Pardoning the War Criminals and Terrorists in Sri Lanka

The presidential pardon bestowed on the convicted war criminal, the perpetrator of the Mirusuvil massacre, Sergeant Sunil Rathnayaka has raised many an eyebrow in Sri Lanka and elsewhere, rightfully so. What he was convicted of was the killing of eight ethnic Tamils in cold blood, including a 5-year-old child, which was a heinous act under any circumstances. One could argue that the Tamil Tigers too have done even more ruthless atrocities such as the annihilation of entire Sinhalese or Muslim villages, ripping off babies from pregnant mothers, killing infants to the elderly. However, the two types of crimes cannot be compared because a member of the armed forces is expected to be disciplined within the legal boundaries. All legitimate Armed Forces are signatories of the Hague Conventions of 1899 and 1907. There is a fine line between terrorism and fighting a legitimate war. War crimes include intentionally killing civilians or prisoners, torturing, destroying civilian property, taking hostages, performing perfidy, raping, using child soldiers, pillaging, declaring that no quarter will be given, and seriously violating basic human decencies.

There is much evidence that many a soldier involved in wars, suffer from PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder.)  PTSD has destroyed many military personnel’s lives even after they complete their military service and rejoin their families. Symptoms may include nightmares or unwanted memories of the trauma, avoidance of situations that bring back memories of the trauma, heightened reactions, anxiety, or depressed mood. Some have even killed themselves. This is due to the trauma they experienced while in service. If it is so, one can imagine the trauma of a soldier who fights an ongoing war, away from the loved ones, facing the unimaginable danger and uncertainty while his colleagues are being killed or injured every passing day. This is one reason why soldiers like Sgt. Rathnayaka may have resorted to the violence of this degree.

As per the terrorists, it is even worse. They are an illegal group and have no rights of any sorts. Without proper training or the arms and ammunition, without a salary or any regular income, with the risk of being unjustly punished, sometimes with death, by their own leaders for even a minute mistake, their part of the suffering is beyond imagination. So, we should understand the plight of these people too.

The security forces and the terrorists of Sri Lanka underwent all these for almost three decades. Atrocities were committed against each other and the civilians on both sides. It is more than 10 years since the war ended. Luckily, not a single major incident has happened after the war ended to date. Even though there were attempts of the revival of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and running an effective Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam failed big time.

Especially the incumbent president of Sri Lanka is well known for his expertise in handling intelligence services very effectively so the chances of the Tamil Tigers regrouping are very low.

Why not we pardon BOTH sides who are being tried or punished for war crimes or terrorism? I know this is easier said than done. The biggest challenge is how to demarcate war crimes from politically motivated killings of journalists, whistleblowers, etc. The other big area of concern is how to set up a mechanism to release the war crimes suspects and convicts and ex-terrorists.

Once the monstrous apartheid system in South Africa was officially terminated, the nation had two enlightened leaders namely Nelson Mandela and P. W. Botha. A Truth and Reconciliation Commission was set up and both parties forgot and forgave a lot and came to a compromise. We cannot expect the same in Sri Lanka due to obvious reasons. Besides, there will be “red tape” that would be created in appointing a commission and subsequent deliberations will only complicate things more than they already are.

The best approach would be giving a presidential pardon en masse to both parties involved in terrorism and war crimes. This will enable the two parties and their sympathizers to have an understanding of each other and learn to live and let live. The so-called Tamil Diaspora too may feel sympathetic and may have a subdued opposition to the Sri Lankan government and might even, in the long run, invest and develop Tamil areas of the island. The present challenge of the Coronavirus outbreak also has created a situation where people look at more reasons to be united than to be divided.

