| by Nilantha Ilangamuwa
( April 28, 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) Apparently, at least one so called "rational intellectual" the country produced thinks that by sending former army general, Sarath Fonseka, perhaps the best army commander in the world and the former President Chandrika Bandaranaike, to parliament that the regime will be able to justify their political vulgarism during the last decade. Perhaps he is seeing an in-depth relationship between the regime and Fonseka – Chandrika as being a panacea. In terms of political ridicule this is not only a shaggy-dog theory but also a dangerous evaluation of the reality of politics in this crucial time. This is not what we need in this hour of need.
The proposed target of the recommendation for two mainstream heads to be seated in parliament is to rebalance politics and denounced impunity, according to the recommender. This is another theory whose only purpose is to find a scapegoat. However, what is most tragic here is the man who holds a deep assessment of the true colours of the tyrant does not have the courage to come out with an authentic alternative or suggestion other than defending the tyrant. This is where we once again see the painful reality of the spineless political intelligentsia.
Sri Lanka is today, controlled by gundas, thugs in suits and Satakayas, who manipulated, not only the general culture, but also the pillars of the state. They started parlaying since the day we created one of most uncivilized constitutions in the world in the name of so-called, “political reform”, which put a man, regardless of his sins, at the top and unanswerable to the law, while all others were reduced to modern slavery. Without solving this very problem, talking of the rebalance of politics and denouncing impunity is nothing more than a jest.
President Rajapaksa not only deliberately ignored this problem, but further deteriorated the system by minimizing the space of personal liberties. What we have to do now is to remove the tyrant’s mask and reveal his hypocrisy; as a man who struggles to retain power will last as long as he is the master of his surroundings. Unless and until, we have the courage to do this very intervention, we can only continue to dream.
However, it is obvious that the President is bringing these two heads to parliament as he is confronted by his own fear of conscience. Perhaps, on the other hand, those two will not be foolish enough represent one of most shameless and deteriorated state agencies in the history of Sri Lanka. The country would have been extremely different if the former President Bandaranaike used a big stick without a drunken mind, not only as the President of this country but also the leader of her father’s political multitude. In a similar way, the situation in the local political culture would have much more balance if General Fonseka could have read the thinking pattern of the public before he jumped into politics while letting the tyrant smash his status quo as the man who led his army against one of longest civil wars in Asia. But unfortunately none of these things happened.
No problems can be solved under the regime of President Rajapaksa because President Rajapaksa is the cause of the problems in this country. One of the reasons for this is that President Rajapaksa enjoys impunity. If you want to denounce impunity then you have to start with denouncing the impunity that Rajapaksa enjoys. He is responsible for the cause of the imbalance. If the citizens dream of empowerment then they have to grab the power which was robbed from them by Rajapaksa under the pre-text of patriotism, and install it in the correct place. Only then will the dream of restoring the balance of power will become possible.
In his rush for power and riches President Rajapaksa has only made things worse than before. There is no doubt that the country has been further isolated in a genuine political context while expanding its space for national and international thief.
Attempting to install these two people in parliament neither help to heal the impure wound of social destruction or reduce the power of the Rajapaksa clan. It will, however, pave the way to sweep Rajapaksa into another six years as President.
Ladies and gentlemen, it is time for us to change the mindset which has tended to create ad hoc solutions for the political madness and social farce. In fact, our age of tragedy which has been represented by the so-called “Marxists” in the Sinhalese community and “liberalists” in Tamil community since the 70s to the late 90s, has been replaced by the age of farce which is impersonated by Julampitiye Amare to Rev. Gnanasara’s Bodu Bala Sena. The political bias of the Rajapaksa clan, shown by the Church under the present Cardinal, also represents this age of farce. As things stand the intellectuals only come out to lick the bones left over by the tyrant.
The only thing we can do is to see a new dawn is to denounce impunity and restore the balance of power in this country.