became in a very limited manner, an inconvenient obstacle to the executive’s wishes.

The effort was not without its nay Sayers. The Sunday Times of 20th January in its political column perhaps best sums up the concerns of those opposed to the impeachment when it states “The week’s historic events (almost) close the chapter on one of the darkest periods in Sri Lankan politics. The force of the police and the security forces, the new weapons they have acquired to fight a terrorist enemy now no more, have been used to keep away a Chief Justice from walking into her own office, not to sit and work but to take away her personal belongings. For the same reason, hired goons have taken to clubs, poles and knuckle dusters. The same lethal force has been used to ensconce a new Chief Justice. Those who used their democratic right to express dissenting views and help throw light on gross injustice have become terrorists and traitors. They face intimidation and death threats. A judiciary has been silenced. A new dark chapter begins now. If one is not deaf or dumb the need to desist saying anything that displeases the ruling establishment, is the message. Otherwise it would be invitation to disaster. That is Sri Lanka today, once a tranquil paradise isle and now the land of the might”.

Internationally the Sri Lankan government’s hasty and rash assault on the judiciary has gone down very badly. The expressions of concerns and in fact even calls to reinstate Chief Justice Bandaranayake came from a host of nations and internationals actors including the US, UK, Canada, the UN and the Commonwealth. Canada has already referred Sri Lanka to the Ministerial Action Group (MAG) of the Commonwealth, which will now have to examine the issue, casting a serious shadow over Sri Lanka’s hosting of the CHOGAM later this year. Further at the UNHRC in March, a review on the resolution calling on Sri Lanka to implement the LLRC recommendations is due and the country’s already weak record of implementing the LLRC recommendations would be compounded by what is seen internationally as an undemocratic and authoritarian assault on the judiciary, unhelpful to and running counter to national reconciliation.

But the Rajapaksa regime primarily focuses not just on the domestic Sri Lankan polity but on its own key constituency of the Southern Sinhala base and here it succeeded in wrapping the impeachment debate in the garb of good governance, financial and moral integrity and succeeded in sacking the CJ with its constituency basically holding. Though a few cracks and chinks in the armour appeared. The traditional left parties, the CP and LSSP finally demonstrated some political backbone and publicly opposed and then at least abstained from the impeachment vote as did the Liberal Party’s lone national list MP, the maverick Professor Rajiva Wijesinghe. More publicly influential, the senior most religious leaders in the country, the venerable Maha Nayake Theros of the four main Nikaya’s, all unanimously requested the President to desist from impeaching the CJ. So did the Catholic Bishops Conference and the National Christian Council. These requests were ignored.

The real rabbit the Regime pulled out of its hat though was the basic acquiescence of the main opposition party the UNP. Disunited to the point of impotency and lacking the political confidence to take on the government, the UNP have become bystanders and observers of political developments in Sri Lanka, completely unwilling and unable to be a check and balance on the government’s uses and abuses of power. Impeaching the Chief Justice being a good case in point. The Rajapaksa regime does back off from political pressure from the Sinhala polity. The private pension plan with EPF funds, private universities as an alternative to adequate funding for the state universities all resulted in the government backing off with the Free Trade Zone worker strike and the FUTA strike. In all instances the UNP were bystanders of serious antigovernment protests. One almost suspects that the UNP leader, now himself ensconced in that position for six more long years, is convinced that being the sole alternative to the sole representative of the Sinhala people, is all that is required to win power in a future election in some distant date when this government will collapse under its own weight, which is really pretty wishful thinking. Probably without the UNP’s tacit support the impeachment would not have succeeded. The Bar Association of Sri Lanka offered token resistance. The chief contribution of its President, UNP MP Wijeydasa Rajapakshe, was similar to that of his party leader and successfully dampened the sheer outrage of its membership to a mere protesting whimper.

Pakistan with none of the democratic credentials, traditions and history showed how a polity should respond when Chief Justice Chowdry was impeached. The Courts shut down, judges refused to work, the political opposition organised protests and the impeachment was unsuccessful. Sri Lanka is almost back to business as usual, then and now, except there is nothing usual in a politicized judiciary. Especially when placed on top of a politicized bureaucracy and a politicized police force.

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    If the ex- CJ had not forsaken the honour of her office for a paltry Rs 1.6m discount, the Machiavelli of Medamulane would never have been able to pull it off. In effect, she helped him knock her off her pedestal.

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    MR is surviving mainly due to the treachery of RW. RW has effectively silenced the voice of 30-40% of the population by indirectly supporting the govt. MR is not completely out of the woods this time around. Groundswell of opposition to the govt moves still prevails. MR has now shown his true colours and his policies are out in the open. The period of lies and deception is over.