යාපනය මහජන පුස්තකාලය, තක්කඩියෝ සහ පාදඩයෝ

යාපනය මහජන පුස්තකාලය

මේ යාපනය මහජන පුස්තකාලයයි. මම ගිය ඉරිදා එය නැරඹීමට ගියෙමි. තක්කඩි ජේ. ආර්. ජනපතිවරයාගේ පාදඩ යූ. එන්. පී. බත්බැලයන් විසින් 1981 ජූනි 1 දා ඉතාම දුර්ලභ මුල් පිටපත් සහ පොත් පත් ලක්ෂයකට ආසන්න සංඛ්‍යාවක් සහිත එතෙක් ආසියාවේ විශාලතම පුස්තකාලයන් වලින් එකක් ලෙස සැලකුණු මෙම පුස්තකාලය සම්පුර්ණයෙන්ම ගිනිබත් කරන ලදි. (මේ අවස්ථාවේදී කැබිනට් ඇමතිවරුන් දෙදෙනෙක් ප්රසිද්ධියේ මේ විනාශකාරී ක්රියාවන් මෙහෙයවූ බවට සැලකේ.)

ගිනි තැබූ යාපනය පුස්තකාලය

සිංහල දේශපාලකයන් සහ ආරක්ෂක හමුදාවන් කුපිත කිරීමට හේතුවූ කරුණු කිහිපයක්ද මීට ආසන්න දිනවල සිදුවූ බව සත්යක් වුවත් රජය සිදුකළ යුතුව තිබුණේ නීතිමය රාමුව තුළ අදාළ වැරදිකරුවන්ට දඬුවම් දීම විනා පාහරකම් වලින් බලය පෙන්වීම නොවේ. (වැඩි විස්තර කියවන්න මේ දිගුවට යන්න.

යාපනය පුස්තකාලය ගොඩනැගුනේ 1933දීය. 2001දී, එනම් පුස්තකාලය ගිනිතැබීමෙන් හරියටම අවුරුදු 20කට පසු පුස්තකාලය නවීකරණය කර අළුත් පොත් පත් එකතුවක් සමග යාපනය පුස්තකාලය නැවතත් විවෘත කෙරිණි. එසේ වුවත් ගිනි තැබූ මුල් පිටපත් (manuscripts) නැවතත් මැවිය නොහැක. කොළඹ මහජන පුස්තකාලය පමණක් දෙවන වන යාපනය පුස්තකාලය යාපනයේ ප්‍රධානතම බිම් සලකුණකි.

යාපනය මහජන පුස්තකාලයේ දෙවන මහලේ සිට අවට පරිසරය පෙනෙන අයුරු

ඉන්දියානු ෂීක් ජනතාවගේ ප්රධානතම පූජනීය ස්ථානය වූ රන් දෙවොල තුළ සිට ෂීක් ත්රස්තවාදීන් රජයේ හමුදාවලට පහරදුන් නිසා එවකට ඉන්දීය අගමැතිනි ඉන්දිරා ගාන්ධි රන් දෙවොලට පහරදීමට සිය හමුදාවට අණ දුන්නාය. ත්රස්තවාදීන් ඇයගෙන් පලිගත්තේ ෂීක් ජාතික අගමැතිනි ආරක්ෂක පොලිස් නිලධරයන් දෙදෙනකු යොදා ඇයව ඝාතනය කිරීමෙනි. ඒ නිසා ආගම, සංස්තිය වැනි දෑ (මට එසේ නොවුණත්) බොහෝ අයට අතිශයින්ම සංවේදී කරුණුය.

හමුදා ප්‍රහාරයෙන් විනාශවූ රන් දෙවොල බලා කම්පාවන ෂීක් භක්තිකයන්
රන් දෙවොල නැවත ප්‍රතිසංස්කරණය කළ පසු දිස්වෙන අයුරු

පුස්තකාලය ගිනි තැබීමේ අපවාදය ජේ. ආර්. තක්කඩියාගේ බලුකුක්කන් විසින් කරන ලද්දක් වුවත් එහි නින්දාව පැටවුණේ පොදුවේ සිංහල ජනතාවටයි. ඒ අවමානය කිසිදා මැකිය නොහැක. සිංහල, දෙමළ මෙන්ම මුස්ලිම් ජනතාවද ලක්ෂයකට ආසන්න පිරිසක් මියගිය, තුවාල ලැබූ මෙන්ම අවතැන් කළ, රුපියල් බිලියන ගණනක් විනාශවූ, සාමකාමි රටක් ලෙස අප ලබා තිබූ ප්‍රසිද්ධිය මිනී කන්නන්ගේ දේශයක් ලෙස වෙනස් කල මිනීමරු යුද්ධයටද යාපනය පුස්තකාලය ගිනිතැබීම උත්ප්‍රේරකයක් විණි.

