24 November, 2020

Blog

The Scramble For Bragging Rights

By Malinda Seneviratne

Malinda Seneviratne

Malinda Seneviratne

Vickramabahu Karunaratne of the Nava Sama Samaaja Party (NSSP) has claimed that ‘the working class fulfilled a massive task’ in securing the victory of Maithripala Sirisena. What is implied here is that class consciousness was what compelled this particular populations segment to vote for Sirisena. ‘Bahu’ as usual inscribes a lot of ‘motive’ on the actions of all kinds of people. There’s no way to figure out who exactly ‘the working class’ voted and why after all.   Still, it is a claim, never mind the fact that Sirisena doesn’t exactly stand for anything even remotely associated with the dictatorship of the proletariat.

Bahu, however, is not alone. He sits well, on stage and in sentiment, with other victory-claimants, including rank right wingers (the UNP and most of the SLFP), shady politicians (Ravi Karunanayake included), thugs (Mervyn Silva), all those other bad people in the SLFP who supported Mahinda Rajapaksa including Duminda Silva, Eelamists, Jihadists, Sinhala Buddhist extremists, Christian fundamentalists etc., etc. This is, ladies and gentlemen, the moment when people are falling over each other to claim bragging rights.

Some Tamils, Eelamists included, claim that it was the Tamils that defeated Mahinda. Other Tamils, mostly Eelamists, actually called the community to boycott the election. Muslims voted overwhelmingly for Maithripala. So did the Christians. UNP supporters are in a chest-beating frenzy believing that it was the UNP that is in power, quite forgetting that it was a SLFPer who contested and won, and that the UNP couldn’t even field its own candidate. The Bodu Bala Sena backed Mahinda, but there is no doubt that Champika Ranawaka was ‘The Voice’ of the Maithripala campaign, both on television and on stage.

Then there are people who are very active on social media, especially Facebook, who are convinced that their 24/7 ‘campaign’ was the deciding factor.   Government Servants including those in the Army and the Police Department who ensured there was no hanky-panky can also claim bragging rights. If not for them, they could argue, this would not be the outcome. Then there are the voters themselves. They can clamor (although they don’t) for a piece of the Claim Pie. And finally there’s Mahinda Rajapaksa, his campaign managers and team of campaign workers – it can be argued that they, more than anyone else, helped defeat him.

So yes, it can be called a victory by all the people, except of course for that little uncomfortable fact that Mahinda got 5.8 million votes and that this counts for 47.58% of total valid votes cast. But in this ‘democracy’ such things are brushed aside with rhetoric and ironically with numbers as well. Today, barely 10 days after edging out Mahinda, Maithripala enjoys the support of the entire Parliament.

He came to power on the votes of the UNP, the Tamils and Muslims as well as the Sinhalese. He won the support of the class-conscious workers as well as the reds 4th Internationalists such as Bahu love to call CIA-agents (the JVP that is). He had an army of FB veerayas (heroes) backing him voluntarily. The state media that could have previously been called ‘Rajapaksa Media’ is now operating as though it is ‘Maithripala Media’. More than all this he has taken control of his opponent’s party! Ever heard anything like that anywhere, at any point in history, except in this Miracle of Asia, folks? He has appointed the Prime Minister of his choice and he has a Leader of the Opposition who is also from his party.

It happened almost overnight and the cynic in me whispers ‘they are all playing go-with-winner’. That’s good and bad. When everyone’s a winner, everyone will think this government will do what he/she wants or elected it to do. Obviously everyone is not on the same page. At best the edges of all pages (say the top or bottom right or left hand corners) came together for a few hours. That’s it.

It is good to cheer, good to feel good, good to beat chest and turn a few cartwheels for good measure. Sooner rather than later, illusions will be buried and the weight of the powerful in the overall political economy will emerge and prevail. If we get better governance sometime soon, law and order, and proper regulations on all matters including environmental safeguards, that’s consolation enough. If we have the same development paradigm, if we are driven by the same neo-liberal economic ‘logic’ and if the clueless about history, heritage, geography, demography and ground realities try playing placate-the-communalists (or religious fundamentalists for that matter, and there are such in all faiths, let us not forget), we wouldn’t have moved much.

So let’s brag to our heart’s content. It might very well be all that we have for a long time to come.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Latest comments

  • 17
    2

    Oh Malinda Seneviratne , You again?

    RE: The Scramble For Bragging Rights.

    What about retirement? You have worked hard as a good shill and white-washer. Take a break.

    The Bragging Rights need to go to the 6,217,162 voters who voted for Mr. Matripala Sirisena despite the lies and fraud committed by the Medamulana MaRa shills, White-washers and cronies.

    On the other hand, most of the 5,768,090 voters who voted for Mahinda Rajapaksa were fooled, as they were misinformed about the facts..

    CANDIDATE’S NAME VOTES RECEIVED PERCENTAGE
    Maithripala Sirisena 6,217,162 51.28%
    Mahinda Rajapaksa 5,768,090 47.58%

    • 13
      2

      Malinda the loser, time for you to RETIRE!

