An Indian Subservient President Still Heroic in Domestic Gallery
Posted on June 27th, 2013

Dilrook Kannangara

The same product can be sold in two different markets for two different prices if and only if there is information asymmetry. That is one market doesn’t know the happenings in the other market (generally the stronger one). Unscrupulous traders thrive making use of this doctrine. They sell goods at exuberant prices to unsuspecting buyers, many times higher than the price paid by other buyers elsewhere. The President of Sri Lanka also makes use of information asymmetry to project the image of a meekly servant to India while still maintaining his hero image domestically. He has not been able to fool all the people. He only fools some of the people, sometime. As the saying goes, it can be done!

We have a president who promises India 13 Plus but after the Indians have left ridicules it to the domestic fan base. He talks through his secretary and brother against 13A but contradicts all that in his action and inaction. However, he is reaching the end of his game of smoke and mirrors. Now it is time the President takes a stand and work according to that. Continuing indecision will only benefit the opportunists, jeopardise national security and send the economy on a nosedive. Indians won’t be fooled and Sri Lankans will not be fooled either.

After his election to office for the second term, he has always made wrong choices. He made wrong choice of presidential advisors, ministers, parliamentarians, diplomats, development priorities and everything else. For instance 85% development spend went into north and east which houses less than 10% of UPFA voters and less than 15% of the national population. Having wasted such a colossal amount of money on the north and east that will not produce much in return, the government falls into IMF bad books and to overcome it commits into new borrowings.

Every other trumpeted action of government-aligned political parties has been same. They start with a big bang but withers into nonexistence soon thereafter. Even criminal prosecution follows this hype-and-silence cycle. Also employed are deceptive tactics of the left blaming the right.

Much hyped 19th amendment has died a natural death after Indian National Security Advisor fired a warning shot against it. Parliamentary Select Committee will not be effective as UNP and TNA will not appoint their nominees. It was widely expected. Anything the government decides can be reversed by petitioning India. The President’s role is akin to the role of the Governor during colonial rule. Subjects unhappy with his way of governance can petition the colonial high office and get reprieve.

However, an increasing number of nationalists have come to realise the deceptive tactics of the President and his cahoots. Despite two thirds majority in parliament, the only Constitutional amendment so far is the 18th amendment which increased the powers of the President and added a new term to the limit. The incumbent may not enjoy the perks he created for himself. Now we have a president who is afraid to go to the people. Instead of a simple referendum to repeal 13A, the President wants to keep 13A with subtle changes hoping it will satisfy both sides. In effect, it frustrates both sides.

The nation passes through a crucial stage and badly needs a leader who puts the nation before self. The incumbent president is certainly not the one to put the nation before self. He has too many vested interests of his extended family at stake at the helm. However, what he fails to realise is people are fast losing patience and fast running out of options. The president has cornered himself while his advisors hail him for his false sense of success. Following his disastrous second term, hope for his brothers and sons to rule the country in the future fades into mere fantasy. Let alone ruling the nation, they may not even survive a government change. Knowing the end if nigh, his ministers are busy making hay while the sun shines.

Unless he changes his subservient approach to India and do what is right by this country, history will judge him as a weak leader of no historical worth. Here is to the hoping that he will shift his compass from pointing to the north to the south.

15 Responses to “An Indian Subservient President Still Heroic in Domestic Gallery”

  1. Marco Says:

    WOW! Dilrook the penny finally drops!
    What took you so long?

  2. Susantha Wijesinghe Says:

    It is with great admiration that I concur with all what is said in your article. It is straight off the bat. Coming events are casting their shadows. What you have stated will come true, and the President must stop being servile to India. He has put 85% of the Finances coming in to the Country to develop the North. He has absolutely no right to gamble with the lives and future of the beautiful people of Sri Lanka. He must remember the inner feelings of the people, and a good reminder is how a naval patriot gave a Rifle butt shot to Rajiv. If the President ridicules the very people who put him in his seat, he will not be immune to similar treatment, by any member of the armed forces. They are not going to take their sacrifices with humiliation and ridicule, from the very President whom they fought for.