යාපනය මහජන පුස්තකාලය ගිනි තබන විට එවකට රජයේ ප්‍රධානතම කැබිනට් ඇමතිවරයන් දෙදෙනකු යාපනය නගරයේ සංචාරය කරමින් සිටිය බවටත්, ගිනිතැබීම් සහ අනෙකුත් විනාශකාරී ක්‍රියාවලට පෙළඹවූ හෝ ඒවා වැළැක්වීමට කිසිදු අයුරකින් දායක නොවූ බවටත් චෝදනා එල්ල වී ඇත. මේ දෙදෙනාගෙන් එකකුගේ පුත්‍ර රත්නයක් මෑතකදී නුවර එළිය නගරයේදී අසික්කිත ලෙස රාජ්‍ය නිලධාරියකුගේ රාජකාරියට බධා කරමින් තමා තාත්තාගේම පුතෙකු බව DNA වාර්තා නැතිවම තහවුරු කරණ අයුරු ඔබද ජනමාධ්‍ය හරහා දුටු බව මට සහතිකය.

Does Sri Lanka REALLY Need a Federal Solution? – “ISRAEL OF THE INDIAN OCEAN”

So, after a lengthy explanation, let me come back to the title of this essay. “Does Sri Lanka Really Need a Federal Solution?” A big NO, is my one and only answer and I won’t change this for any reason. Why? I am no political analyst or an expert on political science. The only academic qualification I have to talk about political science is the mere “C” pass I obtained for Political Science at high school level. All the rest comes from my own experiences and extensive reading about politics.

Sri Lanka does not meet any of the criteria that a federal state requires. We are a small island nation with enough access to any part of the island within a couple of hours. We don’t have the divisions some other countries have within ourselves, i.e., Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims. We were living peacefully and our cultural heritage and religious beliefs are very close to each other and we share the same faith or reverence to places like the Adam’s PeakKataragama and Nallur rather than fighting each other to claim the ownership of those holy places to each ethnic groups like it happens with Jerusalem in the Middle East. Christians, Jews and followers of Islam are fighting for it while we harmoniously climb Adam’s Peak holding hands with each other respecting each other’s beliefs that it is their respective holy messengers’ footmark that lies up there.

Adam’s Peak, Sri Lanka

I have seen how so-called intellectuals, both local and international, bring about various logic to prove that Sri Lanka needs a federal solution to solve its “nonexistent” ethnic issue. All three communities in Sri Lanka suffer because of the corrupt governments and corrupt politicians we keep electing.  We are discriminated not because of our race. All three communities suffer because of the dirty politicians’ shortsighted decisions. Rich becomes richer and the poor becomes poorer. Rather than treating each other enemies, we should understand that it is our poverty and ignorance that these politicians manipulate and we should unite and fight them, not ourselves. All three races are equally ill-treated by successive governments since the Independence in 1948. Those governments included politicians from all three communities and they held high offices in them. The only thing they did was looking after their own welfare rather than that of the citizens’ whom they were voted in by.

