18 November, 2018

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Hell Hath No Fury….

By Tisaranee Gunasekara –

“Tyrant, why swell’st thou thus, of mischief vaunting? …..Lewd lies thy tongue contrives…. Falsehood thy wit approves…” Psalm 52 (Translated by Mary Sidney)

Hell hath no fury like the Rajapaksas thwarted.

All those who opposed the interests, whims and fancies of the Ruling Siblings in the past know the hellfire of their fury. Students, workers, Tamil civilians, Sinhala farmers, journalists, military personnel, Negambo fishermen and Colombo poor, all know that to resist the Rajapaksa-juggernaut is a career-destroying, life-eviscerating, and at times lethal, business.

Now it is the turn of the highest court in the land to experience, at first hand, this fundamental law of Rajapaksa rule: those who support the Siblings will thrive, even if they wallow in crime; those who oppose the Siblings will suffer, even if they commit no wrong.

When the Supreme Court refused to remove the constitutional roadblocks and give the Divineguma Bill a free pass, it incurred the wrath of the Siblings. Seeing in this mild expression of judicial independence a dangerous threat to their power project, the Siblings resorted to their customary slash-and-burn tactics, to clear their path of all constitutional and legal hurdles.

Lies and empty declarations are part of the repertoire of any politician; the Rajapaksas make use of these deceptive tactics more than most. When there was a public outcry against the 18th Amendment, the regime solemnly promised not to implement it; once the public focus evaporated, the Amendment was pushed through via a politico-legal Blitzkrieg.

Similarly, for weeks the regime denied media reports of a plan to impeach the Chief Justice. When Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva was asked about an impeachment plan, he said “No, there is no such idea. These are reports by various media or hidden forces trying to set one against the other and destabilise the country by spreading rumours or publishing reports on websites. Attempts are made to create conflicts between the Executive, Legislature and the Judiciary” (The Sunday Times – 14.10.2012). The motion was probably being drafted, even as the Minister made his mealy-mouthed declaration.

Let’s face it; had the CJ been willing to violate the constitution on demand, there would have been no impeachment motion against her and no corruption charges against her husband. The only reason Pradeep Kariyawasam was charged was because his wife refused to do the bidding of the country’s ersatz royals. Had the CJ ignored the constitution and approved the Divineguma Bill, her husband could have misused every asset of the NSB, with total impunity.

The latest COPE Report highlights several ‘bad transactions’: the purchase of Sri Lankan shares by the Peoples Bank for Rs.1,137 million; Central Bank’s investment of US$15.6 million in Greek Bonds; IIFA accounts….. It does not require any supernatural foretelling capacity to know that none of the authors of these transactions will be charged before the law, so long as they do not cause the ire of the Rajapaksa kith and kin. Had the Chief Justice been willing to abide by the Rajapaksa dictats, she could have broken every law, in perfect freedom – and perhaps even been rewarded by an appreciative executive with some high national honour (Desha Bandu? Desha Manya?).

Just as Gen. Fonseka could have stolen anything and murdered anyone, without losing his rank, pension, or freedom, had he abided by the new First Commandment: ‘Thou shall have no other Leaders before Us; not the law or the constitution, not even your conscience; if you obey Us, you will prosper; if you do not, you will not’. Simple; easy to understand, but harder to obey for those who value the law, honour the constitution or just cling to common-or-garden decency.

So how will this tale end?

Will the judiciary barter its independence for immunity from Rajapaksa wrath? If that happens, Lankan democracy will be dead and the fate of all those who resist the Rajapaksa-juggernaut will be sealed. But if the judiciary decides to resist the naked attempts to subvert power-separation and turn it into one more handmaiden of the executive, the anti-democratic drive might flounder, to the benefit of all citizens.

If the judiciary succumbs, the Divineguma Bill will become law next week. And a 19th Amendment, which will do to the 13th Amendment what the 18th did to the 17th, will soon be unveiled. Incidentally, it is useless to expect the left and the minority parties in the UPFA to resist this pre-meditated murder of devolution. Those firebrands and powerbrokers of yesteryear may make a few sabre-rattling speeches, but when the voting hour comes, they will bow their knees and raise their hands, unwilling to risk the fire-and-brimstone of Rajapaksa wrath.