    The Members of Parliament, and Ministers have become disabled mendicants, afraid of losing their luxurious life. Hence their resonant chorous ~~~YES SIR, NO SIR, THREE BAGS FULL SIR. ~~~

    This whole lot are like the Mountain Goats, following their Leader who jumps down the precipice not envisaging the depth, and they follow suit to a suicidal jump.

    MAY THE NOBLE TRIPLE GEM BRING ALL THESE MOUNTAIN GOATS TO THEIR SENSES.

  3. Lorenzo Says:

    I think it is BR not MR.

    BR is the problem. Politically INEXPERIENCED.

  4. Ananda-USA Says:

    Now that is a START, on KEEPING OUT these Communal Agitators AWAY from Sri Lanka!

    MUCH MORE NEEDS to be done to get these Foreign Agents OUT OF Sri Lanka. They come here to ORCHESTRATE communal divisions in Sri Lanka.

    Sri Lankan Defence Officers were HOUNDED OUT from Tamil Nadu; Let us RETURN THAT FAVOR … Big TIME!

    INVESTIGATE ALL EMPLOYEES of Communal Activist NGOs. If they are FOREIGN …. deport them irrespective of Visa status! MANTAIN a blacklist of such INDIVIDUALS … NEVER let them set foot in Sri Lanka AGAIN.

    …………………….
    No tourist visas for NGO activists; South Indian activist deported

    By Shamindra Ferdinando
    Island.lk
    June 26, 2013, 9:46 pm

    A Non-Governmental Organization headquartered in Colombo, is under investigation for inviting South Indian women activists for projects in the northern and eastern districts as well as Puttalam.

    Security sources told The Island yesterday that on the invitation of an NGO called Viluthu, several activists, including Sharifa Khanam and Ester Devakumari had conducted programmes here in the recent past. Responding to a query, a senior official said that Devakumari had been deported as she had been engaged with an NGO after having arrived here on a tourist visa.

    The official said: “Devakumari arrived here on June 19. She conducted a workshop for a group of northern widows at the Nedunkerni Divisional Secretariat on June 23. Having arrested her at the Omanthai police checkpoint, Devakumari was brought to Colombo and deported the following day. She was sent back to Chennai.”

    Viluthu focuses its activities in Trincomalee, Jaffna, Puttalam and Batticaloa.

    Sources said that a group of Viluthu activists was believed to have visited Tamil Nadu in December 2011.

    The official said that NGO activists wouldn’t be allowed to use tourist visas.

    Sources said that Viluthu had received funding from several Western and American donors and was one of the most active organizations in the post-war era.

  5. Ananda-USA Says:

    JAYAWEWA! But, thousands of Buddhist Monks Rallying against the 13th Amendment is NOT ENOUGH!

    Where are the TENS of MILLIONS of Sri Lankan PATRIOTS!

    I URGE THE PATRIOTS to gather 10 MILLION SIGNATURES on a Petition DEMANDING the REPEAL of the 13th Amendment and DISSOLUTION of ALL Provincial Councils!

    Wimal Weerawansa gathered 1 MILLION SIGNATURES in support of his Petition against the Devolution of Land & Police Powers under the 13th Amendment.

    GOOD … BUT NOT GOOD ENOUGH! Stop FIDDLING and THINK BIG! THINK VICTORY!

    Wimal … get together with the SLFP, the JHU, the MEP and ALL other PATRIOTS and DELIVER a PETITION with 10 MILLION SIGNATURES.

    Rise Up ……. O Patriots of Mother Lanka …. Rise Up to WAGE EELAM WAR V confronting us, NOW! REPEAL the 13th Amendment, DEMOLISH the Provincial Council System, and RESTORE to Sri Lanka, our sceptered Isle, her hallowed Sovereign CROWN!

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    Buddhist monks in Sri Lanka to rally against the 13th Amendment on July 2nd

    ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

    June 27, Colombo: Thousands of Buddhist monks in Sri Lanka will hold a rally in Colombo on July 2nd calling for the abolition of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution.