There are talks of how bags of dollars changing hands in the process of advocating a federal solution to Sri Lanka but I have no proof.  At least nobody paid me to write this piece. I am not a big fan of Professor Nalin de Silva. But I do believe in at least two of the many theories he kept advocating. What he said long before the things got worse and complicated in Sri Lankan polity was,

He said something to the effect of,

  1. There is no solution other than a military solution to fight the terrorism and the military can definitely defeat the terrorists in Sri Lanka.
  2. If the government kneels down before the terrorists and agrees to create a separate state for Tamils (Eelam,) from the next day onward, there would be an endless border war.
Professor Nalin de Silva

He was (and is) correct. Without an official state, the Tamil Tigers had an almost conventional army, a sizable navy and a tiny air force, something that no other terrorist organization in the rest of the world ever had. Imagine what could have happened if they had a federal state that would definitely upgrade itself to a legitimate sovereign nation, how strongly the Tamil Diaspora and the West pumped money and technology to initiate and sustain an unending border war. Sri Lanka would have been the “Israel of the Indian Ocean” and the chaos would have kept going in Sri Lanka till humans started civilizations in Mars!

Does Sri Lanka REALLY Need a Federal Solution? – RAJIV – A SON OF A BIDDY

Ms Indira Gandhi’s assassination should have reduced the calamities in Sri Lanka if a smart and visionary leader succeeded her. Unfortunately, it was her own son, Rajiv Gandhi who had nothing but the being the son of the slain Ms Gandhi and the grandson of late. Mr Jawaharlal Nehru as the only qualifications to rise to the thrown – ascended to power in the aftermath of this avaricious woman’s death and later went on winning the General Election also by a big margin, mainly of sympathy votes, something the subcontinent is cursed with.

The logo of Research and Analysis Wing (RAW)

Mr Gandhi resumed from where his mother left and went onto reinforce the support RAW, India’s notorious secret service, Research and Analysis Wing (RAW,) was providing for the Tamil boys in the North and East of Sri Lanka. (For documentary and pictorial evidence just read Professor Rohan Gunaratna’s Indian intervention in Sri Lanka: The role of India’s intelligence and Shenali Waduge‘s articles on the subject. Just rummage through the web and you would find scores of them.) If you think these two authors are biased for the fact that they are Sinhalese and Sri Lankans, read the books written by some of the Indian journalists, ex-diplomats assigned to Sri Lanka, ex-RAW personnel, ex-military high ranking officers, etc. and those of the independent sources to see how foxily Mr Gandhi manipulated and escalated Sri Lanka’s cursed terrorist war.)

Rajiv Gandhi and J. R. Jayawardene signing the notorious Indo – Sri Lanka Peace Accord

Mr Gandhi forced the then Sri Lankan President, Mr J. R. Jayawardene to sign an agreement, the notorious Indo-Sri Lanka Peace Accord that created another youth unrest in the Southern Sri Lanka which ultimately killed 60,000 people, mainly youth who protested the Peace Accord. The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) lead the insurgency against the J. R. Jayawardene government for signing the peace deal.

As part of the peace deal, Mr Gandhi sent a 100,000 personnel strong Indian Peace Keeping Force – (IPKF,) to fight against the very terrorist outfit India created in Sri Lanka. IPKF was blamed for gross human rights violations, rapes, killing civilians, etc. Sri Lankans at large treated the IPKF an invading force than a peace keeping force that came to help them.

Some soldiers of the IPKF

Proving the theory of proverbial nursing serpents, Rajiv Gandhi was paid with what he richly deserved, being blown into pieces by a Tamil woman who was allegedly gang-raped by India’s forcibly-sent Indian Peace Keeping Force – (IPKF.) By that time, Mr Gandhi was running a successful election campaign and on the way to make it to the PM’s chair once again at a victorious election rally in Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu.

Rajiv Gandhi’s funeral

See what happened to the then internally stable Pakistan after creating Talibans to fight the Soviets in Afghanistan with the US money. See what happened to Afghanistan after the creation of Al Qaeda by the United States who also fought for American interests in Afghanistan. See what happened to Iraq, Libya and Syria after the advent of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist outfit that was allegedly created by the United States. They all turned back and waged war on their very creators.

