17 October, 2021

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Why National People’s Power (NPP) Should Be Given The Reins Of Power For A Future Government

By Janakie Seneviratne

In today’s context, not only Sri Lanka but the whole world is in turmoil and most of the countries are facing an economic downturn. On top of that, Covid-19 pandemic has delivered a heavy blow to economic activities in the country and worldwide. At the same time, even before the onset of pandemic, there had not been fair distribution of wealth and income. This situation has further been compounded by the current pandemic to widen the existing income gap between the haves and have not. Unfortunately, majority of the world population is living below the poverty line. Apart from that, in many countries people are facing unemployment and more so, some are on the brink of starvation. In a nutshell, it all boils down to the system of administration in countries with a capitalist framework.

Ever since, Sri Lanka gained independence from British Empire in 1948, much water has flowed under the bridge. From time to time, many political parties had contested at elections, as separate entities, some even as coalitions. Winning party has had ruled the country as coalitions and sometimes as a single party. Post-independence Lanka, although has made some astounding strides in certain sectors, overall progress and development of the country is at a low ebb. However, compared to many other countries in the region, development has been lagging behind due to a host of reasons.

Since independence, our politicians in parliament had been misusing power. Of late, the whole country has been plagued by nepotism, embezzlement, bribery, corruption, let alone political infighting. These events portray the rulers’ lack of vision for developing the country. Thus far our traditional mainstream political parties have messed up in parliament whilst desperately failing to address the needs and aspirations of the masses. It is not surprising that politicians with vested interest, by hook or by crook make every effort to come to power. Most of the time, in the event they lose at elections, they resort to political horse trading and engage in turncoat politics and try in one way or another to cling on to power for their own vested interests. Many corrupt politicians, no sooner they clinch power, start exploring for opportunities to make a fast buck. Towards this end, they would keep no stone unturned to find ways and means to creep through any loophole they find in the rule of law.

Main political parties along with our traditional leftists’ parties had been delivering their usual “tongue in cheek” speeches and pulling wool over the eyes of the voters at elections to lure their votes and clinch power to rule our country for so long. Although the rulers downplay these issues, the reality is that they have failed to bring about any substantial improvement in our people’s standard of living compared to their counterparts in the region.

What’s worse, today the majority of the voiceless masses are on a knife edge and have fallen from the frying pan to the fire. At the end of the day the masses are compelled to bear the brunt of the economic slowdown. On the other hand, there are no developmental projects seen to be getting off the ground. Nevertheless, it appears that the rulers have amassed wealth by unknown means whilst sending the fellow countrymen from pillar to post, leaving the country’s economy bleeding. It appears that our frivolous and dithering politicians without any foresight have ruined our economy due to mismanagement, tomfoolery, corrupt practices including plundering our natural resources with their retinue of cronies. As a result, our economy is in shambles leaving the present and future generations at stake. Of late masses have come to visualize the grotesque picture in front of them along with the writing on the wall about the future of Sri Lanka. This has prompted them to gather steam and lampoon the politicians. Today the politicians in power have started earning the wrath of the citizens as their actions have plunged the country into crisis.

Enough is enough! In this grim scenario, it is worth pondering on the credentials of NPP in relation to their participation in parliamentary politics. The NPP is a political alliance formed in 2019 comprising of several political parties, civil society organisations, social activists, artists, religious leaders and an academic body called National Intellectual Organisation (NIO) under the leadership of Anura Kumara Dissanayake. Their comprehensive manifesto “Deshaye Apekshawa” (Expectation of the Nation) encompasses eight important fundamental national policies. 

JVP as a political party has gone through thick and thin and have learned many lessons the hard way from the past. Strong determination coupled with their experiences in parliamentary politics, have emboldened their ability to take up any form of challenge to prove their mettle in the political playing field. The new political alliance, NPP has emerged as political force to reckon with. NPP as a true democratic political alliance is in essence a people friendly political outfit that understands the real aspirations of the masses. Needless to mention, that from top to bottom, they are from a highly disciplined stock who are dedicated and honest to the core. They abide by a code of their ethics and they do not believe in pomp, pageant or fame at the expense of the public. Among other things, there is no place for any form of indiscipline, gender discrimination, vainglory, double standards, racism, or any other wrong doings within the NPP. In the past, JVP parliamentarians have boldly displayed their political prowess and acumen time and again in parliament to uphold the common interests of the people. It is, therefore, crystal clear that, NPP hand in hand with JVP have proved itself as a fully-fledged democratic political alliance with socialist ideals and standing tall, shoulder to shoulder with other fellow representatives in parliament.

