By Sarath de Alwis –
Now we know why Sirisena the President landed us on the straight single lane express way to unfreedom. He will not stay even one hour in the presidency if Ranil is made Prime minister again. So, says the news reports.
It is a damned good idea. ‘We the people must redouble our efforts to make Ranil Wickremesinghe the prime minster just for one day. We will be spared the painful process of an impeachment and GROBR.
We can then replace Ranil with a new prime minster. That new Prime minister must be a man or a woman who will not take us to either the oligarchic kleptocracy that we expelled on 8th January 2015 or to crony neoliberalism that thwarted our good governance agenda.
Malice and enmity at the top have led us to a constitutional wrangle.
Late Prime minster Sirimavo Bandaranaike exasperated by the ‘pukka sahib’ swagger of Ranjan Wijeratne told the ex-planter turned national security czar ‘You cannot run the country the way you ran the Demodara group.
Well, the time has come to tell the President that he cannot resolve national political differences in the manner of a ‘Grama Seveka’ who when piqued with one ‘Mudalali’ tells the people to shop in the other Mudalali’s kadey forgetting how the other fellow fleeced them before 2015.
Ignorance is the counter thesis of intelligence. Nothing fosters ignorance more than one’s blinkered opinions or pure prejudice. Nothing strengthens shortsighted inappropriate actions more than malice aforethought.
I know her detractors will hurl much abuse at me for saying this. I unhesitatingly admire the deep-down integrity and humanity of the former President Chandrika Kumaratunga.
She is a bad judge of people. She got us Sarath N Silva a chief justice who on his own admission removed the blindfolds of lady justice and fiddled with her weighing scales. Then she unleashed G.L. Peiris the law professor on us by making him a national list MP and a minster. Since 1994 the man has been telling us how to bake cakes with pure unadulterated crap with icing of political expediency on top.
All that fades when we come to her prize discovery of the common candidate. Mind you. I don’t blame her. Good intentions pave many roads and most lead us to good places and only some end up in hell.
I weep for her. Her father was assassinated. Now her trust has been assassinated and she is condemned to live with that mortal wound. History will be kind to her. I promise her that I will tell my grandchildren that she tried.
There are three losers in this crisis. The first is the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. All he had to do was to hold his immaculately white sarong for the ripe mango to fall in to his lap.
Now his charismatic war wining persona is totally irretrievably lost. No country beyond our shores has offered good wishes to the only leader who defeated terrorism, at least that is what the blurb writers claim, and sycophants proclaim.
Today, he is just another pedestrian politician who has either become prime minister through the backdoor or the political burglar caught in the act.
Ranil Wickremesinghe has been taught the lesson of his life. It was indeed a grand spectacle and a convincing display of public support for protecting and preserving democracy.
There was ‘Mary and Clare two vivacious lasses I knew thirty years ago now buoyantly self-confident social activists holding up banners “We are not here for Ranil, We are here for democracy. There were thousands of others younger and older men and women who shared their sentiments cheering on the speakers. Of course the protest rally was organized. The crowd response was authentic, and the emotions were sincere.
Ranil has discovered that his handpicked UNP ex-co is not the voice of either the people or the UNP.
Ranil is a goner. I hope he comes out of this impasse regaining his premiership. He must then exit gracefully.
Some people believe holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strength. Real strength is knowing when to let it go. He cannot erase the hardened public perception of a failed neo liberal and a promoter of crony oligarchy.
This is an age where in, neoliberalism is an obscenity. This is also an age where ascendant nationalism has made even liberalism a dirty word.
Many ask the question why the President chose the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to pull his chestnut out of the fire. Why not a MR proxy such as Dinesh or the indolently agreeable Chamal ? Unfolding events will finally provide the answer. For the present it is obvious that his mind went back to the days of his coerced allegiance to the ‘Maharajano’. If protest had to be contained, he needed a proven ‘fear mechanism’.
The question we face is will that work effectively in the digital age and 24 x 7 television. So far it has not. The mansion in Malwana has still not drawn a legal claimant. There is reason for hope.
With all the petrol in the world Mohamed Bin Salman after the murder in the consulate is fast becoming a Dust Bin Salman.
Murder of a parliamentary democracy will not go unnoticed. The Cricketer is restoring democracy in Pakistan. Maldives has come to its senses. Monk Elle Gunawansa is pissed off that the European Union wants us to convene parliament.
Sirisena the President has emerged as a strange unifier of the nation. All shades of public opinion; political, social, cultural and economic have reached a consensus on what makes a political clown. The more discerning prefer the term sanctimonious comic. The street wise talk of the monkey given a razor.
The new Government spokesman Mahinda Samarasinghe is a brazen faced liar.