World Trade Center Attack by Al Qaeda From

P. S. Don’t think I am happy to hear that these unscrupulous politicians paid for what nasty things they supported. I feel for every human soul, but one should be human enough to deserve such a sympathy. Being part of or masterminding massacres of civilians or even soldiers or terrorists for that matter, is no trivial matter. There are better ways to solve regional politics without resorting to the devastating terrorism.

Does Sri Lanka REALLY Need a Federal Solution? – TAMIL TIGERS – INDIRA’S AND MGR’s BABY

Ms. Indira Gandhi used its southern powerhouse (Tamil Nadu) lead by M. G. Ramachandran (MGR) an actor-turned stupid politician who did not know much about politics than being the emblematic knife-wielding movie hero he was cracked up to be on the silver screen. He knew pretty well that it was easy to change the mindset of the Tamils in Tamil Nadu who were docile enough to treat their sly political leaders (especially actor turned politicians) as demigods.

M. G. Ramachandran – From

The result, my friends, was MGR’s Tamil Nadu becoming “the cradle of the Tamil Tigers” with the full blessings of Ms. Gandhi. And the lambs to the slaughter were the poor Tamil boys in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. Later the whole Northern and Eastern Provinces were infected by the deadly terrorism. Sri Lanka, being such a promising country with a lot of economic and other developmental opportunities, went to the labyrinths of endless terrorism as a result.

Tamil Tigers Being Trained in India – Image from left: Lingam (Prabhakaran’s Bodyguard,) Aruna (Batticaloa Commander,) Prabhakaran (LTTE Chief,) Pulendiran (Trinconmalee commander,) Victor (Mannar commander,) and Pottu Amman (Chief of Intelligence). – From

If Ms. Gandhi believed in self-governance and promoted it, she should have offered Khalistan, the de facto nation that the Sikhs fought for, on a platter. But she didn’t. Instead she spearheaded a brutal war that killed both the terrorists – yes, I call anyone who breathes the air of a country and drinks its water and eats its fruits and fights for parts of the same land terrorists – be it Tamil Tigers, Sikh terrorists, Talibans, Al Qaeda, Boko Haram, ISIS, etc., whatever – and the civilians in Punjab saying that their claim for a Khalistan was illegitimate. How can she advocate self-determination for Tamils in the North and East of Sri Lanka and say no to the Sikh terrorists who claimed more or less the same for the same reasons? She went ahead with the controversial attack of reducing Amritsar’s Golden Temple, the holiest place of worship of Sikhs, almost to rubble (and finally paid for it by being brutally gunned down by two Sikh bodyguards of her own security cordon.)

Golden Temple being attacked by the Indian Army in 1984
Indira Gandhi Funeral from

Does Sri Lanka REALLY Need a Federal Solution? – FIGHTING SOMEONE ELSE’S WAR

In fact, the 3-decade-long rancorous war was never Tamils’ war or Sri Lanka’s war. It was by no doubt India’s war. The hitherto peaceful, studious, hardworking Tamil boys and girls were dragged into a bloody terrorist war by India the former’s own fellow citizens in Sri Lanka. It was India’s disastrous foreign policy against her neighbors that created a terrorist war in Sri Lanka during the late Indian Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi‘s tenure. With India’s secret spy agency, the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW,) she misread the political situation in Sri Lanka and manipulated it into a full-scale terrorist war. As I see it, (I strongly believe I am right) Indira did not like the newly elected Sri Lankan president J. R. Jayewardene’s Open Economic Reforms that opened up the door for investors in the West that could create a rapid economic development in the island nation. The open economy could have easily made Sri Lanka the economic powerhouse in South Asia, just like Singapore did. Mr. Jayewardene enjoyed a huge mandate of 5/6ths of enormous majority in the parliament and all he wanted was a vicious Indira Gandhi to upset his apple cart. And she was up to it and absolutely successful at that. (India would conveniently and sarcastically brush off this claim stating that India was already a super power and Sri Lanka was not a significant player when it comes to the former’s economic realms to wash her hands-off Sri Lanka’s misfortunes.)