    The rally, organized by the National Movement for the Abolition of Provincial Councils (NMAPC), will be held in Maharagama.

    The NMAPC has stated that 3,000-4,000 monks from all over the country would participate in the rally.

    A member of the organizing committee Ven. Rajawatte Vappa Thera has openly invited the Chief Prelate of the Asgiriya Chapter of the Siam Nikaya and members of the Maha Sangha to take to the streets on July 2nd.

    Ven. Vappa Thero has said the 13th Amendment should be abolished before the Northern Provincial Council election.

    He has observed that it was the actions of the bhikkus that have saved the country whenever there was any disaster and the politicians.

    According to Ven. Vappa Thero, some elements were trying to use the 13th Amendment to separate the country.

  6. Ananda-USA Says:

    Patriots,

    Let EACH OF US do what we can … EASILY!

    Please keep an eye on the support building for the GOPetition to REPEAL the 13th Referendum at :

    gopetition.com/petitions/an-appeal-for-the-abolition-of-the-thirteenth-amendment/signatures.html

    Please sign the petition if you have not already, and help to publicize it!

  7. Ananda-USA Says:

    CAPCS demands abolishing of PCs ahead of Northern poll

    By Thushari Kalubowila
    Island.lk
    June 26, 2013

    Picture Caption: General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena Ven Galagodatte Gnanasara thera addressing yesterday’s press conference. Also in the picture are Ven Hadigalle Wimalasara Thera, Ven Rajawatte Vappa Thera, Jagath Sumathipala of the All Ceylon Buddhist Congress, Prof Pandula Andagama of Hela Deya Wadanno organization, Bandula Chandrasekera of the National Intellectuals’ Council and representatives of other member organizations of the Collective for the Abolition of the Provincial Councils System.
    Pic by Nimal Dayaratne

    The Collective for the Abolition of the Provincial Councils System (CAPCS) is demanding that the provincial councils system be done away with prior to the proposed election to the Northern Provincial Council.

    “What is needed is the devolution of administrative powers and not the devolution of political power. The provincial council system has failed to address this issue and as a result the entire country has been made to pay for this,” Ven Galagodatte Gnanasara, General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena, a member organization of the CAPCS, told a media briefing at the All Ceylon Buddhist Congress conference hall yesterday.

    Gnanasara Thera said although it had been four years since the LTTE was militarily defeated the country had failed to win the trust of the Tamil people.

    “The Tamil people are least bothered about the provincial council system and only want to live happily in their areas,” the monk claimed.

    Gnanasara Thera said that the 13A and the provincial councils entered the country’s statutes in 1987 as part of the Indo-Sri Lanka Peace Accord, which had been forced upon Sri Lanka by India.

    “If the government cannot repeal the 13th Amendment to the Constitution at this juncture, then it should take urgent action to amend five clauses in the Constitution which gives undue powers to the Provincial councils. We demand that the government either repeal the 13th Amendment or amend clauses that gives police powers, land powers, powers of provincial councils to merge and the so-called concurrent list.

    The government should amend the Article 154A (3) – that allowed the merger of the provinces, which could lead to the North merging with the East to create a new state, ‘North-Eastern Sri Lanka’ – encompassing 1/3 of Sri Lanka’s land mass and 2/3 of the coast, he said.

    It was imperative that the Article 154G (3) be done away with. The Article reads that any Bill in regard to matters in the Provincial Council List shall become law only if they are passed by every Provincial Council.

    The removal of the Land and Police powers from the concurrent list (9th Schedule) would eliminate the threat to the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, Gnanasara thera said.

    The Thera also said that the CAPCS would hold a national rally in Maharagama on July 02 demanding the abolition of the 13th Amendment.

    Ven. Rajawatte Vappa thera of the National Sangha Council, Prof Pandula Andagama of Hela Deya Wadanno organization, Jagath Sumathipala of the All Ceylon Buddhist Congress, Bandula Chandrasekera of the National Intellectuals’ Council and representatives of other member organizations of the CAPCS attended the media conference.

