21 September, 2020

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The Pied Piper From Polonnaruwa

By Malinda Seneviratnte

Malinda Seneviratne

Malinda Seneviratne

Everyone knows the story of the Pied Piper. The one who came to the town of Hamlin, that is. He came to get rid of the rats and he did so by luring them out of every rathole in that unhappy town. They followed his tunes to a river and as he stepped onto a boat they went on to drown themselves. The villagers refused to pay him what was promised. He duly played his pipe again. This time it was the children that followed. They were never heard of again.

It’s an analogy that’s been used often. It is applicable to Sri Lanka’s current political moment too. Maithripala Sirisena contested the Presidential Election as the Reform Candidate. He would clean things up, we were told. He would reestablish law and order. He would amend the constitution to re-empower the citizen by way of scripting in transparency and accountability into process and institution. He would take steps to make representation more meaningful. He was given the power to do so and the arithmetic and political temper of the moment together made for a lot of optimism.

Perhaps one can blame the rank and file of the SLFP as well as its Parliamentary Group and Central Committee for being naive, servile or even downright stupid for inviting the newly elected President-Without-A-Party to return to his political thimbirigeya and assume leadership. Regardless of all this, the onus was on the benefactor, Maithripala Sirisena, not to abuse position and power thus entrusted on him, especially since he pledged decency, maithree (compassion) and all things wholesome.

SRI LANKA-ELECTION-OPPOSITIONWhat was wholesome, though, about a leader of a political party excusing himself from what was to be a tough campaign in a key election? What was wholesome in the same man, after pledging to be neutral, clearly supporting ‘the other party’? What was wholesome in writing a stinker to the man who, for better or worse, was leading the campaign of his party? What was wholesome in locking up his own party’s Central Committee? What was wholesome in removing the Secretaries of his party and the coalition of which his party was the key constituent just three days before the election and getting an injunction to prevent the deposed from ‘hindering operations’ to boot?

It can be argued that had Mahinda Rajapaksa kept out of things and ‘not in effect threatened to split the SLFP and therefore forced Sirisena to give him nominations’, Sirisena could have led the SLFP-led UPFA to victory over the UNP. What’s to say, on the other hand, that Sirisena wouldn’t have let the party that vilified him after what turned out to be a temporary defection rot?

All that’s conjecture. What’s ‘fact’ is that all the SLFPers contesting under the betel leaf who were clearly supporting Sirisena (over Rajapaksa) were booted out by the voters, barring Duminda Dissanayake who came a distant fourth in Anuradhapura. Fact 2: Sirisena moves to take the SLFP out of the UPFA. Fact 3: Sirisena appoints some of the above ‘losers’ to a committee to hammer out an agreement with the UNP. Fact 4: Sirisena gets ‘his’ Secretary of the UPFA to hoof out suspected Mahinda loyalists from the UPFA’s Executive Committee. Fact 5; He’s made sure the above ‘losers’ still make it to Parliament through the UPFA’s ‘National List’. That’s wholesome?

Perhaps Maithripala Sirisena loves the country more than his party. If that’s the case, AND if ‘the end does not justify the means’ is nothing more than a rhetorical tool, then all of the above could be tossed into a bin called ‘Necessary Inconveniences’. ‘Necessary’ because a UNP-SLFP combine is a ‘must’ to see Constitutional Amendments through. But does he really love anything more than himself and his continuing political relevance?

Sirisena played a watch-and-wait game for the most part until he moved to dissolve Parliament. He did not assert himself to get the UNP and the SLFP to see through the 19th and 20th Amendments. The 19th was passed and although the passed version was certainly far superior to the version submitted by the UNP (replacing an all powerful executive presidency with an equally powerful premiership, clearly envisaging victory in a general election a few months later) it contained several flaws. He allowed the UNP to drag its feet over the 20th and when the Bond Scam hit the political ceiling fan and showered the Government with stinky stuff, he gave them the ‘out’ of dissolution. Yes, he also removed and appointed CJs using executive powers.