J R Jayewardene

India, being a more leftist patriarchy with a soft corner to the Soviet Union and the rest of the communist world, was a far slow economy with her ill-advised “License Raj” approach to domestic production of goods and services, was upset when she came to know that Sri Lanka had an open minded and a futuristic leader in the capacity of J. R. Jayewardene who had stronger links with the White House than with the Rastrapti Bhawan or the Kremlin for that matter.

It is “customary and “politically correct” to a Big Brother like India to harass a tiny island nation like Sri Lanka if the former takes the latter as a threat economically or otherwise. It happens elsewhere too. The USA – Cuba, Ukraine – Crimea, China – Hong Kong, etc. are the living examples to prove my point“.) But being politically correct does not necessarily mean it is the right thing to do. Besides, fostering terrorists has been compared with nursing the serpents for the time immemorial by the visionaries and Mrs. Gandhi was so irrational not to understand that universal truth and decided to turn the Tamil boys who were very peaceful and committed to whatever work they took on to a terrifying terrorist outfit in the name of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE.) Let us not discuss how the LTTE crushed its brotherly terrorist outfits to be the so-called sole representative of the Tamils here.

Does Sri Lanka REALLY Need a Federal Solution? – WAR CRIMES

I know a lot of atrocities must have happened during the war, especially towards the last few days of the war. There could have been killing civilians, raping women, robbing valuables from fleeing civilians, etc. During the ancient wars, this was called “the spoils of war.” Killing men, raping women, enslaving children, looting treasure were part and parcel of war.  It is true that the modern-day wars should be fought by keeping with the human rights accords, etc., with least damage to the civilians. But this is the last thing one could expect during a war. There are no such things called “war crimes” for what happens during a war. War itself is a crime and the smart thing to do was (and is) to take every effort to prevent a war, not to let a small misunderstanding to grow into a national issue and develop into a full-scale war like the late president Mr. J. R Jayewardene and his successors did. What I believe is there is nothing glorious about a winning a war, especially if it is fought with your own countrymen. The most glorious thing is to live in peace with every ethnic groups.

Sri Lankan Soldiers helping the Tamils Trapped in the War Zone in Civil War Sri Lanka – From
Shoba, commonly known as Isaipriya was a Sri Lankan Tamil journalist and television broadcaster for the terrorist group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. Her death in the final days of the Sri Lankan Civil War in 2009 is mired in controversy with allegations that she was captured by the Sri Lankan military before being raped, tortured and murdered.

Does Sri Lanka REALLY Need a Federal Solution? – WAR VICTORY

I never expected this futile war to end during my lifetime or during that of my son’s for that matter. But, thanks to the former president Mahinda Rajapaksa and the brave armed forces, the police force, the Civil Security Force and the citizens at large who sacrifices the unimaginable, the war ended for good on May 18, 2009, before my son celebrated his first birthday. What a relief? Endless attacks on civilians in so-called “border villages,” heinous acts of killing civilians in public transportation systems, constant bomb blasts inside almost all high security zones, suicide attacks on dignitaries, air raids on Colombo etc., kept the whole nation anxious and alert and the people were tormented for almost three decades. War was that horrendous and it was a welcome decision that the former President Rajapaksa took, to take the Tigers head on, not from the tail like the other ineffective and cowardly leaders did since 1975. Mr. Rajapaksa sent the Tigers to the right place, the dustbin of the “bloody” history. This is why former president commands a lot of respect – despite the fact that he was allegedly corrupt and violated human rights – from the people islandwide, especially the people who were directly affected by war. Me being a person who comes from a so called “border village” – Mahawilachchiya – a farming settlement inside the government controlled area but on the edge of LTTE’s haven, i.e., the sprawling Wilpattu National Park from three sides of the village, I have every reason to praise Mr. Rajapaksa for his daring act of taking a stern decision to finish the terrorists’ war with counter war, if not counter terrorism.

