By Harendra de Silva –
I respect Mr. Maithripala Sirisena who refuses to be addressed as His Excellency, for his bold decision to confront the the absolute villain of Sri Lankan politics. He took a bold step but he would have been ashes if not for the support of firstly the digruntled people and then those who crossed over with him including Rajitha a main architect, Champika and Ven Rathana, Arjuna, and the others. The revolution had already started when Mr. Maithripala was invited by Chandrika, Ven Sobitha, Ranil and others. Please don’t forget them irrespective of their own agendas!
We all know ‘the’ history, but have the main players forgotten history as history repeats itself. It boils down to a three cornered divide and rule. When A, B and C hate each other and have their own agendas, A and B may want to join forces to defeat the almighty C! But when C is down, A and B will have a battle of their own!
When Russians were backed by the Northern Alliance, the Americans were backed by the Talibans. But when the Russians were gone Talibans had their own agenda and turned the gun on the ‘friend’ America! When America decided to fight their former friend Talibans, they had to get the help of their former enemy the Northern Alliance! History is full of these stories such as America, Saddam and Iran; LTTE,, various splinter groups who were decimated after using them! BUT WE HAVE FORGOTTEN THESE EXAMPLES!
After defeating the villain, is Mr. Maithripala, going to back him again for the sake of resurrecting the ‘party’? Or is he really scared of the Villain and 85 thieves? If he wants to resurrect the party, get rid of the scum the dirty scoundrels within the party and outside!
The million dollar question everyone from professionals to the man on the street is asking: Is Maithripala going to be a bigger villain than MR by betraying all those who voted for him expecting a Yahapalanaya? I do agree that a paradigm shift in governance is NOT going to happen in 100 days in a corrupt country where most people are corrupt or at least ‘dishonest’ ! (I realize it is a relative term, in terms of the deed and the extent!!!)
Let us fervently hope that Mr. Maithripala will put the country and people in front when confronted with the party. A Statesman should be able to comprehend issues that are in the horizon……. beyond the bunch of 85 hooligans confronting HIM head on!. He needs to be with the people who elected him and “HELL WITH THE PARTY! After all the party is only a colour with a symbol full of (majority) dishonest people rather than based on policies! The blue changed to Kurahan (millet) and then to a rainbow to hoodwink all sides. The symbol changed from the hand to a chair and now a bulath kole! What a joke this is not the original party the SLFP which came up with the Sinhala Buddhist placard! When we were kids we used to argue “without the hand you cannot do anything!” Another would argue even if you have the hand you cannot open a door without a key, others would even say even to wash your backside you need a hand!! Therefore a ‘party notion’ is in a child’s mentality! We need Statesmen who would do away with symbols of power and concentrate on policies for Yahapalanaya (good governance)! Mr. President, I do hope you act like a Statesman and will not let us down, the people of this country who are anxiously waiting for a Yahapalanaya not necessarily in 100 days but at least in a few years! Lee Kuan Yew did not do it in 100 days, it took him a hell of a lot of years to change the system!!!