  8. Sunil Vijayapala Says:

    one by one seem to be realizing the incompetency of the current president. blind support to a president do not take us anywhere other than the path of abyss. the editor too seem to presume not attacking the president is the correct way to go. not attacking the anglo saxon ungulate is the correct way to go. they should not be antogonised. hide the truth. the folly of our race as sinha+hela people. this is not in-fighting! this not about attacking patriots. its about truth and always truth prevails. it seems at times the incorrupt is losing the battle, as corrupt rule the whole world. but we must fight on.
    recently a guy asked me not to attack the president. most fear this will pave way for slimy sleezy ranil to come to power. this attack is not directed to benefit unp or any other p. this is towards instigating a peoples movement to get rid of this regime and all corrupt politicians and sending them to oblivion. sooner people realize this the better. otherwise we will continue this incompetency, this corruption for another 50-100 years. this is the opportune moment to uproot the very institutions we held on to as sacrosanct and establish something which is practical and workable in heladeepa, based on Buddhist principles, the dasa raja dhamma. this letting down of thathaagata, and the practice of Buddhism with a pooja mentality in this country contribute to the demise of Buddhism, demise of our country and the demise of our sinha+hela race. it’s already late. the corrupt politicians in power, Wahhabis, English speaking Christians and catholics mostly colombons etc are winning and we are losing the battle. but we must fight on – truth eventually prevails.

  9. AnuD Says:

    Very good article, Mr. Dilrook Kannagara. 13th amendment should have abolished just after the war. I also agree, as BR has relatives – IN-LAWS in India he may be supporting India too. Yet, MR is the president. Why he can not take a straight and brave decision. He is just dithering and is not taking any direct decision.

    It is simply a few politicians deciding for their advantage and not for country.

    The way things go, Sri Lanka uninhabitable for Sinhala – People, particularly Sinhala Buddhists. See how many Sinhala-Christians are writing supporting the 13th amendment and future Tamil-autonomy.

  10. Fran Diaz Says:

    GoSL has done well NOT to grant visas to NGO activists – wonderful !
    Put Security issues first and we can win through all the muck we are presently sunk in.

  11. Fran Diaz Says:

    Even better to hear that one Activist has been DEPORTED. This is great !
    Now DEPORT ALL ILLEGAL MIGRANTS IN SRI LANKA and GoSL can earn our eternal gratitude.

    Re the 13-A : It is now up to the People to remove it. People power can do it, without resorting to any violence. Peaceful protest only, in large numbers. Send Petitions galore to Parliament – that is the Democratic way. Show the world that we know how to properly govern our country ! We have waited too long to do so.

  12. Mr. Bernard Wijeyasingha Says:

    If all fails maybe a military rule will finally solve problems created by other nations.

  13. Sunil Vijayapala Says:

    yea – bbs and jhu and other patriotic organisations/people must get the help of the armed forces and peacefully or otherwise, get rid of all these corrupt politicians and some elements in the judiciary too, as the are the ones who protect the system which protects them

    if the leader is strong and who is not there to please every murderer, bribe taker, thug, pimp etc. we can build this country. it is the leadership which is at the core of the issue. why all this? the all important vote to be in power.

    for the last time a note to editor. your moderation is killing the flow of comments! get over this. you are covered by disclaimer, which applies to both articles and comments – so why are you worried?

    it seems writing articles or even writing comments have come to a stalemate. lankaweb too may to end up as times, island and observer. this is our only outlet to air our views especially of expats and repats its fast losing its merit. one wonders whether there is any benefit visiting this site anymore. best to keep away.