In his first press briefing he read out a purported email sent to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya by the Acting Attorney General. He claimed that the AG had declared the appointment of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa “constitutionally legitimate”. He compounded the intended jiggery-pokery by telling journalists that it was privileged communication and could not release the document. Pity no journalist asked how the potbellied fraudster and a third party accessed the privileged communication between the AG and the Speaker.
Now we know better. The Attorney General as the principal law officer of the government has not declared the president’s removal of a Prime minister and the swearing in of a new Prime minister to be constitutionally legitimate.
He does not say he has no opinion. He merely says that as the principal law officer of the government it is a matter to be resolved by those who created the crisis.
I warn parents who plan to send their kids to La Trobe university in Australia in the next academic year. That is the place that Mahinda Samarasinghe claims he got his degree. I looked up the place in the internet of things. They don’t seem to have a faculty for con artists. All the same parents should double check.
What Mahinda Samarasinghe set out was a the text book neo fascist agenda. You manufacture a crisis. Then you grab the state media apparatus. You tame the private media in to anticipatory obedience. We are witnessing it now.
After manufacturing the crisis, you distort facts in to a narrative and start manipulating the narrative and emotions of the public. They dismiss reality by suppressing facts.
We may or may not succeed in protecting our hard-earned freedoms. We may not prevent the return of despots today. But as a 76 old loony nut obsessed with human dignity and individual freedom. I implore my compatriots to obliterate these mongrel intellectuals practicing politics of deception from public life.
May be my grandchildren will live under a transparent accountable democracy.
Lanka / November 2, 2018
There is conspiracy here ..
MR and family is greed for power …
They need power to cover up sins and crimes they did.for the last 3.5 years they did try to dislodge this government ..but they could not….
They did do all trick .
Finally, they trapped M&s in this game .
If M&s can not work with Ranil ..
He will never work with MR ..wby MR will be like a Hitler in his domination ..
Mind he has already been president …
He will never listen m&s at all..
MR will wait for a good opportunity to impeach M&S with all support he has ..
MR will punish m&s at some point..
Now; it is not about people.
But we lost democracy traditions ..
nimal fernando / November 2, 2018
I was waiting for you to write this …………… and you haven’t disappointed
Nothing but the distilled truth; unambiguous ……… no fleet-footed fancy word-steps to prevaricate
Why do words of ………… Buddha, Christ, Shakespeare, some philosophers, …………..and many others ………. resonate down the ages …………. because they spoke the truth in their own individual way
Only a few Lankans were born yesterday ………. all adults know the truth even if they are unable to bring themselves to accept it
Truth always prevail; if not now then later
I fear for all you guys back home who dare to speak the truth ………….. keep your wits about and be safe
These are dangerous time!
Amarasiri / November 2, 2018
Sarath De Alwis,
“Now we know why Sirisena the President landed us on the straight single lane express way to unfreedom. He will not stay even one hour in the presidency if Ranil is made Prime minister again. So, says the news reports.”
That will be great, but Sirisena is a liar. So, he will not. He has to be impeached. He has earned the Titles of Traitor, Sevalaya(sleaze), Ma;la-Perethaya ( eating off the dead) , Patholaya (backbone less sevalaya) and of course as a Liar.
critique / November 2, 2018
Amarasir, What about role of logic in this issue. What about Aristotle logic to resolve this crisis.?
I wonder why Sri Lankan people went to this low for power greed. Shame on them all..
We have had 70 years of good democratic traditions. MS and MR destroyed all. so sorry that this is nothing but a political coup that went wrong
Ares / November 2, 2018
The same thing that happened to Hitler will happen here soon. This coup was just what the international community needed to come in.
ABM / November 2, 2018
Just brilliant, as always. Agree 100 percent. Please keep up the good work!
Silva / November 2, 2018
No, no, Sarath, Sirisena shouldn’t stay not one wink, not even one moment, and he should go for good for betraying 6.2 millions who voted for him. They didn’t vote him to make the loser MR as PM. It’s a great unforgivable betrayal of people’s trust and faith.
Cader / November 2, 2018
As usual Sarath de Alwis has written a thought provoking article giving an accurate description of the current crisis… People who sincerely love the country, and appreciate.values, honesty and integrity in public life, will agree with all what he says. What we witness today in Sri Lankan politics is crass hypocrisy and political leaders are facing a huge trust deficit.
Justice and Fairplay / November 2, 2018
Sarath de Alwis is always a good read. Reasonable, balanced and never a knave of anybody.
Shevan / November 2, 2018
What an article.
Simple truth told in simple word so any simple person could understand (if one wishes to do so) without any prejudiced mind.
Hela / November 2, 2018
Does Sarath think we were born today?
Which decent person could tell us by bringing in Ranil, Sri Lanka’s democracy would be strengthened and the country will be free?