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    This what we have to learn..it is not only dirty politicians demolishing the country but learned people like lawyers and other professionals (majority?)without unity and dignity ruin the country. We expect the learned to teach us how to face the hard times, how to earn legal money, how to adopt our personalities to changing circumstances, etc. There is no difference between less educated politicians and highly educated professionals in Sri Lanka. Remote villagers are, as usual, sidelined and in dark.

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    Harim Peiris,

    Where were you while the “Queen of Thieves” from notorious Horagolla clan was looting Sri Lanka for nearly 12 years? You were singing for them.

    Did you just wake up to the Medamulane nightmare? Why so selective?

    Part of Sri Lanka’s problem is this kind of hypocrisy practised by cronies of respective corrupt regimes in Sri Lanka.

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    It’s incredible how these power brokers, or rather ex ones – Charitha r, and this writer – get reincarnated while living and pontificate us, who look for something beyond of the propaganda machine of the govt. or the oversimplified versions in the foreign press. Why don’t they just show their works to their dear ones, like many an amateur painting person (not painters) or poem writer (not poet) does, and have the private pleasure of producing something?

    Having walked the corridors of power mainly due to personal connections and trust of the powers that be at different times than through hard work or making a career, they now like to bless us with their insights and wisdom (which brought us a lot of misery earlier), on various topics, which we can very well do without. I’m not saying that not only because of their past guilt by association in many a dirty act, in its widest sense, breaching the trust of members of public, but also due to the utter lack of articulation and.

    Suffice to say about this sensationalist heading – Machiavellian.

    Story of this govt. has been raw power and high level of corruption, in the so called humanitarian operation and in the two elections and this current episode in and out of Parliament has been just that, too. And this piece says this regime pulled off a rabbit with the UNP. It’s a shame this writer merely reports and fails miserably when trying go deeper than mere reporting.

    Why do I say that? In early 2000s when this man who seeks to probe his mind was so close to the centre of power, even a clumsy and decadent CBK could sell dummies to UNP, first take 3 ministries from Ranil W and then push him out. She didn’t even bother to claim she schemed, Machiavalain or otherwise, with a serial impotent leadership of UNP. Enough said about people’s writing who know only to line pockets in tsunami or any other disaster.

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    Ranil family history all knows very well. He converted budissam due to political leadership. His father is the big blander.Sri lankan are easdily forgot the past. Need agood leader who loved the nation.

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      Also Soloman Dyas Bandaranayyakka becum Buddhist for politikal purposes. Even MR before was Percy. Now becum buddhist for plundering country. No need to shave head only change name. All the same same.

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        Also Minister of Plantation, Michel Samarasinghe….a..Catholic changed name to Mahinda Samarasinghe and became a Buddhist for Political reasons.

        May be next week I need only a hair trim and a yellow dyed cloth. Not a bad idea.

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          What about the bookie man Polonga S’Pala who became muslim to escape court charges against him. Everybody using religion for some gain somewhere.

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    “Hats off to the Rajapaksa regime, the Machiavelli of Medamulane has pulled it off. Sacking a Chief Justice and getting away with it is no easy task and few governments succeed…”

    This Harrim mutt should have been frog leaped into the MARA regime by now and we can’t understand why he is still hanging onto UNP like a tick clung on to the horn eating the ear! Coinciding with his true nature of corruption and traitor-happy traits which he cannot hide he “hats off” to the Madamulana criminal thieves! Now that UNP has sidelined the mainstream traitors like Sajith it should now focus on this type of mutts down the order who try to be the “play boys” of Sirasa and Madamulana! This mutt has a pile of clay instead of gray matter alludes to international bodies like Commonwealth, UNHRC etc. taking the matter up suggesting possible adverse repercussions against the regime internationally yet what this moron does not see is how on earth such an international mediation and influence could be created against the regime had RW helped the regime to keep Shirani as the CJ! Going along with his own “Machiavelli of Medamulane” Ranil has just done what a “Machiavelli of Opposition” leader must do to precipitate the despot into a quagmire of disasters-in addition to the forthcoming international repercussions “Machiavelli of Medamulane” has just created the 6th Balawegaya against the regime and still counting the wounds and dead! These Harrim-typed morons cannot read the writing on the wall and make a big and wild ha ho with no substance.

    “..The real rabbit the Regime pulled out of its hat though was the basic acquiescence of the main opposition party the UNP. Disunited to the point of impotency and lacking the political confidence to take on the government, the UNP have become bystanders and observers of political developments in Sri Lanka, completely unwilling and unable to be a check and balance on the government’s uses and abuses of power..”