And devolution will die, proving Vellupillai Pirapaharan right.

The Rajapaksas are launching their anti-democratic assault on the judiciary just as Sri Lanka’s UPR gets underway in Geneva. This demonstrates how little the Siblings care for Indian ire or Western displeasure. They seem to feel that nothing can touch them so long as they are safe in the prosperous embrace of Beijing. Are they right? Is there nothing Indiaor the West can do, apart from denying visas or – at most – changing the venue of the Commonwealth Summit? Will Beijing bank roll Rajapaksas, ad infinitum, in return for Colombo’s willingness to become an obliviously happy pawn in the unfolding regional and global power-games?

The Poison-Pen Rulers

Poison-pen letter is a phenomenon ubiquitous in literature and in real life. Books, plays and movies tell about the havoc wreaked by this chosen weapon of the cowardly vindictive. Children are warned that a poison-pen scribe is a despicable person who should be shunned, and that the only suitable place for a poison-pen letter is the fire.

Clearly the current Lankan rulers think otherwise. Last week, in one of the most disgustingly bizarre incidents (in a country inundated by the disgusting and the bizarre), a minister tabled in parliament a poison-pen letter sent to the IGP. The toxic missive made inanely coarse allegations about senior members of the judiciary. Only those who are inane and coarse themselves would have even entertained the thought of using such a degrading tool to further their power.

The poison-pen letter is no stranger to politics. For instance, the FBI used poison-pen letters to denigrate Martin Luther King.  William C Sullivan, FBI’s assistant director in charge of the anti-King campaign, typed and sent an anonymous letter which accused Mr. King of being a ‘colossal fraud’, an ‘evil abnormal beast’ and a ‘dissolute, abnormal moral imbecile’. Devastated by the FBI’s psychological war, Mr. King told a colleague, “They are out to get me, harass me, break my spirit” (Judgement Days – Nick Kotz). Civil rights leader Andrew Young felt that they were dealing with people who had “almost a fascist kind of mentality” (ibid).

Poison-pen letter has had a role in every kind of human drama, from village quarrels to high politics; its victims have included the ordinary and the extraordinary. But a minister tabling a poison-pen letter in a parliament is a truly unique development. The Rajapaksas must be congratulated for scoring another Historical First.

According to psychologist Prof. Petruska Clarkson, “Poison-pen writers….are in serious need of psychological attention” (BBC – 21.7.1999)

In Sri Lanka, they rule.

Related stories;

Sunday Leader Censored Tisaranee Gunasekara’s Column

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Her column has been altered beyond recognition and all reference to the Rajapaksas have been axed.