A man clearly linked to Batalanda murders, made a deal with LTTE to create the pathway for dismemberment of the country, became PM of the country through the back door in Jan’15, clearly linked to the biggest fraud at the central bank, wrecked the economy during the past 3 1/2 years (naluvek nove molayak), does not enjoy peoples’ mandate at present after the heavy defeat at the island wide local govt elections, was only in power because of NO elections.
Don’t want go into detail about CBK but would like to invite Sarath and his ilk to re-read his buddy Victor Ivan’s book ‘Queen of thieves’.
Dilshan / November 2, 2018
Bond scam loss is insignificant compared to the millions of commissions on Highway robberies, port and MIG robberies and discarded warship deals in peace time
Shiro / November 2, 2018
The bond scam loss was reported, MR’s thieving went unreported because no one wanted to risk their lives.
Had anyone wondered how he has the kind if money that is being offered to MPS if they cross over. That kind of money wasn’t made by honesthe means, dear fellow citizens
Thappu / November 2, 2018
Sarath de Alwis, You are objective and fair in your criticisms. You hide your affinity to men reasonably well. But, for some unknown reason, and when not even necessary, you decorate Mahinda Rajapaksa, charismatic. Why? Charm and Mahinda are worlds apart!
Adrian / November 2, 2018
Brilliantly written Article Sarath Well Done. Hope the White Vans will not hunt you down. We share the same sentiments.Lets hope that No more Monkeys will jump & 02 TNA MP’s at least will vote in favour of Ranil in the name of Democracy. It should be GROBR for both Sirisena & Ranil then. Ranil must step down & handover the leadership Sajith, Navin & Harin form a forceful combination.
Shiro / November 3, 2018
Absolutely! Ranil must also shoulder a large part of the blame for the situation we find ourselves. He doesn’t appeal to the masses, he is universally despised but he either doesn’t see that or he doesn’t care. He is as greedy for power and position as MR and he clings on.
Ranil needs to go and make way for the Sajiths, the Harins, the Naveens. Who knows how they will turn out to be but they must be given a chance. Ranil has been tried and tested and has failed time and time again. As long as he remains as head of his party this country doesn’t stand a chance.
chiv / November 2, 2018
Sarath SUPERB. Thanks for presenting Unvarnished truth. I am sure truth will hurt a lot who may hurl abuse and filth at you. But at least quite a few understand the facts behind the truth. From the time of independence the Lankan governments have survived on cons, lies , distorting facts and myth . And even now amidst social media and international bodies our government has no inclination in changing courses. They outright abuse ,exploit and manipulate the retarded voters.
Goviya / November 2, 2018
“The new Government spokesman Mahinda Samarasinghe is a brazen-faced liar.” Don’t we all know that?
Goviya / November 2, 2018
“She is a bad judge of people. She got us Sarath N Silva as chief justice. Then she unleashed G.L. Peiris the law professor on us by making him a national list MP and a minister. All that fades when we come to her prize discovery of the common candidate.”
These blunders that Chandrika made will haunt her for the rest of her life. After she passes away she will not be able to rest in peace either.
Plato. / November 2, 2018
Sarath de Alwis.
I always read your most readable essays on these pages.
This is easily the best.
I agree with everything that you have written except about Ranil.
The problem with him was that he started at the top.In 1977,in his late 20s he becomes a Deputy Minister and then right upto 1994- a period of 17 years he had tasted the trimmings and trappings of Power.Now he has gone through the fire.Who knows he would have learnt a few things the hard way.He has shown remarkable resilience.Perhaps he would turn a new leaf and a course correction in the future.
Shevan / November 2, 2018
It is quite difficult for an old dog to learn new tricks isn’t it ?
fred / November 2, 2018
Who cares about those three losers? The greatest loser is the country. That said, given what we have had all these years, has our dear motherland much left to lose?
dinesh / November 2, 2018
According to whats happened in the past. A president has never dismissed a prime-minister. In 2004, CBK, held fresh elections to dismiss the cabinet of Ranil (then prime-minster). She of course won that election and appointed Mahinda.
That’s what M&S should havee done (but didn’t do).
nimal fernando / November 2, 2018
Sirisena can’t call for fresh elections until 4.5 years has elapsed. So what has happened is definitely undemocratic and a coup.
Unfortunately ……….. I don’t think Sirisena has the capacity to understand the constitution.
dinesh / November 2, 2018
>> Sirisena can’t call for fresh elections until 4.5 years has elapsed.
Of course. the 19th amendment.
4.5 years or a super majority (2/3) of MPs passing a resolution.
Shevan / November 3, 2018
Don’t be so sure.That retired CJ and Professori may once again interpret the relevant clauses otherwise if/when suits their fancy
K.Pillai / November 3, 2018
Sarath de Alwis calls our present state of affairs as “The Crisis” and that there are “The Three Losers”.
No no no Sarath: We have “The Coup” and every Lankan is a loser.