In this backdrop, the ground reality is that people from all walks of life have started rallying round NPP, as they have recognised NPP, as a political alliance having the political will, commitment  and the know how to govern the country. In fact, NPP is now seen as the only alternative time-tested political alliance, exhibiting honest capabilities to pull out the country from the present quagmire in order to steer the country towards prosperity. Hence, the question arises as to why we should not support NPP and give them a chance to come to power and rule our country with the NIO and other like-minded organisations and activists.

Time is ticking off fast and there is no time for dilly dallying. In the circumstances, it is high time to act fast in the best interest of the country. Historical trend shows us that from time immemorial, Sri Lankan voters had placed their trust in the traditional parties and whole heartedly supported them and voted for them. Yet, the political parties that came to power from time to time continuously betrayed the masses and badly let the voters down high and dry. It would therefore be imperative to rationalize and take a few minutes to ponder the idea of supporting NPP members as an alternative to the traditional political parties belonging to both right and left that have wrecked havoc and ruined our country to the hilt.

Yet I wouldn’t be surprised if a handful of armchair critics, reactionaries, capitalists and corrupt find this proposition hard to swallow. What’s more, they may even stand in the way of mooting this sacred idea among the general public. Yet who knows, based on the honesty and dedication of its members, NPP may find an algorithm to put the country in order. Although the Herculean task of putting our economy on right track may sound weird and not that easy, NPP may find a game changing silver bullet to grease the squeaky wheels of the government machinery. They have clear vision and the impetus to infuse new vigour and energy to the government sector. In the circumstance, it would be the bounden duty of the people to understand the prevailing dire situation faced by the country. Do not let history repeat itself! You as the voters of this country for good reasons have the liberty to change this state of affairs. At this crucial juncture, let us firmly resolve to cast our votes at future elections for NPP and let us afford them an opportunity to emerge victorious as a formidable power in parliament to usher in a corrupt free era and develop Sri Lanka at “Warp speed”. There’s nothing time can’t heal; thus time is the best healer. Time teaches us to forget and forgive.

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    The West will NEVER allow a Marxist political party to rule a country, although it was suspected that
    C I A was behind the 1971 insurrection.

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      Tony
      “CIA was behind the 1971 insurrection” was a daft utterance by someone shell-shocked by the insurrection.
      CIA meddles, but less directly than half a century ago. It has the National Endowment for Democracy and affiliated NGOS to do its work. USAID has forever been political.
      There are of course CIA Assets planted in even the most radical political party.
      But people have overcome all of them and cruel sanctions imposed by the US too.
      The world is changing for the better on some fronts.

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    They have only 3 seats. It cannot become 113 ever unless the JVP promises to eliminate separatists and come up with a credible action plan.

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      GATAM,
      * Which separatists should JVP promise to eliminate?
      * Did any political outfit ever have a credible action plan?
      * Is 3 becoming 113 unthinkable when you see UNP getting 0?
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      If you really want the country to emerge out of the current impasse, raise public awareness of the benefits of a Federal Constitution.
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      The cry that a Federal arrangement would lead to Separation is a fear spread by those who do not wish to share their advantage with others.

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        A federal setting does not cater to any. Sinhalese hate it as they want a unitary nation. Tamils don’t want it because it is less than Tamil Elam. Muslim totally oppose it as it disrupts them. Only solution is absolute division of the island into 3 mono ethnic nations and to relocate people based on ethnicity.

        Until then, SL has to continue this way.

        Yes. Sirima had an action plan to eliminate JVP subversives in 1971 and succeeded.
        Premadasa had an action plan to eliminate JVP subversives in 1989 and succeeded.
        Rajapaksas had an action plan to eliminate LTTE terrorists in 2009 and succeeded.

        UNP has 1 seat because it was split into SJB. The two will merge soon.

        You may recall JVP won 39 seats in 2004 on a strong nationalist stand when led by Weerawansa. That is the only way ahead for the JVP.

        Sinhala voters started to hate the JVP after it held a May Day rally with Summathiran. Tamils and Muslims do not vote for JVP.