Edited version from the Sunday Leader

Hell Hath No Fury…

Hell hath no fury like a government thwarted. All those who opposed the interests, whims and fancies of them in the past know the hellfire of their fury. Students, workers, civilians, farmers, journalists, military personnel, Negombo fishermen and Colombo poor, all know that to resist them is a career-destroying, life-eviscerating, and at times lethal, business. Now it is the turn of the highest court in the land to experience, at first hand, this fundamental law of rule: those who support them will thrive, even if they wallow in crime; those who oppose the siblings will suffer, even if they commit no wrong.
When the Supreme Court refused to remove the constitutional roadblocks and give their Bill a free pass, it incurred their wrath. Seeing in this mild expression of judicial independence a dangerous threat to their project, they resorted to their customary slash-and-burn tactics, to clear their path of all constitutional and legal hurdles. Lies and empty declarations are part of the repertoire of any politician; they make use of these deceptive tactics more than most. When there was a public outcry against the 18th Amendment, the regime solemnly promised not to implement it; once the public focus evaporated, the Amendment was pushed through via a politico-legal Blitzkrieg.
Similarly, for weeks the regime denied media reports of a plan to impeach the Chief Justice. When Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva was asked about an impeachment plan, he said, “No, there is no such idea. These are reports by various media or hidden forces trying to set one against the other and destabilise the country by spreading rumours or publishing reports on websites. Attempts are made to create conflicts between the Executive, Legislature and the Judiciary” (The Sunday Times – 14.10.2012). The motion was probably being drafted, even as the Minister made his declaration.
Let us face it; had the CJ been willing to violate the Constitution on demand, there may not have been an impeachment motion against her and no corruption charges against her husband. There is a belief that the only reason Pradeep Kariyawasam was charged was because his wife refused to do their bidding. Had the CJ ignored the Constitution and approved the Bill, the story may have been different.
The latest COPE Report highlights several ‘bad transactions’: the purchase of Sri Lankan shares by the Peoples Bank for Rs.1,137 million; Central Bank’s investment of US$ 15.6 million in Greek Bonds; IIFA accounts… It does not require any supernatural foretelling capacity to know that none of the authors of these transactions will be charged before the law, so long as they do not cause them displeasure. Had the Chief Justice been willing to abide by these dictats, she could have exercised the law, in perfect freedom
Just as Gen. Fonseka could have stolen anything without losing his rank, pension, or freedom, had he abided by these laws. These are simple; easy to understand laws, but harder to obey for those who value the law, honour the Constitution or just cling to common decency.

So how will this tale end?

Will the Judiciary barter its independence for immunity from this wrath?
If that happens, Lankan democracy could well be dead and the fate of all those who resist them sealed.
But if the Judiciary decides to resist these attempts to subvert power-separation and turn it into one more handmaiden of the Executive, it is possible that the anti-democratic drive might flounder, to the benefit of all citizens.
The Divi Neguma Bill will become law next week. And a 19th Amendment which will do to the 13th Amendment what the 18th did to the 17th, will soon be unveiled. Incidentally, it is useless to expect the left and the minority parties in the UPFA to resist this form of devolution. Those firebrands and powerbrokers of yesteryear may make a few sabre-rattling speeches, but when the voting hour comes, they will bow their knees and raise their hands, unwilling to risk the fire-and-brimstone of this wrath.
And devolution will die, proving Vellupillai Pirapaharan right.
They launched their anti-democratic assault on the Judiciary just as Sri Lanka’s UPR got underway in Geneva. This demonstrates how little they care for Indian ire or Western displeasure. They seem to feel that nothing can touch them so long as they are safe in the prosperous embrace of Beijing. Are they right? Will Beijing bankroll them, ad infinitum, in return for Colombo’s willingness to become an obliviously happy player in the unfolding regional and global power-games?
The Poison-pen letter is a phenomenon ubiquitous in literature and in real life. Books, plays and movies tell about the havoc wreaked by this chosen weapon of the cowardly vindictive. Children are warned that a poison-pen scribe is a despicable person who should be shunned, and that the only suitable place for a poison-pen letter is the fire
Clearly the current Lankans think otherwise. Last week, in one of the most disgustingly bizarre incidents, a minister tabled in parliament a poison-pen letter sent to the IGP. The toxic missive made inanely coarse allegations about senior members of the Judiciary. Only a few would have even entertained the thought of using such a degrading tool to further their play. The poison-pen letter is no stranger to politics. For instance, the FBI used poison-pen letters to denigrate Martin Luther King.  William C Sullivan, FBI’s assistant director in charge of the anti-King campaign, typed and sent an anonymous letter which accused Mr. King of being a ‘colossal fraud’, an ‘evil abnormal beast’ and a ‘dissolute, abnormal moral imbecile’.
Devastated by the FBI’s psychological war, Mr. King told a colleague, “They are out to get me, harass me, break my spirit” (Judgement Days – Nick Kotz). Civil rights leader Andrew Young felt that they were dealing with people who had “almost a fascist kind of mentality” (ibid).
The poison-pen letter has had a role in every kind of human drama, from village quarrels to high politics; its victims have included the ordinary and the extraordinary. But a minister tabling a poison-pen letter in a parliament is a truly unique development. They must be congratulated for scoring another Historical First.