Very little of all that can be called ‘for the larger good of the nation’. What is clearly apparent is that Sirisena is giving the finger to democracy. He’s putting his tongue out at everyone who voted for the UPFA. He is basically saying ‘gotcha suckers!’ That’s ‘neat’ if you supported the UNP or if you are rabidly anti-Mahinda, but let’s not forget that the man who is doing it all is still the most powerful individual in the country AND the one man the majority counted on to ‘do things the right way’. You can laugh at people’s choices and call them stupid, but that’s still some 4 million plus voters Maithtipala is lifting your sarong to.

The Pied Piper from Polonnaruwa is drowning some rats, the people of Elephant Pass (Alimankada) might say (not THAT ‘Alimankada’ of course) and have a good laugh over it. He has the pipes though. He can drown other species too. There won’t be many people laughing then, however.

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  • 8
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    As long as this current generation of politicians continues with Ranil the UNP dictator, Mahinda Rajapaksa the deposed SLFP dictator and Sirisena who seems to be the classic back stabber all at the party in the Diyawenna Parliament – Sri Lankan politics will remain corrupt!

    The country needs a NEW and YOUNGER GENERATION of parliamentarians who are honest and educated – only then will the CORRUPT POLITICAL CULTURE be cleaned out.

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      I dont think this BAKAMUNA would have more to attack in the days to come.
      Just not accepting the way that Mr Maadmulana perofrmed was not ethic, doing their job to defend the man further is beyond all bearing. These men have no shame at all – alone to work state offered laptops akin to ordinary people would to anything for rise packets – is not acceptable by anyone.
      Anyways, we have been experiencing the kind of men and women as the majority of this god cursed world. Alone looking at the manner buruwanse and Udaya Gonawassa to gain more votes than any other good kind of politicians prove my hypothesis very well. No matter the facts say the truth, they should go for their agendas like diehard to work for their masters. This is the uncivilized world though it is said over 90% out of the population are not like the ones in Congo but can read and write.

  • 16
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    After reading several several of your articles, it is clear where your loyalties lie….yours is a case of sour grapes.

    Like many I am glad nay thrilled that MR has atleast been religated to the status of the member from Kurunegala. He was a cancer to this Country over the past 4 years, MS is the chemo!!

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      Yes, the country is aware of the use of Sirisena by Mohameds, Nathans and Diases of Sri Lanka.

      Other descriptions like back stabber, spineless rodent and gutless wonder also fits this national embarrassment of a “leader”.

      With the nomination of the six lost-traitors (SB, Mahinda Samarasinghe and other rodents, Sirisena has proved his lowly origins and practice.

      Hope this cancer will be surgically removed from the Sri Lankan body politic.

  • 16
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    Malinda Seneviratnae,

    Thanks very much for the comparison of somebody as rats;at last you have meant it isn’t you?
    The rats were playing havoc in town who aided & abated absolute incompetence in managing the economy, election violence, political victimization, harassment and murder of journalists, and opponents, cronyism, nepotism, corruption, drug dealings of mega and minor uncontrollable wastage, lack of accountability, militarization of civil and diplomatic services, and of course rapes, clueless of inter-social respect and inter-communal stability. The Pied Piper from Polannaruwa is on the process of luring them out of every rat-hole in that unhappy town – but these modern day rats infected the trousers of so called educated’s vacuums and using those as save rat-holes – thus not yet finished the job it is continuing with different tunes- you don’t like the rhythm of those tunes…..
    As a person with impaired ears and vision, half understanding the nationally important facts and blindly assumed that the Pied Piper from Polannaruwa have fished his job, not yet, dear Malinda, it may need poles,sticks and fire power to get rid those rats that are grown to the size of mud saddled “meharaks” drowning in the sea of voters.
    What is the wholesome in supporting a Pied Piper who lured the human beings irrespective, young and old and men and women of this tiny nation into the ocean of deep troubles(Saharayak Meddha)instead of the rats that played havoc, which was openly confessed in election platforms?

  • 11
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    OK, let us say is a Pied Piper and he did all that. What do you suggest we do about that? It is rather useless to point out a problem everyone knows unless you suggest a solution/s.

  • 14
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    HAAAAA, it sounds like Malinda is butthurt after MR’s loss

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      Where is Dayan Jayatilleke? He has not gotten off his roasted backside to sound off yet.