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          GATAM,
          It is a continued lie spread by Buddhist Sinhala Fundamentalists that Sinhalese hate a federal solution. Similarly, it is another lie spread by Muslim fundamentalists that Muslims oppose federal solution. Political opportunism by political leadership and religious leadership who benefits from power benefitted from these lies. The fact is people are denied to access the truth. that is why most of the people are becoming poor and poor while politicians are becoming rich and rich.
          Of course, JVP also played their part in this process but not to the level of Rajapaksa family or Bandaranaiyaka family or Senanayaka family.

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    First I must declare a personal interest. I was on the NPP National List in 2020 and spoke at forums and on TV in support of the NPP.
    Yes I agree that the best option for Sri Lanka is an NPP majority in Parliament.
    Here are the main reasons.
    a) Parliament will be cleansed of the muck and filth of corruption, place seekers and scoundrels who have proliferated in recent decades.
    b) If the NPP forms a government it will be a serious affair of able young people who are prepared to learn from international best expertise in matters that they don’t know enough about
    c) The NPP economic programme was by far the best presented at the 2020 General Elections. The NPP is open to learning from international economic successes.
    d) I believe that an NPP government will adhere to a non-alignment in foreign policy and not be a slave to imperialism nor become beholden to Beijing. (This is really tough considering the abyss of debt previous governments have landed us in).
    e) I have seen movement in the JVP on the national question. It is on the edge of accepting devolution. Denying the rights of minorities is not a sine qua non for winning Sinhalese votes. The JVP is gaining the boldness needed to understand this.

    What about the grievous errors of 1971 and crimes of 1989? The JVP recognizes this but has not been bold enough to apologize openly and to frankly clarify why this happened. Lenin said a party must fully thrash out and correct its faults; that’s the only way of preventing a recurrence. This is possible for the JVP to do.

    In summary I support this article and agree an NPP majority is the best thing for Sri Lanka and it will be proof that our people have grown up

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      The highest JVP won was 39 seats in 2004. That was not based on any of those. Prior to that in 2001 close to 20 or more.

      That was thanks to Weerawansa’s ultra nationalism. The Sinhala version of TNA.

      JVP must understand its voters. Tamils and Muslims do not vote for it. No point appeasing Tamils and Muslims. It doesn’t translate into votes.

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        Unprincipled GATAM,
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        I agree. “No point appeasing Tamils and Muslims. It doesn’t . . . .”
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        “eeakdavi” – that is Professor Kumar David. You’d call him a Tamil; he’s just a guy to me – quite distinguished – but doesn’t mind my taking an occasional dig at him . Please see the first comment here – by me:
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        https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/chinas-linearized-polity/
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        Four have disliked it, with only one “Liking” it. But Kumar has responded with good humour. In this article, he has made this observation:
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        “Denying the rights of minorities is not a sine qua non for winning Sinhalese votes.”
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        Has it not struck you that some of us don’t pay much heed (some heed, yes) to ethnicities, religions, and languages spoken. Immanuel Kant held that you should perform an action because it is the “Categorical Imperative“.
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        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Categorical_imperative
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        Get educated!
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        Apart from that, Kumar says, you may not necessarily get penalised for doing the right thing.
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        Man, we don’t expect to get rewarded with 64 virgins in Heaven for doing the right thing.

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      The JVP owes a bigger explanation for its opportunistic alliance with MR, for which it paid a big price in the form of a 3-way split. It has yet to recover.
      Consistent rejection of devolution to degrees far worse than the UNP & SLFP does not amuse Tamils.
      Tokenism has not been gainful among Muslims and Hill Country Tamils.
      *
      Hammer and sickle logos and red cloth alone make not a Marxist party.
      JVP needs a thorough ideological overhaul. It is is barely willing.

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        SJ, I’m not sure about this.
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        Did the JVP ever enter into a formal alliance with MaRa? The impression that I have is that they contested with Chandrika’s SLFP on the same lists, but not thereafter.
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        Very definitely, they did not contest with the Yahapalnaya people, although they commended Ven. Sobhitha & Co in 2015. I could search for this information; if you tell me, it will save me time – AND it may enlighten others.

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      eeakdavi: Well said and (a) to (e) are brief and understandable steps that must be taken to “CLEAN” the Governing functions of the country. However, see the number of “Thumbs Down” (04 up to writing my comment) your comment has received from a “Readership”, that I believed is a “Forum” of “Intelligent”, “Well Informed” and more than all that of people who yearned for a Better Country for now and for the future generations. If this forum is of the proportion “1-4” what more to talk about and assess the “Capacity” of the “VOTER” in this country?

