Man of the hour -‘Igniting the flame of hope’:
Posted on November 22nd, 2010

Dr. Tilak Fernando

With warm wishes, salutations, religious ceremonies and social rejoicing islandwide, accompanied by planting of 1.1 million trees, to mark the occasion of the second term of office of President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his birthday, the Opposition, however, seems to be disconcerted with bull-headed ideas.

Hailing from a political family, President Mahinda Rajapaksa qualifies as the most experienced and senior politician today who, over forty years, has transformed from the “ƒ”¹…”youngest member of parliament’ in 1970, 13th Prime Minister in 2004 and finally ascended to the highest office in Sri Lanka as the fifth and sixth Executive President, elected democratically with the consensus of the voters in this country.


Man of the hour

Short memory

Today he excels as the supreme Leader who had the moral fibre to face up to the challenges fearlessly the country confronted for over 30 years from a ruthless terrorist affliction. He gave an unmatched promise to the people that he would annihilate the Liberation of Tamil Tiger Eelam completely from the Sri Lankan soil and salvage the nation from terror and barbarism in order to restore peace, bring equality and tranquility once again and managed to accomplish his promise under three years in office.

Sri Lankans, by nature, have a very short memory of demented quality. Today some of us have forgotten about the dark days when every single person suffered from psychosis of death in one form or the other; how wives waited anxiously till their breadwinning husbands returned home in the evening, parents hung around at school gates nervously to pick their children to safety as smell of fatality, casualty and mortality were the order of the day and loss of life had become part and parcel of a new daily episode with bombs exploding, people dying, buildings collapsing and the economy taking a sledge hammer beating all the while.

Post colonial era

How can the only leader in the post colonial era who saved his nation from the clutches of terrorism, and the one who won all elections democratically, who is in touch with the grass root affiliations and walks with the people, eats with the people, who is determined to work for his people and being well aware of the needs of the common man, irrespective of ethnicity or religious background, be called a “ƒ”¹…”dictator’ as some are attempting to portray sadistically?

Politics is a pitch and toss game which is inversely proportional to voice and choice of the people in a democracy where only one individual or a single party can be the winner. After the test has been conducted and the results are out it would be foolhardy to react negatively, endlessly and shamelessly, by the losers and attempt to stoop to uncouth levels and engage in firing salvos out of disappointment and self-pity.

The easiest thing on earth for a mortal is to jabber because everyone is gifted generously with an organ called the “ƒ”¹…”mouth’. But what some of us equally forget is the fact that there is another appendage in our human system called the “ƒ”¹…” brain’, prearranged in equal measure to help balance any act before one purges with verbal diarrhoea when inflicted by mental constipation.

Executive President

Today President Mahinda Rajapaksa has entered a new era with his second term in office as the Executive President with new ideas and innovative formats on the drawing board to make Sri Lanka the shining pearl in the Indian Ocean once again.

As a preliminary kick start 54,600 development projects will be completed between November 15- 25 (2010) through the Economic Development Ministry. Such far-thinking and extensive endeavours are certain to benefit the people directly in the same manner his first term promise came to realization. With meticulously planned out development programs for the future his new administration aims to sustain and grow on its present economic growth of over eight per cent making the per capita income to exceed US$4000 in the future.

As a leader and visionary, President Rajapaksa has introduced for the first time in Sri Lankan politics a “ƒ”¹…”Youth Parliament’ comprising adolescents between the ages of 18-39 with a total of 325 representations which will be inaugurated on December 12, 2010, for which nominations ended on November 10, 2010. The venue for the “ƒ”¹…”Youth Parliament’ being Maharagama National Youth Centre’ its aim would be to train and prepare the next generation of political leaders by creating a network of “ƒ”¹…”young people’ to bring about a positive and sustainable change in future governance of the country by identifying and addressing the needs of their own communities.

Patriotic leaders

President Mahinda Rajapaksa is certain to become victorious at the end of his second term enabling him to go down in the annals of Sri Lankan history as one of the most adored contemporary leaders who was born indubitably out of Divine Bliss to save this sanctified land with blessings to stand firm and take precise decisions to fight tooth and nail with one pointed aim to dissipate terrorism and put Sri Lanka’s fragmented social, political and religious jig saw into place once and for all, centuries after our ancient patriotic leaders.

When jealousy, frustration and hopelessness are coiled around within political opponents in the form of a green-eyed monster, their natural instinct becomes to attack injuriously from all corners of the political arena. Forty years of political, trade union and human rights experience behind this leader is no small measure to undermine his capabilities for another forty years where he will be focusing and working on a long-term plan to make Sri Lanka the cynosure of Asia and the hub of Asian Trade Centre.

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