  14. Sunil Mahattaya Says:

    It needs cautioning that some of the comments here regardless of any right to democratic speech are treasonous seditious and incitive with attempts to invoke unrest and civil disobedience if one reads between the lines of some of these comments~ probably from a few who warm their rears on armchairs in the relative safety and security of foreign domiciles.
    While it is quite easy to carve up the Mahinda Rajapaksa Administration on pressing issues relative to the cost of living and unequality relative to the haves and the havenots we must never speculate on what really goes on in the country indiscriminately where the overall picture of the state of the country is a darnsite better than when the UNP were running it enmeshed in the Tamil terrorist problem where the UNP almost capitulated to the terrorists and it was Mahinda Rajapaksa who liberated the Sinhala Nation. There are dangerous references to regime changes here. (so who are you promoting~ Sarath Fonseka maybe a frying pan to the fire scenario surely!)
    If you are yelping these grievances from foreign domains it might be advisable to visit the Nation and get a first hand view of the trmendous changes that have taken place today. Despite the high cost of living, people are content and thankfully free to live in the environment created in post insurgent Sri Lanka and it is totally infair to come down hard on an administration which despite its faults has given Sri Lanka a fair chance towards the direction of progress and posterity. Of course the paranoias expressed by some here are not without reason, there are disgruntled citizens from all sides of the ethnic divide who will take a long time to be completely satisfied that their needs are being met but the caustic comments here need to be toned down unless the intention is to hamper the progress and good the nation is now experiencing or else it would be dertrimental from many perspectives towards the well being of our motherland and foment tensions towards innecessary upheaval in an otherwise tranquil land. At times the accusations levelled at the Administration defies logic and appear to be borne of speculative innuendo which by far overrides the reality of what Sri Lanka is today.

  15. Ananda-USA Says:

    India FALLS FAR BEHIND Sri Lanka in child welfare and mortality rate.

    This is why India …. with its “Federal System” and “Largest Democracy” ….. PRAISED TO HIGH HEAVEN by Western Neo-Colonialists plying their own agendas, has NO Moral Authority or Experience in developing an EQUITABLE SOCIETY to PREACH Governance to Sri Lanka.

    Why should Sri Lanka INFECT itself with the SAME COMMUNAL DISEASES afflicting India? Why?

    NO 13th Amendment & NO Provincial Councils designed to convert Sri Lanka into a Patchwork Nation of Racist Communal Bantustans beyond the CONTROL of the National Government, so EVERY Foreign & Local Anti-National entity can RESUME its WATUSI dance.

    Do Not INFLICT MORE BUREAUCRACY upon Sri Lanka. INTEGRATE Sri Lanka instead of DISINTEGRATING Sri Lanka.

    Rise Up …. O Patriots of Mother Lanka …. Rise Up to REPEAL this Foreign BALL & CHAIN Shackling Mother Lanka, and RESTORE its SOVEREIGN CROWN to our hallowed sceptered resplendent Isle!

    ……………
    ‘India lags in reducing infant mortality rate’

    By Express News Service – CHENNAI
    June 29, 2013

    The likes of Bhutan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have overtaken India in reducing the rate of mortality among children under the age of five (U5MR), according to a report released by UNICEF in Chennai on Friday. The ‘State of the World’s Children 2013’ ranks India at 49th place out of 195 countries in U5MR, which is a crucial indicator of health and well-being of children.

    This year’s report, which is based on data from 2011, puts U5MR in India at 61 deaths out of 1,000 live births.

    The U5MR for boys was 59 per 1,000 while the corresponding figure for girls was 64. The infant mortality rate, which measures mortality among children below 1 year was 47 per 1,000 live births.

    The report also assessed other issues including education and marriage among children.

    In terms of education among youth (15-24 years), the report points out that 88 per cent young men and 74 per cent of young women are literate.

    Interestingly, net attendance ratio in secondary schools in India was as low as 59 per cent in males and 49 per cent in females in 2007-11.

    At primary school level, net attendance ratio was significantly higher at 85 per cent in males and 81 in females, thus pointing at increasing school absenteeism and dropout rates at secondary level.

    As per data from 2002-2011, about 12 per cent of children in India are child labourers while 18 per cent are married by the age of 15. By the age of 18, 47 per cent of India’s youth are married.

    Five per cent of adolescents (aged 10-19) males and 30 per cent of adolescent females are married or in union. Out of this, 57 percentage of adolescent males justified wife beating.

    Meanwhile, birth registration in India was as low as 41 per cent in 2005-11. This accounts to 59 percentage of registration in urban areas and 35 percent in rural areas.

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