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    NPP is the same material except the brand name. NMP and the core figures of the JVP are all made up of same kind of atoms and molecules. There is no escape hatch for Srilanka Submarine.

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    People who safeguard the elitism or rely on corruption would never vote against these mainstream capitalistic parties. Also the majority’s brains are not programmed to be governed by same class party. JVP no longer believes in Socialist utopia, they have proved themselves in democratic politics for decades holding onto the same honesty and integrity. I believe they should be given a fair chance as given to mainstream parties. I will be voting for NPP, in the sake or morality, environmental sustainability, and justice.

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    Citizens have been deceived by all the major Sinhalese Political parties. If the civil society and NPP agree to get the country out of the hands of corrupted Politicians, we can expect to get out of the rut and the Chinese clutches.
    Bringing Chinese Labour Forces to build the Mega Projects did not our people job prospects and progress.

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    Some people are asking for a Khmer rouge in Sri Lanka? Thankfully pol pot was euthanized. But don’t expect the wolves in sheep clothing to change,

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    Janaki Seneviratne: Thank you for the presentation. I have been waiting for “News” of bringing in “NPP” to the “Active Political Arena” sooner than later. It has come. From now onwards, JVP must “INVOLVE” the “NPP TEAM” in their Media Briefings and all other “Public Discourses” so that the people would be kept informed and “Associated” with this “Alternative” force. The “Eight Fundamentals” of the “Deshaye Apekshawa” (Expectation of the Nation) must be made a household handbook. Why? All this while, the PEOPLE have been “Moulded” to establish “Thamage Apekshawa” (Selfish Goals) and not “Deshaye Apekshawa” (Expectation of a Nation). It will definitely be an uphill task but must be undertaken sooner than later. “Time is ticking off fast” – Let NPP be the “Game-changing bullet”What you said is very true. One more observation. There is a dictum widely used by JVP/NPP: “Fair distribution of wealth and income”. This is “Widely” misunderstood by the voter. They think,(as always being selfish) “Receiving” income in monetary terms. This “Embedded” idea must be changed to say: It is meaning to say “Quality Social Services” (education, health, transport, healthy meals, increased out-put in production, housing etc.) and not “MONEY” in order to make a “Comfortable Life”. Wish NPP a Great Success.

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    I don’t vote for JVP just for one reason.
    Because YOU don’t vote for JVP.

    Soma

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      Dear Soma,
      I do. If more did then we would have been spared of this steamrollering.
      Much as I have been voting JVP/NPP for the past two decades, it was just to strengthen the opposition for good governance. I never expected them to get a majority.
      They had their chance In 2001. .the JVP won 9.1% of the vote and sixteen seats.
      Then also in the elections held on 2 April 2004, the party was part of the United People’s Freedom Alliance, and it became part of the government with 39 MPs and three cabinet portfolios.
      What did they achieve? Three ministries and nothing to show at the end. Their performance was not what was expected and they fell by the wayside.
      Even now are they a credible alternative?.Yes good as opposition but then….
      They do not have experienced persons to run a government. If they join some with business experience like Rohan Pallewatta and administrative and legal experience like Naga Kodituwakku, with good ideas, then that broad base can be a credible force.
      They must think of a better strategy than at present, to gain own acceptance of their ability to govern.

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        So far, the only thing they DID positively to earn credits, is to appoint Ms.Harini Amarasuriya to their only National List slot.

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        MyView
        I will if only they openly admit of their potential vote base prior to an election like you have done here. They are never the third alternative with the present vote base and in effect they have always strengthened the hand of UNP.

        Soma

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    The irony is people are resistant to change and specifically most of our countrymen do not have the wisdom to foresee things in their correct perspective. By inherent nature, they like to bow down and kneel down before their masters. On the other hand, underlying undercurrents like the class system plays a gigantic role in shaping the minds of the voters. Many do not mind the country going to dogs due to corruption, bribery, nepotism etc; as they are hand in glove with the perpetrators. Of course, the indelible mind set of a handful is such that they derive pleasure by being stagnated without forging ahead to usher in a new era free of corruption, hidden slavery and serfdom.

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    We have to understand that the people of Si Lanka are gullible and intellectually challenged. Like mindless minions they will keep voting for the existing mainstream political parties and the same crooked politicians who have robbed this country blind all these years. By the time their brains start to function and they give a chance to a party like the NPP it will be too late for anyone to save the country. That is the sad reality we must face.

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