12 August, 2020

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Wigneswaran’s Framework

By Malinda Seneviratne –

Malinda Seneviratne

Ex-judge C.V. Wigneswarn is now a politician.  These are early days of his political career.  Early days are typically made of words.  Time will tell us more of ‘deed’ and the distance these have to rhetoric.  We are not talking of the campaign rhetoric, which typically tends to gravitate to vote-getting imperatives.  It is well known that manifestos are junked after election and mandates re-worded to match ambitions and justify decisions.  Even in this sense we are still in ‘early days’ as far as Wigneswaran and the Northern Provincial Council are concerned.

Considering all this, it is important to give the man breathing space, to overlook tendentious utterance and in general accord him the benefit of the doubt.  In these ‘early days’, Wigneswaran, even his most vocal detractors must admit, has succeeded in painting himself as a different kind of politician; time will tell whether he warrants the tag ‘Statesman’, for this requires a lot of deed to go with the lot-of-word the man is made of.  He has nevertheless made some pertinent and refreshing pronouncements.

His outcome-preferences notwithstanding (one never known ‘true intent’ and he cannot do worse than other politicians, seasoned or otherwise, belonging to whatever community, whatever party), Wigneswaran has clearly spelled out the parameters of democratic and civilized process as the non-negotiables.  In other words, if preferred outcomes are not yielded by the processes permitted by this operational frame, Wigneswaran would say ‘hard luck!’.

What is this frame?

Addressing members of the Northern PC among others, Wigneswaran mentioned that ‘the times of violence have been crossed’ and that everyone must understand that those days are past.  More importantly he outlined seven principles he presumably envisages adhering to during his tenure: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.  He said, ‘Those who are involved in public duty have to embody the above principles in their personal lives and set an example to others’.

He may have borrowed from John Major and indeed Major’s politics, domestic and foreign, was a far cry from these sentiments, but that’s incidental; C.V. Wigneswaran may have had his work cut out for him, but he has cut out for himself the principles that will frame his approach.

These are of the easy-to-say kind, the cynics will no doubt observe.  The Northern PC is however a ‘new baby’ and it is heartening that the first-steps are being taken in the right direction and whatever one’s opinion may be with respect to the TNA, provincial councils, the 13th Amendment or devolution, Wigneswaran must be applauded for saying the must-be-said.

These principles are wholesome and profitable; they are valid not just for the Northern PC but for all PCs and indeed at all levels of Government, especially at the center.  Disappointments and failures can be attributed to multiple reasons, but it is clear that the lack pertaining to the principles Wigneswaran has outlined cannot be ruled out as being non-contributive.

Some may claim that Prabhakaran recovered for the Tamil community its collective ‘manhood’. If one were to put aside the arrogance and pernicious patriarchy associated with the term, not to mention what that ‘manhood’ did in dismembering Tamil society, one can say that Wigneswaran has given new and better meaning to the word.  It is now incumbent on all stakeholders (and these are not limited to Tamils, not limited to residents of the province) to support him.  With word. With deed.

*Malinda Seneviratne is the Chief Editor of ‘The Nation’ and his articles can be found at www.malindawords.blogspot.com

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    An accidental politician who was passing by.

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      like Rajapassa with satakaya covering his bogus, bum face????/?????

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      A decent bloke by all accounts, but how long he will be able to resist the demands of some of the goons who are around him remains to be seen.

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    Malinda [Edited out], I don’t really read your bull shit. We Tamils knows you just another rajapakse sucker. Before you advice Viggie, u should advice Sinhala modayas ruining south of shitlanka…Tamils much better know than u r damn fools…

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      But lost the war

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        Yea thanks to India, USA, whole world.

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      You dont want to get angry. Malinda is right. CM is not a foolish man like you. You cryed for LTTE and lost. Ha ha you dammfool..

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    Malinda,
    Do not strain your little brain.
    If left alone and treated like all other PCs,the NPC will progress.

    Do tell the army,if you dare,to leave the notherners alone as none of them – except for EPDP goons – are carrying guns.

    The new Minister of Law and Order can assist – but he is reported to be re-training the STF who are just recovering from the Welikada killings,and apprehensive of what the report of the investigating committee will be.

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    Malinda, Finally nice to see you finding the right spot. You previous post was much latter the ” The Muslim in me” because it was was more like the “Gonna in me”.

    Tamil baiting is the perfect thing for you to specialize. Because finally you will be paid. I am sure it is a bit tiring working for the Sinhalese community without being paid adequately.

    This way, you will finally find permanent employment.

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    Malinda stop selling your soul for laptop mate ;-)

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    ” …selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership. He said, ‘Those who are involved in public duty have to embody the above principles in their personal lives and set an example to others’.”

    Wonderful sentiments and the best of luck to him. However, as we are all aware, ‘politicians’ are seldom, if ever, able to integrate these ‘principles’ into their political lives. Perhaps the fact that C.V.W is NOT a professional politico, will enable him to influence the others in his party to follow his example.

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    There are no statesmen in Southern Politics, if there are, they can’t get elected.

    The Jaffna man/woman has risen to the occasion. Amidst all their trials and tribulations, they have raised the bar on the South. They have asked, where are your statesmen ?

    A dawning spring is in the air, in the politics of Srilanka.

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    There goes Maligned Seneviratne again with his warped mind!

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    I don’t think and southerners have any right point their finger on Vifgneswaran. They must create a political culture that condemn fraudsters and criminals out of politics in the first place And replace them with selfless gentleman committed serve the Nation.

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    Viggi’s framework is simple.

    Fool Tamil people to vote for him. Then go and bootylick the Rajafucksa.

    Chelva tried this and failed.
    VP tried it and failed.

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    Viggi is LTTE surrender v2.0.

    When VP surrendered what happened?

    Same thing will happen to Viggi.

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      They fought and surrendered. Some are bought for 3/4 peanuts. You know who.

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    “….it is important to give the man breathing space, to overlook tendentious utterance and in general accord him the benefit of the doubt.”

    So that is Rajapkses’position and you are giving them shoulders. By the way, you are not as good as their senior slave Rajpal. Rajpal managed to get a New York Times spot and he successfully dropped the pants for his masters. Can you better that, Malinda malli?

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    Malinda the unashamed bullshit artist that is recruited to cover up all the sins and wrong doings of this familial dictatorship. This man has no shame . He is no different from that other fraud Dayan who suddenly becomes a champion of the Rajapaksa way of governance after a recent invitation to the Laptop breakfast at Temple trees.The day these frauds are exposed and hounded out by right thinking people the better it is for freedom of speech and real democracy for our people. These time servers sycophants and bootlickers of this regime will soon see the day when this dictatorship is hounded out by the people.

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