President paying respect to the beloved motherland after the war victory
President Rajapaksa with some of the troops fought the war
Then Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa with the troops
Then Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa with the troops

Does Sri Lanka REALLY Need a Federal Solution? – INTRODUCTION

I am not trying to explain how the ethnic issue in Sri Lanka happened and the different perspectives to its root causes. I am only going to talk only about how I perceive it. I was born in 1972 in the village of Mahawilachchiya (in Anuradhapura District of Sri Lanka) bordering the Wilpattu National ParkVelupillai Prabhakaran, who went on to create and lead the Tamil Tigers (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam – L. T. T. E.) and waged a bloody war on all communities of Sri Lanka) got his first human target late Mr. Alfred Duraiappah, an SLFP MP in 1975. I was just 3 years old by then. When the real terrorist War in Sri Lanka broke out in 1983 I was a 11-year-old schoolboy. Therefore, I can remember most of the sequences and developments of the ethnic war after the infamous “Black July” in 1983 into a fully-fledged civil war, that hampered the development of Sri Lanka into a possible regional economic power by dragging the country down literally to the Stone Age.

Does Sri Lanka REALLY Need a Federal Solution? – WAR VICTORY

Does Sri Lanka REALLY Need a Federal Solution? – WAR CRIMES

Does Sri Lanka REALLY Need a Federal Solution? – FIGHTING SOMEONE ELSE’S WAR

Does Sri Lanka REALLY Need a Federal Solution? – TAMIL TIGERS – INDIRA’S AND MGR’s BABY

Does Sri Lanka REALLY Need a Federal Solution? – RAJIV – A SON OF A BIDDY

Does Sri Lanka REALLY Need a Federal Solution? – “ISRAEL OF THE INDIAN OCEAN”

Mr. President’s First Month in Office – 5 – A Brand New Constitution

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa accepting a guard of honor

The infamous 13th amendment was forced upon both the government of Sri Lanka and the LTTE terrorist outfit by India for a problem that would have been solved between the government and the terrorists. The said amendment was a solution that had no sensible approach at all. Both the government and the LTTE equally opposed it and the then president late Mr. J. R. Jayawardene had to sign it as he was forced to do so by going against his own cabinet and the rest of Sri Lanka. This is the high time that a totally new constitution is introduced by taking the issues in the immediate past and the foreseeable future are addressed. This has to be done with the participation of all ethnic groups to make everybody feels they are part of one Sri Lanka. Each different ethnic group would have to sacrifice some of the long enjoyed privileges and come to a compromise.

There are three leaders the new President can learn from. Rwandan President Mr. Paul Kagame who made Rwanda the “Switzerland of Africa,” Pakistani Prime Minister Mr. Imran Khan who tries his best to fight corruption, end the terrorist issue of the Taliban, and the Philippines President Mr.  Rodrigo Duterte who fights the drug war, underworld activities, jihadist terrorism and corruption. All these leaders are far from saints. Well, no one in politics is. Most charismatic leaders who changed the fates of the countries had many a skeleton in their closets. Obviously our own President cannot be an exception. So, we have to live with it to see a REAL change.

However, Mr. President’s main challenge would be to keep Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Prime Minister and his notorious three sons who are popularly known by the citizens as “Three Idiots,” at bay throughout the President’s office. Mahinda Rajapaksa has done his share of duty to the country by finishing the terrorism that no one expected to happen before 2009 and then improving infrastructure (even amidst massive corruption allegations) and the best thing he should do is to help the present President with his political experience and help groom a new leadership to take the country forward. Mahinda can become a senior adviser than in active politics anymore. It would make more sense if he becomes such one without accepting a remuneration and any other privileges that he is entitled to as an ex-president. (But this would be the last thing one could expect from him though.)

I know very well that many will criticize my stance about the new President here. At the moment, I have seen his positive moves. If he disappoints me and the rest of the country, it is our bad luck. So, for the moment, we will just wait and see. If the things go wrong, you would know it well because I won’t be able to write this monthly review about him anymore. You know what I mean. 🙂