Clash of the Mahinda Chintana and NGO Chintana for supremacy over Sri Lanka
Posted on June 11th, 2013

Shenali D Waduge

That Mahinda Rajapakse won the 2005 Presidential election was a surprise to most and a shock to the UNP block who had figured that after over a decade, victory was to bring them back to power. That Mahinda Rajapakse came to power on the Buddhist vote was unmistakable and earned the tag “Sri Lanka votes Buddhist nationalist leader”. His Mahinda Chintana assured the end of terrorism, unitary status of the nation and peace and guaranteed the people’s confidence.

The journey of post-independence has been one of leadership shared between the two main political parties. What sought to secure eternal power by introducing the preferential voting system ended up with minority parties becoming kingmakers and making matters complicated was to entertain the crossovers “”…” people who followed a different ideology, who did not vote for the political party in power and who entered parliament based on the vote given against the party in power. In short people who came through the back door, people holding opposing views, people who did not have the confidence of the people or the people’s mandate. They may well do to remember that they are in the position they hold not because the people wanted or want them there. People will want them there so long as they do not use their office to threaten the sovereignty of the country or the integrity of the nation and its people. Such people can do damage and flee the country.

Those that cross over do so not out of any love for the country or desire to do a service to the masses. Cross-overs are purely steered by selfish self-interest iced with perks and remunerations that are negotiated during the bartering phase. Thus, the integrity factor will always become a question whichever party they end up selling their souls to.

One such example is a minister who has been holding key posts and drafting legislations that have been detrimental to the entire nation and these have led to Sri Lanka being placed in a very uncomfortable position on the international platform. No good came for any of the leaders who took him on board. Given his past records not only has he betrayed, Chandrika, Ranil and Karu is there a guarantee the same will not happen to President Rajapakse if power and prestige are what dictates the jump and there are many to make bids? See how the game of cricket has been prostituted and it be called a gentleman’s game?

The present Government is full of such cross-overs and the likelihood of the curse disappearing from the political arena depends on the willpower of the two main political parties to get their act together and start developing leaders who believe in their party manifesto and not people who are inclined to desert ranks and cause chaos. For either party this is not a good formula to continue and it is unhealthy for the country as a whole and it does not build good political parties with sound policies. Therefore, it is good for the 2 leaders of the main political party to come to a firm decision on cross overs once and for all.

Nevertheless, what concerns us at this present juncture is that whilst the present Government came to power with a very clear vision which the people accepted and endorsed the present lot of people currently functioning as executors of the Mahinda Chintana in reality never had any affinity to the President’s program. This begs us to question the dangers of them making lip service to the Presidents vision since they are camouflaging what they really feel. What makes us more concerned is the fact that given their unreliableness despite enjoying the perks of office the likelihood of people who crossed over for profit being gullible entities spells dangers for the entire nation.

Added to this are people taken in as consultants and advisors who are also aligned to the NGO chintana. Some of these representatives have secretly enclosed clauses without the concurrence of the State leading to unreasonable pressures brought upon the nation. Thus, there is no telling what type of advice they give which is what has led to the 13th amendment fiasco when advisors should have no sooner the war was over advised the President to repeal the 13th amendment, replace the provincial council system with one that suited the people and the PC politicians and denazify the LTTE and all its associated slogans, entities no different to what the Allies did to Germany following the Nuremburg Trials. So long as these factors remain half-done””…” Sri Lanka will continue to be hard-pressed to find solutions to take the country forward.

Moreover, these NGO Chintana advocates are likely to use their office surreptiously to undermine the real goals of the Mahinda Chintana for most of these cross-overs are people who have been and may continue to be darlings of the NGO circle advocating their Chintana which is quite opposite to what the President professes and holds the key to his popularity amongst the masses. It is good for President Rajapakse to remember this at all times.

It is clear that the objective is to use their good offices to hijack Sri Lanka of its nationalism and to place the faults on a well campaigned and foreign funded slogan under the banner “Mahavansa mindset” and blame the Sinhala Buddhists for all the ills of the nation. The examples of decisions to change the national anthem, attempts to remove Article 9, undermine the place of Buddhism, remove history from Sri Lanka’s education curricular, make changes to school framework and education, copycat multicultural slogans undertaken abroad, outsource national assets etc are likely attempts to slowly use the legislative powers under their purview to make the changes without the knowledge of the masses and in turn work towards undermining and making the President unpopular amongst his vote base. Once that unpopularity reaches the Maha Sangha and they in turn make their decision the fate of a government is sealed.  