    • 7
      1

      Malinda Seneviratne

      Jaya Jaya Jaya Maithree

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bd8LM5AwN0g

      Maithree Yugaya…from the MaRa Yugaya…

      Maithripala Sirisena Official Theme Song

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uvm_Cxt0g9M

    • 13
      2

      Dear Malinda,

      Do not waste our time. Please start being a Journalist.

      There was a protest by Golden Key Depositors yesterday outside Ceylinco building just yesterday.

      Look at the video report here:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZyWa03yYARw&feature=share

      Your former masters are a bunch of thieves of the worst sort. Yes, as simple as that.

      What have you done so far to expose criminals we just ousted from power? Precious nothing.

      Cheers!

      PS: We are tired of your “Moda-Choon gibberish” to quote Gamini. A commentator in this prestigious forum.

    • 3
      8

      Amarasiri, you clearly need to get your definitions of “shill” and “white-washer” right. Because Malinda is neither of them.

      • 8
        3

        Uditha

        “Amarasiri, you clearly need to get your definitions of “shill” and “white-washer” right. Because Malinda is neither of them.”

        Malinda is covered under the definitions for BOTH Shill and Whitewasher

        Shill http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shill

        A shill, also called a plant or a stooge, is a person who publicly helps a person or organization without disclosing that they have a close relationship with the person or organization.

        “Shill” typically refers to someone who purposely gives onlookers the impression that they are an enthusiastic independent customer of a seller (or marketer of ideas) for whom they are secretly working. The person or group who hires the shill is using crowd psychology to encourage other onlookers or audience members to purchase the goods or services (or accept the ideas being marketed). Shills are often employed by professional marketing campaigns. “Plant” and “stooge” more commonly refer to any person who is secretly in league with another person or organization while pretending to be neutral or actually a part of the organization he is planted in, such as a magician’s audience, a political party, or an intelligence organization (see double agent).[citation needed]

        Shilling is illegal in many circumstances and in many jurisdictions[1] because of the potential for fraud and damage; however if a shill does not place uninformed parties at a risk of loss, but merely generates “buzz,” the shill’s actions may be legal. For example, a person planted in an audience to laugh and applaud when desired (see claque), or to participate in on-stage activities as a “random member of the audience,” is a type of legal shill.[citation needed]

        Shill can also be used pejoratively to describe a critic who appears either all-too-eager to heap glowing praise upon mediocre offerings, or who acts as an apologist for glaring flaws. In this sense, such a critic would be an indirect shill for the industry at large, because said critic’s income is tied to the prosperity of the industry.

        Whitewasher
        http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Whitewasher

        1. A mixture of lime and water, often with whiting, size, or glue added, that is used to whiten walls, fences, or other structures.
        2. Concealment or palliation of flaws or failures.
        3. A defeat in a game in which the loser scores no points.
        tr.v. white·washed, white·wash·ing, white·wash·es
        1. To paint or coat with whitewash.
        2. To conceal or gloss over (wrongdoing, for example).
        3. Sports To defeat (an opponent) in a game in which the opponent does not score.

      • 2
        0

        So do you, a crass-licker of Malida’s putrid journalism.

    • 9
      0

      Malinda,
      with all respect to your writing – I woudl like to say attacking UNP for not being able to fiedl their own candidate – nevertheless them to generosouly decide supporting the common candidate came from the SLFP realizing the need of the hour should be commendable I think. It is a great sacrifice acutally. That is what I feel are the mahathma politics. Whatever you would utter today, every second of the country longed for a change. Had all the shameless abuses such as using state TV senders for their advantage been away, MS would have surely claimed over 60% victory-

  • 5
    1

    Change of Regime? Yes it took place with the voting on the 8th. Let there now be amity and unity to work for prosperity.

  • 7
    1

    I am sorry Malinda Mali you are the only looser.All your pals have jumped ship.No space now for those ozzing with communal slime.The house is full.

  • 4
    0

    Also the air is thick with hyperbolic hosannas about the MY3 victory. Consider this headline “Today we got to write in the history Books of Lanka” followed by “Today marks the day the Sri Lankan’s managed to claim independence for their country for the third time within a century..” (Colombo Telepgraph 21 Jan 2015) https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/today-we-got-to-write-in-the-history-books-of-lanka/

    Not so fast, I would say.

  • 7
    3

    Malinda:
    PLEASE go somewhere, preferably your father’s “odokkey”, from which you never seemed to have been weaned,and practice touch-typing on the laptop that you, typically shamelessly, accepted from Mahinda Maama. In that way, you will save us the pain of reading your pap over and over again!

  • 8
    1

    “… and the cynic in me whispers ‘they are all playing go-with-winner’.”

    What happened to that “cynic in you” during the last administration when you were all gung-ho for the corrupt and crooked folk in charge? Can you even now admit that they were up to their eyeballs in impunity, corruption, nepotism, etc, etc?

    Stop pretending to be what you are not and give us a break from your tiresome verbiage.

    Hey, and what’s happening in that ‘parallel universe’ of yours these days?

  • 8
    3

    Are you still here ? Get lost we don’t want to see or hear of you again !