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    As Benjamin Disraeli put it , no government can long be secure without a formidable opposition. The danger of not being formidably opposed is that one grows complacent. One starts asserting instead of arguing. One comes to take trust and respect for granted.
    The most important element for ensuring good parliamentary democracy is a tolerant and mature political tradition and culture, under which the governing faction does not abuse its power in order to suppress the opposition, and the opposition for its part engages actively and to enhance stability, legitimacy, accountability and transparency constructively in the political processes.

  • 8
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    Composition of our parliament ! below from a news article.
    We have a long way to go. The SLFP national list is disgusting. If the losers are to be appointed through NL why should they stand for election ?

    Sirisena supporters being voted out is not the point. The point is who SLFP/Sandanaya voters preferred Instead, they preferred Nimal Lansa, Geetha, That guy in the remand for murder, Nishantha Muthu. to name a few. Wise votes kept out vermins SB and Dilan from respective districts only to be brought back by NL.
    In my view the “By” tag suites majority of SLFP/Sandanaya Baiyo well. This is the result of 10 years of MARA rule. It will take some time to get adjusted.

    ==============
    Sri Lanka’s new parliament will have a motley collection that will include a monk, a murder suspect, a mistress and even a couple of MPs who once shared the same wife. (I am interested to know who the mistress is ?)

    The lone Buddhist monk in the new parliament will be Athuraliye Rathana who is piggy-backing on an elephant to re-enter the House this time through the backdoor known as the National List.

    The honorable venerable MP’s National Heritage Party has a legacy of going to pieces before and after every vote.

    Former UPFA deputy minister Prmalal Jayaratne is in remand custody after being arrested on a murder charge, but he secured the highest number of preferential votes in the Ratnapura district.

    His election underscores how undesirables are desirable to a UPFA constituency which in 1997 gave Mahinda Ratnatillake the highest number of votes after he became the main suspect in the murder of MP Nalanda Ellawela.

    ============

  • 0
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    Malinda, it is a good analogy.In the same way our President saved the TITANIC, we could show how a double coloured (PIED) PIPER – Green & Blue as in the way he wanted it to be- made a mess of a system. He should have allowed the UNP to carry on and watch them doing the YAHAPALANAYA.He and Rev Sobhitha could have been the advisors. The whole world knows that for 8 months he was sheltered by a cabinet appointed ultra vires the constitution. After erring in many other ways he , at every turn attacked Mahinda mercilessly. Mahinda proved that he is more popular than the President.Then Yapa, Premajayantha and 13 others were removed illegally.
    How can a UNP work with the SLFP of his choice, specially selecting those whom the electorate rejected. Whither Mahendran matter and whither Yahapalanaya! Alas Sri Lanka!

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    Crap article by pro Mahinda newspaper( ghost owner) with nonsensically written piece by a journalist.

  • 6
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    M3 should take some strong steps to punish all wronger doers of last government: he should as he promised do it if he is really good politicians otherwise, he would be branded as MR and co. Why he is reluctant to do it.
    Will Ranil do it?
    I think it will be old story once again. all dirty politics will come up again. do not you see what happened in Eastern province. Thug Hizbullah is elected through national list. he is a thief and he is a thug? what do you expect from this man? Even his thugs attacked some People in his villages? what do you expect from these type of politicians.
    Get rid of them all. Clean up politics

  • 8
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    YES ! MS would of done everything he promised IF not for ur BUDDIES in parliament who did not let bills passed but objected for not the betterment of the country BUT to show force of MR and the goons.. Ya’ll claimed RW to be a puppet..now what? 500 thousand and more preferential votes…. a record..which MR couldnt get even after the ” so called war victory”

    Now The UNP and allies can do things without the UPFA… for the betterment of the country…they too must be kept in check by the allies..if they go wrong.. Dinesh Wattakka and the lot can go to a retirement zone..along with MR of course…

    A new law should be brought to the effect that ANYONE over 70 shouldnt be allowed to contest for Public Office…they lived their lives… any mistakes they do would have to be borne by the younger generations to come..