It is not only politicians but media themselves are subject to various encapsulating techniques by foreign Chintana proponents who knows how far money and remunerations can change people to their side. Many of the media entities that currently scream about good governance are all having such links and it is not anything confined to Sri Lanka alone “”…” the situation is no different globally just take a look at Rupert Murdoch.

There is a reason to feel cautious about NGO chintana clans and their plans “”…” elsewhere these entities are being investigated some have been asked to close down and it all boils down to their attempts to destabilize countries and dislodge national leaders.

As for the current situation where a handful of people who care not a penny about the Mahinda Chintana but pay lip service to it for their own existence the harm they can do and are possibly are doing is one that should make the people more alert. Many of them are now decrepit MPs hanging on to power for sheer greed instead of enjoying retirement, nevertheless the message is that there is always elections and it is a good time for people to mark these politicians and ensure they do not re-emerge through the vote to undermine the country in any way.  

Moreover, 30 years was the reason to deny benefits to the masses and we cannot accept that people who come through the backdoor dictate how the country runs. For the country to move forward everyone has a role to play and we should all get our act together by first disassociating those that are trying to cripple a could be prosperous Sri Lanka.

4 Responses to “Clash of the Mahinda Chintana and NGO Chintana for supremacy over Sri Lanka”

  1. Ananda-USA Says:

    Shenali is correct … AGAIN!

    There is I(NDEED a “Bamunu Kulaya” (Wimal Weerawansa’s terminology) hidden deep within Sri Lankan Bureaucracies and in Sri Lankan Society at large, feathering their own nests, but slowly undermining the Patritic Forces and the Mahinda Chintanaya, and lying in wait hidden low in the grass for the best opportunity to rear up and overturn the Patriotic Forces of Sri Lanka.

    A GOOD EXAMPLE is found in the spectrum of people and organizations now FORCED to COME OUT of the WOODWORK where they have been hiding, JOINING the TNA and expressing their opposition to REPEALING the13th Amendment and DISSOLVING the Provincial Councils: SLMC, CP, Catholic Bishops, a hitherto unknown group “the Royal Form” ad infinitum, ad nauseam.

    The official UNP party, led by that Serial TRAITOR Ranil Wickremasinghe, will soon abandon its discussions with the JHU … through which they hope to secure an end to the Presidential System and topple Mahinda Rajapaksa, and propel ITSELF into power. “Who the hell cares how we get there, we get there somehow” …. EVEN by SELLING OUT the Motherland … that has always been Ranil’s theme song.

    Will the JHU be able to get UNP’s support to REPEAL the 13th Amendment WITHOUT paying a stiff UNACCEPTABLE PRICE to overturn the Patriotic Forces of Sri Lanka? There is NO HOPE WHATEVER of that happening with Ranil Wickemasinghe …. who is even now trying to embed a requirement in a new Constitution that would expel MPs who defect from their party. On the other hand, there are MANY MPs and other members in the UNP, wedded to UNP’s “other principles” who are still PSTRIOTS, and WILL SUPPORT the REPEALING of the 13th Amendent; they will DEFY Rail and Vote for REPEALING at the correct time.

    Rise Up …. O Patriots of Mother Lanka …. Rise Up in your TENS OF MILLIONS … to DEFEND and PROTECT your Mother Land NOW …. as you did to CRUSH the Murderous Tamil Tiger Terrorists during the last WAR of National Liberation.

    You will be VICTORIOUS in this NOBLE PURPOSE of preventing the creation of a Patchwork Quilt of Racist Apartheid Bantustans, FOREVER AT WAR with one another, in Sri Lanka. REPEAL the 13th Amendment and DISSOLVE the Provincial Councils NOW!

    Rise Up ….O Patriots of Mother Lanka …. Rise Up to Create ONE Indivisible Nation, of ONE Inseparable People, sharing ONE Indomitable National Destiny!

  2. Ananda-USA Says:

    Shenali is correct … AGAIN!

    There is INDEED a “Bamunu Kulaya” (Wimal Weerawansa’s terminology) hidden deep within Sri Lankan Bureaucracies and in Sri Lankan Society at large, feathering their own nests, but slowly undermining the Patriotic Forces and the Mahinda Chintanaya, and lying in wait hidden low in the grass for the best opportunity to rear up and overturn the Patriotic Forces of Sri Lanka.

    A GOOD EXAMPLE is found in the spectrum of people and organizations now FORCED to COME OUT of the WOODWORK where they have been hiding, JOINING the TNA and expressing their opposition to REPEALING the 13th Amendment and DISSOLVING the Provincial Councils: SLMC, CP, Catholic Bishops, a hitherto unknown group “the Royal Forum” ad infinitum, ad nauseam.