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    Two down, one to go! First they got rid of Kusal Perera. Then it was Frederica Jansz. Next will be Vanderpoorten.
    Asanga Seneviratne is in a “even if we lose we win” game where he will lose NONE of his money if the Leader disappears as it will without writers of integrity and will win if the Leader survives and produces profits.
    The whole business stinks, starting with Frederica having brought Asanga Seneviratne into the paper in the first place!
    Only in the Miracle of Asia!

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      Who is Anti-Boru? Vanderpoorten himself eh?? Ndever mind, the fear is definitely justified. And yes, the former Jansz did in fact bring Asanga S. into the paper, too true. Stupid.

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    This writer should be commended for her bravery. Anyway, I would, personally, like to advise her to be careful.

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      Cant you see she does not live there! Good for her. Except Vanderpoortan in his cottage surrounded by the 1500 acres former rubber land taken by the uduran kana paksha.Golden memories dont leave untill death like the elephant/man.

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    The best thing any right thinking human being living here and abroad can do is to stop buy the leader, and stop reading it online. We can always read Tisaranee Gunasekara’s and Emil van der Poorten’s uncensored columns in the CT no?

    Ha…haa…the uncensored version starts, “Hell hath no fury like the Rajapaksas thwarted.”
    …and the uncensored version starts with, “Hell hath no fury like a government thwarted.”

    Even the bible verse at the begining has been cut out. “Tyrant, why swell’st thou thus, of mischief vaunting? …..Lewd lies thy tongue contrives…. Falsehood thy wit approves…” Psalm 52 (Translated by Mary Sidney)

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    ^*typo

    …and the *censored version starts with, “Hell hath no fury like a government thwarted.”

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    ‘government is rajapaksha and rajapaksha is government’ ……for how long ??????

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    Hi Thisaranee
    We feel sorry for you, as you are unable to see the progress sri lanka has achieved since President Mahinda Rajapakse came into power. Your articles in Sunday Leader or Asian Tribune have been loaded with false information. The articles only displayed your personal anger at the President, for reasons well known to few of us.

    You have now got the boot from Sunday Leader. The good news is that there will be a new Newspapers coming up, called ” Gutters and Septic Tanks”. They are looking for an Editor, you have excellent credentials.

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      @Don
      Arent you ashamed to defend this corrupt rogue regime, yah most SriLankans are shameless buggers.

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      Don Pacha Dissanayake, are you the owner of the new publication, ‘Gutters and Septic Tanks’? Did MR give you the money to start to advertise the Progress under MR?

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        gamini,
        No.As usual, the “Rump LTTE” will fund it.

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      Don-gon vassa. We know you are a paid mouth piece of gon rala. What is the development you talk about. Is it white van abduction, mega 10% commission fake projects,economic, education blunders, suppression of political opponents, judiciary,police, free media, off shore black money, land grab, CB hedging Greece bonds…you name it ,,,we have it. Only difference is we have a bunch of genetic disorder muts who lie and are afraid of the truth, tha never understand the reality of ethics and good governance.

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      Every Dictator have their lapdogs & you are one of Rajapakses lapdogs. The only progress in our country since 2005 has been the progress of the Rajapakses & their cronies. If you believe that SL is a true democracy, you are living on another planet.

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      Tisaranee is a highly respected Journalist who tells the truth as it is and if you dont like her because of this, so be it. Truths always hurt.

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      Dear readers just ignore Don Dissanayaka and Kris. They both are selfish unpatriotic idiots with no brains. Otherwise how come they unashamely support the brainless dictator who is ruining the country..

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      DEAR READERS.ANYBODY GUESSED.

      THERE IS NO DON DISSANAYAKE.
      THIS IS A WRITER AND / WRITING TO GET HIS DAY’S PAY FROM DIRTY MASTERS FROM BALADAKSHA MAWATHA.