  • 6
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    It’s very easy to be ‘good’ and ‘just’ on paper, in the articles one writes. This man Sirisena came to power promising ‘good governance not bodisatvahood. Before condemning his conduct on grounds of decency, morality or fairness, people should turn the mirror towards themselves and ask, how would we act under similar circumstances? In our lives, in our capacities as householders, decision makers, employers, employees, spouses, etc.don’t we use opportunities to consolidate our power bases? Don’t we get rid of people who we feel threatened by or displeased with? aren’t we little Napoleons and Hitlers and pipers some times in our own settings? It’s a case of being able to cast the first stone. Only people who have been scrupulously fair and self-effacing and ethical in their power bases can cast the first stone. It’s only party politics. If in governance of the country principles and rules are violated, the public has the right to cry out. But how a man chooses to consolidate power within his own party is the business of that man. To comment on that would be like commenting on a man’s faithfulness or lack of it to his wife. The commentator runs the risk of ending up sounding hypocritical.

  • 9
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    Malinda, the English you have used to pen such a moron-sounding essay is the only admirable thing. The content is such a load of bullshit. Taking to consideration that you are a MR bum-sucker, I would think that you would have soiled your pockets with enuff bribes from him that would enable you to retire than disgracing journalism while showing every bit of your stupidity.

  • 6
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    Malinda;
    This was the most peaceful, uncorrupt and just election of the recent history of SL. An incredibly unprecidented good piece of work under the guidance of President Sirisena. What do you say to this?

    Please learn to write facts rather than fiction.
    Nilame.

  • 6
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    And your ‘new’ laptop was doing exactly this between 2008 and 2015? If you answer YES, I will respect your journalistic integrity. You and and I know the answer has to be NO. No?

  • 2
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    The truth , they are all are from the same gang.

    Voters expect too much and say that one is different and this one is different.

    but, they are rotten inside the parliament for decades and they all need to be removed.

    We can expect that journalists did something good, if they write to influence the voters to get rid of all these people and elect new ones.

    SLFP, UNP and all those leftist parties are one and the same.

    I have heard even Peter Keneman had told someone that he was playing a game and he never meant what he talked.

  • 6
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    Malinda, you arse licked Mahinda R and as the locals say “kade giya”, now your bloody crying. So cry and cry for the next 5 years. The people have said “no” to your precious Mahinda. Mahinda meanwhile is trying to by be cosy with Sirisena and Ranil because the UN War Crimes report is to be handed over to the president shortly. There are 2 non military persons mentioned as interested parties. Your “King” Mahinda has got cold feet and rushed to the swearing in of Ranil.

  • 7
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    Poor Malinda…… he picked the loser and now hes trying to be all clever and trying to sound intelligent with the Pied Piper Story ….
    I miss Dayan Jayathilake and Mahindapala….. Two other old Farts …. Mahindas farts

  • 1
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    Malinda is wrong when relating the story of Pied Piper of Hamelin to the present situation.

    It is not the tune of the Pied Piper’s magic flute that lured SLFP MPP to follow him but the smell of the juicy chewy bones of ministerial posts and other perks.

    And, rats don’t go after bones. Everybody knows who.

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      Champa

      “but the smell of the juicy chewy bones of ministerial posts and other perks”

      It is for the same reason MR had more than 125 ministry to cater for these crooks.

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        Native Veddah

        MR never threw bones for dogs to pick, like Sirisena does. He treated his Ministers with respect.

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          Champa

          “MR never threw bones for dogs to pick,”

          However he threw bones to whoever wants to catch it. He called them his supporters. Dayan called them smart ass patriots.

          All in all he broke few bones into 125 pieces and threw them under his amude. They came on their all fours and remained under his bum until he was defeated.

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    Thank god the sinhalese pipe piper leading sri lanka into a racist sinhala state has been deated.The lsptop hr have you was a bad investment on his part. Hope he realuzes that is not a great strategy to rely on dumb racist writing in english. It has not helped him.

  • 3
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    Another MR Smart Patriot sycophant shooting his mouth off, because he could cry a lorry load of tears now since his patron has lost. End of income source too. How much did MR pay you Mr. Smart Patriot ?

  • 0
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    Game of Thrones, Sri Lankan version!!…

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    Malinda, it is clear you are not a Tisaranee Gunasekera in your analysis, holding up Mahinda Rajapakse as a winner because he came second in a two horse race. You can stop defending him now as he cannot ask for his laptop or any of the other bribes back.

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