Mahinda’s Win is Lanka’s Win
Posted on January 27th, 2010

Strategist

Sri Lankans have shown maturity and prudence in this election.

Firstly, given the environment in which the election was held it was a “reasonably” peaceful election. Of course there was tension. There will be tension in future as well. A good fight was fought. And, that is democracy.

Secondly, the common opposition was not so common and the prudent voters realised this. The common opposition was as common as “anti-rich” party (JVP) saying “pro-rich” party their friends. Two “pro-Tamil” parties who opposed military action against LTTE saying the general who lead the military offensive is their friend.  Marxists were trying to put forward common policy with liberal thinkers. Common opposition had no common policies other than common anger and hatred. The common anger had united divers groups to fight a common enemy. But that was not good enough. Political maturity and prudence of Lankans prevailed.

They tried to find a “common enemy” in the incumbent. The common enemy was none other than the President who saved the country from LTTE terror and who embarked on an unprecedented development programme. The nation was rescued after decades of terror and under-investment.

Thirdly, it appears that the “common opposition” was supported by those countries that opposed a military solution. Sri Lankans were matured and did not fall into this trap.

Also, Parippu and Bath (Dhal and Rice) did not win this election. Food prices are still high and the subsidies are limited. Against this background Lankans voted Mahinda in. Why? They could see beyond Dhal and Rice. They were matured and prudent.

 

 

 

Why is Mahinda’s win Lanka’s win?

If Lankans were not matured and prudent enough to vote for Mahinda what would have been in store for Lankans? It would have been uncertainty amid a policy and strategy vacuum. Change for change sake would have been disastrous change.

World over coalitions have had their share of problems even with common political setting.  Fonseka’s common front was so divergent in terms of policy and strategy and it could not have survived the full term of presidency. He did not have coherent policy alternatives. So Mahinda’s win is Lanka’s win.

Fonseka did not show political maturity or statesmanship. He may have been a good military leader. Interestingly, leadership is not common to all sectors and all walks of life. Political leadership differs from corporate leadership. Military leadership differs from political leadership. Some leaders make the transition from business leaders to political leaders but others don’t. Some may even make the transition from military leaders to political leaders but others don’t.

Anger and hatred are not reasons to fight a political battle. Ranil’s lack of leadership skills essentially put Fonseka in this awkward position. Fonseka fell right into it. A man who could have basked in the glory of a hero is now facing the ridicule of a traitor largely because anger and hatred was the reason for the contest.

This time Mahinda has rescued Lanka from Fonseka and a common front that had very little in common. Less than a year ago Mahinda rescued Lanka from LTTE and its supporters home and abroad.

One Response to “Mahinda’s Win is Lanka’s Win”

  1. aravinda Says:

    Mr.Fonseka has now become a “Drama Queen”. Why should anyone want to kill him? He lost the election by 1.8 million votes. In times of past, Sri lankan kings were entertained by a “Court Jester”. Now, Mr.Fonseka could very well fill that gap. For god sake, stop making a fool of your self and accept to verdict of the people.

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