      YOU RULERS’ WHAT A SHAME

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    It is very unprofessional for the Editor of the Sunday Leader to amend/alter the article written by Tisaranee Gunasekers.She must have at the least the courtesy to contact the author before publishing it.

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    Media in the world’s most powerful country is run by one group. Therefore those journalists cannot and will not run anything that offend the owners.

    All these democratic people commenting here are ignorant on that ?

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      Jim Softy:
      You are obviously writing for idiots of your own ilk. Are the Wall Street Journal, the LA Times, the New York Times and the Washington Post, among others, controlled by “same group?”
      Simply put, you are LYING.
      P.S.
      Before you try to be clever, how about brushing up on your English or is that, too, controlled by your handlers’ standards?

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    Tisaranee is one of few journalist who write about injustice and harm cause to our country by Rajapakse regimen. I commend her work. Most of other journalist oppose Rajapakse but shy to use their pen to full effect.
    People are still thinking of war won against LTTE , Rajapakse capitalize by inducing Sinhalese racism in the country

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    Hi Thisaranee
    We feel sorry for you, as you are unable to see the progress sri lanka has achieved since President Mahinda Rajapakse came into power. Your articles in Sunday Leader or Asian Tribune have been loaded with false information. [Edited out – Please provide proof – CT ]

    You have now got the boot from Sunday Leader. The good news is that there will be a new Newspapers coming up, called ” Gutters and Septic Tanks”. They are looking for an Editor, you have excellent credentials.

    Well Said , i have read many articles from this lady , those are full of garbage , she has anger against president, her all articles to discredits rajapakse family , not a one balance article she has written, as per above she is good for ” Gutters and Septic Tanks”. They are looking for an Editor, you have excellent credentials.

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    Asanga Seneviratne is nothing but a manipulator and a [Edited out]. Ask anyone who has worked at Asia Capital and they will tell you his history. Birds of feather flock together and it is quite apt that he has thrown in his lot with the “family of thieves”.

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    @kris
    Read the answer given to Don Dissanayake it applies to you as well.

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    we can talk talk talk
    but results are same.. this will destroy a generation..

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    It s distressing to note how fearlessly and openly the Regime has controlled the Media to remove theri Dislikes. This infact is better than otherwise as pevious;ly done, Journalist being abducted, molested, murdered, tortured and miamed. Exactly like what the Regime rightly expects from the Judiciary is that there be no judgements disfavouring the Regime, no Journalist revealing the truth about the Regime, shall be alowed function in any Newspaper, that depends for its existnce. The Govtstooge Audio,Veidio,Print midea are now rendered almost dead, poor in circulation, rich in state adverisements. What furtheer criminal anti social damae could a power hungry and angrymen state do.

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    It s distressing to note how fearlessly and openly the Regime has controlled the Media to remove theri Dislikes. This infact is better than otherwise as pevious;ly done, Journalist being abducted, molested, murdered, tortured and miamed. Exactly like what the Regime rightly expects from the Judiciary is that there be no judgements disfavouring the Regime, no Journalist revealing the truth about the Regime, shall be alowed function in any Newspaper, that depends for its existnce. The Govtstooge Audio,Veidio,Print midea are now rendered almost dead, poor in circulation, rich in state adverisements. What furtheer criminal anti social damage could a power hungry and angry state do.

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    Rajapaksa brothers need intellectuals to guide them to rule the country for the people of Sri Lanka. Currently they are ruling for themselves, therefore their days are numbered. I am a Sri Lankan. I have an Australian business degree,and red more than 300 books about history and politics, plus I have been a part time political writer for more than ten years. I was in Sri Lanka in April 2012 and travelled to the most parts of Sri Lanka and talked to thousands of Sri lankans. After the trip I came to the conclusion that the leaders are blinded by the power and listen to nobody. This kind of attitude is not new, it has been going on for generations. This is why they are fighting since 1948. The problem is, whoever gets the power they go mad, it applies to the LTTE, Rajapaksa regime and to the other previous polical leaders.

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