    The official UNP party, led by that Serial TRAITOR Ranil Wickremasinghe, will soon abandon its discussions with the JHU … through which they hope to secure an end to the Presidential System and topple Mahinda Rajapaksa, and propel ITSELF into power. “Who the hell cares how we get there, we get there somehow” …. EVEN by SELLING OUT the Motherland … that has always been Ranil’s theme song.

    Will the JHU be able to get UNP’s support to REPEAL the 13th Amendment WITHOUT paying a stiff UNACCEPTABLE PRICE to overturn the Patriotic Forces of Sri Lanka? There is NO HOPE WHATEVER of that happening with Ranil Wickemasinghe …. who is even now trying to embed a requirement in a new Constitution that would expel MPs who defect from their party from Parliament.

    On the other hand, there are MANY MPs and other members of the UNP, wedded to UNP’s “other principles” who are still PATRIOTS, and WILL SUPPORT the REPEALING of the 13th Amendment; they will DEFY Ranil and VOTE FOR REPEALING at the correct time.

    Rise Up …. O Patriots of Mother Lanka …. Rise Up in your TENS OF MILLIONS … to DEFEND and PROTECT your Mother Land NOW …. as you did to CRUSH the Murderous Tamil Tiger Terrorists during the last WAR of National Liberation.

    You will be VICTORIOUS in this NOBLE PURPOSE of preventing the creation of a Patchwork Quilt of Racist Apartheid Bantustans, FOREVER AT WAR with one another, in Sri Lanka. REPEAL the 13th Amendment and DISSOLVE the Provincial Councils NOW!

    Rise Up ….O Patriots of Mother Lanka …. Rise Up to Create ONE Indivisible Nation, of ONE Inseparable People, sharing ONE Indomitable National Destiny!

  3. Lorenzo Says:

    NGO chintana is MORE powerful so far. Money talks. We have to get NGOs controlled.

  4. Ananda-USA Says:

    As in the PAST, the Udayan Newspaper is fomenting civil discord, by publishing UNTRUTHS and HALF TRUTHS designed to EXPEL the Army from the Northern Province.

    This is not “news reporting” but “news fabrication” and “news distortion”. We saw how this kind of sustained propaganda created a support base for the Eelamist terrorism in the past. It is STARTING ALL OVER AGAIN. It must not be allowed to continue with IMPUNITY because the CONSEQUENCES are HUGE!

    The GOSL should INVESTIGATE to collect EVIDENCE, PROSECUTE, CONVICT and SEVERELY PUNISH those who engage in this kind of activity, to demonize and expel the Armed Forces from their theater of operations, only recently cleared of Armed Separatist Terrorists.

    PUNISHMENT should include IMPRISONMENT at HARD LABOR, CONFISCATION of PERSONAL & CORPORATE ASSETS, and the LOSS of CIVIC RIGHTS such as the right to vote, the right to engage in politics, or in any form of employment that requires the public’s trust (eg. publishing, government, education, medicine, legal, notary public, engineering, banking, etc).

    ……………………….
    Army committed to protect Hindu places of worship

    By Anushika Ranadewa and Rakshana Sriyantha
    DailyNews.lk
    June 11, 2013

    Recently the Udayan newspaper stated that the Army was responsible for looting Hindu Kovils in the Batticaloa District.

    The Udayan paper also stated that the Army was bent on vandalizing and destroying Hindu places of worship.

    Eastern Province Security Forces Commander Major General Lal Perera stated that the Sri Lankan Army is committed to protect religious places and not to destroy them.

    “Even during the war, the Army protected Kovils,” the Major General added. He said the Sri Lanka Army not only protects but also rebuilds the destroyed temples and Kovils. “Therefore the allegations had no basis”.

    “What has the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) done to preserve Hindu Kovils?” questioned Major General Perera. “investigations have revealed the identity of those responsible and the suspects have been arrested in this connection,” the Major General said.

    Investigations revealed that a burglary took place on June 1 at Pillaiyaar Kovil in Vellaveli and it was carried out by burglars from the area.

    one suspect was arrested and the other suspect had fled the village.

    Batticaloa Police are conducting further investigations, he said.

    The Major General stated that the TNA and some media sympathetic to it are trying to place the blame on the Army for incidents which are totally baseless and far from the truth.

    “The main intention of such allegations are to dislodge the Sri Lankan Army from the North and East”.

    The Major General said all communities in the North and East, the Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims live together and work in harmony and unity irrespective of caste, creed, religion or ethnicity. “This is such a headache for certain people,” the Major General said.

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