  • 8
    3

    Malinda will never learn to call a spade a spade even if he would have been raped by Rajapakshes. This man and nation’s most known Bodilima – Dayan Jayathilaka behave as if they are ziamesian twins in terms of issues related to Rajapakshes. I dont mind Artistes such as Jackson ANthony behaving singing housanas to MR in their rest of life, but learnt men like Malinda and the like not tohave grasphed it even today -is not compresible to anyone.

  • 7
    1

    Look who’s talking. You Malinda was of ‘Mahinda Media’ as well. You are part and parcel of the Mahinada’s laptop brigade. Go lick your wounds bro. Don’t jump ship, no one is there to save you.

  • 6
    1

    Malinda, one of Mr’s cronies, trying to change colours slowly .

  • 5
    0

    Where do YOU stand dear king RAJPAL THE SECOND?

  • 6
    1

    Malinda refers to all these ‘claims’, but makes one positive assertion- champika was the voice of maithree. strange isn’t it that he doesn’t describe that too as a claim? that is presented as an uncontroverted fact. Why mali boy why? methinks mali is planning on finding a new patron. who wants to wager on when mali boy will suck up to champika?
    s

  • 6
    1

    Malinda I guess you have moved a stay into reality by leaving behind your dream piper style which won you no accolade nor recognition but a pat from Mahinda.

    [Edited out]

    Please do not mislead readers saying this is all they would have to bag for a while. Dim whit aside, what about the fulel price reduction? What about the fear psychosis that disappeared from the peoples’ minds? What about the white vans that will not park anymore outside one’s house? Stop blowing your hot smoke and find some place else to write!

  • 1
    1

    Between 21st Nov;2014 [The day that the CC was announced] and the 08th Dec;2015 a period of about 07 weeks,the message of CORRUPTION of the MR Govt:had not reached those voters who voted with MR:State media blocked all that! Had the voters known the amount of corruption that MR:was involved THEN at voting time MR WOULD HAVE SUFFERED A HUMILIATING DEFEAT.

  • 2
    0

    Malinda,
    Lets find out who the real owners of Rivira is………That will take some bragging!!!!

    SaM.

  • 2
    0

    Why the current authorities to keep this man as the editor of THE NATION further, is a puzzle to me when thinking about the man the man only coughed for the political survivial of Mahinda Rajapakshes. Lernt man failed to do his job being on a neutral platform – that is the reason why many of the CT readership felt that Malinda S is an another shill to Prez MS. The manner the current govt moves forwars should be commendable and they should be given all support to achieve their pledges. No doubt they will make it. WIth many Sharks and sprats are seen containing many of the complaints being made by the public these days, it seems all high crimes doers will have to face like or not. However govt not to have done the manner pleasing JVP may be connected to the key promises of the govt – which is NOTHING else paving the way to YAHAPALANYA that you will have to achieve in good means not harming them. It is a mamooth task but they will make it.

    • 2
      0

      Samuel Jayaweers:
      The owner is a person, strangely, answering to the name of “Rajapaksa” who the Monarch of SL (till recently) identified HIMSELF as being a close relation. This was at the time that the Editor that the new (Rajapaksa) owner took over the paper from the Arpico group and the editor of that time was very badly assaulted, left Sri Lanka and has refused to respond to any inquiries from our media since. Sound familiar? Is it surprising that this little piece of s..t chose to work for the Empire of the Big Turd and continues to do so. After all, he is safe because the current government and its constituent parties don’t go around killing and maiming their opponents.

  • 8
    1

    Oh Malinda, can you retire gracefully please?

    Is I true that Nation paper is up for sale?

    • 2
      1

      He is simply insulting his alma mater -Haward. He has done it and moves on to this day.

  • 4
    1

    This bugger Malinda is not a ‘Paththara karaya’ but a ‘Bothal Karaya’. The paper ‘Nation’ never had a journalistic value but only had a second hand value as old newspaper for wrapping. Bloody arse hole Linda thinks he is a great journalist.

    • 3
      1

      There is a common parlance called – massa wahane goma godemai… so that explains everything about Malinda.

  • 2
    0

    Malinda – you must surely be of masochist bent to be asking for so much abuse so frequently with your repetitive apologist views in favor of the Rajapakses. Can’t you tell by the comments to all your posts that you are shunned and vilified because of your apparent tunnel vision and total lack of objectivity?

    Give us a break and take a loooong sabatical – maybe it will clear the crap in your head!

  • 1
    0

    Milinda go home!! Milinda go home!!Milinda go home!!

    You have done enough harm!!! You are a rouge!!!

  • 2
    0

    Malinda,you missed out the two of the most important contenters,Euros/$ and RAW without whom none of this would have been even remotely possible!!!

  • 0
    0

    Any way he will lose his job at the NATION very soon because the paper is a rag sheet funded by government ads which will not be in the future. AMEN

Leave A Comment

Comments should not exceed 200 words. Embedding external links and writing in capital letters are discouraged. Commenting is automatically disabled after 7 days and approval may take up to 24 hours. Please read our Comments Policy for further details. Your email address will not be published.