    It is seldom we see rabbits like Harrim do anything meaningful for the cause of a political party and therefore the sooner such rabbits and rabbles are fired the better. With rabbits and rabbles like these what unity and potency can a political party expect from its polity except becoming bystanders and observers?

    “… The Rajapaksa regime does back off from political pressure from the Sinhala polity. The private pension plan with EPF funds, private universities as an alternative to adequate funding for the state universities all resulted in the government backing off with the Free Trade Zone worker strike and the FUTA strike…”

    This buffalo has already said everything but moo! The private pension plan and EPF saga involved poor sweat shedding labourers great majority in FTZs. Unlike in the case of unprincipled lying lawyers who tell lies to live the regime was at loggerheads with thousands of its vote base that could run into millions with the negative feedback coupled with the underlying most deterministic and disastrous consequences prone section the foreign investor factory owners who threatened to close down the factories and leave the country if the situation got worse which is why the regime backed off-fearing the international consequences which is exactly what RW wants the regime to entangle itself with!

    What this Harrim mutt as well as most of the other mutts who are writing utter rubbish comments criticizing Ranil in the cyber space do not understand is that the critical factor in unseating this regime is the international factor, the international intervention and pressure. Any resistance locally arising would be mercilessly squashed and crushed with the same intensity of that of the Nandikadal. This is a post war despotic regime, exercising not democratic but despotic power ably assisted by a killer maniac familial rule-the Executive President, Defense Sec, Speaker, brothers, sisters, sons, niece, nephews and all down the line of family, henchmen, friends, thugs and criminals-you name it, they are there! All the armed forces, police and paramilitaries including white vans are behind the regime. Just take the example of SF who won the Presidential Election, was he allowed to occupy the office? Where did the runner and winner end up? And at that he was the former Commander of the Army! So what nonsense this pakis donkey Harrim is uttering? The people of this country have lost the fighting spirit purely because of the mutts like Harrim who perpetually propagate utter lies and fabrications against their own party leader! The print and electronic media whores are the other segment which is responsible for the breaking of the backbone of the people. Conditioned and inundated with false propaganda and wrong impression about UNP and RW also coupled with the “thrill of war victory” the majority buffalos in the country ARE JUST LIKE HARRIM-they are blaming someone for their own mistakes!

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    The political solution in terms of the 13th amendment was implemented over 25 yrs ago and we have a provincial council system to take into account provincial power sharing. This is functioning well now for 25 years. So this is it no more political solutions are forthcoming. Sri Lanka is not going to hand over north east comprising over 28% of its land area and over 66% of it’s coastline to less than 12% of it’s population i.e. northern Sri Lankan tamils at the expense of 88% of the rest of the population. It is never,ever,ever,ever,ever,ever going to happen. The coastal resources are an integral part of any island nation and crucial to it’s existence. The coastal resources, the 200 nautical mile exclusive economic zone is absolutely critical for any island nation. Therefore over 66% of its coastal resources would not be handed over to less than 12% of it’s population at the expense of the rest of the 88% of the population. It would be unfair and unjust and unacceptable, idiotic and stupid to say the least.

    If the Sri Lankan Tamils were the majority will they hand over over 28% land area and over 66% coastline to less than 12% Sinhalese? No of course not they won’t be that stupid I am sure and they will laugh at such absurd demands. Honestly will they do this? Of course not they will never do this. So why are the separatists demanding such an absurd demands like federal state and such nonsense without being just and fair to their fellow citizens who need a fair treatment by any means.

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    ”Do not force things to happen, allow things to happen” has been the Motto of Ranil W in climbing up his ladders. He did it slowly but steadily to Mr. (smart) Velu P, which paved the way for him to commit Political suicide. MR seems too smart but, history has enough evidence to prove that, Glory, built on selfish principles, is shame and guilt. Ranil W’s old tactics may not help him to reach the big chair, but certainly helps MR to shame himself.

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    You are requested very kindly to keep off this struggle of the people to establsih some sort of good governance in the country. If you,who have proved enough of your hypocracy during the tenure of office of the ex-Presidents show any solidaraity with the peoples’ struggle beginning to emerge, it will be the greatest obstacle to that movement. All these “tested and tried” “big guns” of yester years must keep off this struggle. This includes the so called “Opposition”.

    The people of this country know who your are and they are not prepared to wash you clean. PERIOD.

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    That 1.6m screwed the ex-CJ……..
    Harim is taking care of the Chaura Rajina’s money fields or may I say the Cash crops.
    Harim a real ambettaya.

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